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I have virtually no experience in the beef cattle business. There, I feel better having finally made that confession. In addition, I have only 1 (one) tractor repair customer who is a full-time cattle farmer and not retired from some secret branch of the federal government. Of course, all of…

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The Hampshire County FFA chapter has been hard at work over the past month. The Halloween Country-Style was a big success, with a turnout of over 200 kids throughout the evening. Members were stationed at different carnival-style games, while others helped the kids paint pumpkins.

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It was around 6:30 a.m. and I had just dropped off the Old Hippie school bus driver at her bus in Capon Bridge. It was raining an uninspiring rain; Neither the fury of summer thunder nor the deep, contemplative state inspired by a winter ice storm.

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CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for the 2021 Specialty Crop Block Grant H.R. 133 Stimulus Program.

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A West Virginia University engineer is combining the study of neuroscience and robotics to better understand the nervous system and motor output of insects to create animal-like robots for potential use in agriculture, mining and space exploration.

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CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Agriculture is now accepting Request for Applications for the 2021 West Virginia Farmers and Ranchers Stress Assistance Network grant.

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Ah, November. A bright moon in the boughs of leafless trees, a single chill raindrop on the cheek, soft amber glow of distant windows, wood smoke in the silver gray dawn, red glow in the western sky from a Midwest afternoon, survival of the Old Hippie’s orchard day. That’s right — Saturday, …

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As many readers already know, I’m an advocate for the preservation and use of old cars, trucks and other machinery. The ‘70s, when the Old Hippie (aka, wife Stephanie) and I were first married, was our golden age of economical, carefree driving; we drove ‘50s trucks. The trucks were designed…

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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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Richard Dykstra of Readstown, Wis., writes to ask how much work is involved in replacing the engine in a gasoline powered Massey Ferguson 150 with a Perkins Diesel unit.

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WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture to aid recovery efforts for farmers, ranchers and residents affected by Hurricane Ida.

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Ah, October: frost, foliage, woodsmoke and clear, cool nights. Since hunting season has begun, this author is inspired to write about — what else — guns. I’ve been a regular at C.S. Arms in Upperville, Va., for a few years now. I’m into cheap (of course) fixer-uppers, and my special interest…

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I guess that I just get on a roll sometimes and reference the same book or movie repeatedly. The reader may recall that I mentioned Audrey Hepburn’s character Liza Dolittle in last week’s installment. 

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I’m going out on a limb by telling the reader right up front that this is my monthly Bible-based story written to fulfill a new commitment. The Review gets the full-length 1st draft. I’ll not elaborate further until I see how things are going to work out. Here’s why . . .

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CHARLESTON — Women landowners who want to learn more about forestry and network with other women involved in woodlands management can now register for the West Virginia Division of Forestry’s Women Owning Woodlands workshop.

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I’ve been a real bum this summer. One of the benefits that seniors receive as a result of FDR’s New Deal along with this column, my magazine columns and a couple of mowing gigs made this possible. Tractor repair work has been limited to emergencies until the weather cools.

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KEYSER — After a brief hiatus, “Stepping into Grapes and Grains,” a special interest course at Potomac State College, will once again be offered as a continuing education course this fall.  

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Tractor-trailer loads of wooden bins filled with green/yellow apples have been rolling into the cold storage and apple processing plants for about 2 weeks now. Even with the recent expansion of Winchester, Va., this area on the town’s north end is still easily accessible by heavy truck. Howe…

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“Harvest time” so declares a headline above a close-up orchard harvest scene on the front page of the Aug. 31 Winchester Star. A happy Latino (with a name like Treino, he sure ain’t Irish) looks at the camera from behind a nearly full, 22-bushel bin of apples. The apples are quite sizable an…

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School is almost back in session after a fun-filled summer for our FFA members.

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CHARLESTON — West Virginia will host the 2022 Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture annual meeting in June of next year.

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The Potomac Valley Conservation District is accepting applications for cost share assistance on the purchase of water hauling tanks and associated fittings.

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Do telephones ring off the hook anymore? Do cameras even have shutters these days? My journey in photography started around 1993…

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CHARLESTON — While nearly all businesses in West Virginia have struggled over the last 18 months as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to spread across the state, West Virginia’s farmers and food producers were able to improvise, adapt and overcome.

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Betsy Frankhorn is the name given to Hampshire County bus 76. I don’t know the origins of this name other than it was suggested and voted upon by the bus’s passengers. I can only hope that it doesn’t have any inappropriate connotations. These days, it’s very difficult to keep abreast of curr…

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“Do we send you a check or do you just — well — kinda write for us?” I can’t recall which publisher asked this question, but it was my first clue that writing may be a paying gig.

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My day job and attending a large convention in Landover, Md., have curtailed my writing time. If I’m to get paid, though, I have to put something out there. In other words, the show must go on.

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Retired plant pathologist donates tomato seeds to developing nations

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing up to $200 million to provide relief to timber harvesting and timber hauling businesses that have experienced losses in the Covid-19 pandemic.