Ag Innovation
AG INNOVATION
Stockmanship and Stewardship Training
STOCKMANSHIP AND STEWARDSHIP TRAINING EVENT

Friday, June 17 | Tri-County Fairgrounds Petersburg, West Virginia

HACCP Certified Alliance Course
HACCP ALLIANCE CERTIFICATION

Nov. 3 - 4 | Eastern Main Campus, Room 104 B

CASE AgXplore Middle School Course
CASE AGXPLORE MIDDLE SCHOOL COURSE

Aug. 8 - 9 | Eastern Main Campus

About Agriculture Innovation at Eastern

With supporting funds from the USDA Rural Business Development Grant, Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, and the Small Business Administration (SBA) Eastern's Agriculture Innovation Program launched agriculture programming and initiatives to help drive new economic opportunities in agriculture. Eastern understands that successful programming and economic development could not be accomplished alone. Local, regional, and state partnerships are key to sustainability and impactful programming efforts. A few of our partners include the United States Department of Agriculture, West Virginia Department of Agriculture, West Virginia University Extension, West Virginia State, and the Robert C. Byrd Institute.

These partnerships and supportive funding have allowed Eastern's Agriculture Innovation to support agriculture entrepreneurs locally, regionally, and statewide to adopt and drive agricultural innovation. Several practices include the utilization of poultry bio-waste as a method of upcycling byproducts and utilizing precision agriculture technologies such as drone imaging on operations. Eastern has also led many initiatives including:

  • Ag Action Council
  • WV AG Showcase and AG Student Challenge
  • Workshops and Trainings
  • Farm to Table Events
  • Business Coaching
  • Biochar

Eastern is viewed as one of the leaders in economic development specifically in Agriculture. As a result of the tremendous interest from past programming, Eastern now has a Potomac Highlands Food Cooperative, an Associate in Business Management with an Emphasis in Agribusiness, Ag Workforce Trainings & Certifications, and timely workshops and programming.

Agriculture Resources

Eastern has provided agriculture-related workshops and trainings for the past several years and continues to foster innovation and agriculture for youth in the Potomac Highlands including the annual Ag Innovation Showcase and statewide Ag Innovation Challenge.

Ag Workforce Trainings & Certifications

Earn industry recognized certifications and trainings to directly benefit your agriculture enterprise and education.

Apply now!

To enroll in an Ag Workforce Training, please complete the appropriate application below and send it via email to aginnovation@easternwv.edu.

*Please note: The youth application requires a parental and principal/guidance counselor signature for acceptance.

2022 Trainings and Certifications Full Schedule

Potomac Highlands Producers

The Potomac Highlands Producers is a co-operative of farmers and producers from the six Potomac Highlands counties of eastern West Virginia, all working together to promote and sell their products to retail, restaurants, institutions, and individuals. The project is being spearheaded by the Eastern West Virginia Community & Technical College to strengthen the local farm economy and is funded by a USDA grant.

The goals of Potomac Highlands Producers are to grow the local farm economy by providing marketing and advertising of local food, business coaching and support, training on innovative agricultural practices, collective sales of products, and community awareness of the availability of local foods from the Potomac Highlands and where to buy them. The Potomac Highlands Producers Food Co-operative is located at the New Biz Launchpad.

MONTHLY LOCAL FOOD BOX

Taste all the Potomac Highlands has to offer with our monthly Best of the Potomac Highlands Food Box. Each month, we offer a different selection of high-quality food products from local farmers. The Potomac Highlands has a a surprising abundance and variety of products that are grown—pastured beef, lamb, chicken and pork to maple syrup, apples, strawberries, organic eggs and more! 

Potomac Highlands Producers logo

Learn more about one of our producers

Contact

Carissa Beard

Director of Ag Innovation

Email: Carissa.Beard@easternwv.edu

Phone: (304) 434-8000 ext. *9608

Megan Webb

Dean of Advancement and Continuing Education

Email: Megan.Webb@easternwv.edu

Phone: (304) 434-8000 ext. *9231

Trish Halterman

Ag Workforce Fellowship and Student Training Coordinator

For information about Ag Trainings email: aginnovation@easternwv.edu

For information about the Co-op email: potomachighlandsproducers@easternwv.edu

Phone: (304) 434-8000 extension *9609