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WVDA Receives Grant to Help Boost Maple Industry

West Virginia Receives More Than $230,000 in Specialty Crop Block Grants

Commissioner Leonhardt Urges Legislature to Pass Veteran Income Exemption

Local Food Stakeholders Invited to Attend Regional Aggregation Meeting

West Virginia Farmers Market Association to Hold Trainings

WVDA Announces Grants for Spay/Neuter Services

Commissioner Leonhardt Applauds Hiring of Senator Miller

Education Key to Prevent Spread of Rabies

USDA Secretary to Visit West Virginia

Arts and Crafts Fair Returns to Ripley

WVDA Waives Requirements for Horses Evacuating Irma

WVDA Warns of Risks Due to Flood Affected Hay

WVDA and Wildlife Service Continue Predator Control Management

Six Maple Syrup Production Seminars Scheduled Across West Virginia 

WVDA/WVU Extension Service to Host Series on Food Safety Modernization Act 

WVDA Country Store Breaks Record

WVDA Partners with SCORE to Help Veterans Start Farming

WVDA Reaches Agreement to Use Homegrown By Heroes Brand

West Virginia Chosen as Site of 2020 Military Order of the Purple Heart Convention

Six Students to Serve as Honorary Commissioners of Agriculture

West Virginia Agri-Women to Hold Quarterly Meeting

State Your Traditions: A Call to West Virginia 

WVDA Announces Partnership with Southern United States Trade Association

WVDA to Honor 2017 Women in Agriculture at the State Fair of West Virginia

WVDA Kicks Off National Farmers' Market Week

West Virginia Agriculture Advisory Board to Relaunch

West Virginia Department of Agriculture Releases 2017 State Fair Guide 

WVDA Announces Commissioner of Agriculture for a Day Contest

Commissioner of Agriculture Applauds EPA WOTUS Decision

WVDA and Boy Scouts Announce Partnership to Bring Locally Sourced Food to the 2017 National Jamboree

Sign Up for 2018 Gypsy Moth Suppression Program to Begin July 1

Maple Confections Classes to be Held July 28th and 29th

USDA Survey Shows Continued Growth for West Virginia's Maple Syrup Industry

Chesapeake Bay Restoration Project Reaches Milestone

West Virginia Agriculture and Forestry Hall of Fame to Welcome 2017 Members at Annual Banquet

WVDA Urges State to Embrace STEAM

30 Mile Meal Brand Stakeholders Meeting To Be Held June 15th

West Virginia Department of Agriculture to Host Beef for Fathers' Day Event

Two Writing Your Food Safety Plan Workshops Set for June

WVDA Cooperative Agriculture Pest Survey Underway

West Virginia Department of Agriculture Warns of Hay Scam

Annual WV Maple Syrup Producers Association Meeting Set for May 20

WVDA Seeks 2017 Women in Agriculture Nominations

WVDA Offers Assistance to Handle Honey Bee Swarms

White House Asking for Feedback on Waters of the U.S. Rules

WVDA Proposes Gypsy Moth Treatments for Spring 2017

Commissioner Leonhardt Urges Governor and Legislature to Reach Budget Compromise

WVDA Plants 78 Beech-Scale Resistant Trees in WV Orchard

WVDA Announces Key Leadership Hires

Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt Touts First 100 Days in Office

Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt Praises Confirmation of USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue

WVDA Offering Introduction to Gardening Class

Hancock County Designated Contiguous Drought Area

April Marks Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month

West Virginia to Participate in National Maple Syrup Survey for Second Year

West Virginia Observes National Ag Day

Organic Transition Producer Symposium to Be Held April 1

West Virginia Department of Agriculture Relaunches Veterans and Warriors to Agriculture Program 

Agriculture Commissioner Kent Leonhardt Responds to Recall of Foresters

WVDA Seeking Growers for Strawberry Festival Sale

West Virginia Department of Agriculture Announces Reduction in Vehicle Fleet

Food Safety Plan Workshop Set for March 29 in Tucker County

Agriculture Commissioner Kent Leonhardt Supports Governor Justice's Plan for Veterans

Agriculture Commissioner Marks Maple Month with Ceremonial Tree Tapping

WVDA Reminds Public About Springtime Farming Practices

State's Poultry Farmers Urged to Exercise Extra Caution

Ceremonial Tree Tapping to Kick Off Maple Month

WVDA Proposes Pest Treatment to 3,500 Acres of Forested Land

Annual Ham, Bacon and Egg Show and Sale to Be Held March 13

National FFA Week Celebrated Feb. 18-25

2017 Mountain State Maple Day set for March 18

Agritourism Initiative Focuses on West Virginia's Potomac Highlands

Winter Blues Farmers' Market and Dine-Around a Huge Success 

WVDA Announces New Agriculture Business Development Division

Agricultural Safety Workshop Set for Glade Springs

Two Upcoming Grant Writing Workshops to Focus on Improved Access to Agriculture Funds

