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Helping West Virginia’s Communities Succeed

In West Virginia, over one million acres of land are unable to be farmed due to improper soils and flood-prone locations. Alternative growing methods are needed to ensure communities have adequate access to fresh, locally grown food, and to increase farm acreage. Scientists and extension agents at West Virginia State University placed an aquaponics system inside a high tunnel greenhouse in the impoverished community of Welch. The system consists of three 1,200-gallon tanks filled with tilapia and demonstrates how feed levels affect fish and plant growth while providing fresh produce to citizens.

NIFA supports this research through the 1890 Capacity Building Grants Program.

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Farm Bill Priority Areas
Plant health, production, and products;
Animal health and production and animal products;
Agriculture economics and rural communities
U.S. States and Territories
West Virginia
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