March 16, 2014
Both local and state farmers gathered Thursday at Blue Ridge Community College for the second annual Agricultural Outlook Seminar.
The Virginia Cooperative Extension collaborated with Virginia Tech to cover important issues such as the rising price of dairy and livestock and the effects of droughts.
Key speakers further discussed strategies to help manage agricultural risk for farmers across the state.
Extension area specialist Allen Straw says he is concerned about the future prices of grain.
He says, "I guess in my mind, I start worrying, 'Okay, if we start using all of this, what happens if we have a drought again and production is lower?' I think if it happens you're going to see grain prices go even higher because of that."
Straw works with local Mennonite farmers who raise fruits and vegetables.