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CHARLESTON — West Virginia food producers who want to be listed in the West Virginia Department of Agriculture’s new West Virginia Grown directory must apply to become a member of the program by this Friday, Dec. 13.

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As she left for the day of volunteer work, I told the Old Hippie (wife Stephanie) that I would be cutting wood.

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Learn more about solar power when Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College hosts Solar on the Farm on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m.

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I have no other excuse for using a previously published story than today is the date mentioned in the title. It seemed the obvious thing to do — it sort of followed me home. Can you recall a day when you looked back at the past 12 hours and said, "That was one really strange day; you can sto…

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The Hampshire County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting and Banquet was held at the Augusta Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday, Oct. 12.

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Lessee… I seem to recall that we celebrated the 10th annual Old Hippie Orchard Day with a feature article in Vintage Truck Magazine … what … about 5 years ago? I’m not sure.

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WASHINGTON — Agricultural producers now can enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs for the 2020 crop year.

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MOOREFIELD — When the 2019 West Virginia Ag Innovation Showcase opens its doors on Thursday, Nov. 21, middle- and high-school students will have the opportunity to explore agriculture innovations.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture began mailing ballots Monday to eligible farmers and ranchers across the country for the Farm Service Agency county committee elections.

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There. That’s right to the point. The reason for this uncharacteristically serious title is that, hopefully, an internet search for information about RAD will lead to this article — if that’s how it works.

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MORGANTOWN — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency in West Virginia is processing $537,700 in Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage payments for the 2018 crop year.

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Two Hampshire County 4-H members earned the prestigious I Dare You Award during this year’s 4-H Achievement Banquet and Awards Program.

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We who do not celebrate All Hallows Eve or Halloween have nonetheless come to associate this time of year with things spooky and mysterious. It’s only natural, really; consider the long shadows of trees reaching across a meadow, the mystery of a vast, rustling cornfield, early darkness, the …

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With late October in mind, I thought that I would write about the time that a ghost (that’s right—a real regulation white ghost that would emerge nightly from an old graveyard) floated throughout the abandoned and overgrown farm fields of our rural New Jersey community in the late ’60s.

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CHARLESTON — Ten projects will share in $242,335.25 of federal funding coming to West Virginia for the 2019 specialty crop block grant program.

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CHARLESTON — Industrial hemp farmers in West Virginia more than quadrupled crop production in 2019 compared to 2018.

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CHARLESTON — Turkeys raised in West Virginia during 2019 are forecast to total 3.6 million birds, up 16 percent from 2018.

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CHARLESTON — West Virginia livestock farmers hurt by recent drought conditions may be eligible to apply for cost-share funding to help them purchase water tanks and fittings needed to provide their animals with water.

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It’s National Bosses Day and the perfect time to discuss that Boss of Bosses, not Gambino or Genevese, but Donald J. Trump.

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To encourage innovation and problem-solving among students interested in agriculture, the Robert C. Byrd Institute and statewide partners are conducting the 3rd-annual West Virginia Agriculture Technology and Innovation Student Competition, which offers cash prizes to winners.

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 MOOREFIELD — Sarah Cross has been named director of agriculture innovation at Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College.

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Webster’s defines “effluvium” as a byproduct that is considered to be waste. In literature, though, the perhaps more delicate ‘‘effluvia” seems to refer to the many possessions that — though having some value — nonetheless weigh us down and impede our progress.

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The name Remington conjurs up 19th Century scenes from the western United States. These come to mind whenever I handle a Remington rifle or shotgun.

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I composed the following story in November of 2013 but, according to my catalog, withheld it from publication.

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The young man was painting the air blue. The focus of this fellow’s wrath was the spreading top of a huge maple tree that had fallen in his parent’s yard.

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I have a fresh story all compiled, hand-written in my “laptop” (a spiral notebook so labeled).

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Yes, I’m still busy constructing Old Black Truck III after wrecking OBTII early last month. I want to get this project as far along as possible before fall. That’s the most beautiful time of year to be riding around the Shenandoah Valley and Virginia Hunt Country tinkering on tractors.

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MORGANTOWN — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is awarding grants for projects in 49 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to reduce energy costs for farmers, ag producers and rural-based businesses and institutions.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Nobel Farms Inc. located near Burlington in Mineral County is competing for the 2019 West Virginia Conservation Farm of the Year. The farm, run by Lukas and Gabby Newcomer, were announced as 1 of 2 finalists in the annual state competition that’s ranks farms on their envi…