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“Love Your Heart” Potluck Lunch
Everyone is invited to attend a covered dish fun lunch on Tuesday, February 10, at noon in the McClintic Library Conference Room. Please wear red and bring a covered dish of healthy red food to share and help promote heart health.  Enjoy an hour of fellowship, good food, fun and door prizes, and learn lifesaving facts about heart attack symptoms and a heart smart lifestyle. Please call the Extension Office at 304-799-4852 by 10 a.m. February 10 if you plan to attend.
2015 WV 4-H Women’s Basketball Day
West Virginia 4-H members, their families and friends are invited to attend the 4-H Women’s Basketball Day at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown on Saturday, February 21, at noon.  The cost is $20 per person and includes a ticket to the WVU – Iowa State Women’s Game, a 4-H hoodie and insurance. Registration deadline for this game is January 30. If you would like to attend, send your check made payable to the WV 4-H Alumni Association, along with your sweatshirt size, to the Pocahontas County Extension Office, 900-E 10th Avenue, Marlinton WV 24954 before the deadline. In the event of snow and you are unable to attend, there will be no snow date and no refunds will be made, but you will be sent your hoodie.
Winter Educational
Dinner Meeting
The Winter Educational Dinner Meeting will be held February 17 in the Marlinton Municipal building. Speaker Dr. Ed Rayburn, an Extension Specialist at WVU, will report results of on-farm research conducted in West Virginia showing the effects of baleage best management practices for making quality winter feed. Good grazing management can provide 250 days or more of grazing.  However, in most parts of the state some conserved forage is required to feed cattle on days when snow or ice cover prevents grazing. This winter feed is usually dry hay but plastic wrapped haylage a.k.a. baleage is frequently used. Early made baleage can have higher nutritional quality than late cut dry hay. However, when baleage best management practices are not followed, baleage can be low quality, not providing adequate returns to pay for the equipment and plastic used in its production.
Attendance at this meeting will also be worth three (3) pesticide applicator recertification credits for categories 11, 12 and PA.
Please RSVP to the Pocahontas County Extension Office at 304-799-4852 by Friday, February 13.  For those who would like dinner, there will be a $3.00 charge to help cover the cost of dinner.
Water Well Clinic
The WVU Extension Service and the Pocahontas County Water Resources Task Force have partnered to offer private water source owners with an educational opportunity to learn how to evaluate the quality and healthiness of their well water.
If you own a private water well or spring that supplies the water for your home, business or farm and are interested in how to test the quality of your water, then we would encourage you to come out for an evening of interesting conversation and learning.
This educational program will be held at the Marlinton Municipal Building Thursday, February 26, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Snow date is March 5. 
Water sample analysis will be offered during this clinic – there will be a fee associated with sample analysis.  For more information or to register call the WVU Extension Office at 304-799-4852 or Water Resources Coordination Office at 304-653-4845.  Information and laboratory kits will be available upon registration.
 Poster and Photo
All entries in the county 4-H Poster and Photo contests are due in the Extension Office by January 30.  Contact your local 4-H club leader or the Extension Office for more information.
Dramas, Fairs and
Festivals Applications
Applications for the Dramas, Fairs and Festivals grants for this quarter are due in the Extension Office by February 1. If you have any questions or need one of the new application forms, please call the office at 304-799-4852.
WV Small Farms Conference: February 26-28 in Charleston, WV
The 2015 WV Small Farm Conference will be February 26–28th at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, WV. This annual gathering of stakeholders in the future of local food and sustainable farming offers many types of trainings, production information and updates, and the opportunity to network and gather new ideas. Join us for the 11th West Virginia Small Farm Conference.
For more information please call the WVU Extension Office at 304-799-4852 or visit .
Pocahontas Producers Spring Sale Schedule
Regular Sale – Saturday, February 21, 2 p.m.
Regular Sale – Saturday, March 21, 2 p.m.
Regular Sale – Saturday, April 4, 2 p.m.
Special Spring Calf Sale – Friday, April 10, 7:30 p.m.

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