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Celebrate National Chocolate Lover’s Month with a delicious dessert for your love

Celebrate National Chocolate Lover’s Month with a delicious dessert for your love
February is National Chocolate Lover’s Month, and what better way to celebrate than by preparing a delicious chocolate dessert for someone you love?



Hundreds of volunteers will visit schools during Agriculture Literacy Week

Hundreds of volunteers will visit schools during Agriculture Literacy Week
Every spring, as many as 1,000 volunteers visit Virginia classrooms and read books about agriculture to more than 50,000 children.



Farm leaders pleased with Perdue pick as agriculture secretary

Farm leaders pleased with Perdue pick as agriculture secretary
President-elect Donald Trump has chosen former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as his secretary of agriculture, and leaders of the nation’s and state’s largest agricultural organizations are pleased with that pick.



Economist: Farms have changed significantly over past three decades

Economist: Farms have changed significantly over past three decades
Farm income is down, according to Dr. Bob Young, chief economist for the American Farm Bureau Federation. Young spoke at the organization’s Jan. 8-11 annual convention.



USDA reports spike in number or organic certifications

USDA reports spike in number or organic certifications
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has announced a significant increase in the number of accredited certified organic farm operations for 2014 and 2015.



US farmers: GMO crops help reduce inputs, enhance conservation

US farmers: GMO crops help reduce inputs, enhance conservation
A majority of U.S. farmers and ranchers surveyed recently indicate biotechnology and genetically modified crops play an important role in farming more efficiently, according to findings released Dec. 15, 2016, by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance and National Corn Growers Association.



Chef Maxwell's recipe for Borscht

Chef Maxwell's recipe for Borscht

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.




Young Farmers take top honors at national convention

Young Farmers take top honors at national convention
Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers once again took top honors Jan. 9 at the annual convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation.



New ag and forestry secretary determined to boost rural economy

New ag and forestry secretary determined to boost rural economy
Virginia’s new secretary of agriculture and forestry has rural roots, and he’s determined to help boost the bottom line of the state’s farm and forest producers.



Legislators to ‘Meet Virginia Agriculture’ at Farm Bureau Legislative Day

Legislators to ‘Meet Virginia Agriculture’ at Farm Bureau Legislative Day
State legislators will be able to learn more about agriculture in their districts, as well as issues important to the commonwealth’s farmers, during Virginia Farm Bureau Federation’s annual Legislative Day on Jan. 25.