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Review program helping produce growers prepare for federal compliance

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Dana Boyle welcomed the group of visitors to her family’s farm, adding, “I’m not nervous about this. I don’t know whether I should be.”

Farmers need to prepare for Produce Safety Rule

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The Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Modernization Act’s Produce Safety Rule will go into full implementation for large U.S. farms in the summer of 2019. But recordkeeping must start this year.

Cabbage still in season in Virginia

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Cabbage was once a mainstay of Carroll County farmers. Local growers say 25 years ago 5 percent of the nation’s cabbage supply came from this mountainous region. Today, 78 percent of the nation’s cabbage is grown in five other states, but some Carroll County growers still make a profit harvesting it each year through the end of November.

Eating cucumbers helps keep you hydrated

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Crunchy cucumbers are not only a low-calorie snack; they also are a highly nutritious addition to any meal.

Carroll County earning ‘Salad Bowl of Southwest Va.’ nickname

All it took was a warehouse, cooling units and a large loading dock to help the fresh produce industry in Southwest Virginia take off.

Fall vegetable transplants offer new market for small farmers

Growing fall vegetable starter plants is a virtually untapped market for smaller-scale Virginia farmers.

You can’t beat beets for a summer of nutritious meals

Beets can be a delicious summer side dish, as well as a colorful addition to an otherwise green salad.

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