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WVU Extension Service announces agriculture and natural resources faculty and staff changes

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The West Virginia University Extension Service Agriculture and Natural Resources program unit is growing in strength and numbers.

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West Virginia Agritourism Initiative offers online agritourism course

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Join us for the West Virginia Agritourism Initiative 2019 online course!

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WVU to co-host mining and reclamation conference

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West Virginia University scholars will join other mining and reclamation experts to provide the latest updates on regulations and practices during a symposium hosted by WVU and the West Virginia Mine Drainage Task Force.

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WVU Extension Service invites landowners, industry professionals to timber tax workshop

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The timber industry is not new to the Mountain State. But, as with any industry, policy and procedure changes can make it difficult for landowners and professionals alike to keep up with the current programs.

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WVU Extension Service agent’s work spurs on Buffalo Creek recreation and tourism

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – In a sense, for many West Virginia University Extension Service agents, a normal work day is anything but. As an agent in one of West Virginia’s 55 counties, typical office hours could bring questions about invasive plant species or pests, canning questions, 4-H meetings and more — especially in counties where there are two, or sometimes only one, agent. The work doesn’t pause after work hours and on weekends.

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WVU and Ohio State team up to bring agricultural podcast to listeners

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West Virginia University Extension Service has long been known for bringing educational research and know-how to homes and communities throughout West Virginia. Now, WVU Extension Service’s Ohio County agriculture and natural resources agent Karen Cox is teaming with the Belmont County Extension Educator from The Ohio State University, Dan Lima, to expand that information to West Virginians, Ohioans and the world via the “Extension Calling” podcast.

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West Virginia Small Farm Conference to help local farmers grow food and communities

WVU Extension Agent leading session at Small Farm Conference

Morgantown, W.Va. – 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.

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WVU Extension Service plants the seed for budding entrepreneur’s innovative microgreen business

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Just across the Monongahela River from Morgantown sits a small greenhouse with a picturesque view of Woodburn Hall. During the winter months, you might notice its soft pinkish purple glow, but if you weren’t looking for it, you’d probably never notice the unassuming structure.

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WVU Extension Service empowers young entrepreneur to add bite to his business plan’s bark

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Entrepreneurship takes a lot of work to get right, and there are countless variables that ultimately affect how successful a business becomes. Coming up with a vision, developing products, figuring out distribution and crafting a sustainable business model is tricky for anyone, much less a 10 year old who has normal kid stuff to do.

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WVU Extension Service and partners host series of safety trainings for fruit, vegetable growers

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 48 million people become ill from contaminated food every year in the United States; nearly half of those illnesses are the result of contaminated produce. With proper training and food safety planning, many of these outbreaks can be prevented.

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Evan Wilson joins WVU Extension Service as agent in Wayne and Cabell counties

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – If you have a passion for agriculture and a desire to work with the community, serving as a West Virginia University Extension Service agent should be a perfect fit.

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Ben Goff starts as WVU Extension Service agent in Mason and Putnam counties

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Sometimes simple, humble roots are the strongest and most compelling arguments for major life decisions. The case could be made for that theory for Ben Goff, who’s coming back to his home state as a West Virginia University Extension Service agriculture and natural resources agent in Mason and Putnam counties.

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