Winter Farmers' Market Bringing West Virginia's Best Food to the Capitol City

Specialty Crop Block Grant Webinar Set for January 17

WVDA Accepting Nominations for 2017 Agritourism Media Awards

WVDA Seeking 2017 Specialty Crop Grant Applications

Parkersburg Livestock Market to Reopen

Vendors Needed for Charleston Civic Center Winter Farmers' Market

West Virginia Agriculture and Forestry Hall of Fame Accepting Applications

Nicholas Farm Sees Great Potential in Potato Farming 

Agriculture Department Doubles Number of Farms Participating in Food Safety Audits

West Virginia Specialty Crop Projects Awarded More Than $200,000 in Grant Funds

Agriculture Department Sees Bright Future for Cedar Lakes

WVDA Microbiology Lab Receives Prestigious Accreditation

Agriculture Focus of 2017 Poster/Essay Contests

Livestock Auction Market Public Hearing Scheduled

Cooperative Farm Conservation Efforts Enhancing Water Quality

Abused Farm Animals Looking for New Homes

WVDA Announces Interim Director for Cedar Lakes

2016 Women in Agriculture to Be Honored by WVDA at State Fair of West Virginia

Flood Contaminated Produce Needs to Be Destroyed

WVDA Celebrates National Farmers' Market Week Aug. 7-13

Free Corn Roast Comes to the Capitol

Logan Farmers' Market Set to Open for the Summer/Fall Growing Season

USDA Reminds Individual and Small Businesses Affected by Flooding in WV that USDA Offers Disaster Assistance Programs to Help

Livestock Feed Needs and Donations Being Coordinated By Farm Service Agency

Signup for 2017 Gypsy Moth Suppression Program Begins July 1

West Virginia to Host Maple Camp in July

Department of Agriculture Opens New Produce Aggregation Facility in Huntington

Commissioner Helmick Urges Farmers to Report Any Damage from Recent Rains

Commissioner of Agriculture Warns Flooded Gardens May Be Contaminated

Department of Agriculture Cutting Ribbon on Huntington Aggregation Center

WVDA Now Testing Drinking Water for Coliform Bacteria

WVDA Soil Testing Lab Now Accredited and Processing Samples

Department of Agriculture Warns Against Moving Horses in Jackson County Area

Beef for Father's Day Sampling Event Set to Visit Parkersburg 

USDA Maple Survey Releases West Virginia Numbers for the First Time

WV Beef Sampling Event Set for June 10 at Clarksburg City Hall

Veteran and Warriors to Agriculture Plant Black Walnut Trees in Honor of Service Members 

Zika Virus No Threat to Livestock, But WVDA Still Recommends Mosquito Control

Third Year Sees Big Bounce at Annual WVDA Strawberry Festival Sale

Beef for Father's Day Sampling Event to Be Held June 1 at Capitol Market

Commissioner Helmick Announces Additional Changes, Advancements in Rural Rehabilitation Loan Program

WVDA Urges Beekeepers to Monitor Hives

Maple Products Marketing Workshop Set for June 4th

West Virginia Maple Syrup Producer Association Annual Meeting and Maple Competition Set For May 14

WVDA to Treat 12,000-Plus Acres for Gypsy Moth

WVDA Accepting 2016 Women in Agriculture Nominations

West Virginia to Participate in National Maple Survey

Farmers' Market and Local Food Grant Writing Workshop Set for April

WVDA Proposes Gypsy Moth Treatments for Spring 2016

State FFA Ham, Bacon and Egg Show and Sale Set for Monday Evening

Applications Available For 2016 Speciality Crop Block Grants Program

Agritourism Awards Handed Out at Small Farm Conference

First Ever Mountain State Maple Day Celebrates Growing West Virginia Industry

Winter Blues Farmers' Market Brings Farmers and Producers Together at the WV Small Farm Conference

Custand Stand Food Products to Appear on ABC's "Shark Tank" on Feb. 21

Agencies Collaborate to Meet Farm Food Safety Needs

Department of Agriculture Sponsoring Food Safety Classes During Small Farms Conference 

