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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia agriculture officials report that organic farming is increasing in the state.

The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says Virginia had 167 organic farms in 2014, up from 156 in 2008. Those farms generated $41.3 million in sales, more than double the $19.2 million in 2008.

Eighty-one percent of the organic sales came from crop production. Fourteen percent came from livestock and poultry products such as milk and eggs, and five percent from livestock and poultry animals.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware cats are a new protected class under animal control legislation being signed into law by Gov. Jack Markell.

Markell was to sign two bills Tuesday, one relating to cruelty to animals, and the other involving dangerous dogs.

One measure allows first responders to use reasonable force to remove an animal confined in a motor vehicle under conditions likely to cause suffering, injury, or death.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A lawsuit aimed at keeping cattle out of Virginia streams that feed into the Chesapeake Bay has been rejected by a Circuit Court judge in Richmond.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation said Tuesday it will review the decision before deciding on its next step.

The foundation sued the state to push for regulations that would require Virginia's largest livestock operations to fence off streams to keep their animals out of the water.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says Chesapeake Bay restoration projects will receive more than $18 million in funding.

The grant funding was announced Wednesday by Virginia's U.S. senators, Democrats Mark Warner and Tim Kaine.

The funding is through the USDA regional conservation partnership program.

The largest grant involves $7 million to reward agricultural producers who implement conservation practices to limit farm runoff from dairy and livestock operations. The grant also involves West Virginia producers.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A new census of American agriculture shows that the number of farms in Delaware has declined over the past five years, while the value of crops and livestock they produce has increased.

A report released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture showed that the number of farms in Delaware declined from 2,546 in 2007 to 2,457 in 2012.

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HARRINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Fair organizers are blaming heat and the entertainment lineup for an attendance drop-off of about 10 percent this year.

Organizers announced Wednesday that 228,000 people attended the 10-day fair this year. That's down from 259,000 last year and officials say the carnival gross was down less than 2 percent.