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VCE- Clarke County Virginia Cooperative Extension puts university knowledge into the hands of people across the Commonwealth.

The Clarke County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is your local connection to Virginia's land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University. Through educational programs based on research and developed with input from local stakeholders, we help the people of Clarke County improve their lives. We provide education through programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth Development, and Community Viability.

Mission: Virginia Cooperative Extension helps lead the engagement mission of Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, the commonwealth’s land-grant universities. Building local relationships and collaborative partnerships, we help people put scientific knowledge to work through learning experiences that improve economic, environmental, and social well-being.

Virginia Fresh Produce Food Safety Team
08/12/2020
Virginia Fresh Produce Food Safety Team

Virginia Fresh Produce Food Safety Team

Regarding the FSMA Produce Safety Rule (regulated by FDA, and VDACS in VA)

We wanted to bring to your attention an announcement from FDA this week regarding the Produce Safety Rule (PSR) Rarely Consumed Raw list. The Rarely Consumed Raw list is exhaustive and the items included on the list are exempt from the PSR. The list currently includes: Asparagus; beans, black; beans, great Northern; beans, kidney; beans, lima; beans, navy; beans, pinto; beets, garden (roots and tops); beets, sugar; cashews; cherries, sour; chickpeas; cocoa beans; coffee beans; collards; corn, sweet; cranberries; dates; dill (seeds and weed); eggplants; figs; ginger; hazelnuts; horseradish; lentils; okra; peanuts; pecans; peppermint; potatoes; pumpkins; squash, winter; sweet potatoes; and water chestnuts (21 CFR §112.2 (a)(1)).

The FDA is seeking public comment for the potential expansion of this list. To view the announcement in full from the FDA, and to see how items were originally selected for the rarely consumed raw list, please click here.

Starting Monday, August 10 the public can submit data, information, and/or comments on consumption of produce that is rarely consumed raw through the Request for Information (RFI) docket for the potential expansion of the Rarely Consumed Raw list. Make your submissions using this link: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/08/10/2020-16800/request-for-information-consumption-of-certain-uncommon-produce-commodities-in-the-united-states

If you see Spotted Lanternfly in Clarke County, please kill and then report here: https://ask.extension.org/groups/1981/...
08/11/2020

If you see Spotted Lanternfly in Clarke County, please kill and then report here: https://ask.extension.org/groups/1981/ask

Spotted Lanternfly…Please continue to look for this new invasive insect pest and KILL and REPORT.

The results of your reports are shown in the map within the attached photos. As is consistent with what we observe in the field, the highest population numbers and positive reports (pink dots) are somewhat concentrated to Winchester City. If you are in Frederick County or surrounding counties and see Spotted Lanternfly, we WANT to hear from you. Please report your findings here: https://ask.extension.org/groups/1981/ask

If you are in Winchester City limits (now considered generally infested) and are seeing 50 or more at a property, please report to help us and Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services understand where hot spots are located.

For those dealing with SLF in the residential situation, here is good info: https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/ENTO/ENTO-322/ENTO-322.html

Lots of other Spotted Lanternfly resources and management info can be found at this Virginia Cooperative Extension website: https://ext.vt.edu/agriculture/commercial-horticulture/spotted-lanternfly.html

Blandy Experimental Farm
08/11/2020

Blandy Experimental Farm

Do you love 'em or hate 'em?
Pawpaw fruits are forming now, but they are still a month or so from maturity. Arboretum Curator T'ai Roulston says half the people who taste the fruits love them, while the other half, well, not so much. The ripe fruits have a flavor similar to bananas and the consistency of custard. Pawpaws are native to eastern North America, from Ontario south to Florida and as far west as Texas. They live in moist, shady areas and are common along the Shenandoah River. The larvae of the Zebra Swallowtail butterfly feed exclusively on young pawpaw leaves. So, tell us in the comments below: Have you tried pawpaw fruit? Do you love it or hate it?

VCE Northern Shenandoah Valley Agriculture and Natural Resources
08/10/2020

VCE Northern Shenandoah Valley Agriculture and Natural Resources

Hay Feeding Survey

This is a multi-state hay production survey that the University of Arkansas Extension is leading but working with Virginia Cooperative Extension. This survey is a follow up/companion to the Southeast Hay Harvest Survey that was distributed in February 2020. The data collected by this survey is very important to helping Virginia Cooperative Extension better serve farmers. The survey should not take more than about 10 minutes to complete. Survey responses will remain confidential. This survey will be open until September 18 2020.

