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West Virginia Farm PAC Announces 2016 General Election Endorsements

The State Fair of West Virginia and the West Virginia Farm Bureau are pleased to present the eleventh annual Farming Heritage Award to The Johnston family from Lewisburg, West Virginia.BUCKHANNON, WV. - The West Virginia Farm Political Action Committee has announced its endorsements for the 2016 General Election on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. In addition to endorsements for the West Virginia legislative races below, WV Farm PAC is endorsing the following candidacies: President of the United States: Donald J. Trump (R); U.S. House of Representatives, District 1: David McKinley (R); 2nd District: Alex Mooney (R); 3rd District: Evan Jenkins (R); Secretary of State: Mac Warner (R); Auditor: John “J.B.” McCuskey; Treasurer: John Perdue (D); Commissioner of Agriculture: Kent Leonhardt (R); Attorney General: Patrick Morrisey (R).
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2016 Farming Heritage Winner

LEWISBURG, WV – The State Fair of West Virginia and the West Virginia Farm Bureau are pleased to present the eleventh annual Farming Heritage Award to The Johnston family from Lewisburg, West Virginia.

Eight generations of the Johnston family have continued farming operations through hard work, dedication, strength, endurance and love of the land.
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Livestock Feed Needs and Donations Being Coordinated by Farm Service Agency

Charleston, W.Va. - Farmers who have or need hay or other livestock feed should directly contact their local USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) office. A list of offices and details on FSA emergency programs are available online at http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app.

FSA emergency program information is available at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/disaster-assistance-program/disaster-designation-information/index.
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Summer Agriculture Institute Moves to New Location; Registration Now Open

BUCKHANNON, WV – Blue Ridge Community & Technical College in Martinsburg, WV will be the new location for the 2016 Summer Agriculture Institute, on June 28 & 29. The Institute, sponsored by the West Virginia Farm Bureau Foundation, WVU Extension Service, and WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, gives teachers the opportunity to learn practical, hands-on applications and receive teaching materials for their classrooms; learn about nutrition, technology, and careers in agriculture and earn graduate or professional credits.
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Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge Opens During National Small Business Week

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 29, 2016 – The American Farm Bureau Federation will open online applications for its third Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge on May 1, to coincide with National Small Business Week (May 1–7). Entrepreneurs will compete for $145,000 in startup funds.
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West Virginia Farm PAC Announces 2016 Primary Election Endorsements

The West Virginia Farm PAC has announced its endorsements for the 2016 primary election on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. In addition to endorsements for the West Virginia legislative races below, WV Farm PAC is endorsing the following candidacies...
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Farm Bureau Celebration Stocks Ronald McDonald House Pantries

West Virginia Farm Bureau will again observe “Food Check-Out,” an event designed to raise awareness about the abundance of healthy, affordable food produced by America’s farmers and ranchers.
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Farm Bureau Elects New Grassroots Leaders

ORLANDO, FLORIDA, January 12, 2016 – Delegates at the 97th American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention elected Zippy Duvall of Georgia as president and Scott VanderWal of South Dakota as vice president for two-year terms.

Delegates elected seven state Farm Bureau presidents to the AFBF board of directors: Carl Bednarski, Michigan; Rich Felts, Kansas (Midwest Region), Harry Ott, South Carolina; Jeff Aiken, Tennessee; Gerald Long, Georgia (Southern Region), Rick Ebert, Pennsylvania (Northeast Region) and Bryce Wrigley, Alaska (Western Region).
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Farm Credit of the Virginias Contributes $10,000 to Farm Bureau Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab

Ag Lab ContributionFarm Credit of the Virginias Chairman Charlie Leech presented a check for $10,000 to Charles Wilfong, President of West Virginia Farm Bureau, to support the purchase of a new Mobile Agriculture Education Science Lab.

First launched in 2009, the Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab travels to elementary schools across the Mountain State, teaching children about agriculture and the important roles it plays far beyond food.
Read more: Farm Credit of the Virginias Contributes $10,000

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2016 Legislative Session Summary

WV State SealThe 2016 Legislative Session closed at midnight on March 12 without a budget for next year. Legislators entered into an extended session on March 14-15 to consider the development of a budget.
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