Virginia Cooperative Extension

Virginia Cooperative Extension brings research-based knowledge and resources from Virginia's land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, to the people of the commonwealth to help them improve their lives.

At Virginia State University, Extension specialists specifically focus on providing educational programs and tools, expert advice and a wealth of dependable answers to enrich the lives, the land and the economy of Virginia’s limited-resource individuals, families and communities.

Extension is part of the National Institute for Food and Agriculture, an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture, and is further supported through a cooperation among local, state and federal governments in partnership with tens of thousands of citizens, who, through local Extension Leadership Councils, help design, implement, and evaluate our needs-driven programs.

Our program areas include Agriculture & Natural ResourcesAquacultureFamily & Consumer Sciences and 4-H Youth Development.

Overview

Understanding that knowledge is power, we place that power in the hands of Virginians and help them learn how to use it to improve the quality of their lives. Our Extension agents and specialists form a network of educators whose classrooms are the communities, homes, and businesses of Virginia, where they bring research-based solutions to the problems facing Virginians today.

To better utilize our resources, we form collaborations with hundreds of public and private partners and volunteers, who help us reach larger and more diverse audiences and also leverage the impact of our work.

We are a product of cooperation among local, state, and federal governments in partnership with tens of thousands of citizens, who, through local Extension Leadership Councils, help design, implement, and evaluate our needs-driven programs.

We are a dynamic organization that stimulates positive personal and societal change, leading to more productive lives, families, farms, and forests as well as a better environment.

Virginia Cooperative Extension is an educational outreach program of Virginia's land-grant universities: Virginia State University and Virginia Tech, and a part of the National Institute for Food and Agriculture, an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture.

Extension programs are delivered through a network of faculty at two universities, 107 county and city offices, 11 agricultural research and Extension centers, and six 4-H educational centers. Our system incorporates the expertise of faculty in Virginia State University's College of Agriculture, the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Natural Resources and Environment, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station.

What we do?

  • Provide educational programs to individuals, families, organizations, and communities in three broad areas of:
    • agriculture and natural resources
    • 4-H youth development
    • family and consumer sciences
  • Provide prompt access to unbiased, objective, research-based information and educational programs through an innovative network of human and technological resources
  • Collaborate with public and private partners to better utilize our resources, enhance our effectiveness, and reach a more diverse audience
  • Partner with citizen-led Extension Leadership Councils throughout the state to identify local issues