On July 23, she will be honored for her passion and commitment to the state with induction into the West Virginia Agriculture and Forestry Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame, which was chartered in 1974, recognizes West Virginians who have made outstanding contributions to the establishment, development, advancement and improvement of agricultural and forest industries in West Virginia and around the world.
Williams graduated from WVU with a Bachelor of Science in Animal and Veterinary Science and a Master of Science in Agriculture Education. Her first job was as a livestock marketing specialist for the West Virginia Department of Agriculture. She was part of the inaugural board of directors for the first West Virginia Beef Expo and served as the group’s secretary for nearly 20 years. She also helped the Expo establish the West Virginia Stockman’s Contest, which has become the state’s largest agricultural youth event.
She joined WVU Extension as the agriculture agent for Upshur County and led a team that developed the Premier Exhibitor Program at the State Fair of West Virginia. She then moved to Morgantown to lead Extension’s Agriculture and Natural Resources unit before becoming associate dean. Williams has been a driving force behind the West Virginia Agriculture and Forestry Hall of Fame and championed major renovations to the organization’s facilities at WVU Jackson’s Mill.
She received numerous honors and recognition, including the Distinguished Service Award by the National Association of County Agriculture Agents (2020) and National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (2015); the West Virginia Wonder Woman from WV Media (2019); Gamma Sigma Delta Extension Faulty Award of Merit (2012); and the WVDA Women in Agriculture Award (2010). She is the co-owner of Ours Valley View Poultry Farm, which raises more than one million birds and grows 400 acres of corn and soybeans annually.
“I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with Jennifer during the past two years,” WVU Dean of Extension and Engagement Jorge Atiles said. “She is such a passionate advocate for West Virginia, including our agricultural community. Her work with our female agribusiness owners and farmers is so important to the state’s economic prosperity, and she has done outstanding work around the state. I am so happy to see her commitment, as well as Tom’s accomplishments, recognized with induction into this esteemed hall of fame.”
Other inductees include William P. “Bill” Ingram of Tyler County and Juergen A. Wildman of Monongalia County.
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