Grassland Partnership Program

Farms along the I-81 corridor that have pastureland that is used for forage production are invited to participate in the Grassland Partnership Project.

The project focuses on the impact of six grassland management practices.

The affect soil carbon storage, input cost, profitability, productivity and in some cases the response of birds and pollinators.

Funding is available to farmers who install at least three of the six practices and maintain them for at least five years.

The Grasslands Partnership  is a collaboration of the U.S. Department of Agriculture , VSU College of Agriculture, and Virginia Cooperative Extension.

For questions please contact Grasslands Project Coordinator Amanda “Mandy” Fletcher at 804-892-0108 or

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Spotted Lanternflies return to region

The Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Northern Shenandoah Valley Agriculture and Natural Resources team reported that Spotted Lanternfly nymphs have begun their seasonal hatching from egg masses across the region.

Spotted Lanternflies are a very serious pest that damages grapes, peaches, hops and a variety of other crops.

They also have been reported around the home on ornamentals and other landscape features.

Spotted Lanternflies first emerged in the area in January of 2018 and are now considered established in the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

If you find a Spotted Lanternfly, kill it on the spot.

Winchester, Frederick, Clarke, Shenandoah, Page and Warren Counties remain under quarantine and businesses within the area must obtain a permit from the VDACS and inspect all articles to make sure they do not contain any life stage of spotted lantern fly that could spread to un-infested areas.

To learn about the Spotted Lanternfly Treatment Program, click here.

To learn more about quarantined counties, click here.

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Spotted Lanternfly Update and Quarantine Details

spotted lanternfly quarantine update

The conversation for Extension Office Friday on The Valley Today with Janet Michael welcomed back Extension Agents Mark Sutphin & Joanne Royaltey from the Frederick County Extension Office. Mark & Joanne work out of the VCE-Frederick County office but also serve Clarke, Page, Shenandoah, and Warren Counties. Today was an update on the Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) invasion and discussion about the expanded quarantine area. Mark & Joanne explained why the quarantine is in place and was expanded plus they said that reporting SLF on your property is no longer necessary. Joanne gave some do’s and don’ts for “disposing” of the pest and examples for getting kids involved. Click here to listen to the conversation.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) announced on July 8, 2022 that Virginia’s Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine has expanded to include the counties of Albemarle,Augusta, Carroll, Page, Prince William, Rockbridge, Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Wythe and the cities of Buena Vista, Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Lynchburg, Manassas, Manassas Park, Staunton, and Waynesboro. Frederick, Clarke and Warren counties and the city of Winchester, which were previously included in Virginia’s Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine and will remain so until further notice.

To slow the spread of SLF, businesses in the quarantined area are required to obtain a permit from VDACS and inspect regulated articles to ensure that the articles do not contain any life stage of the insect. Regulated articles are those which are considered to be a risk for movement of SLF to un-infested areas and include, but are not limited to:

  • Any life stage of the SLF;
  • Live or dead trees; nursery stock; green lumber; firewood; logs; perennial plants; garden plants or produce; stumps; branches; mulch; or composted or un-composted chips, bark, or yard waste;
  • Outdoor industrial or construction materials or equipment; concrete barriers or structures; stone, quarry material, ornamental stone, or concrete; or construction,landscaping, or remodeling waste;
  • Shipping containers, such as wood crates or boxes;
  • Outdoor household articles, including recreational vehicles; lawn tractors or mowers; grills; grill or furniture covers; tarps; mobile homes; tile; stone; deck boards; or
  • Any equipment, trucks, or vehicles not stored indoors; any means of conveyance utilized for movement of an article; any vehicle; or any trailer, wagon.

The permit application is available for download at Online training is required prior to submitting the permit application. There is a fee of $6 per person for the training, but no fee for the permit. Once training is completed, businesses must submit the completed permit application to VDACS at

The quarantine also requires residents and visitors in the area to inspect regulated articles for SLF and ensure those articles are free from the invasive insect prior to leaving the quarantined area. Residents and visitors are not required to obtain the SLF permit, but are strongly encouraged to learn how to identify SLF and kill the pest insect when found.