This survey is exclusively focused on hay feeding practices.

Please click on the link below to access the survey.

https://uaex.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_40Ky5pojc71TZsh

We would appreciate your taking the time to complete the survey. All information will be kept confidential to the extent allowed by applicable State and Federal law. By completing the survey, you are agreeing to allow the use of your responses for educational purposes. Not taking the survey will have no effect on your relationship with Virginia Cooperative Extension. To opt out of taking the survey, simply do not complete the survey.

If you prefer to complete a paper copy, please contact my office at the Warren county or your Extension Office and we will provide you with a paper copy.

Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey, and we look forward to your insightful responses.

Thanks to Mickey Powell and The Winchester Star for getting information out about the Spotted Lanternfly. A bit of clari...
08/10/2020
Spotted lanternflies have infested Winchester

Thanks to Mickey Powell and The Winchester Star for getting information out about the Spotted Lanternfly. A bit of clarification, the adults do fly. It is the nymphs, or juvenile stages that do not fly. If you are in Winchester City limits and are seeing 50 or more at a property, please report to help us and Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services understand where hot spots are located. Here is the online reporting link: https://ask.extension.org/groups/1981/ask

For those dealing with SLF in the residential situation, here is good info: https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/ENTO/ENTO-322/ENTO-322.html

A host of additional information can be found at this Virginia Cooperative Extension Page: https://ext.vt.edu/agriculture/commercial-horticulture/spotted-lanternfly.html

WINCHESTER — Just because something is pretty doesn’t mean you want it around.

08/08/2020
Hanover County Virginia Cooperative Extension

Virginia Tech Plant Pathologist Dr. Steve Rideout, discusses "Seasonal Plant Disease Management Strategies: Alternatives for Protecting Vegetables from Late Season Diseases".

VCE Northern Shenandoah Valley Agriculture and Natural Resources
08/06/2020

VCE Northern Shenandoah Valley Agriculture and Natural Resources

Here are a few photos from yesterday, August 3, 2020, to show you what we are seeing within some of the heaviest spotted lanternfly population areas in Virginia (Winchester and Frederick County). We saw mostly adults but still some fourth instar nymphs(red) and a few third instar nymphs. Check out resources at this Virginia Cooperative Extension website: https://ext.vt.edu/agriculture/commercial-horticulture/spotted-lanternfly.html

All of Winchester is considered generally infested, please report any sightings outside of Winchester City limits to: https://ask.extension.org/groups/1981/ask

VCE Northern Shenandoah Valley Agriculture and Natural Resources
08/03/2020

VCE Northern Shenandoah Valley Agriculture and Natural Resources

Spotted Lanternfly…Please continue to look for this invasive insect and report findings here: https://ask.extension.org/groups/1981/ask

The results of your reports are shown in the map within the attached photos. As is consistent with what we observe in the field, the highest population numbers and positive reports (pink dots) are somewhat concentrated to Winchester City. If you are on the fringes of this known infestation area, we WANT to hear from you. Please report your findings here: https://ask.extension.org/groups/1981/ask

Lots of other Spotted Lanternfly resources and management info can be found at this Virginia Cooperative Extension website: https://ext.vt.edu/agriculture/commercial-horticulture/spotted-lanternfly.html

Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program
07/31/2020

Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program

Plant a fall garden! It's time to plan (and plant!) fall crops like lettuce, spinach, broccoli, turnips, and radishes! Get these veggies in the ground in August for harvest around October.

To learn more about fall gardening, check out our latest Facebook live session featuring Gaylynn Johnson of Hampton Virginia Cooperative Extension: https://www.facebook.com/VCEMasterGardenerProgram/live

For more help and exact planting dates, visit our “Home Garden Vegetable Planting Guide” here: https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/426/426-331/426-331.html

CHART TEXT:
Vegetables to plant in August!
* = transplant

6A
Beets
Chard, Swiss
Collards, Kale
Kohlrabi
Lettuce, Baby Salad
Mustard
Radish
Rutabega
Spinach
Turnips
broccoli*
Cabbage*
Chinese Cabbage*
Cauliflower*
Leeks*
Lettuce, head*

