Posts Tagged Virginia Agriculture

Spotted lanternflies are spreading in Virginia. These three things will help save vineyards

Spotted lanternfly on a tree near Winchester, Virginia on August 17, 2022. (Credit: Theresa Dellinger, Insect Identification Laboratory at Virginia Tech)

Virginia winemakers are under a new threat. An insect called the Spotted Lanternfly is spreading throughout Virginia. In July, the state Department of Agriculture issued a quarantine for 12 counties and 10 cities.

The insect originated from China, and has wreaked havoc for some vineyards in Pennsylvania. There is a silver lining, however: people can prevent the spread of the insect. Roxy Todd tells us how.

If you see one of these insects, the state Department of Agriculture asks that you kill it immediately, and contact your local extension office.

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How the war in Ukraine could impact Virginia agriculture

Agricultural industry figures gathered in Richmond Tuesday for the Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade. Jahd Khalil reports that even as they highlighted Virginia’s farm exports, the war in Europe cast its shadow on an important import. 

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A Change to Virginia’s Excise Peanut Tax Could Be on the Table Next Month

As lawmakers are preparing for the upcoming General Assembly session, they’re considering one bill aimed at an important staple of Virginia’s agriculture sector. Michael Pope explains.

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Soybean Seesaw: The Give and Take of Tariffs and Trade Wars

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Virginia agriculture is taking some hits. But some sectors are benefiting at the expense of others. Michael Pope reports.

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Key Ingredient In Craft Beer Boom Finally Taking Off In Virginia

craftbeerVirginia’s beer industry is booming. Some brewers wonder, though, if the state is doing enough to nurture homegrown brewers and the local farmers who want to supply them the grain. Jessie Knadler reports.

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Virginia Agriculture Jumps By 30% in Four Years


Ben Testa, Abby McDonough, Hanna Waring

Teens Ben Testa, Hannah Waring and Abby McDonough pick strawberries at Wegmeyer Farms in Hamilton, Va. Virginia’s agriculture industries have boomed in recent years.
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Virginia’s largest industry is agriculture, and it’s only getting larger. That’s according to new numbers released Tuesday. Mallory Noe-Payne was at the capitol for the announcement and filed this report. 


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