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Sweet Potato Latkes

Sweet Potato Latkes
This recipe was prepared by Chef John Maxwell on Real Virginia, Virginia Farm Bureau’s weekly television program.

Maxwell, a certified executive chef, culinary educator and member of the American Academy of Chefs, shares delicious seasonal recipes in a Real Virginia segment sponsored by Virginia Grown, a program of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.



Gazpacho Andalus

Gazpacho Andalus
This recipe was prepared by Chef John Maxwell on Real Virginia, Virginia Farm Bureau’s weekly television program.

Maxwell, a certified executive chef, culinary educator and member of the American Academy of Chefs, shares delicious seasonal recipes in a Real Virginia segment sponsored by Virginia Grown, a program of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.



VSU Aquaculture Field Day set for Oct. 17

VSU Aquaculture Field Day set for Oct. 17
Limited-scale aquaculture production for the local market is the theme of the 31st Annual Aquaculture Field Day at Virginia State University. The event will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 17 at the university’s Randolph Farm, 4415 River Road. 



Canines can compete for top farm dog of the year

Canines can compete for top farm dog of the year
Virginia farmers are invited to enter their four-legged farmhands in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Farm Dog of the Year Contest.



Fourth VALOR class to hone problem-solving skills, promote Va. agriculture

Fourth VALOR class to hone problem-solving skills, promote Va. agriculture
The fourth and largest class of Virginia’s annual agricultural leadership program has begun, and participants are looking forward to learning more about Virginia agriculture in a regional, state and world context.



National observance urges teens to drive safely

National observance urges teens to drive safely
Too many teens are dying on roadways, and in response the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will observe National Teen Driver Safety Week Oct. 21-27.



Farm Bureau hay bale contest accepting entries

Farm Bureau hay bale contest accepting entries
Entries are being accepted through Nov. 1 for the annual Hay Bale Decorating Contest sponsored by Virginia Farm Bureau Federation’s Women’s Committee.



Be aware: Fall is peak season for deer collisions

Be aware: Fall is peak season for deer collisions
Cool fall weather brings a sharp rise in insurance claims related to collisions with animals, mainly deer, in parts of the U.S. Last year in Virginia, the odds that your vehicle could strike a deer were 1 in 94.



New trade treaty seen as friendly to Va. farmers

New trade treaty seen as friendly to Va. farmers
There are plenty of positive improvements for Virginia farmers in the new North American Free Trade Agreement announced Oct. 2.



Spotsylvania grower breaks State Fair record for giant watermelon

Spotsylvania grower breaks State Fair record for giant watermelon
The winner of this year’s giant watermelon competition set a new State Fair of Virginia record with a whopping 254-pound entry.



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