Pulses quickened, hair was primped, and choreography was given a last-minute run through as contestants readied themselves for a morning of ring competition and agility skills at the 42nd annual 4-H State Dog Show.
And those were just the four-legged participants.
The 2013 Virginia 4-H All-Star Livestock Judging Team traveled to Omaha, Neb., where they took first high team overall against 28 other teams in the Ak-Sar-Ben Livestock Judging Contest on September 28.
The team also took first in sheep and goats, second in reasons, third in swine, and fifth in beef.
The Bedford County Master Gardeners group placed third in the International Master Gardener Search for Excellence contest.
Their project, “Therapeutic Gardening,” won third place in the Special Needs Audiences category — one of seven project categories. Winners were announced in September at the 2013 International Master Gardener Conference in Alaska.
Lynchburg Grows and Virginia Cooperative Extension celebrated the important role that agriculture plays in the commonwealth’s economy and the designation of October as Urban Agriculture Month in Virginia with a ceremony at the Lynchburg Grows H.R. Schenkel Urban Farm and Environmental Center in Lynchburg on Oct. 17.
Virginia’s wine industry generates $747 million for the state’s economy. According to a 2012 report released by the governor’s office, that figure more than doubles a 2005 estimate of how much the industry would grow in seven years.
But long before grape juice is pressed and wine is bottled for consumers, growers must consider a staggering amount of variables in deciding where to plant vines and which varieties are best suited to a particular soil. Growers in the Eastern United States will soon have help in evaluating land for vineyard suitability using a Web-based application.