More than 100 farmers and Ag Industry professionals attended the West Virginia Southern Conservation District’s (SCD) Farm Field Day on June 16 at the John Farrell Farm located near Hinton, WV. The field day featured exhibitors from governmental agencies including the West Virginia Extension Service, West Virginia Conservation District, West Virginia Division of Forestry, the USDA Farm Service Agency and the USDA NRCS. Additional exhibits included farm businesses that serve or benefit from SCD resources.
SCD Administration Officer Becky Floyd said that this annual event allows attendees the opportunity to learn more about governmental resources which are available to farmers at no cost. She said these field days offer a way for regional farmers to come in contact with people who can help them not only with farming best practices, but they can also find out about programs and benefits which are available to help them maintain and improve their farming operations as well.
Rhonda Dortch, who owns and operates Bluestone Mountain Farm in Hinton, said the SCD has been extremely helpful working with her to develop her small farm which includes milking goats, beef cattle, poultry, heirloom corn production and soap making. She said she has plans of relocating to a larger farm in the near future so she can expand her successful operation. She said that her heirloom corn production has grown to include customers who are looking for milled corn products made with heirloom grain, noting that she has a craft brewing company to whom she supplies grain for their beverage production.
This annual event, which rotates through the SCD’s eight-county district, is one of 14 similar events held throughout the year at other SCD regional districts. West Virginia’s Southern District is made up of Fayette, McDowell, Mercer, Raleigh, Summers and Wyoming Counties.
For more information on West Virginia Conservation Agency, visit their website at www.wvca.us.