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CHARLESTON — Corn plantings in West Virginia are expected to total 56,000 acres, up 8 percent, or 4,000 acres from 2019, and up 22 percent or 10,000 acres from 2018.

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I exist in cargo-cult anticipation of 2 things.

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MORGANTOWN — USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is seeking public comment on proposed revisions to 49 national conservation practice standards through a posting in the Federal Register.

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Our recent move has certainly stirred up the murky bottom of my archives. The inspiration for this story, which appeared in the Capon Valley Chronicle, came from so many directions at once that it was virtually inevitable.

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CHARLESTON — West Virginia’s honey production in 2019 from producers with 5 or more colonies totaled 222,000 pounds, unchanged from 2018.

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CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Agriculture is now offering full reimbursement to producers who have successfully completed the Good Agricultural Practices and Good Handling Practices audits.

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CHARLESTON — Corn for grain value of production totaled $26.02 million in 2019, an increase of 27 percent from $20.47 million in 2018.

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ST. LOUIS — The American Farmer has long been viewed, and rightfully so, as the backbone of our nation’s economy and lead provider of the breadbasket for the world. As farmers strive to meet the growing demand for corn to satisfy increasing world need, one area grower has been honored throug…

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency has updated the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program.

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MORGANTOWN — Farmers and ranchers may apply to enroll grasslands in the Conservation Reserve Program Grasslands signup beginning Monday (March 16). The signup runs through May 15. 

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This story first appeared in the Winchester Star — oh, maybe around 2005. It was part of the Star’s special project entitled “Piece of Mind” which solicited works from writers among the general readership. It didn’t pay anything, but was a lot of fun nonetheless.

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I found this undated piece in a forgotten stack of papers. An attached Post-It note read “unpubs” (or unpublished work).

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ROMNEY — The Farm Credit Knowledge Center will host its annual Farm Management Institute at The Bottling Works in Romney March 19.

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In an effort to increase economic diversification and opportunity for West Virginia's farmers, growers and producers, the Ag Action Council in eastern West Virginia will hold 2 meetings.

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In years past, I’ve had the opportunity to explore the property soon to become a resort north of Romney. (“Rainbow on the Horizon,” Feb. 12 Review.) With the acquisition of this property, the new owners also inherited a unique, top-secret military facility — from the Civil War — and with it …

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MORGANTOWN — From pick-your-own patches and interactive farm tours to corn mazes and unique lodging experiences, West Virginia University’s Extension Service helps agritourism preserve and promote West Virginia’s diverse and historic culture. 

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Well, it looks like the editors set me up again. This column’s publication date once again falls on an important date on the calendar. They've been doing this to me since October — Mischief Night, Thanksgiving Eve, Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve even the annual snowball fight of the Rinkydink…

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CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Agriculture has confirmed the presence of Theileria orientalis Ikeda genotype in 3 West Virginia counties.

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CHARLESTON — Agriculture Commissioner Kent Leonhardt is asking the West Virginia Legislature to pass a bill to rename and expand the West Virginia Department of Agriculture’s Veterans and Warriors to Agriculture Program.

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CHARLESTON — Cattle inventory in West Virginia as of Jan. 1 grew slightly from a year earlier.

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CHARLESTON — The inventory of sheep and lambs in West Virginia rose to 33,000 on Jan. 1, up 1,000 head from a year earlier.

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Yes, I’ve been running a lot of encore material in Far Muse lately.

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CHARLESTON — The labs the West Virginia Department of Agriculture uses to test for food contaminants and other biohazards are in urgent need of repair, the department’s communications director says.

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I guess that you could call it “voluntary homelessness.”

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CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Agriculture has submitted the state’s plan to regulate industrial hemp to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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MOOREFIELD — The Agriculture Open House at Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College will be Feb. 27.

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CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Agriculture has launched a new training series for 2020.

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So, who or what are the Rinkydinks? I have no idea. But I do know that today, Jan. 28, is the date of their annual snowball fight. Where did I learn this? Well, it's from the same place that I learned that April 20 is Hitler's birthday and that in "veddy-veddy" proper settings, it's importan…

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WASHINGTON — USDA’s Farm Service Agency is reminding agricultural producers to enroll now in the Agriculture Risk Loss and Price Loss Coverage programs. March 15 is the enrollment deadline for the 2019 crop year.

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It’s 4 a.m. Sunday morning. The moon is full, the wind is picking up ahead of some serious squalls in the forecast. I can’t sleep.

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CHARLESTON — Nominations for the West Virginia Agriculture and Forestry Hall of Fame class of 2020 are now being accepted.