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Explore what’s going on at the Farm Bureau and on Virginia’s farms

Explore what’s going on at the Farm Bureau and on Virginia’s farms
Virginia Farm Bureau’s been packaging up some delightful December looks at Virginia agriculture for its weekly television program, Real Virginia. Broadcasts this month focus on the state’s stock of fresh Christmas trees, the bustle of cotton harvest season and the annual state auctioneer championship. There’s also a visit to the farms of Carroll County.



When it comes to cutting your own Christmas tree, pickiness pays

When it comes to cutting your own Christmas tree, pickiness pays
There are thousands of Christmas tree growers in Virginia, with more than 7 million trees growing in the state.
With that many trees, how do you ensure you’re getting the best quality?



Oh Fraser fir, where do you come from?

Oh Fraser fir, where do you come from?
Mountains and Fraser firs are all you can see for miles from Rodney Richardson’s back porch.



Re-use your Christmas trees after the holidays

Re-use your Christmas trees after the holidays
When the holidays are over, you could chuck your Christmas tree into the woods or take it to the dump, but there are plenty of ways you can repurpose it.



Some Virginia Christmas tree farmers expect shortages

Some Virginia Christmas tree farmers expect shortages
Demand for fresh-cut Virginia Christmas trees continues to increase, and some growers are coming up short.



Fresh greenery adds a festive scent to holiday decor

Fresh greenery adds a festive scent to holiday decor
Some Virginians choose and cut their own Christmas trees, and many purchase fresh wreaths and garlands as well. Tree farms often sell wreaths and garlands made from fresh greenery.



Guide to Virginia-grown Christmas trees available online

Free copies of the 2015 Virginia Grown Christmas Tree Guide, published by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in cooperation with the Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association, are available at tourist information centers, libraries and Virginia Cooperative Extension offices.



Recycled trees are post-holiday gifts for the environment

Recycled trees are post-holiday gifts for the environment
Jennifer Gagnon, Virginia Forest Landowner Education program coordinator, said fresh-cut Christmas trees can be recycled or repurposed into natural products, wildlife habitat or feeding areas to attract wildlife.



Oh Fraser fir, Oh Fraser fir, where do you come from?

Mountains and Fraser firs are all you can see for miles from Rodney Richardson’s back porch. And that’s fine with him, because growing Fraser firs is how he makes his living.




Virginia Christmas tree growers deliver on this year’s harvest

It’s not quite Thanksgiving, but the Christmas tree harvest is in full swing and Virginia growers are experiencing a good one.



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