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ROMNEY — The Hampshire County Development Authority discussed progress on several projects at last week’s board meeting, including the exchange of the old hospital site for school properties owned by the Board of Education, as well as the industrial access road being constructed in the Capon…

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CHARLESTON — Six West Virginia projects will share in $248,433.07 of federal funding under the United States Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program this fall.

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The North River Mills shop has virtually no heat and plenty of ventilation. Years ago, someone must have found themselves in a situation similar to mine as there is evidence of newspapers having been put up on the west wall to block the wind. An open lean-to protects this wall from rain and …

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CHARLESTON — West Virginia will continue to operate under the 2014 Farm Bill for the 2021 hemp growing season.

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Our managing editor at Vintage Truck magazine is recovering from surgery. Having just gotten back in the game after about a month’s leave, we’re all working together to try to compress time and get a couple of issues out in a timely manner.

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 “You don’t wanna mess with West Virginia — it’s all rocks,” advised our Iowa landlord, Dr. Dave North.

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“You can tell me that your dog ran away, then tell me that it took 3 days.’’ That’s part of the theme song to the Canadian situation comedy “Corner Gas.”

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Imagine going for a checkup and receiving some not-so-great news — but instead of your physician adding another pill to add to your morning routine, she hands you a slip of paper that reads:

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Ted wrote this on the eve of the 2016 election, with it appearing in print the day after Donald Trump won the presidency. He thought it would be a fitting reminder 4 years later.

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Lonely Lights is a previously published title, but I can use it here because I own it. “Lonely Lights” was a poem that I wrote while listening to a radio broadcast of Miles Davis — it may have been “Sketches of Spain.”

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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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When we left off last week we had established that the Baldwin apple, another of the old-time varieties grown at Joy Orchard in Woodstock, Conn., where I picked in the 1970s, dates back at least to the Civil War. Well, I’ve since learned that we might as well pick up the American Revolution …

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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.