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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.

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WASHINGTON — Livestock and poultry producers who suffered losses during the pandemic due to insufficient access to processing can apply for assistance for those losses and the cost of depopulation and disposal of the animals.

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My existence has always been accompanied by the sounds of wildlife. Let’s start at the beginning. In New Jersey, it was always big, fat, bellowing bullfrogs. In recent years, I’ve learned that this frog call can be traced to my family.

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Jam the cow has decided she feels like getting milked. A handsome Jersey, a breed prized for its high-quality milk, easy calving and all-around smarts, she strolls into a spotless room, about 10 feet by 15 feet.

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“At Indian Lake you’ll be able to make the way the Indians do.”

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On a country lane, just down the road from Bruceton Mills in Preston County, you’ll find Mason Run Farm and its owner Greg Gibson.

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I’ve kept a daily journal since sometime in 1994. These volumes conclude around 2012 when I started publishing enough to realize that the flow had reversed direction. The idea was to use these journals — someday — as story material for columns like this one. So  — what am I still saving them…

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MOOREFIELD — The Potomac Valley Conservation District is preparing to hold a local work group meeting to discuss conservation programs for 2021- 2022 later this month.

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CHARLESTON — For the 2021 season, West Virginia produced a totaled 13,000 gallons of maple syrup, down 3,000 gallons from the previous year.

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CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Agriculture is urging landowners to sign up for the 2022 Cooperative State-County-Landowner Gypsy Moth Suppression program.

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JACKSON’S MILL — The West Virginia Agriculture and Forestry Hall of Fame will honor 2 years’ worth of inductees with a banquet on July 24 at Jackson’s Mill.

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“Please don’t dominate the rap, Jack if you got nothin’ new to say …”

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They’ve munched their way through millions of acres of West Virginia hardwood. The gypsy moth is an invasive pest that’s been doing damage to West Virginia’s forests since it entered the state in the early ’70s.

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 “I simply need a time frame,” said the text message. “Simply” and “time frame” immediately struck me as a contradiction in terms. Let me assure the reader that, in my tractor repair business, any “time frame” or estimate that I have ever given has been wrong.

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As the national food system came to a screeching halt in the early days of the pandemic, the demand for food increased, providing a unique opportunity for local agriculture.

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BUFFALO — Private landowners in the Kanawha Valley had a hands-on opportunity to learn how to create a pollinator habitat on their property through a recent workshop hosted by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia.

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A friend called and asked the Old Hippie if we would lend him a shovel.