Agriculture & Natural Resources News
2021 West Virginia Small Farm Conference goes virtual to help local farmers continue to grow food and communities
Even through a global pandemic, our local farms and food systems have proven to be vital across West Virginia. However, there were still plenty of struggles among our small farm community over the last year.
After more than 30 years of experience in the mining reclamation field, Jeff Skousen, land reclamation specialist for West Virginia University Extension Service and professor of soil science in the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, decided it was time to develop his own book about land reclamation in Appalachia.
WVU Extension Service to offer education and community to state’s female farmers through online curriculum
Women farmers from across the state have come together each fall for the last seven years to participate in the West Virginia University Extension Service Women in Agriculture program’s annual conference, sharing knowledge and networking. Even though this year’s in-person conference has been canceled, learning opportunities and community building will continue with a unique online educational program developed to keep the state’s women farmers, innovators and entrepreneurs informed and connected.
Equipped with a passion for agriculture education and lifelong ties to West Virginia University Extension Service, Jennifer Friend has joined our Agriculture and Natural Resources program as the agent in Harrison County, effective July 1.
West Virginia University Extension Service has welcomed a new specialist to its Agriculture and Natural Resources program. Effective June 15, Carlos Quesada joined the team as the entomology specialist, an essential position to round out the program’s integrated pest management efforts.
In recent weeks, residents in West Virginia and other states have reported receiving unsolicited packages containing seeds that appear to have originated from another country. The West Virginia University Extension Service Agriculture and Natural Resources program urges those who’ve received these seeds to proceed with caution, as the packets could contain seeds of invasive plant species.
All across the Mountain State, residents have shown a renewed interest in home gardening and growing some of their own food. With gardening season upon us but social distancing rules still in place, West Virginia University Extension Service faculty have had to develop creative, new ways to deliver knowledge and expertise to their local communities and beyond.
WVU Extension Service and Wyoming County food pantry provide nutrition and inspiration through poultry project
Wyoming County is nestled between the steep mountains of southern West Virginia with equally steep economic struggles.
From pick-your-own patches and interactive farm tours to corn mazes and unique lodging experiences, West Virginia University Extension Service helps agritourism to preserve and promote West Virginia’s diverse and historic culture.
Food has a way of bridging divides and bringing people together. And, today, there’s a growing desire among communities, restaurants and schools to use high quality, locally sourced ingredients.