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CHARLESTON — West Virginia’s inventory of sheep and lambs fell by 9 percent in 2020 while the number of goats grew by 6 percent.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released the final rule for its Agricultural Conservation Easement Program, which enables agricultural producers and private landowners to protect farmlands, grasslands and wetlands with conservation easements.

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During the colder months, our thoughts are often with the plight of the homeless. But is their situation always a ‘’plight?” In some instances, homelessness can be an adventure. Let me relate what brought this all to mind.

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I’ve gotten myself into what the movie Brits might call a bit of a pickle or even a sticky wicket. I’m in need of flatheads, more specifically, inline flatheads. Before you imagine a marching column of catfish, let me explain what a flathead is.

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Brooke Glover, co-founder of Swilled Dog Hard Cider, didn’t set out to create a new business venture when she and her husband started making cider at home for family and friends.

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If you attended Loudoun County, Va., public schools in the ’50s through the ’70s, chances are that you had the privilege of meeting teacher Anna Beavers.

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Recently Jim selected an archived installment of Far Muse which pertained to the flood of 1996. Coincidently, I have a deadline coming up for an end-page story for the May/June issue of Vintage Truck Magazine to which the following is destined in a shortened version.

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ROCHESTER, Pa. — Ten years of planning, 10 years of want ads and hope and worry ended one day in October when Don Kretschmann realized it wasn’t going to work; no one was going to step in.

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Patricia Rodgers of Baker has won a John Deere XUV 590E Gator through a surprise giveaway organized by Farm Credit of the Virginias.

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CHARLESTON — West Virginia produced more hay in 2020 than a year earlier, with both the acreage and the yield per acre increasing.

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I’ve never used material from this column as an “encore presentation” before. Actually, I should have saved the story, “There’s Nothing Funny About a Flood” for this issue instead of running it on Jan. 15, 2014. My bad.

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CHARLESTON — The number of pigs in West Virginia on Dec. 1 was unchanged from a year earlier.

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MOOREFIELD - Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College completed a virtual National Biochar Week before Christmas.

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It seems that when it comes to the art of writing, I now only have time for works that pay especially well. These usually first appear in this column in their full length of about 1,400 words.

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This story begins very close to where the very first “Far Muse” story started, near the intersection of Old Chapel and Bishop Meade roads at Millwood, Va. Unlike that story, I’m not trying to locate the source of a mysterious barbecue fragrance. In fact, if there is any fragrance involved, i…

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This will be the last installment of this column in 2017. The next will be on Jan. 3, 2018. Such an occasion is commonly thought to be a time of reflection — another year gone by (sigh).

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Every square inch of ground anywhere holds a story. As children in the then vast New Jersey farm country, we would find lost objects in the fields by throwing our pocket knives then looking at the place where they landed. I admit that this method wasn’t very scientific, but it did sometimes …

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CHARLESTON, — The West Virginia Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for U.S. Department of Agriculture specialty crop block grants.

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POINT PLEASANT — The West Virginia State Farm Museum Christmas Light Show that came to life last Friday is running every night from 6-9 p.m. through Dec. 13.

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The Hampshire County Farm Bureau was unable to hold its 2020 annual meeting and awards banquet due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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Some of us can remember when disappointment with an American product or our government could be embodied in a single phrase; “Give it back to the Indians.”

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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.