WVSU Extension Service Hosts Meet-And-Greet

WVSU campus in Institute, W.Va.

State agriculture representative’s spokes with farmers Wednesday at a Meet-and-Greet in Institute. The discussion was meant to help the farmers with any issues.

The West Virginia State University Extension Service hosted the Meet-and-Greet to help local farmers touch base with different government agencies that could help them. Participating agencies included the USDA, the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Capitol Conservation District, West Virginia AgrAbility and the West Virginia Department of Agriculture.

West Virginia State University Extension Agent Brad Cochran said there are important opportunities out there for small farmers. 

“West Virginia farmers are very much small farmers and they’ve never really participated in USDA programs,” Cochran said. “Sometimes they have that fear of going into the office and signing up and learning about this stuff.”

Cochran said it’s important to get farmers in the same room with the different agencies like USDA which offers funding opportunities and the state’s Department of Agriculture which can help to market small businesses.