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Statewide agriculture competition to reward student innovation

A young West Virginia farmer tends a greenhouse crop.
The Robert C. Byrd Institute at Marshall University and a statewide group of partners are announcing the fifth-annual Student Agriculture Innovation Challenge to encourage...

Create Buckhannon awarded 2021 gift for agricultural innovation

Berries at a farmer's market
Create Buckhannon has been named the winner of the 2021 West Virginia Vanguard Agriculture Competition, a statewide contest sponsored by the Robert C. Byrd...

Despite a warm winter, the W.Va. syrup industry grows

Maple syrup production in West Virginia continues to grow.
A warm winter led to a decline in syrup production in West Virginia in 2021, though state Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt said the...

Program pairs W.Va. farmers, craft beverage producers

A newly poured ale awaits a customer in a West Virginia brewery.
The craft beverage industry in West Virginia is getting a boost from the Robert C. Byrd Institute, which has launched an initiative to expand...

W.Va. DA requests applications for specialty crop grants

Specialty crops are the future of the West Virginia agricultural economy.
The W.Va. Department of Agriculture through January 19, 2021, is accepting applications for U.S. Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grants. Commissioner of Agriculture Kent...

Dept. of Agriculture awarded $1.04 million lab testing grant

West Virginia agriculture is getting a boost, thanks to a grant from the USDA.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has awarded the W.Va. Department of Agriculture $1.04 million for surveillance testing, new equipment, and researching contaminants in...

W.Va. warns farmers to prepare for Laura aftermath

Livestock should have access to safe areas during threat of inclement weather.
As the remnants of Hurricane Laura batter the southern U.S., the West Virginia Department of Agriculture is warning farmers to be proactive in the...

WVDA urges public to not plant foreign seed packets

Seed packages received from unknown sources without solicitation should not be planted, says WVDA.
Officials at the West Virginia Department of Agriculture are urging state residents not to plant foreign seeds following reports of unsolicited seeds being received...

WVU professor working to lower THC levels in industrial hemp

Legally, industrial hemp grown in the US should contain only a trace of the psychoactive drug THC.
While the kind of hemp that's grown in West Virginia does not contain the level of the psychoactive substance present in marijuana, it does...

Sale of Japanese Barberry outlawed July 1 in West Virginia

Japanese barberry has been added to the West Virginia “noxious weeds” list as part of an effort to control the invasive plant.
The sale or distribution of Japanese barberry, Berberis thunbergii DC, will be illegal in West Virginia beginning July 1, 2020, according to the state...

Agriculture commissioner works to combat local meat shortages

A steak cut from West Virginia-raised cattle awaits the oven.
West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt is calling for the passage of the "New Markets for State Inspected Meat and Poultry Act" to...

WVU offers tips for a safe, healthy farmers' market season

Farmers' Markets are opening across West Virginia this month, though precautions are necessary.
As farmers' markets in West Virginia open for the season, West Virginia University is providing recommendations to help market managers and vendors safely sell...

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