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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…

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I’ve been noticing that red hats proclaiming “Make America Great Again” are as often as not worn by people who were likely born in the mid/late l990s.

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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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WASHINGTON  — Agricultural producers reported they were not able to plant crops on more than 19.4 million acres in 2019, a new report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows.

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CHARLESTON — Five women have been chosen as 2019 West Virginia Women in Agriculture for their lifetime of work in the industry.

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Since my accident (see “Oz – Don’t forget the scarecrow,” July 31), I’ve been busy reconstructing another Old black truck. Many people believe that I’ve been using the same old Ford service truck for the past 30 years. Really, though, this will be the 3rd in a series of nearly identical OBTs.

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Some family farms have been feeding our neighbors for more than 100 years and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

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This story previously appeared on my website, www.oldblacktruck.com. before it was stolen and held for ransom by an entity in Argentina. Of course, my reasoning was that to pay the ransom would be playing into the hands of a lowly thief.

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CHARLESTON — The application period for the state’s industrial hemp program will open Sept. 1, the West Virginia Department of Agriculture has announced.

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CHARLESTON — Commercial red meat production in West Virginia during June 2019 totaled 400,000 pounds. This was down 11 percent from June 2018.

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 CHARLESTON — Milk production in West Virginia totaled 23 million pounds or 2.67 million gallons during the April-June quarter of 2019.

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On Wednesday, July 11, I picked up the Hampshire Review at Dollar General on the Mountain Top above Romney. It seems to arrive there as early as anywhere so I can grab a copy in the morning then be on my way.

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WASHINGTON — A new online tool can help farmers and ranchers find information on U.S. Department of Agriculture farm loans that may best fit their operations.

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The above means that an abbreviation has been made inoperative as we’ll see a little further on.

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In celebration of my rural humor column, “Of Grease and Chaff — Seasonal Views From a Country Mechanic” having made it into its 10th year in Antique Power Magazine, we are featuring OG&C installments from the year 2009.

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CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Agriculture is urging landowners to sign up for the Cooperative State-County-Landowner gypsy moth suppression program.

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WASHINGTON — Farmers and ranchers with expiring Conservation Reserve Program contracts can now re-enroll in some continuous signup practices or, if eligible, select a 1-year contract extension.

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“neglected … dejected … rejected …”