Various sectors within the agriculture industry have gone through rocky periods in the last few years.

Partly in response to that, managers of the Virginia Farm Bureau say farmers are increasingly "diversifying" their farms and getting into several aspects of agriculture at once.

You used to see dairy cows on the farm Lynn Koontz runs in Rockingham County. Not anymore.

"And, boy, I'm glad I did that," says Koontz.

He's opted to get into several things including beef cattle, poultry and raising crops.

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