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WVU Extension Service conference to provide education and affirmation to state’s female farmers

Female attendees of the 2018 Women in Agriculture Conference gather between rows of green plants in a high tunnel operated by Grow Ohio Valley in Wheeling as part of the farm and business tours.

Across the nation, more women than ever are taking the lead when it comes to agriculture. In West Virginia, over 13,000 women are diligently working to develop and maintain their own farms and agribusinesses – which contributed more than $200 million to the state’s economy in 2017.

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WVU Extension Service invites landowners, industry professionals to forestry workshop

Forest of trees looking up into the canopy

Forests dominate the landscape and economy of the Mountain State. But forests are under greater and more complex stresses with each new invasive pest or pathogen and a changing climate. The decisions made by foresters and landowners on how to best manage forests also have long-lasting implications.

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WVU Extension Service to host series of food safety trainings for growers

Two yellow and green striped squash in a leafy, garden setting

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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Join WVU and WVU Extension Service for fun and education at the State Fair of West Virginia

Young boy feeds vacuum cow diorama with help of WVU rep in the WVU Building at the State Fair

From the time-honored 4-H livestock projects to cutting-edge STEM activities, West Virginia University Extension Service will offer a blend of tradition and innovation at the State Fair of West Virginia in Fairlea from Aug. 8 to Aug. 17.

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WVU Extension Service brings edible landscaping to Randolph County elementary schools

Male students at a Randolph County elementary school help plant a blueberry bush

Across the state, classrooms are quiet and hallways have emptied as another school year comes to a close. But at six Randolph County elementary schools, summer break is a time of growth and maturity – for the schools’ newly planted fruit-bearing trees and bushes, that is.

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WVU Extension Service program helps farmers continue to be productive and prosperous

Danny Vaughn carries bucket of feed to various cattle.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The adage “life happens” exists for a reason. On occasion, unforeseen circumstances lead to tragic events, and they affect people of all walks of life. Our resolve as people to get through tough times builds character and ultimately decides how our story is told, but not without help from family, friends, community and, hopefully, programs to assist.

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Steven Bonanno retires after more than 37 years of service to the state

Steve Bonnano stands at podium at WVU Jackson's Mill.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Service to the state and commitment to West Virginia University’s land-grant mission define the career of WVU Extension Service Dean and Director Steven Bonanno. Bonanno retired May 15 after more than 37 years of service.

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West Virginia 4-H’ers snag top honors at national competition

Monroe County land judging team member works from soil sampling pit during national competition

There’s a long history of West Virginia University Extension Service 4-H teams that have fared well in land judging and homesite evaluation competitions. And, on May 2, three Monroe County youths continued that legacy by earning a national champion title at the National Land and Range Judging Contest held in Oklahoma.

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Environmental Protection Agency releases glyphosate assessment updates

On April 30, 2019, the Environmental Protection Agency took the next step in its review of the common herbicide, glyphosate . The agency released its scientific findings and suggested management procedures as part of the Draft Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessments for Glyphosate.

According to this decision, the EPA has continued to find that there are no risks to public health when glyphosate is used in accordance with its current label and that glyphosate is not a carcinogen. The EPA has proposed new management measures to help users limit spray drift, protect pollinators and reduce the prevalence of glyphosate-resistant weeds. These measures are intended to help growers safely maintain glyphosate as a tool.

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

Headshot of Sarah Owen on blue background

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

Children on school field trip walking into barn to learn about farm animals

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

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WVU to co-host mining and reclamation conference

Audience of people at mining and reclamation symposium

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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