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2018 Regional Calf Sale

Ritchie County Cooperative Marketing Association will host the 2018 Regional Calf Sale, at the Ritchie County Co-Op Barn, located on Bunnell's Run, Harrisville.

New consignors are welcome. There will be a $1 per head cattlemen fee.

Harrisville Regional Feeder Calf Sale to be held October 6

The Harrisville Regional Feeder Calf Sale will be held Friday, October 6, 2018 beginning at 9 a.m., at the Ritchie County Cooperative Marketing Association Sale Barn in Harrisville.

Anyone wanting to help with the sale should contact Floyd Mahaney, Sale Manager at 304-643-2543. Media inquiries about the sale should be directed to Richard Gorrell, Ritchie County Cooperative Marketing Association President at 304-684-3753

The Harrisville Regional Feeder Calf Sale is sponsored by the Ritchie County Cooperative Marketing Association, Inc. in cooperation with the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, the WVU Extension Service, and WV Cattlemen's Association.

Ritchie County Farmers Market Open May Through October

Ritchie County Farmers Market Logo

The farmers market is located at the Harrisville Municipal Building parking area.

Anyone interested in becoming a vendor at the Farmers Market should contact the WVU Extension Service Ritchie County Office by calling 304-643-5200 or emailing Stephanie Deem.

Putting Knowledge to Work!

The West Virginia University Extension Service works to provide solutions in your community through key programs and resources, including agriculture and natural resources; 4-H and youth development; food and nutrition; health and wellness; financial planning; and home gardening. These research-based programs and services are available to all Ritchie County residents thanks to the tremendous support of our community members, local organizations, volunteers and local partners, including the Board of Education and County Commission.    

Ritchie County Highlights

  • Stephanie Deem, the WVU Extension Service agent in Ritchie County, and WVU Ritchie County Extension Service staff and volunteers hosted Ritchie County Youth Ag Day for elementary school students, highlighting agriculture and farming. More than 300 youths were exposed to agricultural practices, information on food sources and fun agricultural activities. Smithville Elementary School students also participated in Heritage Day, which included homesteading and forgotten arts.
  • WVU Ritchie County Extension Service faculty, staff and community volunteers successfully provided middle school and high school students lessons about college preparation, career readiness and financial planning, and provided elementary school students with hand hygiene and germ control education.
  • WVU Ritchie County Extension Service faculty and staff offered a farmers market to elementary school students in Ritchie County in fall 2018.
  • Stephanie Deem and members of the Ritchie County Youth Livestock Association hosted a fitting and grooming workshop for youths from Ritchie County and the surrounding counties. Participants were given the opportunity to learn how to groom livestock, as well as show and care for their animals during the workshop.
  • WVU Ritchie County Extension Service faculty and staff participated in a webinar to learn about blood pressure self-check stations and implemented a self-check station in the office. To promote the self-check station to the community, the Ritchie County office hosted an open house.
  • Stephanie Deem, along with Zona Hutson, WVU Extension Service agent in Doddridge County, hosted a canning workshop in September 2018. Community members who wished to learn about canning and food preservation were given the opportunity to attend the workshop. Safe food preserving practices and tips, as well as a hands-on canning experience, were offered.
  • Stephanie Deem hosted youth livestock judging practices throughout late winter and early spring in 2018. Judging participants attended the West Virginia Beef Expo, where the team placed 40th.
  • Stephanie Deem and other WVU Extension Service faculty began researching youth all-terrain vehicle exposure, safety behaviors and crash behaviors in April 2018. Middle school and high school students throughout a four-county area have been surveyed concerning four-wheeler safety and behaviors.
  • Stephanie Deem and Jodi Smith, WVU Extension Service agent in Wood County, are currently working on a 4-H program lesson focused on making face-to-face connections with friends and family in a world where adults and youths are becoming more disconnected through technology.