Capito and Manchin announce funding for rural development and agricultural research

WASHINGTON DC – US Senators Shelley Moore Capito (RW.Va.) and Joe Manchin (DW.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriation Committee, today announced $ 518,752 from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to rural development grant programs across the state, as well as to the University of West Virginia (WVU) for agricultural research.

“Investing in rural West Virginia communities is key to our state’s future,” Senator Capito said. “These USDA grants will strengthen entrepreneurship, support small businesses and increase economic development, with the goal of creating jobs in rural West Virginia. I am also happy to see the agricultural and research capacity of the University of West Virginia recognized with an investment that will provide opportunities for more students now and in the future.

“Supporting rural West Virginia communities, creating jobs in the state and driving economic growth continues to be a top priority for me. This funding is great news for the Highland State and will support West Virginia businesses in rural communities while saving many jobs and bringing more to areas of the state, and will fund research and development efforts. agriculture at the University of West Virginia. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I will continue to fight for funds to support rural West Virginia communities, create jobs and boost our economy, ” said Senator Manchin.

Individual prices listed below:

  • $ 320,152 – University of West Virginia: This funding from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) will enable Davis College of Agriculture at WVU to acquire a combined gas chromatograph / mass spectrometer, which will provide an opportunity revolutionary to advance basic and applied research, and student education at WVU. The research permitted is broad, multidisciplinary and comes from different backgrounds, including plant science, biochemistry, textile science, entomology, genetics, phytopathology, soil science, environmental microbiology, food science and science. some water.
  • $ 50,000 – Natural Capital (Jefferson County): This rural development investment will be used to provide business planning, training and financial management to businesses to overcome barriers and capitalize on consumer demands for local foods. This subsidy will create 19 jobs and save 12.
  • $ 50,000 – Region 1 Planning and Development Council (Mercer County): This rural development investment will be used to locate, photograph and collect GPS coordinates and create a comprehensive database and operations dashboard to help boost the local economy.
  • $ 50,000 – Bluefield Economic Development Authority (Mercer County): This rural development investment will be used to establish a program that would target businesses that would benefit from support for their online presence and their competitiveness in the digital arena. The project will help 25 small businesses, create five jobs and save six jobs.
  • $ 48,600 – New Vision Renewable Energy (Barbour County): This rural development investment will be used to provide three-space equipment for the Mountaineer Maker space and incubator to foster community entrepreneurship, support the growth of small businesses and help create jobs and income generation. The project will create two jobs and save 10.

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