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March 27th Special Commission Meeting Agenda

GILMER COUNTY COMMISSION
AGENDA for SPECIAL MEETING
March 27, 2015 @ 9:00 AM
Location: Gilmer County Commission Room, 10 Howard Street, Glenville, WV

CALL TO ORDER

PLEDGE of ALLEGIANCE TO THE US FLAG

PUBLIC COMMENTS

PURPOSE
Approve and Adopt Fiscal Year 2015-16 Budget

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Agenda for March 13th Special Commission Meeting

GILMER COUNTY COMMISSION

AGENDA for SPECIAL MEETING

March 13, 2015 @ 9:00 AM

Location: Gilmer County Commission Room, 10 Howard Street, Glenville, WV

 

CALL TO ORDER

 

PLEDGE of ALLEGIANCE TO THE US FLAG

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

PURPOSE

Fiscal Year 2015-16 Budget Preparation

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WVU Extension agents and other experts help farmers increase knowledge and profits at Farm Opportunities Day

Experienced farmers, new farmers and youths all have something to learn at the Farm Opportunities Day conference hosted by the West Virginia University Extension Service.

The conference takes place on Saturday, March 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Glenville State College’s Waco Center in Glenville.

Participants will learn more about marketing and increasing income with their farms with an emphasis in topics relevant to small farms around central West Virginia. Industry experts will work with small groups of farmers to provide trusted, research-based advice in various topics.

New for this year, participants can pick from seven tracks for a day-long intensive session to get more in-depth information about a topic. Attendees can choose from a track in farmers markets, technology, small ruminants, beef cattle, beekeeping, high tunnel production and a “beginner farmers” course.

Two unique, hands-on opportunities exist with the small ruminant track and the technology track, both new offerings. The small ruminant track gives participants training with sheep and goats to learn parasite control using eye-lid color and body condition scoring. Computer training sessions in the technology track will help producers looking to improve their record-keeping and technology use in their operation.

In addition to the training, participants will have the opportunity to network at a luncheon that showcases locally sourced foods courtesy of the WVU Extension Service Small Farm Center.

The conference registration fee is $10 for those registered by March 11, and $20 after.   Those under the age of 18 are admitted free but must pre-register. Registration is available by calling your local county office of the WVU Extension Service, or online at www.anr.ext.wvu.edu/farm-opportunities.

Connecting the people of West Virginia to the University’s resources and programs is the primary goal of WVU Extension Service and its 55 offices throughout the state. Local experts, like WVU Extension’s agents and specialists, work to help improve the lifestyles and well-being of youths, workforces, communities, farms and businesses through trusted research in the counties in which they serve.

For more information visit anr.ext.wvu.edu/farm-opportunities, or contact Daisy Bailey, WVU Extension Service- Gilmer, 304-462-7061, or Calhoun, 304-354-6332.

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Agenda for February 20th County Commission Meeting

02 20 2015 Agenda County Commission Meeting

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Agenda for February 6th County Commission Meeting

02 06 2015 Agenda County Commission Meeting

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WVU Extension Service Offering TIMBER Workshop

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 daisy.fryman@mail.wvu.edu.

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Gilmer Co. Farm Bureau & WVU Extension Berry Sale

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.

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WVU Extension Service to Offer program on Making Quality Baleage

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.

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Annie’s Project: Risk Management for Farm Women to be offered by WVU Extension Service

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.

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