West Virginia State University (WVSU) is partnering with three different Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to create an Agriculture Business Innovation Center (ABIC) by way of a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in keeping with a press reelease from the state ag division.
The $1.92 million grant will assist set up the center to function a technical help hub to reinforce agriculture-based business improvement alternatives nationwide.
“West Virginia State University is excited to partner with our sister HBCUs to provide this much-needed regional innovation center to support agricultural entrepreneurs and serve socially disadvantaged populations,” stated WVSU President Ericke Cage.
The innovation center can be positioned at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, North Carolina.
J. “Deacon” Stone, director of the Center for Innovation at Marshall University’s Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI), has been promoted to director of the West Virginia EDA University Center, Charlotte Weber, RCBI director & CEO, introduced Friday.
University Center is a U.S. Economic Development Administration program to leverage the sources of regional colleges and universities to assist financial improvement. West Virginia’s University Center, certainly one of 66 throughout the nation, has its headquarters at Marshall. It gives a full vary of prototyping, entrepreneurial and manufacturing companies.
As director of RCBI’s Center for Innovation, Stone has assisted entrepreneurs throughout West Virginia, serving to deliver new merchandise to market, empowering startups to innovate and develop and serving to set up new companies. Stone has collaborated with quite a few college departments – together with the colleges of Business and Information Technology, Engineering, School Medicine, and others – to facilitate know-how switch and commercialize analysis.
Boone Memorial Hospital (BMH) will host a press convention and reception on Monday at midday with plans to unveil a brand new identification, brand and rebranding marketing campaign.
The hospital will even formally announce its newly shaped BMH Foundation for Community Health and distribute grant awards of greater than $200,000 for initiatives and packages that assist enchancment in social determinants of well being throughout the communities it serves.
Production of maple syrup in West Virginia totaled 13,000 gallons in 2022, unchanged from the earlier yr, in keeping with the state’s Departmment of Agricuture. The variety of faucets, 77,000, and yield per faucet, 0.169 gallon, have been unchanged as properly.
On common, the maple syrup season opened on Feb. 6 and closed on March 12, with the common season size coming in at 34 days. The first date of recorded sap assortment was Jan. 10 and the final day was April 20.
The common value per gallon was $47.70 in 2021, up from $30.20 per gallon in 2020.