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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 Glyphosate Proposed Interim Decision , which will be available for public comment for 60 days at www.regulations.gov once the Federal Register notice has been published.

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

Upward view of trees in a forest

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

Pedal car sits on track on Buffalo Creek Recreation Trail.

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

Karen Cox and Dan Lima in the radio station for Extension Calling.

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

Jordon Masters working with romaine lettuce in his greenhouse

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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