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Virginia Beach farming industry saw overall growth, some changes in past year; budget anticipates restored agricultural reserve program dollars

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Agriculture in Virginia Beach had an estimated $124.6 million economic impact in 2016, an increase of $3.8 million or 3.1 percent from the previous year, according to the local cooperative extension office. The estimate from… Continue Reading

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Gooden, commonwealth’s ag secretary, meets with farmers in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO – Dr. Basil Gooden, the state agriculture and forestry secretary, visited Virginia Beach to meet with the city agriculture staff and state extension representatives and tour local farms in the southern end of the city. The… Continue Reading

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A memory of corn season: Fear not the worm, Virginia Beach

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO —Earlier this summer, before the sweet corn season faded, Winky Henley and Bill Skipper of Skipper Farms traded a few notes at Henley Farms. “Seems like a couple of weeks ago we couldn’t sell corn,” Henley said at… Continue Reading

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Each Wednesday, bidders find fresh deals at the Virginia Beach Farmers Market produce auction

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS LANDSTOWN — On a recent Wednesday evening, people bought local sweet corn during the weekly produce auction at the Virginia Beach Farmers Market. And cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, fresh fruit and so much more. The auctions, led by Gene… Continue Reading