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Maple Syrup Days on tap at six Pocahontas County farms

Maple syrup production is growing in West Virginia.
MARLINTON, W.Va. — Syrup production is thriving in Pocahontas County, where organizers of Maple Days events are welcoming new producers and expecting more attendees,...

W.Va. encourages farmers to participate in 2022 ag census

A farmer plants in a garden in West Virginia.
CHARLESTON, W.Va — The W.Va. Department of Agriculture is encouraging all farmers and farm operations in the state to participate in the 2022 Census...

The Pumpkin—a West Virginia tradition steeped in lore

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

Despite rain, state fair 2022 among most successful ever

The morning sun rises on the grounds of the State Fair of West Virginia at Fairlea, West Virginia..
FAIRLEA, W.Va. — The State Fair of West Virginia reported more than 170,000 people attending, an exceptional attendance despite rains that fell across the...

Biologist: W.Va. gardeners can do much to support butterflies

A field in Monroe County near Raines Corner, West Virginia, is ideal for attracting pollinators.
Concerns about a decline in bees and butterflies have grown recently. Still, according to a state biologist, West Virginians have a unique opportunity to...

Institute infuses W.Va. syrup-making with innovation

Tim Mathis and son make syrup in West Virginia.
Making maple syrup used to be fairly common in West Virginia, though as more people began buying sugar and other syrups at the store,...

W.Va. Dept. of Agriculture announces veteran's grant program

A farmer stands in a West Virginia garden.
The West Virginia Department of Agriculture has announced a request for applications for its 2022 Veterans and Heroes to Agriculture Grant Program, according to...

Ramp feasts in West Virginia may witness post-peak growth

A mess of ramps cooks during the annual ramp dinner at Helvetia, West Virginia.
The worst of the pandemic seemingly over, West Virginia may witness the enthusiastic return of community ramp feasts in spring 2022, according to 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, which supplies my family with a steady supply of fresh, frozen,...

Statewide agriculture competition to reward student innovation

A young West Virginia farmer tends a greenhouse crop.
The Robert C. Byrd Institute at Marshall University and a statewide group of partners are announcing the fifth-annual Student Agriculture Innovation Challenge to encourage...

Create Buckhannon awarded 2021 gift for agricultural innovation

Berries at a farmer's market
Create Buckhannon has been named the winner of the 2021 West Virginia Vanguard Agriculture Competition, a statewide contest sponsored by the Robert C. Byrd...

Despite a warm winter, the W.Va. syrup industry grows

Maple syrup production in West Virginia continues to grow.
A warm winter led to a decline in syrup production in West Virginia in 2021, though state Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt said the...


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