6B
Beets
Chard, Swiss
Collards, Kale
Kohlrabi
Lettuce, Baby Salad
Mustard
Radish
Rutabega
Spinach
Turnips
broccoli*
cabbage*
Chinese Cabbage*
cauliflower*
leeks*
lettuce, head*

7A
Beets
Carrots
Chard, Swiss
Collards, Kale
Kohlrabi
Lettuce, Baby Salad
Mustard
Radish
Rutabega
Southern Pea
Squash, Summer
Turnips
broccoli*
Brussel Sprouts*
cabbage*
Chinese cabbage*
cauliflower*
leeks*
lettuce, head*

7B
Beets
Carrots
Chard, Swiss
Collards, Kale
Kohlrabi
lettuce, head*
Lettuce, Baby Salad
Mustard
Rutabega
Southern Pea
Squash, Summer
Turnips
broccoli*
Brussel Sprouts*
cabbage*
Chinese cabbage*
cauliflower*
leeks*
tomatoes*

8A
Beans, Bush
Beets
Carrots
Collards, Kale
Cucumbers
Eggplant
lettuce, head*
Lettuce, Baby Salad
Mustard
Okra
Peppers
Southern Pea
Squash, Summer
Turnips
broccoli*
Brussel Sprouts*
cabbage*
cauliflower*
leeks*
tomatoes*

07/31/2020
Dinwiddie Cooperative Extension

Dinwiddie Cooperative Extension

This video shares a lot of great preparedness information for any disaster that may come our way!! Please call your local Extension Office for other resources that may be available as well!!

Virginia Fresh Produce Food Safety Team
07/31/2020

Virginia Fresh Produce Food Safety Team

Join us on August 5th to hear Virginia Tech Plant Pathologist Dr. Steve Rideout, in which he will discuss "Seasonal Plant Disease Management Strategies: Alternatives for Protecting Vegetables from Late Season Diseases".

You can find the live session at: virginiatech.zoom.us/j/92321997726?pwd=UEJHWUdsbGRpcmtPdHJidU8vNVEwQT09

Meeting ID: 923 2199 7726
Password: 286040
One tap mobile +13126266799,,92321997726# US (Chicago)

VCE Northern Shenandoah Valley Agriculture and Natural Resources
07/29/2020

VCE Northern Shenandoah Valley Agriculture and Natural Resources

Diversify Your Farms Revenue by Adding a Sheep Component

There is an old saying that is scientifically driven, sheep and cattle complement each other rather than compete for the same farm resources. This means that one ewe can be added per existing cow unit without increasing the forage resources already committed to the cattle. Maybe you do not have any cattle but are looking to diversify your operation. To find out more go to http://vacoopext.blogspot.com

VCE Northern Shenandoah Valley Agriculture and Natural Resources
07/29/2020

VCE Northern Shenandoah Valley Agriculture and Natural Resources

VCE Northern Shenandoah Valley Agriculture and Natural Resources
07/29/2020

VCE Northern Shenandoah Valley Agriculture and Natural Resources

With the only known population of Spotted Lanternfly in the state, there is a lot of scientific research occurring in Winchester and Frederick County to better understand this new invasive insect pest. These photos show just some of the work that is occurring by researchers from USDA Appalachian Fruit Research Station and Virginia Tech.

Lots of Spotted Lanternfly resources and management info can be found at this Virginia Cooperative Extension website: https://ext.vt.edu/agriculture/commercial-horticulture/spotted-lanternfly.html

VCE Northern Shenandoah Valley Agriculture and Natural Resources
07/25/2020

VCE Northern Shenandoah Valley Agriculture and Natural Resources

Here are a few photos from yesterday, July 24, 2020, to show you what we are seeing within some of the heaviest spotted lanternfly population areas in Virginia (Frederick County). We saw plenty of adults but still mostly fourth instar nymphs(red) and a few third instar nymphs. Please check your black walnut trees, we continue to see heavy numbers of fourth instar nymphs on black walnut trees. Check out resources at this Virginia Cooperative Extension website: https://ext.vt.edu/agriculture/commercial-horticulture/spotted-lanternfly.html

Please report any sightings to: https://ask.extension.org/groups/1981/ask

Periodical Cicadas got lots of attention in the news for 2020. Their emergence for much of the northern part of the stat...
07/22/2020
Experts: Cicada boom coming to valley in 2021

