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CO-OP FEATURES

Investment In Agriculture R&D Is Lagging

Investment In Agriculture R&D Is Lagging

Government backing for research and development in farm life has dropped dramatically at a time when other nations have maintained or increased their agricultural R&D interests, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

A Fungi Fad

A Fungi Fad

Virginia might not be known for its mushrooms, but they’re becoming increasingly popular as more growers and consumers venture into the world of fungi. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2017 Census of Agriculture, 41 Virginia farms grow mushrooms, accounting for about $761,000 in sales that year.

Gaff-n-Go Returns in a Big Way

Gaff-n-Go Returns in a Big Way

A two-year hiatus is not a problem, if you’re on top of your game. That was one of the lessons of the 2022 Gaff-n-Go Lineworker Rodeo, which attracted a record number of competitors and crowds after the pandemic sidelined it in 2020 and 2021.

Keeping Pets Safe In The Garden

Keeping Pets Safe In The Garden

In addition to using appropriate flea and tick prevention methods such as collars and sprays, make sure your yard isn’t a welcoming environment for these pests. Keep the lawn trimmed and remove brush and detritus, where fleas and ticks often lurk.

A Slithering Business

A Slithering Business

Some cooperatives supply financial services, sell food or provide energy. The Irula Snake Catchers Industrial Cooperative Society has a different take. Its members catch poisonous snakes, such as spectacled cobras and Russell’s vipers, extract the venom for medicinal use and return the snakes into the wild.

Juicing the Co-op Movement

Juicing the Co-op Movement

Marcus Urann preferred to tromp through cranberry bogs than practice law. Think of that every time you wheel your cart down the juice aisle of a supermarket.

Going Solar

Going Solar

Net metering continues to offer cooperative members an alternative option for renewable energy at their homes or farms. Net metering is a billing practice that enables you to receive a credit for the excess generation your renewable fuel generator produces in the month.