147-Acre Local Farm Wins, Enters State Competition

Brooke County residents Kevin and Ruletta Minor’s Clearview farm is scheduled to be judged Thursday during a state-level competition.

The Minors’ 174-acre farm was the Northern Panhandle Conservation District’s farm winner, which allowed them to proceed to the State Conservation Farm Competition.

Cele Duvall, district supervisor for Ohio County, said the judging team is set to arrive about 10 a.m. The judging team consists of representatives of the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, West Virginia Conservation Agency, West Virginia Natural Resources Conservation Service office, West Virginia Farm Service Agency, West Virginia Department of Forestry, West Virginia University Extension Service and the West Virginia Association of Conservation Districts.

“The Minors have done a great job of converting the farm from a dairy farm to a beef cattle operation. They have worked with the NPCD and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to implement a plan for their farm,” Duvall said. “Supervisor James Caldwell, chairman of the NPCD, nominated their farm.

“It was judged with two other District farms and moved on to the area competition. The area team notified the NPCD that the farm had won their judging so it would proceed to this state judging,” Duvall said.

Duvall said the Minors make exceptional use of their land and implement best management practices.

“Their cattle are registered Black Angus and really display the extra attention they have been given. When the area judging was done in July, they had already harvested two cuttings from their alfalfa fields and had a beautiful third cutting stand almost ready for harvest. This is extremely good land management,” she said. “This is a big thing for farmers.”

The runners up in the district were Chuck Glenn of the Glenn family farm in Hancock County, and Lionel Persinger of the Long Run cattle farm in Marshall County.