2021 agriculture educational webinar series Each winter, WVU Extension Service brings education, know-how and research right to your community through a series of educational dinner meetings. Though we can’t gather in person this year, you are still invited to join us virtually for the 2021 agriculture webinar series!
You will have the same opportunity to learn from WVU Extension Service specialists and industry experts about relevant topics to help you improve your own agricultural operations. Beginning Jan. 14 please join us every Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. as we cover a new farm-focused topic. These weekly webinar sessions will take place via Zoom through the end of March.
Topics will include:
Jan. 14: Grazing management – Jeff Lehmkuhler, University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service
Jan. 21: Small-scale poultry production — Joe Moritz, WVU Extension Service
Jan. 28: Fertilization in high tunnels — Lewis Jett, WVU Extension Service
Feb. 4: Pond management — Bryan Swistock, Penn State Extension
Feb. 11: Matching livestock production to consumer demands — Davey Griffin, Texas
Feb. 18: Grazing for soil health — Gabe Brown, Brown’s Ranch
Feb. 25: Weeds in the woods — Dave McGill, WVU Extension Service
March 4: Are you calving at the right time? — Burke Teichert, Retired Cattle Reproduction Expert
March 11: Weed management for pastures and hayfields – JD Green, University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service
March 18: Three secrets to increasing profits — Dallas Mount, Ranch Management Consultants
March 25: Market outlook for 2021 and the continued impact of COVID-19 — Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University
Register to participate here: https://wvu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_40LtOK6JMniOHFH
For more information: https://extension.wvu.edu/agriculture/news/2020/12/18/2021-ag-webinar-series or contact Alexandria Smith at [email protected] or John Murray at [email protected].
West Virginia Woodland Stewards Seminar setThe next West Virginia Woodland Stewards Seminar will be held online via Zoom on Wednesday, Jan. 20, from 6–8:30 p.m. Online meeting via Zoom—Links will be furnished to those who register.
To register, go to: wvu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwldeqrrTsiE9QcKW3MBk9MXTFt-Z-ZMcl__
The seminar will include the following: Right Tree, Right Place: A crash course in tree species selection — Samuel Adams, Urban Forester, WV Division of Forestry; A biologist buys a farm—Dr. Bill Healy, WV Landowner and USFS (retired); Managing for migratory songbirds — Elizabeth Brewer, Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture/American Bird Conservancy -NWTF; Every acre counts – Kevin Gregory, Eagle Land Transformations.
2021 Maryland-Delaware Virtual Forage ConferenceMARYLAND — The 2021 Maryland-Delaware Virtual Forage Conference will be held Jan. 14 and 19.
The Maryland-Delaware Forage Conferences are moving to a virtual session for 2021. The conference will take place over two partial days 9 a.m. Jan. 14 and Jan. 19. Certified crop advisor, nutrient management, and private pesticide applicator credits will be offered. For more information, registration and agendas, go to: https://go.umd.edu/forage
2021 Pennsylvania Farm Show will be virtualPENNSYLVANIA — The 105th Pennsylvania Farm Show will take place from Jan. 9-16, 2021. In light of the current public health crisis and keeping safety a priority, Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry will be celebrated virtually for the 105th show. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture will bring stories of agriculture into your home and explore with the industry how we can cultivate a brighter tomorrow for Pennsylvania’s leading industry.
Pennsylvanians are invited to experience all that agriculture has to offer through a variety of virtual events that will be featured on social media and through the Pennsylvania Cable Network, as well as a vast range of virtual education exhibits that will live right here on the web starting Saturday.
Follow the Pennsylvania Farm Show on Facebook or Instagram for real-time updates and previews of what’s to come and check back soon at https://www.farmshow.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx for the full schedule of virtual events.
Virginia Winter Forage Conference Jan.18-22VIRGINIA — The VFGC is excited to host the 2021 Virtual Winter Forage Conference Jan. 18-22. Their program includes two wonderful speakers.
One of the featured speakers this year is Tennessee grazier, Mr. Greg Brann. Brann owns 900-acre Big Spring Farm, where he practices management-intensive and multi-species grazing. Greg has also used warm-season forages, livestock genetics, and novel feeding strategies to build resilience in his farm. Behind it all has been a focus on integrating soil, animal, and plant health for the improvement of the whole system. Greg direct markets his 100% grass fed & finished livestock.
Another featured speaker this year is Forage Specialist and Ag. Economist Dr. Greg Halich, from University of Kentucky. Dr. Halich has worked with farmers across the Southeast to improve their operations through grazing management, grazing economics, and feeding strategies to enhance productivity and profitability.
In this year’s conference, Greg will be sharing research and experiences related to bale grazing, an emerging tool for managing pasture and hay feeding. Greg will also be discussing adaptive management of stocking rates and the effect of stocking rate on farm profitability. He will seek to show us how stocking rate and density are powerful tools for improving soil health and animal performance.
Follow this link at https://vaforages.org/2021-virtual-winter-forage-conference/ where you can register to attend this years’ conference today for only $20 and that includes any family or farm member who will be watching it together under the same log-in. The limit is 500 total participants nationwide, so register now while space is still available.
Agriculture enhancement and Chesapeake Bay programMARTINSBURG — The EPCD began taking applications starting on Jan. 4 through Feb. 1, 2021.
To get the program applications go to the district website is: http://www.wvca.us/districts/epcd.cfm
These are the only times that applications will be accepted. Applications must be turned in by 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, 2021. All practices are based on ranking and available funding.
