Ag Innovation
AG INNOVATION
2022 Potomac Highlands Ag Innovation Showcase
2022 POTOMAC HIGHLANDS AG INNOVATION SHOWCASE

Saturday, Oct. 15 | 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Eastern Main Campus

The premier industry event proudly showcasing the breadth of agriculture in West Virginia’s Potomac Highlands region.

Farm Fellow
Become a Farm Fellow

Our prestigious Farm Fellowship Program connects students of all ages with local farmers to bolster the agriculture workforce and economy over a one-year farm apprenticeship, mentoring and learn to earn opportunities. Applications are now being accepted for the 2023 program beginning Jan. 1!

HACCP Course
HACCP Alliance Certified Course

Wednesday, Nov. 3 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
 | Eastern Main Campus, Room 104B
Thursday, Nov. 4 | 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Eastern Main Campus, Room 104B

2022 Youth Ag Innovation Showcase and Challenge
2022 YOUTH AG INNOVATION SHOWCASE AND CHALLENGE

Friday, Oct. 14 | 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Eastern Main Campus, Room 104 B

Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College invites WV educators and students to join us for the eighth
annual Ag Innovation Showcase and Potomac Highlands Agriculture Technology and Innovation Challenge!

CASE Press Release
EASTERN HOSTS AGRICULTURE TEACHERS FOR CASE TRAINING

Eastern's Agriculture Innovation department recently hosted a unique educational experience – the CASE AgXplore Middle School Course – designed to foster agriculture education in the classroom through hands-on lessons and labs.

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 and West Virginia State.

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.
In addition to completing the 40-hour agribusiness internship, Farm Fellows must complete the Farm Business Management interest track, and at least one of the three additional interest tracks: Agribusiness Diversification and Value Adding, Horticulture Management Systems or Livestock Management Systems.

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, Ph.D.

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