10 Sep

Family Day at the Farm set for Sept. 27

David | September 10th, 2014

From furry and feathered critters to the fruits of our forests and facts about food, West Virginia University will have something fun and fascinating for all ages during Family Day at the Farm Saturday, Sept. 27.

Sponsored by the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design and WVU Extension Service, the event will feature a wide range of hands-on activities and exhibits from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Animal Sciences Farm on Stewartstown Road.

Activities will cover everything from the skills of service dogs, to sheep shearing demonstrations, the science of popcorn and examples of West Virginia’s natural history.
In addition, tasty, healthy snacks will be served throughout the event.

All students, parents, faculty, staff, and members of the Morgantown community and beyond are welcome to attend. For more information, visit: Persons with disabilities may request accommodations through the Office of Disability Services at 304-293-6700.

While limited parking is available at the Animal Sciences Farm, attendees are encouraged to take advantage of free, regular shuttle service from Area 81 located near the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center and Mountaineer Station across the street from Applebee’s on Van Voorhis Road. For more information on transportation, parking, and to register, please visit the Family Day at the Farm site at

26 Aug

Business Plan Competition expands reach

David | August 26th, 2014

The opportunity to start a business in West Virginia is now more accessible to college students than ever before.

The West Virginia Collegiate Business Plan Competition, now in its ninth year, has always been open to all full-time students at any of West Virginia’s 19 four-year higher education institutions. But this year, the competition also welcomes full-time community and technical college students from any of West Virginia’s nine degree-granting institutions.

“With the success we’re having, we decided it was appropriate to include the community and technical schools to expand participation, and also because we believe they will have very good ideas and concepts about business opportunities,” said Steven Cutright, director of the BrickStreet Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics. WVU’s business school is the host of the annual competition that runs throughout the academic year.

In addition to expanding the playing field, there is also a new incentive to enter the 2014-15 competition. Each participating institution will be guaranteed to have at least one team advance to the semi-finals of the competition, held in November. This year, that guarantee includes only past competition participants from the four-year colleges.

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21 Aug

Hot off the press!

David | August 21st, 2014

The Summer 2014 issue of Davis Magazine is available to read online! If you’d like to join our mailing list, please sign up through Mountaineer Connection.

12 Aug

Greenhouse grows love of horticulture

David | August 12th, 2014
4 Aug

Campaign Chronicles

David | August 4th, 2014

The Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design is currently undergoing an exciting period of growth and expansion, aided in part by the generosity of alumni and friends. From increases in program offerings and a reorganization of its academic structure, to the construction of a new, state-of-the-art Agricultural Sciences Building, West Virginia University’s oldest academic unit has become a cornerstone for positive transformation on the Evansdale campus.

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23 Jul

WVU Organic Farm to host field day Aug. 7

Lindsay | July 23rd, 2014

West Virginia University’s Organic Research Farm is a living laboratory. From teaching to outreach, the farm links scientific discovery with applications supporting an increasing number of organic growers and gardeners.

The farm will be open to the public from 1 – 7 p.m. on Aug. 7 for its annual field day.

Hosted by the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design and WVU Extension Service, the event introduces new research and highlights ongoing projects in organic production methods through intensive workshops and organized or self-guided tours of the farm, one of the largest certified organic research farms in the nation.

“The needs of organic growers are constantly evolving, and our research helps address the new opportunities and emerging problems they face,” said Jim Kotcon, associate professor of plant pathology. “We enjoy putting together this event every year and hope participants benefit from our efforts.”

Workshops led by WVU faculty and graduate students will provide overviews of plant disease identification and control, monitoring and managing squash vine borers, no-till vegetable production, internal parasite control in sheep and a summary of accomplishments in organic production.

As an invited speaker, Kristine Nichols, research program director at the Rodale Institute, a leading sustainable and organic agriculture research and education organization, will discuss soil health in organic systems.

The event will also include a walking tour of research and demonstration plots emphasizing market garden and site management practices for producers of horticultural crops.

Gates open at 12:45 p.m. with workshops beginning at 1:15 p.m. Guided tours begin at 4 p.m. Dinner featuring organic produce grown on the farm will be served at 6 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is appreciated.

