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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

2010 Activities

November 3, 2010 - the ARS Appalachian Farming Systems Research Center, Beaver, WV hosted 16 chemistry majors and their professor from Concord University, Athens, WV for an outreach event that featured lectures about the location’s chemistry-linked plant, animal, soil, and water research; lab tours; and discussion of career opportunities with ARS.  Increasing interaction between University and ARS staff members is providing a foundation for collaborative research, introducing new options for those students wishing to pursue advanced degrees, and facilitating ARS access to highly qualified candidates, including minorities and women, for technical positions. A majority of the students were from the heart of Appalachia, and their new awareness of the ARS facility in Beaver and its mission to serve agricultural enterprises in the Appalachian hill lands, is being transferred to family members and other associates in the students’ residential communities. 

October 14, 2010 - National AgrAbility Workshop participants examined the challenges of farming in Appalachia on a tour of a Research Farm maintained by the USDA, Agricultural Research Service, Appalachian Farming Systems Research Center, Beaver, WV. The Research Center develops "best practices" for management of soils, forage crops, and grazing livestock (cattle, sheep, and meat goats) to maintain water quality in light of the Region’s characteristics (woodlands, steep terrain, erosion, and sinkholes).  The tour participants were part of the National AgrAbility Workshop that was hosted by the WV AgrAbility Program in Charleston WV . Contact Dr. Kenneth E. Turner at 304-256-2843 or

March 9, 2010, 6:00 PM - Sheep & Goats Value Added/Niche Marketing Workshop,  USDA-ARS Soil Lab Conf. Room, 1224 Airport Rd. Beaver, WV. West Virginia University Extension Service.  For more information contact David Richmond, WVU Extension Service at (304) 255-9321 or e-mail at

2006 Activities

May 10 - May 10, 2006 – AFSRC scientists will present two talks at the Spring 2006 Nutrient Management Planners CEU Training at West Virginia University’s Willow Bend Experiment Farm in Monroe County. Dr. William Clapham, Plant Physiologist,  will present “Risk management of Fertility Decisions and fertility Methods on the Pasture Paddocks at Willow bend, Experiment Farm” and Dr. Douglas Boyer, Hydrologist, will present “Nutrient Losses in Pastureland Due to Karst Topography.”

May 5-6, 2006 - AFSRC will be jointly organizing with The Mountain State University Medicinal Botanicals Program and the West Virginia Herb Association the First Spring Conference “Production and Marketing of Vegetables and Herbs.” The conference will be held on the MSU campus. Conference details and registration form can be found in The Herbal Dispatch.

April 6-7, 2006 - The USDA, Agricultural Research Service, Appalachian Farming Systems Research Center in Beaver, WV held a planning workshop on small ruminant research on April 6 and 7, 2006.

February 9, 2006 - As part of the Appalachian Farming Systems Research Center on-going outreach efforts to the community, Joyce Ruckle, Biologist for ARS will present a seminar on Basic Botany for the Greenbrier County, WV master gardener program.

January 28, 2006 – Dr. Jorge Ferreira will present a seminar “Artemisia annua as a Potential Anti-Cancer Source” at the Mountain State University Medicinal Botanicals Program in Beckley, WV.

2005 Activities

October 18, 2005 – Dr. Douglas Boyer, Hydrologist, presented a talk about agricultural impacts on karst aquifer water quality. The talk was part of two-day workshop “Growing Communities on Karst” held at the West Virginia state fairgrounds in Fairlea, West Virginia.

September 16-17, 2005 - The Mountain State University Medicinal Botanicals Program and the USDA/ARS Appalachian Farming Systems Research Center held their Fourth Annual Symposium on Medicinal Plants at Mountain State University, Beckley, WV, on September 16-17, 2005. The theme was “Appalachian Opportunities: Producing, Using, and Marketing Herbs and Non-Timber Forest Products.”

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