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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
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
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
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Freed from the list of federally banned substances, hemp is about to have another growth spurt in Kentucky. The state’s agriculture commissioner said Tuesday his department has approved 1,035 applications to produce up to 42,086 acres of hemp in 2019. Last year, far fewer growers planted about 6,700 acres of the… Read More
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
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
Join us at Alpacas at Phoenix Hill Farm’s 11th Annual Open House! Meet the alpacas and learn about these amazing animals and their wonderful fiber. Shop in our updated Alpaca Boutique for clothing, yarn & more! Free refreshments. Saturday and Sunday, October 13 & 14, Noon to 5:00 pm. We apologize but our farm is… Read More
Should we concentrate farming in a small area, or spread it out to reduce the environmental impact? It’s a dilemma farmers face as they feed a growing planet. A new study weighs in.
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
Tree farmer Alan Dambach’s tremor got so bad he couldn’t read his own signature. Then he tried a new procedure that uses sound waves to destroy specific brain cells.