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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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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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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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Jeffery Davis joins WVU Extension Service in Wyoming County

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University Extension Service has named Jeffery “J.R.” Davis as the Extension agent for 4-H Youth Development in Wyoming County .

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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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Michael Withrow hired as WVU Berkeley County Extension Service’s 4-H agent

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – For Michael Withrow, Berkeley County’s newest West Virginia University Extension Service 4-H agent, the notion of education and extension’s role in the community is a classic, timeless combination that he encountered often growing up around agriculture. Now, as he starts his new position, he’s excited to pay it back and create a positive environment for youths in the communities he serves.

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Amanda Johnson joins WVU Barbour County Extension Service as 4-H agent

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Amanda Johnson is Barbour County’s newest West Virginia University Extension Service 4-H agent, and while she’s new to the county, she’s certainly not new to WVU Extension nor the benefits that 4-H programs bring to West Virginia’s youths.

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