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Turkey time is all the time for some Virginia farmers

Turkeys gobble up the limelight in the weeks before Thanksgiving dinner, but more than 300 Virginia farmers raise turkeys year-round.

Virginia poultry farms benefit from successful disease control

Biosecurity measures on Virginia poultry farms have been important over the past year due to an avian influenza outbreak that started in 2014 in the Pacific Northwest, Midwest and California.

Farmers urge Senate to repeal COOL, avoid harmful tariffs

Farmers and ranchers are urging the U.S. Senate to follow the House of Representatives’ lead and repeal country-of-origin labeling, or COOL, mandates for beef, pork and chicken.

Chicken Check In answers consumers’ poultry questions

The National Chicken Council has launched Chicken Check In, a website at, to provide answers to questions about U.S. chicken production.

Meat Matters: Animal Agriculture Alliance debuts campaign

The Animal Agriculture Alliance unveiled on Feb. 1 a campaign focused on promoting the role of meat and poultry in a healthy, balanced diet. The Meat Matters initiative counters claims made by activist groups about the nutritional value of animal protein, as well as the sustainability of meat and poultry production.

Backyard chicken owners should take steps to reduce risk of Salmonella exposure

Seven separate Salmonella outbreaks across 35 states have sickened more than 300 people—19 in Virginia—in the first four months of 2016 and are ongoing. All of the outbreaks are a result of live poultry in backyard flocks.

Poultry farms taking steps to prevent avian influenza

Virginia officials have urged commercial poultry farmers and backyard flock owners to observe strict biosecurity measures in light of avian influenza outbreaks in the Pacific Northwest, California and Midwestern states.

Virginia turkey production is up from that of 2014

Just in time for the holidays, there are even more Virginia-grown turkeys available this year. 

I beg your pardon? Thanksgiving turkeys receive reprieve

“Turkey pardoning” is what the National Turkey Federation refers to when it presents the annual National Thanksgiving Turkey to the president of the United States.

Governor’s bond package includes VT livestock, poultry research facilities

Virginia’s agriculture community had reason for a pre-holiday celebration when Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced a $2.43 billion bond package on Dec. 9 that will be part of his Fiscal Year 2017-2018 budget.

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