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posted by: Jessica Nichols

NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS!  The Little Kanawha Conservation District is seeking firms/companies interested in performing stream work.  Work may include debris removal, stream bank stabilization, etc.  Interested parties must submit the following contact information to the Conservation District: Name, Address, and Phone Number.  Submit to the Little Kanawha Conservation District 91 Boyles Lane, Parkersburg, WV 26104.  Contractors will be placed on a contact list that will remain current for 1 year.  Contractors must have a valid WV Contractor’s License.  The contact list will be used for job showings.  Disclaimer: Being placed on the contact list does not guarantee work.  Information will be accepted till May 4th.  

Expression of Interest From Engineering Firm Being Taken - 4/12/17
posted by: Jessica Nichols

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST Notice is hereby given that the Little Kanawha Conservation District shall receive proposals from qualified engineering firms to provide civil engineering services for a period of two years for projects that may include but are not limited to the design of: stream restoration, channel & bank stabilization, storm water construction, agricultural best management practices and field surveys, with projects adhering to Federal, State and Local regulations.  Interested parties please submit expressions of interest to: Little Kanawha Conservation District 91 Boyles Lane, Parkersburg, WV 26104.  The Little Kanawha Conservation District reserves the right to accept or reject any/and or all expressions of interest. Information will be accepted till May 4th.   

Don’t let the name of the conference fool you! - 3/29/17
posted by: Jessica Nichols

4th Annual WV Urban Agriculture Conference

Mark your calendars, the date and location of the 4th annual WV Urban Agriculture Conference have been announced. 
This year the conference will be held at Camp Virgil Tate (see map and directions below) on April 28 & 29.  This conference is one of the most interesting and relevant conferences for home gardeners that you may ever attend. 
The website for the conference is http://urbanagwv.com/.  

Information as received by email - 

The lodge at Camp Virgil Tate has accommodations available for $60 per night if you choose to stay at the camp. Don’t let the name of the conference fool you! Workshops will focus on topics such as livestock, conservation, land owner stream bank erosion solutions, rain barrels, service providers programs (FSA, NRCS, WVCA, RD, NASS, RMA) horticulture, homesteading, post-harvest handling, marketing farm products, adaptive gardening, and much more.

The conference is a dynamic gathering of farmers, gardeners and homesteaders hosted and planned by The Capitol Conservation District, WVU Extension ServiceWVSU Extension Service, and the WV Department of Agriculture. It promises to be an EGG-citing experience!

On Saturday we will offer a full day of Jr. Master Gardener leadership training for WV Teachers. This course will provide CE credits to interested educators. 

High Tunnel Systems - webinar - 3/29/17
posted by: Jessica Nichols

Participants will learn about techniques used in high tunnel cropping systems to address issues with salinity, nutrient management, and pest management.

This webinar will present techniques that can be used in high tunnels to address salinity, pest management, and nutrient management issues in high value crops. Different cropping systems that can be used in high tunnels will be discussed. Nutrient management and irrigation water management will be presented as techniques that can address salinity issues. Another technique is temperature management to control pest outbreaks and improve crop growth within the high tunnel.


Apr 26, 2017 2:00 pm US/Eastern

Length: 01:00   (hh:mm)

Pre-registration not required.


  • Lewis Jett, Ph.D., Extension Specialist, Horticulture, University of West Virginia, Morgantown, WV


  • Certified Crop Advisors - 1 hour CCA - CM Credit
  • Conservation Planner - 1 hour Conservation Planning Credit

Webinar Format:

This webinar is presented by the USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center. Contact Holli Kuykendall, Ph.D., National Technology Specialist, for more information about this webinar.

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A Quick Course in Pasture and Grazing Management - 3/15/17
posted by: Jessica Nichols

Dr. Ed Rayburn Extension Specialist, WVU-Extension Service   Reprint from WEST VIRGINIA SMALL FARM ADVOCATE

