West Virginia University Garden Calendars are now available.
The 2015 edition of the West Virginia University Garden Calendar is available for the public. The calendars are free and can be located at the Cabell County Extension Office or at your local library. Any questions should be directed at the Cabell County office (304-743-7159).
Learn to produce and market dried fruits with WVU Extension Service workshop
Experts from the West Virginia University Extension Service, West Virginia Department of Agriculture, and Penn State Extension are offering a one-day, hands-on workshop for those interested in how to produce and market dried fruit products.
The workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Cabell County 4-H Camp and Conference Center, 6040 Booten Creek Road, Barboursville, WV 25504.
“This workshop can help producers learn how to dry fruit as an additional way to preserve and market what they produce, extending the effective season during which they can sell their goods,” said WVU Extension Cabell County Families and Health Agent Brenda Porter. “However, the training is also appropriate to any individual who is just curious about how to safely and properly prepare dried fruit for home use.”
Pre-registration is required, and is due by Monday, March 16, 2015. The cost is $15 (scholarships available) and includes all necessary materials and lunch. For registration information, contact Brenda Porter by phone at 304-743-7151, or by email at BOPorter@mail.wvu.edu.
The workshop is taught by experienced food processing experts, and will address what products are viable for drying, the processes involved, ingredients, product safety, proper storage and handling, use of a shared kitchen facility, direct and cooperative marketing, etc.
Instructors include food preservation, marketing, business, and food safety experts from WVU Extension Service, WV Department of Agriculture, and Penn State Extension. A representative of the West Virginia Bureau of Public Health will explain what inspectors look for when inspecting commercial kitchens, regulations when producing for market, and the need for safe food handling practices in a business.
The program is sponsored by the WVU Extension Service with funding from National Science Foundation, Branch Banking and Trust company, National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE IT Program under Award HRD-1007978, and WVU Public Service Grant Award P-14-006.
Micro Agriculture Program!
Guyan Conservation District residents(Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln, Mingo, Logan and Boone counties) are eligible for cost-share programs through the agricultural enhancement program. The Micro Agriculture Program is a cost share program that will reimburse up to 75% of the expense of commercially produced rain barrels, raised beds or composting structures. For more information please see the application form or contact the Guyan Conservation District office at: (304)-528-5718 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CATTLE OWNERS ALERTED TO BEGIN TAGGING ANIMALS USDA
TRACEABILITY RULES GO INTO EFFECT IN MARCH
New Soil Test Form and Procedure
Check out the new
soil test form
This new procedure will allow you to submit your soil tests much quicker. You will need to supply your own bag(snack size ziploc, small sandwich, or other bag that can be tied or sealed) for this method. You only need to send about 1/2 cup of soil from your combined samples to be tested. You will be able to mail these in a regular envelope or a priority mailer(flat rate or standard) works well when sending multiple samples.
Please be sure to mail the samples to:
West Virginia University
College of Agriculture and Forestry
Soil Testing Laboratory
Morgantown, WV 26506-6108
Once the tests are run the results are instantly sent via email to you and your local county agent!
If you have any questions please call (304)743-7131 or email us at CabellCountyExtension@mail.wvu.edu
WVU Pest Management Program
The WVU Extension Service Pest Management Program centers around control of animals, insects, plant diseases, and weeds around the home, garden, farm, and other outdoor areas.
Planting and Climate Information
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