Historically, Virginia has always stood at the forefront of the American agriculture industry. The agriculture industry alone has an economic impact of $55 billion annually and provides more than 357,000 jobs throughout the Commonwealth. According to a recent UVA study, agriculture and forestry, have a combined economic impact of more than $79 billion dollars, making those two industries the largest in the state, even larger than the government and military. That's why WVPT’s Virginia Farming so vital to its viewers. In today’s ever changing economic landscape, farmers need to stay up to date on the latest ag trends, innovations and information. Consumers need to know where their food comes from and what it takes to get it to their tables.

Hosted by WVPT’s Amy Roscher, Virginia Farming is the Commonwealth’s only locally produced, weekly televised farming news series. Topics include: poultry, beef, dairy, crops, wine, seafood, timber, aquaculture, and farm safety as well as a myriad of other topics that affect farmers and consumers on a daily basis. Virginia Farming” has been recognized with four top journalism awards from the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation (VFBF) for outstanding farm news communication, as well as a myriad of accolades and recognitions from industry experts.

ABOUT YOUR HOST, AMY ROSCHER

Amy was born and raised on a 170-acre dairy farm in Rockingham County, VA, milking 100 head of registered Holsteins.

“Growing up on a farm instills a work ethic like no other. It doesn’t matter the time of day or night, when the cows get out, you get them in. When a cow is birthing, you’re there to help.” After she received a degree in journalism from Radford University, Amy focused her career on broadcasting, and since 1994, has been involved in some facet of television or video production. For 4 years Amy served as the Director for Virginia Farming. She's now in front of the camera to take over for veteran host, Jeff Ishee.  “Being given the opportunity to produce and host Virginia Farming is an honor.  My main focus is to continue to be of service to farmers and agribusinesses, to provide them with the news and insights they have come to rely on over the last 10 or more years. I also view it as a chance to educate consumers so they can fully understand where their food comes from, and what it takes to get it to their tables."


WHERE CAN YOU WATCH VIRGINIA FARMING?

WVPT- serving 40 counties in northwest VA, MD and Washington, DC
Fridays at 7:30pm, repeating Saturdays at Noon and Sundays at 11:00am

WBRA- Serving 29 counties in southwest VA, WV, and NC
Saturdays at 11:30am

WCVE- serving 18 counties in eastern VA
Sundays at 8:30am

WHTJ- serving 7 counties in central VA
Sundays at 8:30am

RFD-TV- serving the entire U.S.
Fridays at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30pm Central,
repeating Wednesdays at 3:00am Eastern/2:00am Central

SCHEDULE OF SHOW TOPICS: 

  • 8/29/14 - Taking a look at quilting: a rural way of life
  • 9/5/14 - Eastern Bio Plastics- creating plastic resins from poultry feathers
  • 9/12/14 - Winter Grazing-- it's working for NC farmers!

RECENTLY AIRED EPISODES:

