Embryology Kick Off Day

By: Carl C. Stafford Senior Extension Agent Hatching chicken eggs is a fond childhood memory as fertile eggs were placed under a broody hen each spring when I was growing up. The incubation period of 21 days was only the beginning of a fascinating show of chicken behavior, culminating with the eggs hatching. The new chicks, called biddies, instinctively know to follow their mother hen for food, warmth and safety. Baby chicks can walk the...

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Funding for GWCARC Public Hearing

By:  Carl C. Stafford Senior Extension Agent, Secretary GWCARC 3/28/18 The photo shows a public hearing held this week to discuss plans for the George Washington Agriculture Research Center and its commercial kitchen project.  By the time you read this article, a special grant application has gone in asking for $675,000 to begin work on this important resource. If approved, the Department of Housing and Community Development funds will initiate...

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Updates on large plot crop work, kitchen design grant, Beginning Farmer program

By:  Carl C. Stafford Senior Extension Agent Spring is in sight for those who look forward to the start of our annual growing season, usually measured in length by the number of frost-free days.  In our area, we can count about 180 days as the frost-free period, about the third week of April until the third week of October.    Row crop farmers are busy preparing for planting season with corn and soybeans on their mind. They replace worn planter...

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