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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.

Extension Calling has been on the air for nearly 40 years as a partnership between WVU Extension Service and The Ohio State University Extension. The hosts create and deliver timely content on current events and topics related to the farm, garden and home via the weekly radio program, which airs on Sundays in the region. During the past few years, the show expanded listener opportunities to multiple times and stations. Cox and Lima hit the air weekly to share their expertise and knowledge about timely topics such as legislation, safety, livestock and vegetable production, tree care, food preservation, pasture management, natural resources, risk management, pest management and much more.

Now, listeners can tune in to a live recording of the 30-minute informational talk show – anytime, anywhere – via the Extension Calling podcast which is available through your podcasting app, as well online via WVU Extension Service and Ohio County’s website and Facebook pages. Shows are posted with transcripts for the hearing impaired, and past editions of the podcasts can be found as well.

“Our objective is to share timely, research-based information with individuals who work shifts or jobs that don’t allow them to attend our traditional educational programming. This show also provides Extension with an opportunity to reach people where they are – – in their homes, on the tractor, on an airplane or running on the trail,” Cox explained. “In support of the land-grant missions of both universities, we work to cover a mix of new research with time-tested best management practices for the farm, garden and home.”

And, those who have been tuning in to local radio stations in the area can still hear the Extension Calling radio program on Sunday mornings, and other times as broadcast around West Virginia and neighboring states.

“We are still recording our radio program for airing on Sundays,” said Cox. “The podcast just adds another platform for us to reach a broader audience, including those who can’t tune in during our regular scheduled programming or for those who want to take the show with them.”

The radio program/podcast is a unique partnership between West Virginia University and The Ohio State University Extension organizations to provide research-based knowledge, resources and outreach to improve the lives of citizens in their communities.

Media Contact: Tara Curtis, WVU Extension Service Communications, 304-293-7996,