Gov. Jim Justice Announces $50 Million for Construction of new Agricultural Laboratory at West Virginia State University

Gov. Jim Justice Announces $50 Million for Construction of new
Agricultural Laboratory at West Virginia State University
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – During his State of the State Address Wednesday night, Gov. Jim Justice announced $50 million for West Virginia State University (WVSU) for the construction of a new state-of-the-art agricultural laboratory to be located on the school’s Institute campus.

The new facility will house state-of-the-art laboratory space for both WVSU and the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA), which is in critical need for modern facilities.  

“We are extremely thankful to Gov. Jim Justice, Senate President Craig Blair, House Speaker Roger Hanshaw, and Senate Economic Development Committee Chair Glenn Jeffries  for this transformative announcement tonight that will provide cutting-edge facilities for research, education and extension programs on our campus,” said WVSU President Ericke S. Cage. “This new lab will significantly enhance our land-grant mission and play a vital role in educating and empowering West Virginia’s agricultural workforce.”

The new laboratory will support the WVDA’s work in ensuring the safety and quality of the food supply, from testing for foodborne illnesses and pesticide residues to analyzing controlled substances, while also providing laboratory and classroom space for WVSU faculty and students to train and conduct research.

Investment in the new laboratory will keep more than 300 jobs in the Kanawha Valley while also driving agricultural education and research at WVSU, the governor said in his remarks.

“One of my priorities as president of West Virginia State University is the creation of a School of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources,” President Cage said. “Tonight’s announcement by Gov. Justice is a significant step in the creation of that school and truly underscores the critical role that agriculture has played and will continue to play in growing our state’s economy.”

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West Virginia State University is a public, land-grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.
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