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Wednesday, May 16, 2012 Farm PAGE C7 pir/t of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE Livestock judging take s first at state The results of the 2012 West Virginia Beef Expo Stockman's Contest, held April 13 at WVU Jackson's Mill, saw the Jefferson County Senior Livestock Judg- ing Team take first place among all 68 teams from across the state The Junior Livestock Judging Team placed third out of 28 teams Amanda Smith placed first and Miranda Dodson placed sixth out of 235 in the senior division Molly Ott placed sixth and McKayla Dodson placed eighth out of 102 participants in the junior division Front row, front left: Shelby Silveous, Emily Hott, Blake Cogle, McKayla Dod- son and Molly Ott Back row, from left: Amanda Smith, Austin Cogle, Mark Hos- tuttler (coach), Matt Hott and Miranda Dodson Warm winter doesn't necessarily mean more insects CHARLESTON -- Al- though it's a common be- lief that warm winters re- sult in larger numbers of in- sects come spring, the reality is that cold temperatures are barely a factor in the num- ber of bugs you're likely to see in warmer months. Warm weather may mean they might emerge earlier in the year, and that they may be active for a longer portion of the year, but it doesn't necessarily mean there will be more insects. "Perhaps one of the great- est factors when considering insect populations is our own perceptions. Most insects live, breed and die with little notice from the human race. We only pay attention to the numbers of the ones that real- ly "bug" us," said Agriculture Commissioner Gus R. Doug- lass. "You'd think that the mild winter would cause great- er survival of insects. But you've got to remember that less than 3 percent of insects are considered pests," said West Virginia-Department of Agriculture (WVDA) ento- mologist Berry Crutchfield, Ph.D. "Plus, if there's more of a particular insect because of a warm winter that proba- bly means that there's going to be a greater number of in- sects that prey on them." Booms and busts of specif- ic species of insects are well documented, but there are a host of factors in the mix when it comes to the dizzying- ly diverse insect world. Many insects have adaptations that preserye populations regard- less of cold weather. Some overwinter as eggs, others Federal dollars avail- able to fix rural homes WASHINGTON, D.C. - Ag- riculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that applications for grants are being accepted to give aid to needy rural residents to repair their homes. USDA Rural Development is offering Housing Preserva- tion Grants to intermediaries such as town or county govern- ments, public agencies, feder- ally recognized Indian Tribes, and non-profit and faith-based organizations. The grants are then distrib- uted to qualified homeown- ers or owners of multi-family rental properties or coopera- tive dwellings who rent to low- and very-low-income residents. USDA does not provide fund- ing directly to homeowners un- der this program. Grants can be used to weath- erize and repair existing struc- tures, install or improve plumb- ing or provide access to people with disabilities. Housing Pres- rvation Grants help bring job growth and stability to low-in- come communities while im- proving the living conditions of rural Americans. For fiscal year 2012, USDA may award up to $4.1 million in competitive granfs through the Housing Preservation Grant program. Applications are due June 25. For more information, go to www.gpo.gov. Auctioneer seminar set for Sunday CHARLESTON -- West Vir- ginia auctioneers are urged to avoid the year-end rush and at- tend the six-hour continuing education seminar to be held Sunday at the Gus R. Douglass Agricultural Center in Sisson- ville. The seminar runs from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and covers the annual continuing educa- tion requirements auctioneers must complete to keep their li- cense in good standing. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. "Auctioneers are responsible for thousands of dollars that quickly change hands during a sale," said Commissioner of Agriculture Gus R. Douglass. "When you hire an auctioneer in X0est Virginia, you are hir- ing a professional, who is eval- uated and licensed by the West Virginia Department of Agri- culture." The event is sponsored by the West Virginia Auctioneers Association. Pre-registration is required; lunch will be pro- vided on-site. For more infor- mation, call Bob Stewart at 304-884-7595. Directions to the Gus R. Douglass Ag Cen- ter can be found at www.wvag- riculture.org. STAY CURRENT ON Community Events S kVi ubscribe to the  iiii! ! 00ptrtt00! fALL 725-2O46 * JEFFERSON SECURITY BANK * FOUNDED 869 Does gout aduertising get gou the results gou mant? CALL the Spirit of Jefferson at 725-2046 LOCATIONS Shepherdstown. Main Office Downtown Barron Office Route 45 A bank firmly rooted' in your communil Martinsburg Charles Town Inwood , Sharpsburg actually produce compounds similar to antifreeze before they enter dormant phases in winter. Honeybees warm their hives by beating their wings to generate body heat. A larger factor can be sud- den early freezes that knock down populations before win- ter actually arrives. Or late freezes following unseason- ably warm weather that kill prematurely emerged insects. "They're ready for sum- mer. If you get a cold snap, it could wipe most of them out," Crutchfield said. "All the insects that came out early could end up dying. You real- ly can't predict what's going to happen." Insect life-cycles also play a major role. Some go through multiple generations in a year, and food supply and predator populations can have major effects at different times of the year. Some may have only one life-cycle a year where food and predators are only a factor at one time. Other limiting factors, can be heavy rains that can drown soil-dwelling insects, or promote the growth of fungal diseases that affect in- sects. Overall moisture lev- els can also affect plants that serve as food sources, and pools that serve as breeding grounds for insects such as mosquitoes. The permutations are prac- tically endless. But, just like the weather, insects are a ma- jor topic of discussion in the agriculture community. "I just hope that whatever factors are involved that we don't get a greater number of brown marmorated stinkbugs in the Eastern Panhandle," said Commissioner Douglass. "This is a pest of major concern to our fruit growers, some of whom have already been hit by late freezes and other farmers who also have suffered terrible stinkbug losses in recent years." Farm Bureau holds May meeting CHARLES TOWN - The Jefferson County Farm Bureau met May l, and the meeting was called to order by Presi- dent Doug Stolipher at T.33 p.m. Guest speaker Ruth Mc- Quade opened the meeting, followed by speakers Ralph Lorenzetti and Jeff Gibson. McQuade spoke on her elec- tion bid for prosecuting attor- ney and her belief in account- ability and follow through. Lorenzetti spoke briefly on his belief in good behavior. Gib- son spoke about Blue Cross Blue Shield's status with the Farm Bureau. Several items of business Thdse Doug Stolipher, Heather Ish- man, Mike Blue, Lyle Tabb, Russ Quinn, Andrea Corum, Tim Smith, Gordon Hockman, Laura Bowman and Ward Zi- gler. Besides McQuade, Loren- zetti and Gibson, other guests included Mike Harman and John Maxey. attending included' were discussed including the status of the Farmer's Market Grant, a candidate for the Her- itage Award, a possible schol- arship candidate and a recep- tion for the Tabbs, who recent- ly won the Small Business De- velopment Council Award. There are several committees in the JCFB including Young Farmers, Farm and Ranch Safe- ty, Public Affairs, Membership, Policy Development, Invest- ment, County Evaluation, Po- litical Education and Jefferson County Fair. Anyone interest- ed in helping with any of these committees should contact the JCFB. The next Jefferson County Board of Directors meeting comes June 5" at 7:30 p.m. at the Jefferson County Pub- lic Services Building. JCFB members and members of the public are welcome to at- tend. Any questions can be direct- ed to Heather Ishman at 304- 876-0611 or hnishy@gmail. com. 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