Agriculture & Natural Resources News
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.
MORGANTOWN, W. Va.— The West Virginia University Extension Service will offer up a 10-day blend of tradition and future at the State Fair of West Virginia in Fairlea from Thursday, Aug. 9 to Saturday, Aug. 18 through everything from time-honored livestock 4-H projects to the innovation of a championship robotics team.
West Virginia women farmers to receive education and encouragement at WVU Extension Service conference
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Women farmers are one of the fastest growing segments in agriculture. Every day, more than 9,000 women are developing and maintaining their own farms and agribusinesses across West Virginia.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – To the casual observer, it may be kids in a field digging, smashing mud between their fingers and taking quick notes about a dirt sample, but land judging and home site evaluation means more to everyone involved. It develops science and reasoning skills. It’s an opportunity to pursue higher education and a career. But it’s also a legacy that continues to deepen for youths, coaches and faculty who invest in it through the West Virginia University Extension Service 4-H programs.
Morgantown, W.Va. -- The future of West Virginia’s state butterfly, the monarch, is in danger. Populations have declined so much that it is at risk of being placed on the endangered species list — a move that could have regulatory and economic impacts for the state.
With new safety regulations and procedures in place for farmers and agribusiness owners, West Virginia University Extension Service is helping local growers navigate these changes while providing education and training to ensure consumer safety.
West Virginia is home to nearly 10,000 female
farmers. To help this important group of agribusiness owners, WVU Extension
Service’s Women in Ag program is hosting a series
of workshops throughout the state (and online) to provide them with tools and
resources needed to run a successful business.
Through a partnership with Annie’s Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational programs designed to strengthen women’s roles in the modern farm enterprise, WVU Extension experts will host the West Virginia Annie’s Project at multiple sites in West Virginia February through June. The six-session program provides training in risk assessment, business planning and decision-making. The program also provides opportunities to network with your peers and industry experts, and experts will offer mentoring and coaching for aspiring and beginning producers.
Morgantown, W.Va. – With the recipes we hand down to the next generation and local specialties we pride ourselves on, food plays an important part in our lives as West Virginians. A resurgence in popularity of locally grown, quality food has led to farmers markets and food related festivals springing up all across the Mountain State.
West Virginia University Extension Service has appointed Alexandria “Alex” Straight as agricultural and natural resources agent in Hampshire and Hardy counties, effective November 15, 2017.
Straight joined WVU Extension Service in 2007, most recently serving as the agricultural and natural resources agent for Ritchie County. Prior to that, she served as the agriculture and natural resources Extension agent for both Doddridge and Ritchie counties. Straight began her career with WVU Extension as a research assistant where she worked on a variety of experimental projects including soil compaction, mine reclamation soils and farmland fertility on permanent restoration pastures.
Morgantown, W.Va. – Picture West Virginia’s roads winding through scenic countryside flanked by farms on either side. While beautiful imagery springs to mind, the other side of the picture is that those same roads usually leave a farmer’s animals far away from a veterinarian’s care.
It’s not a problem unique to West Virginia, with approximately 500 counties nationwide having no veterinarian that provides large-animal services and 1,300 counties only having one veterinarian per approximately 25,000 animals.
Morgantown, W.Va. – There’s a growing movement in West Virginia, and at the forefront are females who are breaking out of typical gender roles. They’re leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs, and they make up a growing population of women who own farms and manage all aspects of an agricultural operation.
The trend isn’t confined to West Virginia. In fact, close to 970,000 women now run 31 percent of the nation’s farms. Even more impressive is the fact that West Virginia’s women-run farms have a substantial economic impact on the state – to the tune of more than $62 million.