West Virginia is the nation’s third most heavily forested state by percentage forest cover and contains some of the finest natural hardwood species in the world. In addition, these forests serve as important habitat for abundant game and nongame wildlife species as well as some wildlife species of concern. With private forestland owners responsible for almost 80% of West Virginia’s forests, it is particularly important to develop forest and wildlife management education programs specifically for this audience. While there are a number of resources available to landowners around the state, very few landowners utilize this assistance and have very little basic knowledge about forest management and harvesting, personal opportunities on their property, and where they can get assistance.
The TIMBER!!! program will provide woodland owners a better understanding of timber harvesting strategies, the equipment and road systems used, how timber harvests are carried out, and the wildlife habitats produced by timber harvest. In addition, this program will educate landowners in the sound application of forest and wildlife management practices and direct them to available resources and assistance programs in woodland management.
The evening workshop will further educate West Virginia landowners on the specifics of various timber harvest strategies, what to expect during a timber harvest, and the resulting impacts on wildlife. First Dr. David McGill will introduce the common types of timber harvesting used to regenerate or otherwise improve the growth of forests. Second, Dr. Ben Spong will discuss the equipment used and what to expect during a timber harvest. Finally, Dr. Sheldon Owen will discuss the unique habitats produced by each type of timber harvest and benefits to associated wildlife species.
The workshop will be held Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 6:00 p.m., at the Gilmer County Recreation Center. The programs will cost $5 to assist with covering meal cost. Please RSVP by Friday, February 13, 2015, to WVU Gilmer County Extension Office, (304) 462-7061 or email@example.com.
Gilmer County Farm Bureau and WVU Extension Service – Gilmer County will once again be placing a bulk order for berry plants. The berry plants that are available this year will be strawberries, blackberries, raspberries (both red and black), and blueberries. We will also be offering asparagus roots. If you would like to improve your garden by adding one or more of these berry plants contact the WVU Extension Service – Gilmer County at (304) 462-7061, and we will mail you an order form. Orders and payment is due by February 22, 2015, at the close of business, 4:00 p.m.
Once plants arrive all participants will be called and plants will need to be picked up within 5 days. Do not miss out on this opportunity to add some fresh berries to your future family meals.
The WVU Extension Service will host an educational dinner meeting on February 11, 2015 at Jackson’s Mill. The speaker this month will be Dr. Ed Rayburn, from WVU-Extension Service. Dr. Rayburn will be discussing making quality baleage.
The dinner will be at 6:30 pm at the Dining Hall and the program will follow at the Assembly Hall. The dinner will cost $5.00, which will be collected at the door. The balance of the cost is being sponsored by Cargill. Reservations must be made by Wednesday, February 4 at the WVU Gilmer County Extension Office, 304-462-7061.
In WV good grazing management can provide 250 days or more of grazing. However, in most parts of the state some conserved forage is required to feed cattle on days when snow or ice cover prevents grazing. This winter feed is usually dry hay but plastic wrapped haylage a.k.a. baleage is frequently used. Baleage allows farmers to make hay when the weather does not allow making dry hay. Early made baleage can have higher nutritional quality than late cut dry hay. Also, baleage has less storage loss than dry hay that is not stored in a barn. However, when baleage best management practices are not followed, baleage can be low quality, not providing adequate returns to pay for the equipment and plastic used in its production. This talk will report results of on-farm research conducted in WV showing the effects of baleage best management practices for making quality winter feed.
Ed is an Extension Specialist at West Virginia University. He works with other specialists, county agents, farmers, and NRCS staff in developing and implementing on-farm research and educational programs to support pasture-based livestock production and to help landowners develop improved pasture production systems on their farms. He previously worked for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service in western New York as a RC&D Grassland Specialist serving dairy, beef and sheep producers in the western counties of New York. Ed, his wife Sue, their three border collies, and 30 cows manage a pasture-based farm in Preston County West Virginia.
