WVU Extension Agent – Jefferson County
“It’s all about the soil.”
That’s the bottom line for Emily Wells, who joined the West Virginia University Extension Service in July 2016 as Jefferson County’s Agriculture and Natural Resources agent.
Wells, who grew up on a small farm in Tyler County, West Virginia, was attracted to learning what causes things to grow at an early age.
“My father and grandfather had a small beef cattle operation,” said Wells. “I raised pigs and sheep, but I always loved being in the dirt.”
As she got older, she took advantage of opportunities to learn more about the land. In high school, she was a member of Tyler County’s FFA Land Judging and Homesite Evaluation teams – which both won national championships. She also earned individual national honors in both disciplines.
At West Virginia University, Wells earned a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness management and rural development with minors in soil sciences and environmental economics, and a master’s degree in agriculture, natural resources and design. Along the way, she won the West Virginia Collegiate Business Plan Competition and the WVU Technology Entrepreneurship Challenge with her company Precision Agriculture Sampling Services, LLC. The startup focused on improving soil and environmental health through more accurate sampling and testing services.
Wells also holds the American FFA Degree. This honor is awarded to members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA and made significant accomplishments in their supervised agricultural experiences. Less than one percent of FFA members receive this award annually, making it one of the organization’s highest honors.
Wells said she enjoys doing research and putting the results into practice. Although Jefferson County is more agriculturally diverse than the area where she grew up, she welcomes new experiences as they come along.
“Agriculture is about the most important industry there is,” Wells said, “and not enough people in the general population know that.”
Wells is based in the WVU Extension Service Jefferson County office at 1948 Wiltshire Road, Suite 3 in Kearneysville. You can reach her by phone 304-728-7413, or by email at Emily.Wells@mail.wvu.edu.