1 Dec

Herald Dispatch: As the holiday rush begins, regular family mealtimes often take a back seat to other demands of the season. The WVU Extension Service is joining with the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) in asking families to take a night out from that rush to make and eat a healthy family meal together on Wednesday, Dec. 3.

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24 Nov

Fayette Tribune: Preparing holiday meals can create stress on budgets and waistlines, but a West Virginia University Extension Service specialist says simplicity is key to keeping guests happy and healthy during the holidays.

“Holidays are often associated with big, traditional meals; by taking a simplistic approach you can save yourself unnecessary stress, extra calories and strained finances,” said Amy Gannon, a registered dietitian and specialist with WVU Extension’s Family Nutrition Program.

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21 Nov

WBOY-TV: The WVU Extension hosted agents from Penn State in Belington today for a Food for Profit workshop. Area farmers came to the Belington Fire Department to learn more about how to market their food, and how to make sure they follow the regulations for producers, whatever they’re selling.

“They can be talking about a retail business, like a catering business or a restaurant business, or we have a lot of farmers in the room who are talking about adding value, which means taking those raw agricultural products and turning them into a jar of something, a can of something,” said Penn State’s Winifred McGee, who brought the program here from Pennsylvania.

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18 Nov

News and Sentinel: Processing a deer and learning new ways to preserve and prepare the meat were part of the first Venison 101, a workshop sponsored by the West Virginia University Extension Service and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources at Parkersburg South High School.

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18 Nov

Prairie Farmer: Acorn poisoning can be a significant issue for producers, especially in feeder calves that are more susceptible to developing kidney failure after ingesting acorns, says Stan Smith, an Ohio State University Extension program assistant in agriculture and natural resources.

In fact, producers with oak trees in their pastures may want to consider moving their herd away from the dropped acorns or consider fencing off larger areas that are covered with acorns, said Smith, who is a beef cattle expert.

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17 Nov

Register Herald: As the holiday season approaches, West Virginia University Extension Service agents are inviting the community to “talk turkey” and ask questions about planning, preparing and preserving a Thanksgiving meal.

A live “Ask the WVU Extension Expert” Q&A will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday on the WVU Extension Services Facebook page.

Those who are unable to participate in the live session can ask questions in advance on the page on the “Ask in Advance” post.

Experts will answer questions about safely preparing a Thanksgiving turkey and will provide tips and recipes for putting together a healthy meal for family and friends.

Experts will also give advice and suggestions on how to safely preserve leftovers so they can be enjoyed after the holiday.

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17 Nov

WBOY-TV: West Virginia University Extension Service continues to provide new ways for some of the state’s female farmers to network. This weekend the organization hosted its Women in Agricultural Conference at Stonewall Resort.

The conference offers a variety of sessions that cover the topics of farm business marketing and finance “best practices” and helps develop entrepreneurial skills in women farmers across the state.

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12 Nov

The State Journal: West Virginia University Extension Service is sponsoring the Food for Profit workshop Nov. 20 at the Belington Fire Department, in Barbour County. The goal is to teach West Virginians how to plan, create, finance and run a food business…

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7 Nov

The State Journal: The West Virginia University Extension Service, with the help of Penn State, will offer a free, educational program on natural gas royalties at 6 p.m. Nov. 6 Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Racetrack in Wheeling.

The program, “Shale Mineral Management: Understanding Your Royalty Check,” will provide insight and understanding for landowners already leasing rights and those who may be considering leasing rights about how new trends in drilling production and utilization can affect royalties.

Karen Cox, WVU Extension Ohio County Agricultural and Natural Resources agent; Matt Henderson, shale gas assets manager for the Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research; and Steven Karabin, president of the Rhino Group, will explain exactly how royalty owners’ payments are calculated and how to decipher royalty pay stubs.

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6 Nov

Wetzel Chronicle: Congressman David B. McKinley, was in New Martinsville on Oct. 21 at the West Virginia Extension Office for an agricultural roundtable.

He answered questions from leaders of the community about their concerns with the local roads, farming, the wildlife population, the local water source, and the need for more federal funding for farming in the state.

Read more at the Wetzel Chronicle...