WVDA Urging Landowners to Sign up for Invasive Insect Suppression Program

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) is urging landowners to sign up for the Cooperative State-County-Landowner (CSCL) Lymantria dispar (spongy moth) Suppression Program. The program is focused on protecting the landowners’ forested acreage from devastating effects caused by the invasive Lymantria dispar. The sign-up period runs from July 1 until August 31, 2024. “West Virginia’s forests …

Local Agriculture Producers Celebrated at Free Event Coming to the Wild Ramp

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) and the WV Grown agriculture branding program are launching the ‘Rooted in the Mountain State Tour’ with a series of free events across the state to celebrate local producers and agribusinesses. The tour kicks off at the Wild Ramp in Huntington on Saturday, June 29th, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 …

Agriculture & Forestry Hall of Fame Set to Induct 2024 Members

The West Virginia Agriculture and Forestry Hall of Fame (WVAFHOF) will honor the 2024 inductees with a banquet on Saturday, July 20, at Jackson’s Mill. The evening will start with a reception at 5:00 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:00 p.m. The banquet is open to any interested parties. To purchase tickets, contact Rebecca Williams at (304) 825-6983. “The people …

Spraying for Spongy Moth in Southern West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA), in cooperation with the US Forest Service (USFS), will be treating 6,960 acres in Mingo and McDowell Counties to slow the spread of spongy moth (formerly gypsy moth). The treatment area is on the Mingo/McDowell County line 3.5 miles south of the town of Gilbert and continuing southeast towards the …

OP Ed: Senators Should Seize Opportunity to Boost Small Business and Help WV Kids

Capito and Manchin should back a proposal to expand Child Tax Credit and extend small business relief. At a time of so much division and gridlock, lawmakers in Washington recently surprised Americans with some good news. The US House of Representatives passed legislation to expand the Child Tax Credit and badly needed tax relief for small businesses through the Tax …

Interagency Collaboration Increases Hemp Product Safety

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Hemp product regulation in West Virginia has undergone significant developments in recent years, reflecting the state’s commitment to fostering a successful industry while ensuring compliance with federal and state guidelines and consumer protection. Senate Bill 679 was passed during the 2024 Legislative session to clarify regulations on certain plant-based products. This includes hemp-derived cannabinoid products. The bill …