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May 29, 2020

A recent survey conducted by the USDA indicates the number of farm workers in the Mid-Atlantic Region (Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania) is decreasing, while the number of farm workers in portions of Appalachia (including Virginia and North Carolina) is on the increase.  Data for the report comes from the USDA NASS Farm Labor Survey, which targets farms and ranches with $1,000 or more in agricultura...

May 22, 2020


 

Indianapolis - This spring has brought uncertainty to many FFA members and chapters across the country - as banquets, spring plant sales and fundraisers have been canceled. The National FFA Organization has developed a program- the FFA COVID-19 Chapter Assistance Program - to help chapters in these uncertain times.

The purpose of this program is to provide FFA chapters with an opportunity to receive up to $2,000...

May 22, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt is calling for the passage of the New Markets for State Inspected Meat and Poultry Act to combat local meat shortages. Passage of such legislation would allow for meats processed in state inspected facilities to cross state lines. Commissioner Leonhardt sent a letter to West Virginia’s congressional delegation, as well as USDA Secretary So...

May 22, 2020

National Crop Insurance Services news release

A family apple farm in New York is reminding America that farmers are still out there growing essential food, fiber and fuel.

Chip and Carla Bailey produced a video at their KC Bailey Orchard in Williamson, NY, with a simple message: Hope has not been cancelled.

“Because of COVID-19 a lot of things have been shut down and cancelled across America,” Chip Bailey said. “B...

May 22, 2020

If you’re fishing for a fun and eco-friendly gardening project while at home, try building a small-scale aquaponics system in your backyard.

Aquaponics is a form of agriculture that combines aquaculture (raising fish) with hydroponics (gardening without soil).

To learn how to build a system, join the Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) at Virginia State University for a virtual Zoom session, “Backyard Aquaponics: Ra...

May 21, 2020

Freeze damage to wheat, soybeans and corn. Corn and soybeans should survive. The damaged wheat spikelets will not. The healthy spikelets will survive if they do not get a disease. Wheat and soybean photos by Chad Lee, UK grain crops specialist. Corn photo submitted by Pulaski County farmer.

University of Kentucky grain crops specialists encourage grain growers to scout their fields for freeze and disease damage and...

May 17, 2020

BLACKSBURG–The story of how the U.S. copes with the coronavirus pandemic is in its early chapters, as Virginia’s agricultural producers hold out for a happier ending.

A recently released report from the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics provides an overview of the coronavirus pandemic’s disruptions to the national food supply chain and Virginia ag...

May 16, 2020

According to the Association of Equipment Manufacturer's monthly "Flash Report," the sale of all tractors in the U.S. in 2020, were up 12% in April compared to 2019.For the year, a total of 73,429 tractors were sold which compares to 73,893 sold YTD in 2019.


For the month of April, two-wheel drive smaller tractors (under 40 HP) were up 16% from last year, while 40 & under 100 HP were up 6%. Sales of 2-wheel drive 1...

May 16, 2020

Source: Dr. David Tarpy, Professor and Extension Specialist (Apiculture) Entomology & Plant Pathology, NC State Extension, NC State University

There is a viral news story circulating about the “murder hornet,” the unfortunate moniker of the Asian Giant hornet, Vespa mandarinia. To the entomology world, this news is actually a bit old, as it was first reported in December 2019, where a small handful of colonies were...

May 16, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS – For many FFA members, the academic year is coming to an unforeseen end as schools have moved online across the nation to mitigate COVID-19’s spread in the U.S. This means that in-person events like chapter banquets and state FFA conventions are not happening as planned this spring. However, state FFA associations are adapting to the issue by moving convention sessions and activities online.  



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