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New Agriculture Director Wants to Know What Farmers Want

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The new head of the Ohio Department of Agriculture is traveling around the state, talking to farmers about their needs. Former lawmaker Dorothy Pelanda says the goal of her listening tour is simple. “To let them know who I am, to let them know that we want farmers and agri business owners to be at the… Read More

Hemp’s Heyday: It’s Finally Legal. Now, Can Ohio Valley Farmers Cash In?

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Inside Winkin’ Sun Hemp Company in downtown Wheeling, West Virginia, store owner Doug Flight tries to position himself in front of a camera crew. His experience with growing and selling hemp spans years. But memorizing lines for what he says could be the first hemp TV commercial in the state is another issue. “I know,… Read More

Farmers Still Dealing With Effects Of Government Shutdown

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The federal government shutdown is over but some Ohio Valley farmers are still dealing with its effects as they try to sign up for federal relief payments and find ways to substitute for  missing information caused by a delay in important government reports. The American Farm Bureau Federation said 62 reports were delayed during the shutdown. These reports range… Read More

Trump Doubles Down On Trade War As Farmers Feel Pain From Tariffs

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As President Donald Trump addressed farmers at a national conference Monday Ohio Valley agriculture leaders said they are standing by his effort to renegotiate trade deals. But some leaders cautioned that costly tariffs on farm products need to end soon. President Trump doubled down on his fight for better trade deals during his speech to American Farm… Read More

Rain Causing More Than Rotten Tomatoes for Ohio Valley Farmers

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The precipitation average so far this year for Southeast Ohio is 34.75 inches, which is nearly 10 inches above normal, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Farmers in Athens County and along the Ohio River basin are hoping for less rain next year in order to reclaim what Mother Nature took from their… Read More

West Virginia Gets Grant To Train Veterans In Agriculture

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia has been awarded a $400,000 federal grant to provide agriculture training for military veterans. The state Department of Agriculture says in a news release the grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs aims to improve veterans’ health. The statement says the Hershel “Woody” Williams VA Medical Center in… Read More