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Hemp licenses triple in West Virginia in 2019

Young hemp plants thrive in a West Virginia field.
The West Virginia Department of Agriculture issued 158 individual licenses under its new industrial hemp program for 2019—more than triple the amount issued in...

W.Va. Dept. of Agriculture releases new five-year plan

A historic stone barn awaits the harvest in West Virginia's eastern panhandle.
The West Virginia Agriculture Advisory Board has released a five year-strategic plan for West Virginia agriculture, which Commissioner of Agricultural Ken Leonhardt says he...

W.Va. offering veterans scholarships to Appalachian Grazing Conference

Cattle graze in Jackson County, near Ripley, West Virginia
The West Virginia Department of Agriculture today announced the availability of education and training scholarships for veterans to attend the 2019 Appalachian Grazing Conference...

Farmers facing looming hay shortage; agencies provide tips

Cattle roam across a pasture near Lewisburg, West Virginia, in the Greenbrier Valley.
Confronted with a potential hay shortage, three state agencies are advising cattle farmers in West Virginia how to maintain healthy herds. The looming shortage...

W.Va. specialty crop projects granted more than $270,000

Foxglove thrives in the Garvey House Gardens
Eight West Virginia projects will share in $271,980 in federal funding to enhance the production, processing, and consumption of specialty crops, according to the...

Longhorned tick confirmed in W.Va.'s eastern panhandle

Longhorned ticks confirmed in Hardy County, W.Va.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed the presence of the Longhorned tick in Hardy County in eastern West Virginia, according to the W.Va....

Agencies, farmers markets to present state park dinners

Farm on Jordan Run Road, Grant County, Rick Burgess, Potomac Branches Region
Three state agencies have partnered with the W.Va. Farmers Market Association to host eight farm-to-table dinners in West Virginia state parks. Each will take...

Spring ideal season to engage in West Virginia botanical events

A yellow spring flower blossoms on an Allegheny ridge top.
I believe one of the best things about living in West Virginia is the opportunity to experience its cycles of growth. Whether in the...

Officials propose gypsy moth treatment in central, eastern W.Va.

Gypsy Moth in West Virginia
The W.Va. Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Forest Service, is proposing aerial treatment of gypsy moth infestation over approximately...

W.Va. Agriculture enlisting public to choose new logo

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture has announced a public voting period to determine the next West Virginia Grown logo, according to Commissioner of...

"Maple Days" in W.Va. to celebrate increased production

Map of 2018 Maple Syrup Days events in West Virginia
The West Virginia Maple Syrup Producers Association has announced two statewide "Maple Syrup Days" to celebrate during the 2018 maple season, according to the...

"Winter Blues" farmers' markets set for Charleston, Morgantown

Innovation is allowing W.Va. farmers to grow year round.
Just when it seems winter will never end, the W.Va. Department of Agriculture is hosting two farmers' markets to support growers and marketers whose...

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