Gift of hay

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September 18, 1986 Page County Extension Agent Arlis Frymyer noted that 3,500 to 4,000 bales of hay were shipped as a goodwill gesture from New York farmers through the Virginia Drought Emergency Program.

Some 40 county farmers applied for allotments ranging from 10 to 100 bales.

They arrived at the Farm Bureau rail siding during the weekend and were distributed Tuesday after applicants were contacted Monday.

Frymyer noted that Page farmers suffered drastically cut pasture, hay and silage because of the severe drought conditions earlier in the summer and many used up their usual winter feed supplies.

The distribution was coordinated through local extension service offices in cooperation with the U.S. and Virginia departments of agriculture. 

~ From the public archives of the Page News and Courier

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