Envigo: Cumberland dogs are well cared for  

BY: - May 8, 2020

By Dr. Helmut Ehall There is a lot of confusion, and at times misinformation, across Virginia and the nation about the use of animals in the advancement of science and medicine. Now, more than ever, it is essential to share the facts about what is being done, how it is being accomplished and who is […]


Pharmaceutical industry ‘is working around the clock’ on COVID-19

BY: - March 23, 2020

By Dr. Michael Ybarra As an emergency physician, I’m watching each day as COVID-19, a disease caused by a novel coronavirus, continues to impact patients and our entire country. Ensuring that individuals who become sick seek care and take proper steps with their health care professionals to limit spread of the disease is key. And […]

Augusta farmers want to implement conservation practices

BY: - February 26, 2020

By Bradley Dunsmore As the second largest agricultural county in Virginia, our farmers’ livelihoods are dependent on the land. They want to do everything in their power to implement conservation practices that protect their land and the Chesapeake Bay. For years, our farmers have voluntarily installed conservation practices that are making a difference in meeting […]


Are stream fencing bills ‘major step’ or jettisoned partnership?

BY: - February 4, 2020

By Wayne F. Pryor The Jan. 29 commentary “Setting a deadline for farm conservation practices would be a major step for Virginia water quality” might describe a bold stride. But for Virginia’s farmers it feels like a betrayal of trust. For years, farmers, conservation groups and soil and water conservation districts have worked diligently to address legitimate barriers to farmers’ being […]


Reader response: Biomass continues to be an important energy source for the commonwealth

BY: - December 11, 2019

By Kyle Shreve  Biomass remains a renewable energy source that continues to be an integral part of Virginia’s energy solution. This biproduct of the forestry industry produced nearly 7 percent of Virginia’s energy in 2018 according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. However, a commentary recently published in the Virginia Mercury contains assertions regarding biomass […]