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WVU Fire Service Extension urges students to put fire safety first

Morgantown, W.Va. – While classes on many local college campuses are getting underway, the West Virginia University Fire Service Extension urges students to take basic steps to get used to their new dorms and apartments so that in the case of a fire, they’ll be safe.

The National Fire Protection Agency reports that across the nation, fire departments respond to more than 11 dorm fires a day, and every campus-related fire fatality reported nationwide in the last five years has been in off-campus housing.

WVU Extension Service addresses critical need for livestock producers and state

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.

West Virginia’s women farmers have unique opportunity to grow with WVU Extension program

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.

Back-to-school budgeting made simple with advice from WVU Extension Service experts

Morgantown, W.Va.— Back-to-school time can be exciting for parents and students alike. With so many things to prepare for, shopping for school items might seem overwhelming—but it doesn’t have to be, according to West Virginia University Extension Service experts.

David Roberts, WVU Extension agent for Lincoln and Boone counties, says it all starts with planning ahead.

WVU Extension Service offers flood recovery tips for gardeners and farmers

Morgantown, W.Va. – Floods have far reaching effects that extend past the immediate damage and danger that high water presents at the crest stage. In addition to the clean-up efforts afterwards, there are agricultural considerations for the home gardener and farmer with livestock.

The West Virginia University Extension Service has resources available and residents affected by flooding can get in touch with their local WVU Extension Service office for additional information about how to handle their land, plants and animals after a flood event.

West Virginia 4-H hosts 4th annual Rush Run 5K in memory of Monongalia County 4-H’er

Morgantown, W.Va.—Registration is now open for the 4th Annual Rush Run 5K run/walk, held Friday, Aug. 18, 7 p.m. at Hazel Ruby McQuain Amphitheater at the Wharf District in Morgantown.

Organized by Monongalia County 4-H Teen Leaders, a program of West Virginia University Extension Service’s 4-H unit, the race was created in memory of West Virginia 4-H’er Sydney Rush, who died following a tragic car accident in September 2013.

WVU Extension Service hosts kids markets during National Farmers Market week

Morgantown, W.Va.— West Virginia youths at select schools, day care centers and community events can shop for fresh produce through the West Virginia University Extension Service Kids Koupons program during National Farmers Market Week, celebrated Aug. 6 to 12. 

Thanks to a grant from the Eye Foundation of America, the school-based farmers market voucher program offers kids buying power by providing them with “kids koupons” to spend on fruits and vegetables available at school farmers markets.