WVU Extension Agent –
Agriculture & Natural Resources, Monroe County
Brian Wickline’s passion for successful farms drives him to connect farmers with consumers and restaurants. He dedicates much of his time to educating West Virginia’s citizens about agricultural topics ranging from natural gas to food system marketing.
The WVU Extension agent and assistant professor of agriculture in Monroe County, Wickline specializes in livestock and forage production, nutrient management and marketing. He is involved with several livestock and farm marketing programs.
Recently, Wickline helped lead a series of public meetings concerning the Marcellus Shale, a largely untapped reserve of natural gas. Inviting citizens’ questions and concerns about obtaining natural gas from the resource, the forums addressed common fears about environmental problems associated with chemicals used while extracting the natural gas in a process called “fracking.”
In addition to his Marcellus Shale educational efforts, Wickline also participated in forums about farming, serving on a panel of food system experts discussing marketing strategies that would best benefit the state’s agriculture industry and its consumers.
Sharing his knowledge with youths, he has coached six 4-H teams that received national recognition. The awards were for their land, home site and grassland judging skills.
Wickline also has received several professional awards, including the 2005 WVU Extension New Employee Excellence Award and the 2006 WVU Davis College of Agriculture Young Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Since he was a child on his family’s beef cattle and Christmas tree farm, Wickline has been heavily involved in the agriculture industry.
Today, he remains active with such organizations as Future Farmers of America, Monroe County Cattlemen’s Association, Monroe County Farm Bureau and Greenbrier Valley Grassland Committee.
Before joining the faculty in WVU Extension’s Monroe County office, Wickline was the program coordinator of the Greenbrier River Hydrologic Unit, caring for around 5,000 acres in the Greenbrier Valley.
He was responsible for soil sampling, lime and fertilizer recommendations, yield determination, planting recommendations and other integrated crop management practices on the land.
Wickline obtained his bachelor’s in agricultural education and his master’s in agriculture from West Virginia University. In addition to his duties at WVU Extension, Wickline remains involved in his family’s beef operation in Monroe County.
To reach Wickline, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 304-772-3003.