- Associated Press - Monday, May 22, 2017

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The federal government has awarded more than $400,000 to West Virginia University to improve sustainable agriculture and help rural communities thrive.

U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced the $402,890 award in a news release this month.

Manchin said the university, through its Extension Services program, invests in rural communities across the state, creating a great benefit for West Virginia.

Capito said the resources will allow the university to continue its work assisting rural West Virginia.

The funding is from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Institute of Food and Agriculture.

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