Currently, all office staff are still teleworking. No date has been set to return to the office. This means no one is at the office during our normal working hours of Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Staff will work with those individuals who do not have access to technology to turn applications in. Until further notice, applications will only be taken by email, fax, mail, dropped off in our door slot or by appointment only.
If you would like to make an appointment to sign up for the programs, please call to schedule an appointment. By scheduling an appointment, this allows safe social distancing and allows staff to sanitize the office after each appointment for our safety, as well as yours. Face mask will be required to enter the building
They appreciate your assistance and understanding regarding this process.
Applications will be available online on their district website Jan. 1, 2021. Look at the website to download an application or email the district website is: http://www.wvca.us/districts/epcd.cfm
If you are applying for Lime, Pasture/Hay Reseeding and/or Frost Seeding, a soil analysis report must be included with your application. If you do not have current soil samples (less than 3 years old), take your soil samples now.
She can mail your sample out for $10/sample to Waypoint. It takes one week to get results back and due to the postal situation, allow enough time. She will mail samples every Friday. The last day she will mail soil samples for their program is Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. This will allow enough time, for the results to be processed, returned and you will be able to apply for the programs.
Applications will not be accepted if there are not maps and soil sample results attached to the applications for lime, hay/pasture reseeding and frost seeding.
Be aware that approvals will not be made until Feb. 17, because funding is limited. If you are approved, you will receive a letter and a contract. You will get reimbursed after installation of practices, verification and receipts are provided. If you were not approved due to funds or eligibility, you will receive a letter in the mail as well.
The following practices will be available for sign up starting 8 a.m. Jan. 4 through 4 p.m. Feb. 1, 2021:
• Lime: Soil test analysis report is required. 50 % cost share up to $20/ton. Not to exceed 75 acres per producer per fiscal year (July to June). Practices must be completed by June 4, 2021.
• Hay and Pasture Reseeding: Flat rate of $65/acre. Eligible up to an accumulative of 50 acres of hay and pasture per year (July to June). Soil test analysis report are required to apply. Practices must be completed by May 1, 2021.
• Frost-seeding: Planting dates are by March 15, 2021. Pasture ground only. Flat rate of $25/ac. on legume seed only. Producers are eligible for up to 25 acres. Soil test analysis report is required.
• Heavy Use Protection Area – Flat rate of $1.22/sq. ft., not to exceed $4,000 per producer per fiscal year.
Practice design is only for stone and geo-textile fabric. No concrete. Practices must be completed by June 4, 2021.
• Stream Protection (livestock exclusion): Payment rates are by linear foot and/or square footage. Cost share is not to exceed $8,000 per fiscal year. Must have livestock in stream to qualify. Practices included are fencing, watering systems and stream crossing. Practices must be completed by June 4, 2021.
• Rotational Grazing Fence (Fencing and watering trough): Cost share is up to $7,000 per fiscal year. Payment rates are by linear foot. Must have perimeter fence already installed to qualify. Must be building new interior fence, to start a rotational grazing system. Must have livestock to qualify. Practices included fencing, watering systems and pipeline. Practices must be completed by June 4, 2021.
• Agriculture Livestock Roof Runoff Management: Must be installed on an agricultural structure. Cost share is up to $2,000 w/o fascia board or $2,500 with fascia board. Must follow NRCS design and standards. Practices must be completed six months after you receive your design. Contact: Amy Henry for more information: [email protected].
2021 vegetable/fruit seed saleMARTINSBURG — Due to COVID-19 and the current state restrictions, the EPCD has decided not to have the annual tree sale in 2021, but they are offering a new program. Review the 2021 vegetable/fruit seed sale form, to start and assist with growing your own crops at home.
Seeds being offered are green beans, beets, cantaloupe, cucumber, lettuce, okra, pea (hull, and sugar/edible pods), pumpkin, radish, spinach, squash (straight neck, zucchini and butternut) and turnips.
You can get more information on what is available and how to order by going to: Eastern Panhandle District (wvca.us) or call: 1-681-247-3010 or email at [email protected]
Deadline to order is March 1, 2021. The EPCD will mail your seeds on April 1. Make sure to give the correct mailing information. Cash and/or check only. They have installed a mail slot in their door, if you would like to drop off your form and payment. For more information, contact: 1-681-247-3010 or [email protected]
PASA Sustainable Agriculture Conference scheduledLANCASTER, Pa. — The PASA 2021 Virtual Sustainable Agriculture Conference, will be held Jan. 19 – Feb. 5, 2021
This year the virtual conference takes place over the course of three weeks, instead of their typical four days, to help you balance your conference experience with life! This also means fewer overlapping sessions, and more access to the full range of educational offerings.
The more than 30 live pre-conference educational sessions focus on the nuts and bolts of farm production and management. You can have access to every pre-conference session with PASA’s all-inclusive pass, or you can personalize your experience by registering for only the sessions you want to attend. You can see the full schedule at pasafarming.org/conference.
The main Sustainable Agriculture Conference is Feb. 1 – 5. See the full schedule at pasafarming.org/conference.
For more information on the Conference go to: https://pasafarming.org/conference
17th annual West Virginia Small Farm Conference set
MARTINSBURG — The West Virginia Small Farm Conference Feb. 24 -27, 2021 will be held virtually in 2021. Registration and more information is available online at https://extension.wvu.edu/conferences/small-farm-conference. For more information, contact Lisa Jones at 304-293-2715.
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