AGRICULTURE

Workers at Virginia’s state parks say they’re trying to kill Chinese bushclover, an invasive plant that grows in thick stands, choking out native flora.And they sounded just a bit frustrated during a meeting this week when they noted their colleagues at another state agency, the Virginia Department of Transportation,...
Agriculture is the largest private industry in Virginia, making a $70 billion economic impact annually, according to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.There are more than 44,000 farmers in the commonwealth and the top crops include soybeans, corn and tobacco.Of those Virginia farmers, 1,865 are African American — about 4...
Nitrogen pollution from fertilizer runoff is one of the main sources of low oxygen "dead zones" in the Chesapeake Bay. And it's a problem throughout the world, as the modern agriculture that sustains human life is itself dependent on commercially-produced nitrogen fertilizers."Humans have nearly doubled Earth’s natural flow of...
Even as the trade war between the United States and China threatens to dramatically drive down the price of the nation’s top agricultural export, many Virginia soybean farmers are adopting a cautious stance of “wait and see.”“We’re hearing from some farmers that are understandably very upset with the administration...