To register, e-mail or contact Tessy Warnick at 304-293-2961.

3 Jun

Davis College honors supporters

David | June 3rd, 2014

As West Virginia University continues its march to a $750 million goal in A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University, the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design honored some of its most ardent supporters and partners at a recent banquet.

“Last year, we began a new tradition of honoring some of the people and organizations that truly make a difference here in the Davis College providing us with a margin of excellence through donations of their time, energy, ideas and financial support,” said Daniel J. Robison, dean of the Davis College.

“The kinds of investments these people make set us apart, enable us, and inspire us to work all the harder,” Robison said.

Robison noted that private giving and donations of time and energy make all the more difference in uncertain budgetary times and, through endowments, “sustain the good works of students and faculty for years to come.”

Visit for profiles of all of the honorees.

28 May

If you are a gardener or farmer, or have recipes that friends and family are always inquiring about, see how the results of hard work and delicious recipes can pay off with West Virginia University Extension Service’s Food for Profit educational workshop.

The workshop takes place June 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Belington Fire Department, located at 301 Watkins Street in Belington. The cost for the workshop is $30, which includes education materials and lunch.

Food for Profit is a program created by Penn State Extension and customized by the WVU Extension Service to teach West Virginians how to plan, create, finance and run a for-profit food business.

The registration deadline for the event is May 30. For additional information contact Joshua Peplowski at WVU Extension Service’s Barbour County office at 304-457-3254, or by e-mailing

Food for Profit is a collaboration of the Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Families and Health Program units of WVU Extension Service.

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23 May
image of Park Hot or cold, rain or snow – there are always complaints about the weather, but an interdisciplinary team of West Virginia University scientists are studying whether the changes are having an impact on honey bees or other creatures that are an integral part of the food chain.

Scientists will investigate the effects of climate change on interactions among pollinating insects, the parasites that plague them and crops that depend on the pollinators to thrive.

“A major issue concerning current agricultural production is decline of pollinators like honey bees,” said Yong-Lak Park, an associate professor of entomology in WVU’s Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design. “With recent decline of honey bees, crop growers are turning to wild bee populations as alternative or supplemental pollinators. Effects of climate are particularly important when multiple species are dependent upon each other, as with the case of pollinators, their associated pests and crops.”

The team will also look at the effects of temperature changes on major biological events of bees, mites and blueberry crops using biophysical models.

“We will take advantage of recent technological advances in biophysical modeling, geospatial analyses and aerospace engineering to achieve the objectives,” Park explained.

A major aim of the WVU project is to understand the effects of temperature increase on the model system of bees, parasitic mites and blueberry plants. The team will expand their results to other agricultural production systems to conduct statewide or nationwide risk/benefit analyses under global warming scenarios proposed by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The risk/benefit analyses/maps will be used to provide recommendation for management of pollination under global warming.

In addition to Park, the principal investigators and collaborators are Nicole Waterland, an assistant professor of horticulture in the Davis College, Eungul Lee, assistant professor of geography in WVU’s Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, and Srikanth Gururajan, a post-doctoral fellow in mechanical and aerospace engineering in WVU’s Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. Youngsoo Son of the California Department of Food and Agriculture will provide geospatial analyses, and Pavel Klimov of the University of Michigan will focus on acarology.

In addition to the faculty personnel, two graduate students, two research staff, two pilots and a grower will be involved in this project. The project has been funded by a $150,000 grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

19 May

New student org promotes diversity

David | May 19th, 2014

A new student organization at West Virginia University capped off its first year of promoting diversity across multiple disciplines.

A WVU chapter of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) began operation in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design. In its first year, the group attended the national organization’s Annual Career Fair and Training Conference in Birmingham, Alabama, and received honors as a Chapter of Excellence by the national organization

“MANRRS is a national society that welcomes people from all racial and ethnic groups to become members and to participate in agricultural, natural resources and related sciences careers,” said Adam Redhead, WVU chapter president and doctoral student in animal science.

The goal of MANRRS is to provide its student members – spanning from junior high school through doctoral programs – with the support needed to become productive citizens. The program engages its students in leadership development activities, educational opportunities, job readiness training and facilitates internship placement and permanent employment.

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