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There’s a yearly event that takes place near the top the Blue Ridge at the Clarke and Loudoun counties line on Route 7. You may have noticed a wide parking area on the east bound side of the highway. The Appalachian Trail adjoins this area and there are usually vehicles parked there: car poo…

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Farm Credit of the Virginias launched its new website in early September with customer experience and business development in mind.

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CHARLESTON — The application period for the state’s industrial hemp program opened on Sept. 1 for the 2021 growing season.

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CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Agriculture launched a new consumer-focused website last week.

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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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"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 man looks at the camera from behind a nearly full, 22-bushel bin of apples. The apples are quite sizable and ranging from green to yellow. "Summer Rambos," I…

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JACKSON’S MILL — The West Virginia Agriculture and Forestry Hall of Fame Foundation will recognize 10 people for their contributions to the agricultural, forestry and family life of West Virginia.

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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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Billy, our new orchard hand, was one of those “smart axles” that some of the permanent farm hands loved to hate.

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CHARLESTON — West Virginia is to receive an additional $24 million worth of food commodities in 2020 through the Emergency Food Assistance Program and CARES Act.

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WASHINGTON — Organic producers and handlers can apply for federal funds to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic certification through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program.

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WASHINGTON — A new annual survey of farmers, ranchers and private forestland owners will help the U.S. Department of Agriculture understand what it is doing well and where improvements are needed, specifically at the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Risk Manage…

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WASHINGTON — To assist Farm Storage Facility Loan borrowers experiencing financial hardship from the pandemic and other challenges in production agriculture, USDA’s Farm Service Agency is offering a 1-time annual installment payment deferral option.

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WASHINGTON — Additional commodities are being covered by the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program in response to public comments and data.

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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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Farm Credit’s branches in Romney and Moorefield have paid out more than $1.5 million in dividends this month.

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MORGANTOWN — Rules for emergency haying and grazing use of acres enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program are now streamlined.

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CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Agriculture has resumed its series of live webinars on agricultural topics.

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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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MORGANTOWN — As demand increases for sustainable and environmentally friendly energy and products, the Mid-Atlantic region with its abundance of forests and abandoned mine land is poised to grow its biomass-based renewable energy and products economy.

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STAUNTON, Va. — The Farm Credit Knowledge Center is hosting a free virtual agricultural advocacy conference titled, “A Voice For Agriculture – Finding Your How, What, Where and Why.”

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I had developed an affection for young buzzards even before reading Katie Fallon’s book “Vulture.”

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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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MORGANTOWN — The United States Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency has accepted more than 1.2 million acres in the Conservation Reserve Program Grasslands during the signup period that began March 16 and ended May 15.

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The chief credit officer of Farm Credit of the Virginias is its new CEO, effective today.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing additional flexibilities for producers to file on acres with failed crops or crops that were prevented from planting because of extreme weather events.

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I've assigned myself the duty of maintaining 2 apple trees on a property along Jersey Mountain Road near Romney. One of the trees appears to have failed its graft and the rootstock grew around the scion wood and eventually took over. The other tree is a successfully grafted Red Delicious. I …

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CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Agriculture has been awarded a farm-to-school grant of $99,997 for fiscal year 2020 through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service Office of Community Food Systems.

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia producers need to complete crop acreage reports by the deadline for their county.

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CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Agriculture’s Moorefield Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory has received ISO 17025 laboratory accreditation.

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia producers need to complete crop acreage reports by the deadline for their county.

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Over nearly 30 years of tractor repairing, I’ve always tried to get my customers to be reasonably independent. That is, to sense when something is wrong and use simple logic to correct the problem while not forgetting why they keep my phone number handy. It can be a bit of a balancing act.

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CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Agriculture has launched the Veterans and Heroes to Agriculture program.