WVU Extension News
4-H Posters and Photos on Display
The entries in the 2013 4-H Poster Contest and Photo Event will be on display at the McClintic Library in Marlinton from February 20 to March 1. Everyone is invited to stop by and view the entries.
Energy Express Deadlines
Energy Express service/employment opportunities are now available for the 2013 Marlinton Elementary Energy Express Site for one site supervisor, four mentors, and one community coordinator. To learn more about how to become involved or to request an employment application, call the WVU Pocahontas County Extension Office at 304-799-4852 or visit the Energy Express website at www.energyexpress.wvu.edu . Application deadlines are February 19 for the site supervisor position, and March 1 for the mentor and community coordinator positions.
Frozen Food Sale
The 4-H Spring Frozen Food Sale is now in progress. All orders are due in the Extension Office by February 26. The order form can be obtained by calling the Extension Office at 304-799-4852. The frozen food sale is being sponsored by the Pocahontas County 4-H Leaders' Association.
2013 Annual W.Va. Small Farm Conference Features More Topics, Events and New Venue
Agricultural enthusiasts looking to improve their understanding of agriculture and connect with fellow farmers are invited to register for the 9th annual West Virginia Small Farm Conference, February 28 to March 2, at Waterfront Place Hotel and Conference Center in Morgantown.
"People learn about more than 50 issues and methods that can make their farms and families more profitable, including new crops," said Tom McConnell, WVU Extension Service Small Farm Center program leader. "We've learned from our farmers that it's more than answering 'what opportunities are out there?' It's about teaching them how to embrace those opportunities."
The conference begins with a selection of intensive workshops on Thursday, February 28, covering high tunnel construction and management, farmers markets, food business, agritourism and youth entrepreneurship.
Participants have the opportunity to earn special certifications in processing and management. The Better Process Control School classes take place February 27 and 28. Participants will walk away with a license sell their preserved products. The Good Agricultural Practices/Good Handling Practices certification course also certifies attendees in Best Management Practices.
A Youth Entrepreneurship Workshop gives young agriculturalists an open forum to exchange ideas and learn from professionals. Last year more than 125 FFA students attended the conference with their advisors.
On March 1 and 2, the conference offers more than 70 classes, including returning favorites, such as high tunnels, agricultural law, marketing, agri-tourism, managing a layer flock and estate planning. Other classes will focus on timely topics in horticulture and farmers market management.
To register for the conference, or to view a tentative schedule, visit www.smallfarmcenter.ext.wvu.edu. For information about the W.Va. Small Farm Conference, contact Program Coordinator Carrie See at 304-293-2715 or email email@example.com.
Pocahontas Producers Sale Schedule
Saturday March 9th 2:00pm Regular Sale
Friday April 12th 7:30pm Spring Feeder Calf Sale
Saturday April 13th 2:00pm Regular Sale
Saturday April 27th 2:00pm Regular Sale
Saturday May 11th 2:00pm Regular Sale
Saturday June 8th 2:00pm Regular Sale
For more information please contact PPCA Manager Sherry Sullenberger at 540-499-2718 or the WVU Extension Office at 304-799-4852.
APPALACHIAN GRAZING CONFERENCE OFFERS INFORMATION FOR GRASSLAND FARMERS AND AGRICULTURE STUDENTS
"Grass "THE" Green Energy" is the theme for the 2013 Appalachian Grazing Conference. The conference runs March 8 and 9 in Morgantown at the Waterfront Place Hotel.
There will be presentations of interest to those with cattle, goats and sheep. Participants will be able to hear from America's leading speakers on management strategies to increase profits.
Conference registration forms can be found at your local West Virginia Conservation District or by visiting www.grazeappalachia.org . Because of the importance of the information being presented to grazing producers, many West Virginia Conservation Districts are offering scholarships to cover the conference fee! Find your local conservation district at www.wvca.us/districts , and contact them for more information regarding scholarships.