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Current Virginia Cooperative Extension Program

The Augusta County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension provides the citizens of Augusta County, Staunton, and Waynesboro with educational, research-based information Virginia Tech and Virginia State University. Currently the staff includes three Extension Agents, one administrative assistant, one part-time 4-H Technician, and a federally-funded program assistant (SCNEP). The three Extension Agents include a 4-H Agent and two Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) agents who provide educational programs in crop and soil science and animal science. In addition, a Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Agent and a Horticulture Agent in Rockingham County provide programming throughout the planning district. The Farm Business Management Agent housed in Rockbridge County also serves citizens throughout the planning district. Furthermore, Augusta County has the added benefit of the services personnel housed in the northwest district office in Harrisonburg. Those positions include a community viability specialist and a bio-engineering / waste management specialist.

The County’s Extension office also staffs and advises the County’s Agricultural Industry Board.

Virginia Cooperative Extension's Vision is building on the strength of our agriculture, natural resource, family and community heritage, we enable people to shape their futures through research based educational programs. Recognizing that knowledge is power, we serve people where they live and work. Audiences are involved in designing, implementing and evaluating needs-driven programs. We are a dynamic organization which stimulates positive personal and societal change leading to more productive lives, families, farms, and forests, as well as a better environment in urban and rural communities.

Virginia Cooperative Extension Programs are proactive and are designed to address problems/needs of the county in an effective, timely manner. Educational information is delivered through organized programs, workshops and meetings, field days, test plots, newsletters, tours, demonstrations, one-on-one contacts, media, schools, and 4-H clubs, camps, and activities. Through Virginia Cooperative Extension, the citizens of Augusta County have access to research-based, unbiased information to help them improve their productivity, profitability, and quality of life.