For many, the details of pasture management are fun to discuss. However, for someone not familiar with the how and why of grazing management the details can become overwhelming. As a professor who studies and teaches pasture management I appreciate knowing many of the intricacies of livestock grazing. As a livestock producer I have learned that there are three principles that enable the producer to achieve near maximum production at the lowest cost in time and money. The three principles are: 1. Soil fertility 2. Timing and Intensity of grazing 3. Balancing forage production and live-stock feed demand Soil fertility is evaluated by proper soil testing. Mixed cool-season pastures based on orchardgrass, tall fescue, bluegrass, and clover need a soil pH of 6.0 or higher with soil test phosphorus, potassium and magnesium in the “High” range. If pH is below 6.0 apply high quality lime. If magnesium is below “High” use a high magnesium lime. If the soil is below “High” in phosphorus or potassium apply the recommended fertilizer to bring these nutrients into the low end of the “High” range. Grass-clover pastures do not need nitrogen fertilization. Clovers produce the equivalent of 150 to 200 lbs. of nitrogen/ acre/year if the soil fertility for other nutrients is where it should be. Timing and Intensity of grazing determine the health of pasture plants and nutrition of the grazing animals. Plant height provides the guidelines for proper grazing timing and intensity. Plant height is the tallest leaf within a 9-inch diameter circle (a hand span) around a pasture stick. Use the average of 20 or more plant heights across a pasture. Timing of grazing is the plant height at which animals should go onto a pasture. Intensity of grazing is the plant height at which animals should be taken off a pasture and put onto a fresh pasture. In all cases, animals should graze a pasture for no more then 7-days. Timng or pre-grazing height • Cool-season grass-legume pastures should grow to an 8- to 12-inch height before grazing • Graze at a lower regrowth height to obtain less mature, high quality forage • Graze at a taller height to obtain high forage mass and to stockpile for deferred grazing Intensity or post-grazing height • Move animals out of the pasture when it is grazed to a 2- to 4-inch height • Graze to a shorter height for high gain/acre, to stimulate legumes, and in cool weather • Graze to a taller residual height for high gain/head and in hot-dry weather Where pastures are continuously grazed the number of animals (or acres grazed) need to be adjusted so that average pasture height stays in a 4- to 6-inch range. Pastures grow faster in the spring than in the summer and fall so there needs to be a plan for balancing forage supply and animal feed demand. One way WV farmers do this is to make first-cut hay on some fields then graze the aftermath growth instead of making second-cut hay. Other options are growing warm-season annuals or perennials or moving stocker cattle off the farm in August, at board sale time when prices are high. When there is a drought or in winter, animals need to be confined to a single or a few pastures or hay meadows and feed hay. This should be done on land that can use the fertility from the manure produced from the hay. Also, do not over-stock the farm. As stocking rate goes up, production costs go up and animal performance goes down. Stock at a moderate rate to increase profits and reduce risk. Follow these management principles to ensure that pasture grasses and legumes flourish and provide excellent nutrition to the grazing livestock.

Is the Price Right? - 3/15/17
posted by: Jessica Nichols

Brandy Brabham WVU-Roane County Extension Agent   Reprint from the WEST VIRGINIA SMALL FARM ADVOCATE

What’s your pricing strategy? The price must fall between two points: what the customer is willing to pay and your break even point (you start losing money). Charge too much and it won’t sell. Charge too little and no profits. While research indicates that price is one consideration, there are multiple layers of pricing. Develop a goal. Pricing reflects how you position your product. If you want to be the go-to-girl for a certain product or service, then always sell only top quality product and offer great service. If you’re positioning your enterprise as a family activity, then have activities and operational hours geared towards the weekends with family friendly packaging, activities and prices. Study the competition. The Internet can give an abundance of information about your customers, the marketplace, and the profit potential. Interview potential customers. Tell them you’re thinking about selling a certain product and ask what they are currently paying for similar products. Calculate total costs. Add fixed costs and variable costs. Then calculate the break-even price for a product or service. Of course you’re not in business to just break even. Identify added value. “What’s your unique selling point? Is it quality, different varieties, free delivery, convenient location, or locally grown? What can you offer that customers are willing to pay more to obtain?” Consider pricing options: • Utilize odd-evening pricing ($3.99 instead of $4.00), standard mark-up pricing (typically a producer marks up price 15% over total cost per unit, a wholesaler 20% over costs, and a retailer 40% over costs.), or customary pricing ( when the pro- duct “traditionally” sells for a certain price). • Target “quality” customers versus “quantity” customers. • Offer volume discounts or add-on products. • Offer two layer pricing- one price for premium service and a lower price for economy service. • Match competitor’s pricing. • Use the same price to establish consistency. When setting prices, perception is everything. How customers view your product or service and what they are willing to pay for it is based upon perceptions. In the end, customers will tell you through their purchasing behavior whether or not prices are too high, too low, or right on the money.

WVU Soil Test Form - 3/6/17
posted by: Jessica Nichols

To make it easier to find the forms you need please see attached a copy of the WVU Soil Testing Form to be wrapped around your sample and mailed to the Soil Testing Lab in Morgantown.  Please send 1 cup of soil per sample.

Two Free Forage Samples for LKCD Landowners - 12/28/16
posted by: Jessica Nichols

Have you ever had your forage tested? A simple core test can be done to enable you to know the nutrient values of your hay.

These are analysis for beef cattle, horses, and sheep productions. Determining the nutritional values of your stored feeds will allow you to determine the supplements that you will need.

A conservation specialist will obtain either a sample from your field or get a core from your hay bales for only a charge of $25, that fee covers: using her equipment, making the visit to your farm, and bagging, packaging and postage for the samples. Oh did I mention the Little Kanawha Conservation District also pays for two of your samples. Then you just pay for what type of testing you are wanting done from either Basic or Protein and fiber for the rest of your samples. Samples from the field are taken approximately one week before you cut the field. Hay bales can be sampled after 30 days from being baled. Fermentation needs to be completed, which is usually 3 weeks after being baled.

The samples will be analyzed and the results will be sent to you as well as the Little Kanawha Conservation District. We supply assistance to Calhoun, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt and Wood counties.  If you are located in these counties and would like to schedule an appointment for the District Conservation Specialist to assist you in taking advantage of this farm management opportunity for the small fee of $25 , call the Little Kanawha Conservation District at (304) 422- 9072, Ext. 122. We will be happy to arrange a time that is convenient for you

Fall & Winter Newsletter - 11/10/16
posted by: Jessica Nichols


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