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)cie00 ilfong elected WVFB president again Lerfull )cahontas County farmer I by tl t s Wilfong has been se- wen trot tl by the voting delegates at resent  West Virginia Farm Bureau nbersl =B) Annual Meeting, held lous va lember 7-9 at the en est Im/Flatwoods Days Inn, to ;. It hem into 2004. ing in I s will be Wilfong's sev- ressive | consecutive term as presi- 3obbie J iof the state's largest agri- lt Kellet: iral organization, having pl first elected in November t7 He has served on the Board of Directors since representing Region VIII, in MR __is comprised of Pocahon- tion or N _ emocrati ',e mem ', 653-47J BurgesS, State Open Forum om Jad 4-H/FFA Lamb Tail helia BI Docking Policy visiting  statewide public meeting ontas  rning the current 4-H/FFA dth the b Tail Docking Policy will '.ld on Thursday, December  the Assembly Hall of idboO Ion's Mill. WVU Exten- and WVU Davis College r "  iy will present the current irglnla;  tail policy for WV youth cing L exhibitors and provide aation on the research a copY. which the policy is based. open forum will allow for .,s tax)  tlents, questions and con- I from the public. The $, Inc. lg will begin at 3 p.m a Ave. aore information contact Woloshuk (293-6131 ext. l) or Jennifer Williams h 00131 ext 4239> , n.O, Virginia Bucks Gun Physin Fact Sheet -44( bucks gun season began flay and will continue until ervical C. 3Ilber 6 and is open in all Screenir Plan tries except Logan, Mingo, vain )dwell and Wyoming. y. s.  concurrent anflerless deer s a. .-  will be available ha those ,,embe 51 counties on private Only during the two-weeks s gun season. This is not a enc] ters choice" season, be- .' hunters must have pur- ,nts  the proper antlerless deer i303 e for the county in which hunting. The last day' W an additional deer gun glass RG/RRG license) is ber 23. deer must be field tagged- oked in within 72 hours e of kill or within 24 e close of the season, lever comes first. Addi- deer may not be taken un- : previously taken deer have checked. Only one deer [. taken per day during the Season. Proximately 350,000 li- ! hunters will be in West Ii ia, s woods during this  2002, deer hunters in West harvested 96,555 bucks the two-week buck sea- only 3 percent from harvest of 99,380. The counties were Raadolph Preston (3,514), (3,501), Ritchie - Greenbrier (3,234), (3,200), Lewis (2,919), (2,714), Braxton and Wetzel (2,657). wildlife biologists are a slightly lower deer year, largely due to antlerless deer harvest designed to reduce the i in counties that were over- In addition, poor :(food) and severe winter ilions in 2002 affected fawn Val and deer troductiou. ast production this year is red. Hunters who have   their we-season scouting iiave located food stmrces for MII have the best chance of 'hunting in West Virgi- irates a total annnal eco- / S cB RADIOS .top in at NAPA, . "..tbn or Bartow. tor _of your CBRa. dio Ils. If we don t have We will get ItJ Call 6250 or 456-4432 F 00mt,t.00 li REMZNDER Notice: Deadline in The for Legals & Dis'play In Memories is @ 5:00 p.m. i ore " ms, Monroe, Mercer, Raleigh, Greenbrier, Summers and Fayette Counties. Before being elected president, he was vice president of the WVFB for six years. During the last twenty years, he has also served as Po- cahontas County Farm Bureau president, intermittently. Wilfong is a beef cattle, sheep, hay and corn producer. He, along with his father Al- bert, farm 4,100 acres (2,600 owned and 1,500 rented) under the partnership of d.b.a Wilfong Farms. In addition to his Farm Bu- reau leadership responsibilities, he is also on the American Farm Bureau Board of Directors, Corporate Board of Directors for Southern States Co-op, Inc., WV Cattlemen's Association Board of Directors, and the Board of Directors for Pocahon- tas Producers Livestock Market. Wilfong has received the Master Farmer Award and the FFA Star Farmer of WV Award. Wilfong, his wife, Linda, and their three children reside in Dunmore where they are mem- bers of the New Hope Church of the Brethren. nomic impact of $248 million, much of it in the rural areas of the state that depend upon the deer seasons for a large portion of their annual income. Sunday gun hunting during the bucks season is legal in 10 counties on private land only: Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel, Jefferson, Clay, Wayne, Boone and Lin- coln. The only Sunday that falls during the bucks gun season is November 30. Hunters are required to wear at least 400 square inches of blaze orange as an outer garment for visibility and safety. In 2002 there were nine inju- ries and five fatalities reported in West Virginia during the bucks gun season. Three of the fatali- ties were the result of