Friday, September 25, 2020

Agriculture commissioner works to combat local meat shortages

A steak cut from West Virginia-raised cattle awaits the oven.
West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt is calling for the passage of the "New Markets for State Inspected Meat and Poultry Act" to...

WVU offers tips for a safe, healthy farmers' market season

Farmers' Markets are opening across West Virginia this month, though precautions are necessary.
As farmers' markets in West Virginia open for the season, West Virginia University is providing recommendations to help market managers and vendors safely sell...

Favorite strain of half-runner beans origin in Calhoun County

An American favorite, Early White Half Runner Beans originated in Calhoun County, West Virginia.
The Early White Half-Runner Bean beloved across the northern U.S. originated in West Virginia—among the hill farms of southern Calhoun County. Though it may...

USDA approves West Virginia’s industrial hemp plan

A field of hemp in West Virginia greets the dawn.
The West Virginia Department of Agriculture has received certification of approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the plan submitted regarding the regulation...

West Virginia's two food banks operating at full capacity

West Virginia maintains two food banks to distribute food to those in need.
Following the closure of all non-essential businesses in West Virginia, the state's two food banks have ramped up efforts to feed the vulnerable, according...

Before World War II, farming was a matter of sustenance

Sam Tuckwiller gauges the harvest based on the appearance of the woody ring in a corn cob.
Farming in West Virginia is not what it was, and Sam Tuckwiller knows it for a fact. For more than six generations, Tuckwillers have...

Directory connects W.Va. farmers, consumers during crisis

The sun sets over farmland in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia.
Officials at the West Virginia Department of Agriculture are working with producers and farmers impacted by COVID-19 mitigation efforts by facilitating communication between producers...

West Virginia gardening program sees surge in interest

A child plants a seed in the ground.
More than 2,300 West Virginians have signed up so far for "Grow This: WV Garden Challenge," an annual program by the West Virginia University...

Raising sheep in West Virginia mountains differed from valleys

The old-time breed of sheep raised in the mountains was small but hardy and adapted to spending its time in the woods.
Although mountain people never ate much mutton, raising sheep had long been an important part of life on West Virginia highland farms, though the...

Eight edible spring plants that grow wild in West Virginia

Common Blue Violets are among the edible plants one can find growing almost anywhere in West Virginia.
I hunt—for undomesticated plants. Even though I have a substantial vegetable garden that supplies my family with a steady supply of fresh, frozen, and...

WVDA reimbursing agricultural, handling practice audits

Audits aim to verify fruits and vegetables are produced, packed, handled, and stored in the safest manner possible.
The West Virginia Department of Agriculture is offering full reimbursement to fruit and vegetable producers who have completed its Good Handling Practices and Good...

Café Appalachia and W.Va. State U. offer gardening series

Through October the lunch-and-learn series look at gardening in West Virginia.
Café Appalachia is teaming up with the West Virginia State University Extension Service to host a six-part series of gardening workshops through October 2020. The...

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