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WVDA urges public to not plant foreign seed packets

Seed packages received from unknown sources without solicitation should not be planted, says WVDA.
Officials at the West Virginia Department of Agriculture are urging state residents not to plant foreign seeds following reports of unsolicited seeds being received...

WVU professor working to lower THC levels in industrial hemp

Legally, industrial hemp grown in the US should contain only a trace of the psychoactive drug THC.
While the kind of hemp that's grown in West Virginia does not contain the level of the psychoactive substance present in marijuana, it does...

Sale of Japanese Barberry outlawed July 1 in West Virginia

Japanese barberry has been added to the West Virginia “noxious weeds” list as part of an effort to control the invasive plant.
The sale or distribution of Japanese barberry, Berberis thunbergii DC, will be illegal in West Virginia beginning July 1, 2020, according to the state...

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...

Early white half-runner beans originated 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...

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...

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