Monday, October 21, 2019

W.Va. DA offers tips for livestock suffering drought

Cornfield near Murraysville, WV, Jackson County, Mid-Ohio Valley Region
Officials at the state Department of Agriculture are offering the following recommendations to farmers whose livestock are suffering from water shortages as a result...

How to make butter at home—West Virginia style

Homemade butter awaits a West Virginia home-cooked meal.
The process of making butter is known to be older than civilization, and a limitless variety of butter-making methods certainly exist—ranging from the production...

WVU helps tackle food safety issues for state farmers

West Virginia leads the nation in small farms, according to West Virginia University.
West Virginia leads the U.S. in the number of small farmers, and a team of researchers at West Virginia University is hoping to help...

Sunflowers among West Virginia’s traditional garden plants

As sunflower captures the radiance of the sun itself near Shinnston, West Virginia.
The sunflower has long been one of the most familiar garden plants in West Virginia, and many of its uses were passed along to...

West Virginia welcoming animals endangered by Hurricane Dorian

Horses endangered by Hurricane Dorian are being admitted to West Virginia.
The West Virginia Department of Agriculture today announced that it is waiving movement entry requirements for animals being evacuated into West Virginia due to...

W.Va. organizations form Veterans-to-Agriculture advisory council

A West Virginia veteran has opened an apiary service.
During the 2019 State Fair of West Virginia, a Veterans-and-Warriors-to-Agriculture Advisory Council was formed to establish a cooperative body to tackle veteran issues through...

Queen Anne’s Lace a notable West Virginia wildflower

A tiny purple flower appears in a center of a circle of Queen Anne's Lace. Photo courtesy Randy Laxton.
A common West Virginia wildflower, though not an American native, Queen Anne’s Lace appears to have traveled ahead of European settlers as they arrived...

2019 industrial hemp application period set to open

Young hemp plants thrive in a West Virginia field.
The application period for the state’s industrial hemp program will open September 1, 2019, according to officials at the West Virginia Department of Agriculture. Those...

WVDA confirms infected rhododendron shipments

Rhododendron Catawbiense grows wild on the rim of the New River Gorge Photo courtesy Rick Burgess.
The West Virginia Department of Agriculture has confirmed that some plants shipped to Rural King stores in West Virginia are being recalled because of...

West Virginia remedy, elderberry revered by Celts, Native Americans

Elderberry blossoms on the edge of a West Virginia woodland.
One of my favorite Appalachian shrubs is blooming as I write—American Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis). Elderberry has long been regarded as a cold-and-flu remedy in...

State urges landowners to sign-up for moth suppression program

Gypsy Moth in West Virginia
The W.Va. Department of Agriculture is urging landowners in the Mountain State to sign up for its cooperative Gypsy Moth suppression program to help...

Fayette County to unveil region’s first community farm

Susanna Wheeler and Brad Woolf raise a high tunnel to be used for the market garden.
Fayette County officials are set to unveil on Saturday the region's first community farm, an agricultural initiative designed to support sustainable development. To occupy the...

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