WVDA Announces Essay and Poster Contest Winners

Green Bean Grower Meeting Location Changed

WVDA Urges Extra Caution Following Indiana Avian Influenza Outbreak

Green Bean Grower's Meeting Scheduled for Jan. 28th in Martinsburg

West Virginia Agriculture and Forestry Hall of Fame Accepting Nominations

Commissioner of Agriculture Lifts Ban on Live Poultry Gatherings

Schools, Local Produce Among Agriculture Grant Recipients

Hardy County High Tunnel to Benefit Senior Citizens

Monongalia Tech Center to Get Into Local Food Production with New High Tunnel

Elementary Students Encouraged to Enter Ag Day Poster Contest

MarketReady Training Rolls into West Virginia

New USDA Insurance Program Protects Against Forage Losses

Government Officials Meet to Prepare for Possible Avian Influenza Outbreak

Farm Use Valuation and State Farm Census Form Deadlines Sept. 1

Exemption Allows Small-Scale Rabbit Producers to Sell Meat at Farmers' Markets

Beekeeping Training Facility to Be Dedicated to Air Force Veteran 

2015 Women in Agriculture Honored at the State Fair of West Virginia

WVDA to Celebrate National Farmers' Market Week with Free Corn Roast

Wet Weather Doesn't Hamper Turnout at Potato Project Field Day

Agriculture Commissioner Warns of Flood Contamination to Fields and Gardens

Boxwood Blight Found in West Virginia Retail Locations

Potato Demonstration Project Field Day to Bring State Growers and Wholesale Buyers Together

Signup for 2015 Gypsy Moth Suppression to Begin July 1

"Capitol Market at the Capitol" Marks 10th Anniversary in 2015

Agriculture and Forestry Hall of Fame to Induct Four New Members

Yellow Poplar Weevil Impacting Trees Across the State

Public Invited to Sample Beef Cuts at 'Beef for Father's Day' Event June 16 at Jackson Square 

Public Invited to Sample Beef Cuts at 'Beef for Father's Day' Event

Food Safety Class to Be Held June 2 at State Farm Museum

High Demand for West Virginia Berries at 2015 Strawberry Festival

Agriculture Commissioner Halts Live Poultry Exhibitions, Sales and Swap Meets on Avian Influenza Concerns

Learn to Produce and Market Dried Fruits with WVU Extension Service Workshop

Maple Workshops Scheduled for June 4 and 6

Avian Influenza Concerns Halt Poultry Exhibits at Two West Virginia Fairs

Commissioner and Rita Helmick Offer Condolences on the Passing for Former Legislator John Chernenko

Food Safety Planning Workshop Scheduled for May 14

Good Agriculture Practices Training Scheduled for May 7

Emergency Response Training for First Responders

Apple Tree Planting to Honor Fallen WV Soldiers

Pesticide Alert Methyl Bromide

Livestock Auction Market Public Hearing Scheduled

WVDA Accepting 2015 Women in Agriculture Nominations

USDA Seeking 2016 Farm to School Grant Applications

Commissioner and Rita Helmick Offer Condolences on Passing of Former Agriculture Commissioner Gus Douglass

West Virginians Learn to Extend Harvest, Market Products to Increase Bottom Line

Applications Available for 2015 WV Specialty Crop Bock Grant Program

Good Manufacturing Practices Focus of WVDA Training Opportunity

Agritourism Workshops Will Reveal Industry Tips and Trends During 2015 Small Farm Conference

Mark Your Calendar for Food Safety Plan Workshop

Good Practices Make Good Farmers

Commissioner and Rita Helmick Offer Condolences on the Passing of Former Governor Arch Moore

Strawberry Growers Needed for Festival Market

Cabell Midland Student Using Farm to School Profits to Add Second High Tunnel

WV Agriculture and Forestry Hall of Fame Accepting Nominations

Farm to School Helping Mason County Business to Expand

WVU Extension Food for Profit Education Session Helps New and Experienced Growers Cultivate Some Green

WVU Extension Helps Farmers and Producers Grow Food Businesses

Statewide Certificate Program Recognizes Ag Education Achievements

Helmick to Discuss Statewide Crop Aggregation Initiative, Open Potato Processing Facility in Huttonsville

