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Virginia Beach officials reviewing how people separately kept hogs, planted soy on city property off Salem Road

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Two private farming operations were conducted on several acres of city property off Salem Road recently without the awareness or permission of Virginia Beach, officials said this week. The first has been widely reported in… Continue Reading

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Agriculture: Timing, weather means different things to vital local crops

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — Fall is harvest season for Virginia Beach grain farmers, and this summer’s unusual weather has resulted in mixed results for this year’s yields. Drought, followed by heavy rain, took its toll on the soybean crop. … Continue Reading

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Soy summit: extension service hosts a look at plant progress in neutral soil

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE NORTH LANDING — Along North Landing Road, near a large test plot tended for the Virginia Cooperative Extension by Curtis Wolfarth, dozens of local growers joined agriculture officials, as well as seed company representatives, to see how soybeans had… Continue Reading