AS Gus Douglass prepares to retire after 10 terms as agriculture commissioner, he reminisced in the Market Bulletin about his more than half century in the department.
His first assignment in 1957 involved reducing and eliminating diseases in livestock and poultry.
"I can still picture the effects of brucellosis on many of the elderly folks from drinking raw milk from infected milk cows," Douglass wrote.
Farming has changed greatly over the years.
The yield record for corn 50 years ago was 73.1 bushels per acre. It is now 300 bushels per acre.
This reflects advancements in agriculture throughout the world.
The state Department of Agriculture has changed greatly over the years, but its primary role remains improving farming and food production.
Democrats nominated state Sen. Walt Helmick, D-Pocahontas. He will face Republican Kent Leonhardt of Monongalia County in November.
The charge is clear: Keep West Virginia agriculture advancing.
IN planning a big announcement, public relations people often send memos suggesting which media outlet would be most receptive to the company's message. One such memo surfaced last week.
"In general, and no matter what material we send, I suggest that we should distribute it to more than one channel, so that there will be healthy competition between the channels in broadcasting the material, so that no other channel takes the lead," the P.R. man wrote.
"It should be sent for example to ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN and maybe PBS and VOA. As for Fox News, let her die in her anger."
The author was Adam Gadahn, the American-born spokesman for al-Qaida. The memo was to Osama bin Laden on plans for celebrating the 10th anniversary of 9/11.