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Independence Day ranks highest for average daily crash deaths

Independence Day ranks highest for average daily crash deaths
On average, more people in the U.S. die in motor vehicle crashes on Independence Day than any other day of the year, according to an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety analysis of the five most recent years of available fatal crash data. 



Produce growers to get extension on water standards

Produce growers to get extension on water standards
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced its intention to extend the compliance dates for the agricultural water standards established by the Food Safety Modernization Act’s produce safety rule. The rule sets microbial quality standards for agricultural water, including irrigation water that comes into contact with produce.



Pollinator Week is a good time to brush up on pollinators, honeybee health

Pollinator Week is a good time to brush up on pollinators, honeybee health
Pollinators are important to farmers and ranchers, gardeners and the food industry. That’s why June 19-25 has been designated National Pollinator Week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Department of the Interior.



Wheat tour reveals improved quality and yield potential

Wheat tour reveals improved quality and yield potential
Assessments of the state’s current wheat crop left participants in the second annual Virginia Wheat Tour optimistic last week.



Meals on the farm gaining in popularity

Meals on the farm gaining in popularity
In an era when many Virginians have never visited a working farm, some farmers have begun hosting visitors. The Arbogast family in Rockingham County hosted a Breakfast on the Farm event May 27, and Richlands Dairy Farm will hold Dinner on the Dairy June 23 in Dinwiddie County.



Number of dairy farmers using safety net program declines

Number of dairy farmers using safety net program declines
The number of dairy farmers using the 2014 Farm Bill’s Dairy Margin Protection Program is the lowest it’s been since the program was introduced, according to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency.



Hardywood teams up with Va. farmers to produce seasonal beers

Hardywood teams up with Va. farmers to produce seasonal beers
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery is committed to using local products in its beer.



Flavored milk may be making a school lunch comeback

Flavored milk may be making a school lunch comeback
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is working to bring back 1 percent flavored milk to the National School Lunch and School Breakfast program. It was eliminated from the plan in 2012.



Virginia Century Farm Program marks two decades

Virginia Century Farm Program marks two decades
The Virginia Century Farm Program, which recognizes families who have owned and operated farms for more than 100 years, turns 20 this year.



Bay celebration to showcase farm conservation efforts

Bay celebration to showcase farm conservation efforts
Virginia farmers will be part of a June 10 celebration marking Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week.



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