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Callie Moles named Wirt County Extension agent

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West Virginia University Extension Service has named Callie Moles as Wirt County’s newest Extension agent.

Moles is no stranger to WVU Extension. She previously served as a teaching assistant at the Agricultural and Extension Education Department and was an intern with the Roane County Extension Office where she provided outreach through community events, including Energy Express. Moles also served as a camp instructor and counselor at Roane County 4-H camp.

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WVU student taps University resources to build beekeeping business into success

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Morgantown, W.Va. – Many West Virginia University students have busy lives, balancing their studies, social activities and family obligations. However, for one student, in addition to all that, there’s 960,000 employees dependent on him to maintain maximum efficiency in his business. The employees? Well, they’re honeybees, and not only is his profit margin at stake, but also an increasingly critical part of ecology — pollination.

By most estimates, bees are slowly disappearing. That’s an important fact since they pollinate roughly a third of all the food we eat, and over 80 percent of crops grown for human consumption need bees and other insects to pollinate them to increase the quality and yield of fruit. It’s not constrained to fruits and vegetables either. Nuts, plants used to produce oils, such as sunflowers, cocoa beans, coffee, tea and cotton are also dependent on pollinators.

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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 AmeriCorps seek volunteers for summer reading and nutrition program

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Reading and comprehension skills are critical to success in today’s fast-paced world. Energy Express, a summer reading and nutrition program offered by WVU Extension Service and AmeriCorps, helps to ensure West Virginia’s youths keep up with those much-needed skills, particularly during the summer months.

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WVU Extension Service partnership trains oil and gas industry workers

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University Safety and Health Extension has partnered with Pierpont Technical and Community College to provide OSHA Education Center courses to students interested in the oil and gas industry through a host organization relationship.

Students can complete a series of courses in the oil and gas industry track to earn a certified safety specialist certification, receive OSHA certificates and industry-specific certifications for a comprehensive approach to safety and health duties and responsibilities in the oil and gas industry.

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WVU Extension Service announces campaign to enhance recreation, educational and camping opportunities at WVU Jackson’s Mill

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WVU Jackson’s Mill  has been an integral part of the history of West Virginia and has played host to hundreds of thousands of visitors throughout its nearly 100-year history. Looking toward the future of facility,  WVU Extension Service  is planning for the next century of camping and education to meet the evolving needs and interests of youths and other visitors in West Virginia and beyond.

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WVU faculty awarded CDC grant to help southern West Virginia communities build healthy futures

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It’s no secret that West Virginia has some of the highest rates of obesity and cardiovascular disease in the country. But to create a healthier landscape in some of our state’s unhealthiest counties, a few  West Virginia University faculty believe you have to empower the entire community.   

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WVU Extension Service invites youths to celebrate 4-H during National 4-H Week

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West Virginia youths can join 75,000 of their peers in “discovering the treasures of 4-H” during National 4-H Week, held Oct. 7-13. Youths can go on a treasure hunt to explore the joys of 4-H, trying new experiences, serving their neighbors, gaining life skills and more along the way, by signing up for the West Virginia 4-H Youth Development program.

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Award-winning WVU Extension Service program bolsters rural healthcare recruitment

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – It could be argued West Virginians in rural communities need more prevalent access to healthcare and medical professionals — winding mountain roads and rivers can make it difficult for many to make appointments and maintain an active relationship with primary-care providers. Many small communities may not have a physician to provide routine guidance on simple, but serious, chronic ailments.

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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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WVU faculty awarded USDA grant to help apple growers tap snack market and add to profits

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The old saying goes “where there’s smoke, there’s fire,” and a few West Virginia University faculty believe the adage holds true when looking at the potential for West Virginia’s apple growers to develop and market a unique food item that could become the hottest new snack — dried, smoked apple chunks.

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WVU Extension Service welcomes Megan Midcap as Lewis County Extension agent

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University Extension Service has appointed Megan Midcap as the newest Extension agent for 4-H Youth Development in Lewis County

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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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