Fresh from the Field, Dec. 6, 2018

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Fresh from the Field is a weekly album showcasing transformative impacts made by partners supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Editor: Falita Liles                                                                                                 Dec.6, 2018

Success Stories 

Strengthening the Creative Economy

One-in-three entrepreneurs in West Virginia makes a living within the creative sector, but faces challenges such as access to affordable office space, internet, equipment, and training. West Virginia State University’s Economic Development Center serves over 3,000 clients annually with a co-working space, meeting/office space, a digital conferencing center, and voice and video production studios. The facility provides space to 25 local nonprofit and community development organizations and is home to 28 creative media businesses, including videographers, musicians, producers, engineers, and photographers. Economic Development Center clients have launched more than 30 new businesses.

NIFA supports this project through Section 1444-Extension.

Additional information may be found at WVSU's Economic Development Center.  

News Coverage

UT Extension Beef Cattle Programs. Cows in the Country. Photo courtesy of Getty Images. NIFA Fresh From the Field.

University of Tennessee Extension Beef Cattle Programs

Challenges facing the beef cattle industry in Tennessee range from the adoption of very basic management practices to complicated global market drivers that affect input costs. Nutritional, reproductive, genetic, and health management are areas that impact profitability most. County agents and state specialists from University of Tennessee (UT) Extension delivered more than 35,000 hours of educational programming to more than 8,700 beef producers. This created an estimated economic impact of more than $109.3 million in savings and additional revenue to Tennessee’s beef producers.

NIFA supports this effort with Smith-Lever Capacity Funds.

Contact: Dr. Justin Rhinehart, UT Department of Animal Science.


Natural Parasite Management Improves Sustainability and Profitability of Small Ruminant Production.Steve Hurst hosted by the USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

Natural Parasite Management Improves Sustainability and Profitability of Small Ruminant Production

The greatest challenge to sustainable sheep and goat production is infection with internal parasites. Fort Valley State University’s (FVSU) research and outreach on the tannin-containing legume sericea lespedeza (Lespedeza cuneata) as a natural alternative to ineffective anthelmintic drugs has shown improved sustainability and profitability of small ruminant production systems in the United States. This work also provides farmers with a new revenue opportunity through the sale of nutraceutical hay.

NIFA supports this research with Evans-Allen and SARE funding.

Read more at FVSU's web page

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