The West Virginia University Davis College of Agriculture Natural Resources and Design hosted a ‘Grateful Gathering’ Saturday evening to dedicate the J.W. Ruby research Farm in Reedsville.
A gift from the Hazel McQuain Charitable Trust allowed upgrades to be made to the current farm facility, which is used for crop production, cattle farming and equine activities. Improvements incudes additional learning facilities, future research opportunities, and new community activities.
“This farm is an integral part of the college,” said the dean of the WVU Davis College of Agriculture Daniel Robison. “We raise cattle here, we raise horses here, we teach students, and we do research on both of those sort of things. We provide this farm as an opportunity for others in the community to come here and ride horses and participate in competitions. And so, this is part of what it means to be a land grant university.”
Crystal Smith, a teaching associate professor at the college is excited about the future students the facilities will foster. “We’re really trying to produce the future leaders of the horse industry here and so that’s sort of our goal and I think J.W. would be very honored by that.”
The new facilities will help the college to further education and community engagement.