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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.

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The old barn find is finally running and sounds just like an old tractor — a 2-cylinder John Deere. But it’s not a 2-cylinder John Deere. One or more cylinders aren’t firing. Let’s leave it running, though, as we chase down the culprit. If, as is often the case, the ignition wire connectors …

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Do you remember Reverend Deadly? In the July 24, 2013, issue of this paper, I told the story of this minister's reputation for marksmanship. He's known for dispatching a squirrel in his church (they could have used him in Pascagoula) and largely ridding a farm of burrowing animals. He's marr…

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CHARLESTON — Even as more hay has been used over the last 5 months, hay stocks have risen on West Virginia farms.

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CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Agriculture will be hosting a virtual Acidified Only Better Process Control School June 15-16.

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Rather than the billionaire real estate mogul, to me, “The Donald” will always be the Disney character; a cartoon duck with a bare butt in a sailor suit. Lately, even more so.

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CHARLESTON — Even as more hay has been used over the last 5 months, hay stocks have risen on West Virginia farms.

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The week leading up to the 21st annual North River Mills/Ice Mountain Festival saw rain daily. There was no reason to expect the festival date to be any different. I had an unusual request from an old customer-not for tractor repair but for mowing.

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MECOSTA, Mich. — For generations, Brian Sackett’s family has farmed potatoes that are made into chips found on grocery shelves in much of the eastern U.S.

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My radio mentor, writer Jean Shepherd, wrote a manifesto for high school mediocrity, a guide on how to be invisible in the classroom. This work was entitled “Lost at C,” so I can’t claim the title. However, my version addresses a very different subject.

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As a pre-teen, I was discovering the rock music of the era just prior to the British Invasion; Little Eva, the Coasters, Elvis (of course) Barry and the Tamerlanes and even the more folksy Peter Paul and Mary and Rooftop Singers.

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Fourth-graders from Slanesville Elementary School swept the top 3 places in the 2021 Hampshire County “Agriculture in West Virginia” poster contest, sponsored by the Farm Bureau.

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CHARLESTON — West Virginia produced 56% more red meat in 2020 than in 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports.

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(The quarter-mile soap opera)

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Farm Credit of the Virginias will return $40 million to its customers this month through the annual patronage program.

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WASHINGTON — Half of a $1 million grant to train the agricultural workforce in West Virginia is headed to a program in Moorefield.

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Farm Credit of the Virginias will return $40 million to its customers this month through the annual patronage program.

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(When I learned that today is Administrative Professionals Day, I couldn’t resist running this piece, which takes a poke at the corporate culture that many of us in the trenches love to pick on.

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CHARLESTON — Corn planting in West Virginia is expected to total 53,000 acres, up 4 percent — or 2,000 acres — from 2020, and up 2 percent from 2019.

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LAKIN — The West Virginia Department of Agriculture will be hosting a farm training day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, May 7, at the Lakin State Farm.

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I’ve made the tractor repair rounds and have everybody’s machines at least functional. I’ve also made a little money so that my creditors know that I — and my accounts — are still active after a fashion. The weather forecast for the week shows intermittent showers and perhaps a few random co…

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A column in the Farm section would seem to be the last place to look for stories of the covert actions of governments, terrorists and organized crime. Though I don’t use a computer from which much of this Henny Penny material seems to originate, I still feel that it is my right to partake of…

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A universal feature of homes built during the immediate post-war (That is, World War 2) period was the brick planter. These permanent structures fronted the new homes of the returning soldiers’ country or suburban nests where they would raise their families and otherwise get down to the busi…

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CHARLESTON — Honey flowed more freely from the Mountain State’s beekeepers last year than the year before.

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CHARLESTON — West Virginia farmers in Hampshire County who want to manage weeds, increase production and conserve soil on their farmland are eligible to participate in a pilot program for pasture weed management.

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(I sent this letter to the Winchester Star as an Open Forum submission. It’s a tongue-in-cheek response to an article by political columnist George Will. It was never published. I sent it last October so it’s safe to assume that the Star won’t be running it. It is, after all, way over the wo…

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CHARLESTON — West Virginia Agriculture Commissioner Kent Leonhardt is encouraging farmers to consider donating agricultural products under the West Virginia’s farm-to-food-bank tax credit.