Virginia Department of Agriculture

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A horse in western Albemarle County has tested positive for a neurological disease that's caused by a virus.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says a boarding stable where the 14-year-old gelding is located is under quarantine.

The department says the horse showed symptoms of Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy on Jan. 31 and is now stable.

Initial findings of an epidemiological investigation show that one exposed horse left the stable with the last two weeks. That horse went out of state.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - State agriculture officials say this year's winter wheat crop is expected to be larger than what they forecast in May.

But the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says this year's winter wheat crop is still expected to be smaller than last year's crop.

Growers are expected to produce 16.4 million bushels this year. That's 3 percent higher than the May forecast. But the revised forecast is 4 percent decline from 2013's crop.

Virginia's winter wheat average yield is expected to remain unchanged at 62 bushels per acre.