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The veterinarian shortage is serious in WV. Agricultural leaders hope a new program can help.

BY: - November 27, 2023

An ongoing shortage of veterinarians and their support staff in West Virginia is complicating care for both domestic and farm animals across the state, but agricultural and animal science experts are hopeful that a new, first-of-its-kind program can help fill the gap. With support from the state Department of Agriculture and through a partnership between […]

Nearly half of WV grandparents raise their grandkids, spurring financial and mental health needs

BY: - October 20, 2023

Grandparents raising their grandchildren in West Virginia is widespread: in most counties, it’s somewhere between 40 to 50%. In one county, well over half of the grandparents who live there report they’re raising grandkids. As one of the nation’s most elderly states, it’s now a common experience for nearly half of all West Virginians who are […]

States urged by Biden administration to rectify underfunding of land-grant HBCUs 

BY: - September 19, 2023

States engaged in decades of underfunding of land-grant Historically Black Colleges and Universities, leading to a more than $12 billion disparity with comparable white institutions, leaders of the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. “Unacceptable funding inequities have forced many of our nation’s distinguished Historically Black Colleges and Universities […]

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USDA to provide $33M for agriculture projects at 19 HBCU land-grant institutions

BY: - July 25, 2023

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture Monday announced $33 million in funding to 19 Historically Black Colleges and Universities designated as land-grant institutions to support research and education projects. The funding through USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture will support 82 projects in sustainable farming practices such as reducing use of plastics, enhancing […]