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WVU professor emeritus and creator of the WV ’63 unveils new tomato, limited seed available for growers

For more than half his life, Mannon Gallegly, West Virginia University professor emeritus of plant pathology, has been perfecting the tomato. In 1950, his research on vegetable diseases and tomato blight at WVU led him on a 13-year journey that culminated with the West Virginia ’63, also dubbed the “people’s tomato,” released in 1963 and rereleased in 2013 to help commemorate West Virginia’s 100th and 150th birthdays, respectively.  

Now, with another birthday to celebrate –the 150th of the West Virginia University Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, the University’s founding academic unit – Gallegly is releasing two varieties of a new tomato in honor of the special occasion.

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WVU Reymann Memorial Farm hosts its 50th annual bull sale

For half a century, the WVU  Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design’s  Reymann Memorial Farm has been “taking the bull by the horns” with its annual bull sale and evaluation program.

The West Virginia Bull Evaluation Program, commonly referred to as the Wardensville Bull Test, was introduced to this  West Virginia University farm in 1967. The evaluation center, sponsored by the West Virginia Cattlemen’s Association, West Virginia Department of Agriculture,  WVU Extension Service, and  WVU Division of Animal and Nutritional Sciences, is available to mid-size seedstock breeders and is designed to identify genetically superior bulls and increase profitability of commercial cattlemen in West Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic Region.

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WVU landscape architecture program to host annual charrette focusing on ‘gateway to Elkins’

West Virginia University landscape architecture students and alumni will come together for an alumni charrette on March 1-2 to focus on creating a more vibrant landscape  for the city of Elkins. Their efforts will be centered on Railroad Avenue, including the gateway corridor and open spaces along the corridor in the historic railyard.

The two-day charrette will be held in the Agricultural Sciences Annex on the WVU Evansdale Campus in Morgantown. Peter Butler, associate professor of landscape architecture in the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design and WVU Extension Specialist, coordinates the experience, which has become an annual event for the landscape architecture program in the Davis College’s School of Design and Community Development.

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150th Anniversary - Appreciating Our Resources

As West Virginia University's oldest academic unit, the history of the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design is deeply rooted in the land-grant mission. Since 1867, the college has been committed to educating and training our future leaders, conducting groundbreaking research and performing public outreach and service.  

As West Virginia University  celebrates its 150th anniversary, join the Davis College as it reflects on its proud history of fulfilling the land-grant mission. From Feb. 13 to Feb. 15, we'll be celebrating some past accomplishments, achievements in education and research, and the multitude of resources that enrich the student experience.

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150th Anniversary - Celebrating Research

As West Virginia University's oldest academic unit, the history of the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design is deeply rooted in the land-grant mission. Since 1867, the college has been committed to educating and training our future leaders, conducting groundbreaking research and performing public outreach and service. 

The college has had many accomplishments since its inception. Of the most notable achievements is the Allegheny Highlands Project of the 1970s, mentioned below, which helped to revitalize the livestock-forage industry in West Virginia. Another significant cooperative project with Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda to provide assistance in developing higher education facilities and training the countries' future agricultural leaders. 

As West Virginia University  celebrates its 150th anniversary, join the Davis College as it reflects on its proud history of fulfilling the land-grant mission. From Feb. 13 to Feb. 15, we'll be celebrating some past accomplishments, achievements in education and research, and the multitude of resources that enrich the student experience.

CELEBRATING RESEARCH 

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150th Anniversary - Celebrating Past Accomplishments

As West Virginia University's oldest academic unit, the history of the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design is deeply rooted in the land-grant mission. Since 1867, the college has been committed to educating and training our future leaders, conducting groundbreaking research and performing public outreach and service.

The college has had many accomplishments since its inception. Of the most notable achievements is the Allegheny Highlands Project of the 1970s which helped to revitalize the livestock-forage industry in West Virginia. Another significant cooperative project with Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda to provide assistance in developing higher education facilities and training the countries' future agricultural leaders.

As West Virginia University celebrates its 150th anniversary, join the Davis College as it reflects on its proud history of fulfilling the land-grant mission. From Feb. 13 to Feb. 15, we'll be celebrating some past accomplishments, achievements in education and research, and the multitude of resources that enrich the student experience.

In 2001, WVU announced an $18.4 million gift from Gladys Gwendolyn Davis and Vivian Davis Michael. At the time, it was the largest private donation from individuals in WVU's history and targeted $16.2 million to the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Consumer Sciences. In honor of the women, the college was renamed the Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry and Consumer Sciences.

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Moritz named finalist for Professor of the Year by Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia

Each year, the foundation honors an outstanding faculty member at a West Virginia college or university with the designation. The winner will be announced at a reception on March 13 in Charleston.

“Joe is an extraordinary faculty member whose work and commitment translate teaching, research and service into action,” said Dan Robison, dean of the WVU Davis College of Agriculture,Natural Resources and Design. “He makes a difference in the classroom, on the farm and in the community. He inspires current and future scientists and truly enables us to achieve the land grant mission.”

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Gift from family foundation to advance poultry research at West Virginia University

Chicken. It’s what’s for dinner in most American households, according to recent data from the  U.S. Department of Agriculture. United States consumers ate 90 pounds of chicken per capita in 2015. With projections for a continued rise in poultry consumption, the importance for the poultry industry to produce the healthiest chickens possible remains paramount. 

Thankfully, a $25,000 gift from the Briles Family Foundation has made it possible for one  West Virginia University researcher to focus on this very outcome in the months ahead. 

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