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Home surveillance footage captured a bear in the hummingbird feeder one recent night at the Potter property on Ford Hill Road. “It just tipped them up and drank ’em,” Louise Potter said. Since then she’s taking them in at night. Neighbors have reported the bear foraging around for the better…

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Work on a bypass is well underway in Capon Bridge, preparing for repairs on the bridge carrying U.S. 50 across the Cacapon. Five years ago DOH estimated the bridge would remain open just 20 more years without renovation. A temporary bridge will be built beside the historic structure before t…

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Well, here I am in “retirement” with the transmission out of the Old Black Truck and farm hands calling on the phone about waiting repairs – hence this encore presentation. If you should ever consider on-farm tractor repair in the Virginia horse country, here’s a little tip; When things aren…

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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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If you missed out on growing a summer vegetable garden - or are enjoying homegrown produce right now and would like to extend your bounty -- it’s time to start planning.

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“Gristedes: grocer since 18-something.”

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CHARLESTON — Farmers in the state have planted more hay and the same amount of corn as 2021, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service says.

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OAKLAND, Md.  — Four Southern States cooperatives in the 3-state region have announced plans to merge into an all-new organization, Freedom Ag and Energy Cooperative.

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MOOREFIELD — Carissa Wilson Beard, Eastern’s new director of agriculture innovation, has had a busy couple of months, but managing life on her farm in Burlington with her husband Steven, caring for her 2 children, her entrepreneurial turn as a business partner of the relaunched Arthur Mart L…

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service has signed a cooperative agreement with West Virginia under the Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program. 

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service has signed a cooperative agreement with West Virginia under the Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program. 

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The West Virginia Department of Agriculture’s Market Bulletin for May featured Hampshire County farmers Ed and Becky Morgan. 

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CHARLESTON — Maple syrup production in West Virginia stayed steady this year, the West Virginia Department of Agriculture reports, but prices skyrocketed.

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No, not way up north to Alaska as the old song goes. We’re going north in Frederick County, Va. For some reason — and there is a reason, be it a matter of higher mathematics — over the decades, my tractor repair route has seldom taken me into this area. More recently, I’ve been referring wha…

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CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Agriculture has awarded 3 projects a share of $401,834 in 2021 West Virginia Farmers and Ranchers Stress Assistance Network grants. 

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During the pandemic, folks hunkered down and avoided social settings to stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus. As they avoided their friends and families, they sought out other types of companionship: household pets. 

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At 65, Rosa, our neighbor across the field to the west, was imagining her relevance to be slipping away. That’s kind of early, but it does happen. I harbor hopes of being spared this experience as long as I can continue to entertain you, dear reader. However, I already have to keep a catalog…

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The in-laws had retired to a posh, gated community in South Carolina; my father-in-law was very active in the Republican Party. One of the lakes formed when Duke Energy dammed a series of rivers made for the centerpiece of the community. A golf course, along with its attendant structures — c…

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A church congregation has the unique ability to bring together a group of people who all have a faith in common, but perhaps little else. A tractor repair customer we’ll call Clive invited my wife, Stephanie, and me to such a gathering and I’ve had strong reservations about mixing business a…

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CHARLESTON — The combined value of West Virginia’s poultry production and sales rose to $291.4 million in 2021, up 19% from a year earlier.

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We’re back to working on the 1957 Farmall Cub described in the last installment of Far Muse. In case you missed it, I’m busily trying to turn out a Farmall Cub that is part of one of those “deals” that I generally try to avoid; fix up the Cub in exchange for another tractor, a 550 Oliver tha…

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“Do you think you’ll be able to make it out to the farm to look at the tractor?” the pleasant female voice asked. It had been a few weeks since her employer had called me. Due to the usual spring workload, truck troubles and so forth, I hadn’t yet been able to make an appearance.

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HEDGESVILLE — As Berkeley County Schools CTE Director Ken Pack and Hedgesville High ag teacher Chris VanDyne looked out the window of the shop classroom the morning of April 14, 4 students were busy bees, finishing up tasks involved in everything from gardening to building a shed.

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CHARLESTON    —   Eight West Virginia projects will share in $341,018.74 of federal funding under the U.S Department   of   Agriculture’s   2022

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A week ago, I found myself a little short on material for this obscure little corner of West Virginia’s oldest newspaper.

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1. Every county has a U.S. Department of Agriculture Service Center that houses Farm Service Agency (FSA) and National Resource Conservation Services (NRCS). This is where farmers and landowners go to access their programs. As a renter you can still work with these agencies.

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I’m really referring to the apple bloom and the odd, wistful feeling the bloom leaves us when, after a bit of breezy, rainy weather it’s suddenly gone. 

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Pickings were indeed slim at the gun shop’s “bargain basement.” This isn’t a specific place in the shop — in fact, it tends to move about. These are the old, rusty and decrepit sporting arms that get swept along in the acquisition of the classic militaria that the shop actually deals in. I b…