Periodical Cicadas got lots of attention in the news for 2020. Their emergence for much of the northern part of the state is expected for 2021. More info at this link: https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/444/444-276/444-276.html

https://www.winchesterstar.com/winchester_star/experts-cicada-boom-coming-to-valley-in-2021/article_5c49d670-b932-540c-b580-e1fe2f71db1c.html

Area residents may have heard the call of the cicada this summer, but experts say this is a milder year for the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

VCE Northern Shenandoah Valley Agriculture and Natural Resources
07/21/2020

VCE Northern Shenandoah Valley Agriculture and Natural Resources

Remember to Use Care When Shipping Meds and Vaccines when it's hot!

Temperatures the last few days have been brutal with heat index's well over 100 degrees. It is important to take extra steps to insure the medications or vaccine that we give to livestock are viable and stored properly.

All medicines or vaccines must be shipped at some time. Make sure to place in an insulated box (cooler) and/or foil pouch and packed with ice/cooler packs, they can safely be shipped to you even in the summer time. When you receive your order, use or place in the refrigerator immediately. What if? The ice packs are melted? Rest assured they have done their job protecting your biologicals until you use them (unless they have spent an additional unexpected time in shipping). Simply refrigerate your vaccines as soon as they arrive.

Vaccines are usually packed with frozen ice packs and some type of insulated box or bag, just like the way veterinarians receive their vaccines. The amount of ice is determined by the size of the box and amount of vaccines, as well as the outside temperatures.

In order to ensure the protection of vaccines, we recommend that you have all vaccines shipped on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday to ensure delivery before the weekend. Remember, orders shipped UPS Ground can take up to 10 days to deliver, vaccines belong to the purchaser upon leaving most warehouses. Most of the time medications and vaccines are non-returnable and non-refundable.

You may want to inform the company if you require special shipping and packing instructions. Before you place your order, be sure the shipping methods and quantities of vaccines you choose are correct. To shorten your "shipping time" your vaccines may be shipped Next Day or 2nd Day Air, or other companies for an additional charge.

Please remember when ordering vaccines, to keep in mind the time that the freight companies "normally' deliver your packages. Vaccines may be delivered early in the morning, but sit up protected in the sun until later that evening. When you are expecting vaccines or cooler products, please make arrangements in advance to handle/accept your delivery to insure the vaccines are kept cool! Perhaps you could put a cooler at the delivery address if you are going to be absent.

The more effort that you put into making sure the products arrive in a safe usable manor will increase the usefulness of the product.

VCE Northern Shenandoah Valley Agriculture and Natural Resources
07/21/2020

VCE Northern Shenandoah Valley Agriculture and Natural Resources

Spotted Lanternfly - Update:

Here are a few photos from today, July 20, 2020, to show you what we are seeing within some of the heaviest spotted lanternfly population areas in Virginia (Frederick County). We saw some adults but mostly fourth instar nymphs(red), and a few third instar nymphs. As has been observed the last two years, we are seeing very heavy numbers of fourth instar nymphs on black walnut trees.

Please continue to look for this invasive insect and report findings here: https://ask.extension.org/groups/1981/ask

The results of your reports are shown in the map within the attached photos. As is consistent with what we observe in the field, the highest population numbers and positive reports (pink dots) are largely concentrated to Winchester City. If you are on the fringes of this known infestation area, we WANT to hear from you. Please report your findings here: https://ask.extension.org/groups/1981/ask

Lots of other Spotted Lanternfly resources and management info can be found at this @Virginia Cooperative Extension website: https://ext.vt.edu/agriculture/commercial-horticulture/spotted-lanternfly.html

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
07/19/2020

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Farmers interested in selling their produce directly using Lulus Local Food platform should join @VAFarmersMkts & @VSU_AG on7/21 to learn more about the application process, setting up a store, downloading reports & more.
Register now! https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/ODg3MTA=#! #VaGrown

Virginia Tech Food Science & Technology Department
07/17/2020

Virginia Tech Food Science & Technology Department

Preserving your own food means delicious meals and fewer trips to the grocery store! We're teaming up with Virginia Cooperative Extension to offer this self-paced online course that will teach you everything you need to know about home food preservation techniques such as canning, freezing, dehydration and fermentation, and the science behind them. Renee Raiden Boyer

Register 👉 https://bit.ly/2MrcY8G

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