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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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Join WVU and the WVU Extension Service for #WVUFairFun at the State Fair of West Virginia

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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.

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West Virginia women farmers to receive education and encouragement at WVU Extension Service conference

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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. 

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Samantha Cogle named WVU Extension Service agent in Harrison and Marion counties

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University Extension Service welcomes Samantha Cogle as the Extension agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources in Harrison and Marion counties.

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WVU Barbour County 4-H wins national land judging title, continues program’s success

Barbour County 4-H land judging team with assistant coach Jody Carpenter

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.

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WVU Extension Service specialist fuels monarch conservation efforts

Sheldon Owen speaks to crowd of people at Monarch Summit at WVU Jackson's Mill

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.

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WVU Extension Service offers food safety courses statewide

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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.

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WVU Extension's Women in Ag to host statewide workshops

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.

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West Virginia Small Farm Conference set to educate local farmers and equip them for success

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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.

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Alexandria Straight named Extension agent in Hampshire and Hardy counties

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.

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