New Lime Production Facility to Assist Farmers Throughout the Greenbrier Valley

Agriculture Lime Plant Dedication at Mill Point

Agriculture Researcher to Receive Quarter Million in Grant Funds

Military Vets, Farmers Invited to Free Ag Business Seminar in Kingwood

Agritourism Workshops Help Operators Profit from Attractions

Producers Invited to HAACP Food Safety Training Class

WVDA Honors Four Women in Agriculture at State Fair

Online Publication Reveals State's Agriculture Output

Farmers Need to Register Aboveground Storage Tanks by Oct. 1

Maple Syrup Producers Invited to Tubing Installation Seminar

Sap Production Focus of Free Forest Management Seminar

Military Vets, Farmers Invited to Free Ag Business Plan Seminar

New Producer Association Promoting Maple Syrup in the Mountain State

WVDA Offering Safe Food Production Class Sept. 12 in Charleston

WVDA Issues Public Health Alert for Local Smoked Pork Products

Major Fruit Recall Affects WV Retailers

Preston County Kale Chips a Hit with Energy Express Kids

WVDA Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Program Expanding

Highmark WV Pledges Money for New Parkersburg Community Garden

Proposed Rule Filed fo Dangerous Wild Animal Act 

Agriculture and Forestry Hall of Fame to Welcome 2014 Members at Annual Banquet

Sign-up for 2015 Gypsy Moth Suppression Program to Begin July 1

Farm to School Program Meets Success in Greenbrier County

Jefferson County Extension to Host Fruit-Drying Workshop

Charles Town Residents Invited to Beef Sampling Event

Lewisburg Residents Invited to Beef Sampling Event

Fall Cankerworms Making Major May Appearance in Jefferson County

WVU's New Extension Program Helps Farmers and Producers Grow Food Businesses

WV Grown Berries Sell Well at 73rd Strawberry Festival

Commissioner and Rita Helmick Offer Condolences on Passing of Mary Manchin

WVDA Gypsy Moth Treatments to Begin Mid-May

WV Department of Agriculture Announces Potato-Testing Project at Huttonsville, Lakin

Elevation Not Stopping Tucker County Farm to School Effort

Farm Odors a Sign of Sustainable Farming Practices

Horse Owners Warned to Be on Guard Against Mosquitoes and West Nile Virus

New Appalachian Farm and Research Center Seeks Input from WV Farmers and Farm Families

Agriculture Programs Aiming to Tackle Rural Poverty

WVDA to Again Honor WV Women in Agriculture

Three New Produce Records Set in 2013

Champion Ham Record Falls at Putnam-Lincoln Ham, Bacon and Egg Auction

The Six Billion Dollar Opportunity

Preliminary 2012 Census Results Provide a Snapshot of WV Agriculture

Agriculture Department Announces 2014 Agritourism Marketing Winners

USDA Adds Event Grants to Farm to School Program Webinars Scheduled to Assist Applicants

EPA Proposes New Safety Measures to Protect Farm Workers from Pesticide Exposure

WVDA Proposes Gypsy Moth Treatments for Spring 2014

Growers Needed for Festival's New Strawberry Market

It's time for Frost-Seeding

Commissioner Helmick Responds to Findings from Audit

Pro-Pet LLC Recalls Dry Dog and Cat Foods Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

Grant Webinar Offered for Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Applicants

Agriculture Dept. Opening Up 40 Acres of Prime Farmland in Mason County for Vegetable, Small Fruit Production Operations

Red Flannel Cat Food Recalled Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

Chesapeake Bay Program Announces Public Comment Period on New Restoration Plan

Illinois Firm Recalls Sliced Sprial Ham for Possible Listeria Contamination

Applications Available for 2014 WV Specialty Block Grant Program

Department of Agriculture Announces Food Safety Classes for Early 2014

Experts Say Exposure to Water from Elk River Chemical Spill Poses No Threat to Livestock

Agriculture Department Cooperating with Requested Audit and Investigation

Six Billion Dollar Opportunity

Clafin Foundation Presents Funding for Veterans and Warriors to Agriculture Program

Farmers to Weigh In on Specialty Crop Grant Online Survey

WVDA Accepting Nominations for 2014 Agritourism Media Awards

WV Farmers Market Hosting Holiday Events

Helmick Joins Local Church to Help Feed Those in Need This Thanksgiving

Crunch Pack Sliced Apples Recalled by Manufacturer

West Virginia FFA Captures National Office, Prestigious Awards at National Convention

State Department of Agriculture Warns of Wide-Ranging Recall

November is Deadline for Insurance for Apples and Peaches in WV

Greenbrier Nurseries Supporting Farm to Table Initiative

Helmick Applauds Poultry Case Court Ruling

WVU Extension Helps Farmers and Producers Grow Food Businesses

Helmick Announces Eric Ewing as New Plant Industries Division Director

State Regulatory Officers on Lookout for Potentially Contaminated Chicken

Agriculture Programs Maintaing Public Safety During Federal Shutdown

WV Livestock Prices Available Despite Shutdown

WV Farm Museum Hosting Annual Fall Fest

Greenbrier East FFA Takes Corn to the Bank

Sealing Houses Now Can Prevent Fall Insect Entry

2013 Specialty Crop Block Grant Award Recipients

Free Sweet Corn Roast

Pumpkin Fest Baking Contest Dedicated to Janet Kelley

Pumpkin Patches, Hay and Corn Mazes in Season

WVDA to Kick off Statewide Farm to School Initiative at Preston High Lunch Event

Agriculture Commissioner Helmick, Parkersburg Mayor Newell Announce Opening of New Farmers Market

Department of Agriculture Including More Counties in Public-Private Pest Program

Department of Agriculture Announces 2013 Women in Ag Honorees

West Virginia Poultry Lab Recertified

WVDA Veterinarian Completes Intensive Foreign Animal Disease Training

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