Air Date Topic/Guest
8/22/14 Virginia Hops Harvest at Avalon Farms
8/15/14 Bold Rock Hard Cider
8/9/14 Route 11 Potato Chips
8/1/14 Conserving the hallowed grounds of Virginia Civil War Battlefields
7/25/14 Va. Wine Expert Tony Wolf talks about grapes and the wine industry
7/18/14 Valley Conservation Council- helping conserve agricultural land
7/11/14 Wings of Hope Ranch- turning rescued horses into therapy animals
7/4/14 New Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Building
6/27/14  Carolyn's Garden- a unique nursery in Hanover County
6/13/14 The importance of pollination with Entomologist Rick Fell
6/6/14 Tellus Agronomics-- using drones to improve farmer's bottom lines
5/30/14 Farm Credit of the Virginias' Knowledge Center
5/23/14 100th Anniversary of Cooperative Extension
4/25/14 JMU's "The Farm Course"
4/18/14  Camp Light- a new camp for disabled children that includes agricultural practices
4/11/14  Shenandoah Valley Organic Poultry
4/4/14  Agriculture Education
3/28/14  Route 11 Potato Chips
3/21/14  Jason Carter talks about the new Virginia Cattlemen's Convention
3/14/14  Oyster Preservation on the Great Wicomico
3/7/14  Livestock Exclusion Management
2/28/14  Libby Norris- Farmers to the Bay
2/21/14  Travis Burns- Award-winning Farrier
2/14/14  National FFA President Brian Walsh
2/7/14  Are you properly insured? Steve Purdy with Farm Family Insurance
1/31/14  Talking Turkey with Va. Poultry Federation President Hobey Bauhan
1/24/14  Martha Boneta & Trey Davis discuss new legislation to protect small farmers
1/17/14  Plains Mill Restoration with Zach Grandle
1/10/14  Virginia Hops Harvest
12/20/13  Oyster Preservation on the Great Wicomico
12/13/13  Ag Education- Karen Davis, Va. Foundation for Ag in the Classroom
12/6/13  Virginia Christmas Trees
11/22/13  Forrest Pritchard- his book, "Gaining Ground" and saving the family farm
11/15/13  Edible Landscaping
11/8/13  Wildwood's Hickory Syrup
10/25/13  Virginia Secretary of Agriculture Todd Haymore
10/18/13  Leanne Ladin talks about the upcoming Equine Extravaganza
10/11/13  Agritourism Prospers at Back Home on the Farm
10/04/13  National 4-H Week is Oct. 6-12--We'll learn more about the orgainzation!
9/27/13  VSU's William Crutchfield discusses growing chick peas in the Commonwealth
9/20/13  Virginia State Fair-- what's in store!
9/13/13  Breaking Free Equine Therapy
8/30/13  Mark Fitzgibbons- VA Farm Right Protection Act
8/23/13  Kevin Wilson- Backyard Bow Pros
8/16/13  Jimmy Maass- Farm MAPPER Emergency Preparedness
7/26/13  Jeff Ishee & Mike Gochenour- Award-Winning Rockingham County Fair
7/19/13  Travis Burns- Award-winning Farrier
7/12/13 Dennis Clemmer- National Ruritan President, Virginia Farmer 
6/28/13  Blue Ridge Aquaculture- the World's Largest Indoor Fishery
6/21/13  National Farm Mom of the Year, Virginia's Betty Rosson
6/14/13  Kevin Jennings & J.J. Dabbs-Historical Angus Genetics at Kinloch Farm
6/7/13  VDACS Commissioner Matt Lohr- Virginia Exports
5/31/13  Justin Folks & Jay Jeffreys - Quail & Woodland Habitat Recovery
5/24/13  Mary Rapoport- Eggs - Worth Their Weight in Protein!
5/17/13  Travis & Joyce Miller- Wildwood's Hickory Syrup
5/10/13  Eric Day- Cicadas Emerging-- What to Do?
5/3/13  Adam Downing & Joe Murray- Topping Trees is Bad
4/26/13 Carl Stafford, Patty Johnson- American Forage & Grassland Council Summer Tour 
4/19/13  Dr. Andy Overbay- Increasing Agricultural Literacy Among the General Public
4/5/13  Dayne Davis- Financial Opportunities for Farmers
3/29/13  Adam Downing & Joe Lehnen- Timber Theft & How to Prevent It
3/22/13  Meat Professional Apprenticeship Program with Alyssa Elliott & Brydie Ragan
3/15/13  Augusta Alpacas- The growing trend of alpaca farming
2/22/13  Chase Miller- Large Animal Vet Student
2/15/13  A look at pure raw honey with Jim Epley of Mud-E-Acres
2/8/13  Trey Davis, Va. Farm Bureau, and Opposing House Bill 1430
2/1/13  Joel Salatin and Supporting House Bill 1430
1/25/13  Chris Beverage- a look at new ATVs for farm use and how to safely use them
1/18/13  Lucas Roasting Company- a unique Virginia agribusiness
1/11/13  Using Biochar as a soil and feed additive with guest Erich Knight
12/14/12  Extension Agent Matt Yancey talks about a new liquid manure injector
12/07/12  Virginia Christmas Trees with guest Greg Lemmer
11/30/12  Livestock Exclusion Management
11/23/12  Rotational Grazing
11/16/12  Fall Lawn Care with guests Mike Goatley and Shawn Askew
11/09/12 Congressman Bob Goodlatte discusses the Farm Bill and the Ethanol Mandate
11/02/12 No Till Farming
10/26/12 The Pardoned Turkey of Virginia - Interview with Steve Willardsen & Hobey Baughan
10/19/12 Winter Grazing
10/12/12 Augusta Alpacas
10/05/12 Marc Moran- Turf Science
9/28/12 Curt Hartman-- Bluestone Vineyards
9/21/12 The Farminator- Meet Art Mitchell  and hear his tale of farming perserverence
9/14/12 RFD Folk Art author and photographer Tyre & Jane Yancey
09/07/12 Livestock Exclusion Management
08/31/12 Dr. Shea Porr and the mission of the Va. Horse Industry Board
08/24/12 Matt Lohr- big farms vs. small farms
08/17/12 Fauquier County Ordinances on Wineries

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UNDERWRITERS:

PRODUCTION UNDERWRITER: Virginia Farm Bureau

   

PROGRAM UNDERWRITER: Rockingham Group

 
 

 PRODUCTION SPONSORS: Virginia Horse Industry BoardVirginia Christmas Tree Growers Association

Virginia Horse Industry Board     Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association

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2014 PESTICIDE DISPOSAL PROGRAM COLLECTION SITES AND SCHEDULE

All locations are open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


August 25        Crop Production Services

5253 Newman Lane

Eastville, VA 23347


August 26        Indika Farms Peanut Buying                              Station

12249 Shiloh Drive

Windsor, VA 23487


August 27        SVCC Truck Driving School

1112 Courtland Road

Emporia, VA 23847


August 28        Springfield Road Landfill

10600 Fords County                  Lane

Glen Allen, VA 23059


August 29        York Co. Operations Center

100 County Drive

Grafton,VA 23692


September 8     Crop Protection Services

18432 Wachapreague               Road

Melfa, VA 23410


September 9     Hickory Ruritan Club

2752 Battlefield Blvd,                 South

Chesapeake, VA 23322


September 10   Southampton Co. Fairgrounds                                         
25376 New Market Rd.                                     Franklin, VA 23837

September 11    Southern States Petersburg
                                     1609 W. Washington                                         Street
                                      Petersburg, VA 23803

September 12   New Kent Refuge Center

6301 Olivet Church Rd.

Providence Forge, VA               23140