- Associated Press - Saturday, December 26, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is honoring 10 farms that use farming methods to protect soil and water resources.

Each of the 10 is from the state’s major river basins. Their practices are being honored by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. And the state’s soil and water conservation districts.

The winners include Louisa County’s Albert McGhee Jr. for his efforts to ensure his livestock don’t foul creeks and streams. McGhee operates a centuries-old farm.

In Charlotte County, Lorrie and David Barron are growing blackberries using innovative irrigation methods.

Other farmers who were recognized include Steve Sturgis on the Eastern Shore, James and Amanda Holsinger in Rockingham County and Vince and Sharon DiRenzo in Loudoun County, among others.

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