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McAuliffe announces agriculture’s and forestry’s economic impact has increased by $21 billion

McAuliffe announces agriculture’s and forestry’s economic impact has increased by $21 billion
Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced July 18 that a new comprehensive study shows Virginia’s agriculture and forestry industries contribute $91 billion annually to the commonwealth’s economy. That represents a 30 percent increase over results of a 2013 study that found a $70 billion annual economic impact.



National Farmers Market Week celebrates growing connection between farmers and consumers

National Farmers Market Week celebrates growing connection between farmers and consumers
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Farmers Market Week, Aug. 6-12, will celebrate the vital role markets play in supporting local economies and giving consumers access to healthy local foods.



Study finds increased traffic deaths are downside to improving economy

Study finds increased traffic deaths are downside to improving economy
A new report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that an increase in traffic deaths is a predictable downside to an improving economy.



Tiny ticks carry big diseases; prevention is key

Tiny ticks carry big diseases; prevention is key
Ernest “Bing” Kallus is still recovering from the Rocky Mountain spotted fever he contracted from a tick bite 13 months ago.



Prepare your home for thunderstorms, lightning

Prepare your home for thunderstorms, lightning
Hurricanes often make more headlines during the summer and fall, but the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety cautions homeowners to not underestimate the destructive and deadly force of thunderstorms.



Eating cucumbers helps keep you hydrated

Eating cucumbers helps keep you hydrated
Crunchy cucumbers are not only a low-calorie snack; they also are a highly nutritious addition to any meal.



Updated website aims to clear up confusion about GMOs

Updated website aims to clear up confusion about GMOs
Consumers continue to be bombarded with conflicting information about GMOs, but a website that was created in 2013 strives to solve that dilemma.



Field crops faring well this summer

Field crops faring well this summer
Crop conditions are strong as Virginia farmers enter the second half of the summer growing season.



Registration is open for State Fair competitions

Registration is open for State Fair competitions
To win blue ribbon bragging rights, you need to enter one of the State Fair of Virginia’s many competitions.



Vanilla beats chocolate to rank as top-selling ice cream flavor

Vanilla beats chocolate to rank as top-selling ice cream flavor
Upsetting news for chocolate lovers—vanilla outranks chocolate as the top-selling ice cream flavor, according to an International Dairy Foods Association’s survey.



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