Joanne mentioned during the conversation that there were links in her email signature. You can email her here: but below are all of the links & more information.

Please do share this info with your neighbors. Combating SLF will truly ‘take a village’ and it is up to each resident to do their part! If you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to reach out to Joanne.


Lifecycle Calendar

Detailed fact sheet on the life cycle and control of SLF

UDSA information on SLF


Possible SLF Egg Mass Look-alikes in Virginia

Possible SLF Immature Look-alikes in Virginia

Possible SLF Adult Look-alikes in Virginia


Best Management Practices for Spotted Lanternfly in Yards and Landscapes

Residential Control for Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) in Virginia

Best Management Practices for Spotted Lanternfly on Christmas Tree Farms

Spotted Lanternfly in Virginia Vineyards: Lycorma delicatula (White) (Hemiptera: Fulgoridae)

Quarantine Information

Virginia Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine

Spotted Lanternfly Treatment Program Information

What Virginians Need to Know About the Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Spotted Lanternfly Resources

Control and Utilization of the Tree-of-Heaven by the Virginia Department of Forestry.

Tree of Heaven identification

Invasive Plant Species: Ailanthus (Ailanthus altissima)

Penn State also has some helpful info that you may find useful as you combat SLF:

Comprehensive SLF Management Guide

Avoid Home Remedies to Control Spotted Lanternfly (

How To Remove Spotted Lanternfly Eggs (

Should you wish to take a pesticide free approach to managing SLF, I have included below 2 videos about banding and circle traps.

Spotted Lanternfly Banding 2020 (

Spotted Lanternfly Circle Trap (

Belle Grove’s Annual GardenFest

Kris kringle outdoor market

Today is the Annual GardenFest and Master Gardener Plant Sale at Belle Grove Plantation from 8 am – 2 pm.

Admission and parking are free and all plants are for sale for $5.

Plant sale proceeds benefit Virginia Cooperative Extensions educational programming in Clarke, Frederick, Page, Shenandoah, and Warren Counties.

There will also be children’s activities, historic garden tours, information booths and more.

Tours will also be available for the Belle Grove Manor House from 10 AM to 4 PM.

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News Maker Karen Poff on a Money Management Series

Virginia Cooperative Extension Service will offer a Money Management series in the valley.

We spoke with Virginia Cooperative Extension Service Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent Karen Poff in our latest news maker.

The good news is brought to you by The Town of Front Royal.

Karen tells us how the series will help any family with managing their money.

She also tells us how Virginia Cooperative Extension has a program focusing on retirement.

Karen has the details on how to get in on the program that starts May 16 in Front Royal and May 17 in New Market.

Click here for Karen’s interview.

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Money Management Tips to Get Out of Debt

It was Extension Office Friday on the show today with Karen Poff. Karen manages the Northern Shenandoah Valley Financial Education Program for the area extension offices. Click here to have a listen.

We talked about getting your finances in order after the holidays and she gave us several tips and advice about how to start paying down your debt. We also talked about how to handle debt collectors and she warned us about scams that could impact how your debt is paid.

If you’re interested in the Money Management Series survey Karen is currently offering, click here:

Information about the Quick Money Chats can be found here:

VA. Cooperative Extension is asking farmers for their opinions

water testing

An email from the Shenandoah County Cooperative Extension Agents are asking farmers to take a survey on grazing practices.

On subjects like what are your grazing practices?

Do you have difficulty adopting rotating grazing practices?

Thoughts on grazing from farmers can help Extension Officials better serve all farmers statewide.

The survey is available at or contact the Shenandoah County Extension Office at 540-459-6140 for a paper survey.

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VA. Cooperative Extension offers natural waters testing in each county

water testing

Testing of well, spring and cistern water systems is being offered by Virginia Tech’s Virginia Cooperative Extension Offices.

The test are low cost with sample kits available from your local county extension office.

There is a discount available if you qualify.

Samples will be analyzed at Virginia Tech with in person confidential meetings scheduled to explain your results.

Registration and payment is required by Oct. 11 at the Shenandoah Well Test 2021 website.

Registration can also be done at your county Virginia Cooperative Extension Office with each county offering a different test time.

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