Annie’s Project, the popular program which provides risk management education for women in agriculture, is coming back to our local area through the West Virginia University Extension Service. An advanced level is being added for participants who completed the original training.
Annie’s Project provides training, resources and networking opportunities to help West Virginia women build viable, efficient and sustainable farm businesses. The course covers everything from business planning, finances and marketing to food safety and insurance.
The program will be offered in Sutton, as well as other locations around state during the winter and spring months. The fee for the course is $25, and includes materials and refreshments. Some financial aid is available for those who find the cost prohibitive.
Classes are scheduled to start February 17, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. at the Braxton County High School. Please register by February 10, by contacting one of the following WVU Extension Offices- Gilmer, Braxton, or Lewis. For questions contact one of the following WVU Extension Agents, Daisy Bailey at 304-462-7061 (Gilmer County), Debbie Friend at 304-765-2809 (Braxton County), Bruce Loyd at 304-269-4660 (Lewis County)
By using local experts to provide instruction, Annie’s Project has built a solid track record of success in more than 34 states. The WVU Extension Service is partnering with the WVU Small Farm Center, Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NESARE), West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition (WVFFC), West Virginia Department of Agriculture, Farm Credit of the Virginias and Farm Service Agency to provide the training in West Virginia.
Plan your garden from the ground up with the 2015 Garden Calendar from the West Virginia University Extension Service, available now at the Gilmer County Office! The new calendar’s theme is Planning for Abundance, with a focus on helping you get the most from your garden.
Articles by WVU Extension experts range from deciding what to grow and how large a garden to plant, to garden location and soil preparation.
Learn to effectively tend your garden, harvest when crops are at their tastiest and preserve your harvest so you and your family can enjoy the flavors – and health benefits – of your garden all year-round.
“The garden calendar is one of the most popular pieces we produce each year,” said Steve Bonanno, WVU Extension Service interim director. “Whether it’s your first time planting or you’re a perennial gardener, our faculty agents and specialists provide tips and techniques to help ensure your garden is a success.”
As always, there is “by the date” garden information to remind you when certain gardening chores should be done. There’s also a bonus article introducing two uncommon vegetables you can try this gardening season and the latest planning zone map.
The free 2015 WVU Extension Service Garden Calendar is available at the WVU Extension Service- Gilmer County Office and at local businesses around town while supplies last.
You can also download the calendar information and other gardening resources online at www.anr.ext.wvu.edu/garden_calendar.
A livestock farmer’s interaction with livestock can have both positive and negative impacts on animal health, performance, and subsequent handling ease. The WVU-Gilmer County Extension Service is offering a dinner and workshop for anyone looking to learn more about animal behavior and handling principles along with the design of livestock facilities on Monday, January 12, 2015, at 6 p.m. at the Gilmer County Recreation Center Glenville, WV. Dinner will start at 6 p.m. and will cost $5 to assist in covering the cost of the meal. The workshop will start at 6:30 p.m. and is free to anyone that would like to attend.
The goal of this workshop is to encourage producers to think about the design of livestock working pens that accommodates their needs, while making safe and efficient use of available labor and reducing stress on animals. Research has shown that careful, quiet handling of livestock will help improve productivity. Stress imposed by handling and transportation can have detrimental effects on weight gain, rumen function, reproductive function, and even the entire immune system.
Dr. Kevin Shaffer, WVU Extension Livestock Production Specialist will discuss livestock behavior, provide handling tips, and advice on beneficial design features. Kevin will also give producers examples of handling systems, and discuss ideas for planning, constructing, and effectively utilizing new and existing working facilities. Careful, quiet handling of cattle will help improve productivity.
In order to provide enough meals please RSVP by January 5, 2015. To reserve your spot or to ask questions about the workshop contact Daisy Bailey at WVU Gilmer County Extension Office, 304-462-7061 or WVU Calhoun County Extension, 304-354-6332.