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WVDA accepting requests for specialty crop block grant applications

Specialty crops reach the market in West Virginia.
The West Virginia Department of Agriculture is now seeking requests for applications for 2020 specialty crop block grants. Funds awarded are used to enhance...

Spotted Lanternfly confirmed in Berkeley County

A spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) adult winged.
The West Virginia Department of Agriculture has confirmed the presence of a new invasive insect, the Spotted Lanternfly (Lycormia delicatula), in West Virginia. A small...

The Pumpkin—West Virginia tradition steeped in lore

Pick-your-own pumpkin farms are growing increasingly popular across West Virginia.
With the exception of corn, perhaps no vegetable is as all-American as the pumpkin. Carved as a Jack-O'-Lantern or pureed into a Thanksgiving pastry,...

West Virginia receives $250,000 in specialty crop grants

Tomatoes ripen in a West Virginia Garden.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide $242,335.25 to ten projects to enhance the production, processing, and consumption of specialty crops in West Virginia. W.Va....

WVDA to hold dairy industry meetings in November

Dairy cattle graze in a meadow.
The West Virginia Department of Agriculture is inviting milk producers and the public to discuss the state of the dairy industry in West Virginia...

18 percent of West Virginia under severe drought status

Officials with the W.Va. Department of Agriculture warn that 18.7 percent of the Mountain State as of October 3, 2019, is under severe drought status.
Officials with the W.Va. Department of Agriculture warn that 18.7 percent of the Mountain State as of October 3, 2019, is under severe drought...

Hemp production in West Virginia quadrupled in 2019

Industrial hemp grows inside a greenhouse.
Industrial hemp farmers in West Virginia more than quadrupled crop production in 2019 compared to the previous year, according to the West Virginia Department...

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...

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