This week on The Main Course, Patrick Martins chats with Todd Haymore, Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, who tells listeners about all of the artisanal food and agricultural products coming out of the Old Dominion. Learn how their old world wines are turning heads globally and how an export mandate has helped spread products like peanuts and Virginia Ham across the nation and beyond. Find out what "Virginia's Finest" is all about and how farmland is being lost at an alarming rate. Learn more about the Virginia Department of Agriculture here. Later in the show, hear a state of the union on trucking in this country from Larry Boukal of Cannonball Express. This program was sponsored by S. Wallace Edwards & Sons.
"We're spending a lot of time promoting our wine industry. We're the fifth largest wine producer in the country right now. We're trying to get these old world style wines in the global marketplace."
"We're blessed with having millions of acres of farmland in Virginia, but studies show that 100,000 acres a year are lost to development. Once those acres are gone, they're gone."
--Todd Haymore, Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry
"I think taking the drivers off the road from 1-5am [is a bad idea]. It's the most efficient time for truckers to operate on the road."
--Larry Boukal of Cannonball Express