WVU Extension Service to host workshops for local farmers

Braxton County, WVU Extension Agent, Debbie Friend has announced that three workshops are currently scheduled that will benefit local resident.

These educational sessions will help farmers better manage hayland, deal with coyotes and improve their pruning skills. 

Meadow Management: Reseeding, weed control, fertility management and other topics will be covered at an upcoming workshop on Meadow Management that will be a part of the Braxton County Farm Bureau meeting.  The workshop will be February 21, 6:00 p.m. at the Flatwoods Community Building.  Bruce Loyd, WVU-Lewis County Extension Agent, will be the speaker and will share information to help hay producers improve the forage species in meadows and will also discuss methods to control common weeds.

Coyote Management: The WVU Extension Service in Harrison County will host an educational dinner meeting on March 9, 2022.  It will start at 6:30 pm and will be held at the West Milford Community Center, 925 Liberty St., West Milford.

The educational program will be focused on coyote management. Join us to learn more about the ecology of the eastern coyote. We will discuss their natural history, interesting behaviors, as well as their record-pacing range expansion.  Finally, we will cover management techniques to help WV landowners minimize coyote conflicts.   The speaker will be Sheldon Owen, the Wildlife Extension Specialist for the West Virginia University Extension Service. 

There will be a fee of $5.00/person for dinner with reservations that are made by Thursday, March 3 at the Braxton County Extension Office (304-765-2809).  The $5.00 will be paid at the door.

Tree Fruit Pruning: A Tree Fruit Pruning workshop is scheduled for Saturday March 12, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at Doug and Suzie Steele’s on Brown’s Run, Burnsville.  Mira Danilovich, WVU Extension Horticulture Specialist and Extension Master Gardener Coordinator, will be on hand to discuss pruning equipment and demonstrate pruning techniques with those present.  Pruning fruit trees will be the focus of the workshop, but Dr. Mira can answer other pruning questions.  The workshop is co-sponsored by the Braxton/Clay Extension Master Gardeners. There is no cost for the workshop.

Coyote Management and Tree Fruit Pruning require pre-registration – please call 304-765-2809 to register.

It’s important to dress appropriately for the weather as the workshop will be outside.  In case of poor weather, the workshop may be canceled.  Organizers will contact those who have pre-registered if the workshop is canceled. 

For more information about the three workshops or to register for the Coyote Management or Tree Fruit Pruning workshops, please contact Debbie Friend by calling the WVU-Braxton County Extension Office, 304-765-2809 or emailing: Debbie. [email protected]