29 Jan

Montgomery Herald: Applications are being accepted for summer positions in a unique statewide program administered by the West Virginia University Extension Service and AmeriCorps that helps 3,000 West Virginia children maintain and improve their reading skills.

AmeriCorps is recruiting mentors and community coordinators for Energy Express, an award-winning, eight-week program offered in rural and low-income West Virginia communities.

The program is designed to provide learning opportunities and nutrition during the summer months, when children are most at risk for falling behind on reading levels — a preventable loss known as the “summer slide.”

Read more at the Montgomery Herald...

27 Jan

WVVA-TV: When life throws you a curve ball, the West Virginia University Extension service is hoping to help. They’re hosting classes in Beckley to give low-income families the tools they need to eat healthy and save.

Read more at WVVA-TV...

26 Jan

Herald Dispatch: Knowledge was horsepower for about 80 people who attended the fifth annual Wayne County Hippology Clinic Saturday at Spring Valley High School.

Hippology is the study of horses, and the school was filled with experts, tools and even the skeleton of a pony to help participants make the most of the clinic, which is hosted by the West Virginia University Extension Office in Wayne County.

Read more at the Herald Dispatch...

5 Jan

Farm and Dairy: The focus is “take the next step” in your forage management program. The featured speaker will be Ed Rayburn, Extension specialist at West Virginia University, who will provide an introduction to pasture ecology and plant and animal responses to management…
Read more at Farm and Dairy...

5 Jan

Charleston Daily Mail: The scene was a harrowing end to a violent era. Joseph Yablonski, an outspoken critic of the leadership of the United Mine Workers of America, along with his wife and daughter, lay dead from assassins’ bullets inside their Clarkesville, Pa., home on New Year’s Eve in 1969…
Read more at the Charleston Daily Mail...

23 Dec

Garden calendar available

December 23, 2014

Mineral Daily News Tribune: Plan your garden from the ground up with the 2015 Garden Calendar from the West Virginia University Extension Service, available now at the Mineral County office.

The new calendar’s theme is “Planning for Abundance,” with a focus on helping you get the most from your garden.

Articles by WVU Extension experts range from deciding what to grow and how large a garden to plant, to garden location and soil preparation.

Learn to effectively tend your garden, harvest when crops are at their tastiest and preserve your harvest so you and your family can enjoy the flavors – and health benefits – of your garden all year-round.

Read more at the Mineral Daily News Tribune...

23 Dec

Gilmer Free Press: Annie’s Project, the popular program which provides risk management education for women in agriculture, is coming back to our local area through the West Virginia University Extension Service.

An advanced level is being added for participants who completed the original training.

Annie’s Project provides training, resources and networking opportunities to help West Virginia women build viable, efficient and sustainable farm businesses.

The first courses cover everything from business planning, finances and marketing to food safety and insurance.

The second level teaches business, estate, retirement and succession planning.

Both groups can expect meaningful networking opportunities that extend well beyond the course.

The program will be offered in Sutton, WV as well as other locations around state during the winter and spring months.

The fee for the course is $25, and includes materials and refreshments.

Read more at the Gilmer Free Press...

1 Dec

Herald Dispatch: As the holiday rush begins, regular family mealtimes often take a back seat to other demands of the season. The WVU Extension Service is joining with the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) in asking families to take a night out from that rush to make and eat a healthy family meal together on Wednesday, Dec. 3.

Read more at the Herald Dispatch...

24 Nov

Fayette Tribune: Preparing holiday meals can create stress on budgets and waistlines, but a West Virginia University Extension Service specialist says simplicity is key to keeping guests happy and healthy during the holidays.

“Holidays are often associated with big, traditional meals; by taking a simplistic approach you can save yourself unnecessary stress, extra calories and strained finances,” said Amy Gannon, a registered dietitian and specialist with WVU Extension’s Family Nutrition Program.

Read more at the Fayette Tribune...

21 Nov

WBOY-TV: The WVU Extension hosted agents from Penn State in Belington today for a Food for Profit workshop. Area farmers came to the Belington Fire Department to learn more about how to market their food, and how to make sure they follow the regulations for producers, whatever they’re selling.

“They can be talking about a retail business, like a catering business or a restaurant business, or we have a lot of farmers in the room who are talking about adding value, which means taking those raw agricultural products and turning them into a jar of something, a can of something,” said Penn State’s Winifred McGee, who brought the program here from Pennsylvania.

Read more or watch the video at WBOY-TV...