heart at- tacks, one was the result of an accidental self-inflicted gun shot, and one was the result of falling from a tree stand. Only one injury was the result of one hunter shooting another, mis- taking him for game. Hunters should be familiar with the 2003 Hunting Regula- tions brochure available at all license agents or online at www.wvdnr.gov Hunting licenses may be pur- chased online at any time and printed out on a home computer printer, Go to the goWILD! Web site at www.wvhunt.com, fill out the application, and pur- chase it over a secure server with a credit card. Hunters who wish to donate deer meat to the Hunters Help- ing the Hungry program, which distributes deer meat through the Mountaineer Food Bank and Huntington Food Bank, should call (304) 558-2771 or visit the DNR Web site at www.wvdnr.gov to find a par- ticipatmg meat processor. NOTICE DEER CREEK FARM IS CLOSED TO HUNTING "HUNTING WITH DOGS "TRESPASSING VIOLATOR5 WILL BE PROSECUTED DEER CREEK FARM Jim Ryder, Jr., Mgr. IJ t0ul!lmtm tgtmt--November 2 ?, 2003--Page / 3farm Signup Under Way for Landmark Farm Insurance Program Commissioner of Agricul- ture Gus R. Douglass is encour- aging West Virginia's farmers to consider enrolling in a new insurance program that aims to guarantee farm income follow- ing a summit of farm and insurance officials at th6 Guthrie Agriculture Center in mid- November. The Adjusted Gross Reve- nue (AGR) Lite Program is backed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Risk Manage- ment Agency (USDA-RMA} and is available in a dozen northeastern states traditionally considered to have been under- served by the USDA crop insurance programs. "We all face some level of risk, but the livelihood of farm- ers is at the mercy of factors beyond human control," said Commissioner Douglass. "Too little moisture, or, as we experi- enced this year, too much mois- ture, can have severe conse- quences on the fs of our farm families. This program provides insurance against the bad years." According to Billy Burke, Risk Management Coordinator for the Department of Agricul- ture, this program is a powerful tool for West Virginia farmers. "We are in the process of training all the point people in the agriculture offices so that they can answer the basic questions," said Burke. "The insurance agents are also becom- ing familiar with the program so that they can begin writing the policies." Burke added that the pro- gram will be sold only through private insurance companies --not through any government agencies--and that varying lev- els of coverage will be available at different premium rates. He also noted that signup for crop year 2004 must be completed by the end of January, but that reg- istration would be ongoing for subsequent crop years. The program has been designed to be a "streamlined, whole-farm revenue protection program that can be used as a. stand-alone coverage, or in addi- tion to other individual crop insurance policies," according to Gene Gantz, who represented USDA-RMA at the Guthrie meeting. "The premium cost will vary depending on what their revenue history is, depending on what levels of coverage they Kids will be kids. But emergendes can strike anyone, anytime. That's why we've expanded Greenbrior Valley Medical Center's. Emergency Department. It's part of our S9 million renovation, which also includes a buy, what rates of payment they choose and the amount of diver- sification they have in their farming operation," he said. "But what they will generally find is that this is the lowest cost revenue-type coverage pro- tection that they can get." Federally backed fnsurance programs typically have catered to Midwestern row crops rather than the livestock-intensive agriculture seen in the Mountain State. This new program is a monumental step toward pro- tecting agriculture outside the gram belt. "Our crop mix did not corre- spond to the crop insurance pro- ducts offered by the Risk Man- agement Agency," said Tom McConnell, with the West Vir- ginia University Extension Service. "So what this will do is offer 20,000 farmers the opportunity to insure the adjusted gross revenue. Think how easy that isthere're no yields to chase down. All you do is take specific lines off the Schedule F of your 1040 income tax forms and have a five-year history and you can insure your adjusted gross income." Look - :::: TREE HOUSE. BIG FALL. BIGGER, BETTER ER. state-of-the-art critical, care unit, improved fadlity access and new high-speed technology and equipment. Big improvers  for better care, at any age. Now, don't you think all that's worth another look? LEEND B ICAL RI E?E V4L L EY For more information: 304.647.4411 www.gvmc.com 202 MAPLEWOOD RONCEVERTE, WV i, II II I .... I I II I I I I I 'll I I I I I