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The chicken dance: Broiler production keeps pace with growing consumer appetites

The chicken dance: Broiler production keeps pace with growing consumer appetites
A recent report by the American Farm Bureau Federation notes that federally inspected broiler, or meat chicken, production and consumption has been growing for nearly a decade.



Livestock outlook for 2018 a positive one

Livestock outlook for 2018 a positive one
The 2018 outlook for the U.S. livestock and poultry sectors is generally positive.



Virginia farmers to raise 17 million turkeys this year

Virginia farmers to raise 17 million turkeys this year
The number of turkeys raised in Virginia this year is expected to total 17 million, according to the Virginia office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service. The finding is from a Sept. 1 survey conducted in major turkey-producing states.



Despite slight increase, Virginians’ Thanksgiving meal still a bargain

Despite slight increase, Virginians’ Thanksgiving meal still a bargain
Virginians will be able to feed their families a Thanksgiving meal for about $5.06 per person this year, according to an informal price survey conducted by the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation.



Turkey and Oyster Gumbo

Turkey and Oyster Gumbo

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.





Prevent backyard chickens from spreading disease

Prevent backyard chickens from spreading disease
More consumers are keeping chickens in their own backyards, but the desire for fresh eggs can come with some risks.



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.




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.



High in protein and low in fat, chicken is something to cluck about

High in protein and low in fat, chicken is something to cluck about
September is National Chicken Month, and that’s something to cluck about. A skinless, boneless chicken breast has just 165 calories and contains less than 2 grams of fat. It also packs 31 grams of protein and 4 percent of the daily recommended value of iron and has zero carbohydrates. 



It’s time to talk turkey before setting your Thanksgiving table

It’s time to talk turkey before setting your Thanksgiving table
Turkey is a favorite holiday staple once a year, but Virginia farmers care for their turkey flocks year-round.



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