Senate Bill 51 sounded like a no brainer – a way to help farmers and promote agritourism, but it turns out that measure and a similar one approved by the House could make life miserable for people who live near farms that invite people to pick their own fruit, wander through corn mazes or take part in pumpkin carving competitions.
Senate Bill 51 prevents counties from regulating the noise and traffic generated by such events.
It’s well documented that the American banjo has its origins in instruments brought to the colonies by enslaved Africans.
Virginia has a long history with the banjo, and it didn’t start with bluegrass--it started with enslaved Africans.
As early as 1781, Thomas Jefferson took note of the stringed gourd instruments his slaves played. Over the years, the banjo was transformed from an African instrument, to a predominantly white instrument with the familiar bluegrass twang.
There’s been a lot of attention on Drones recently. But alongside concerns about privacy and military applications, is potential job creation in Virginia as a new industry rises.
Virginia is one of seven sites selected for Drone testing research projects. That got Virginia Tech’s office of economic development thinking about what that might mean for the state if this new industry takes off. Estimates are as many as 100,000 jobs could be created, nationwide over the next ten years.