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Cabell County Right Now

WVU Extension Cabell County employees are currently working remotely away from the office. This means that the office is closed. However, our phone is being transferred to us, so we are still able to receive phone calls. At this time all person to person events and meetings have been cancelled and can be made into virtual alternatives. For information to any questions about the COVID-19 virus please visit, But questions regarding the change in programs and resources please call us. Thank you for your patience during this adaptation from our normal operation. 

Cabell County in the News

Summers begins new journey as WVU Extension Service 4-H agent in Cabell County

Leslie Summers head shot

A familiar face has moved into a new a role as the 4-H youth development agent in Cabell County.

WVU Extension partners with drug courts to offer a fresh start to residents fighting addiction

Kandi Messinger teaches class participants about cooking and nutrition.

Morgantown, W.Va. -- Illicit drug use in the United States has been steadily increasing, and in 2014 alone, there were over seven million Americans who struggled with drug use. West Virginia has the highest rate of drug-related deaths in the United States and one in 10 people in the state battle with some form of drug addiction.

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Cabell County Ag News

Curcubit Downy Mildew Project

Cabell County Master Gardener Courses to Begin Soon

At an earlier time you showed interest in being involved in the Master Gardener Program here in Cabell County. I’m pleased to inform you that our classes will start on January 9 with an organizational and sign up meeting. The remaining classes, dates and subject material will be passed out on January 9 at the orientation. 

The cost of the program is $150 which will cover the cost of the extensive study manual as well as name badges, insurance and miscellaneous class expenses. Please be prepared to pay this fee by the orientation meeting. Classes will be Thursday evenings from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall of Enslow Park Presbyterian Church located just off of the Hal Greer Boulevard Exit at 1338 Enslow Boulevard, Huntington, W.Va.

In addition to completing the courses, Master Gardener graduates need to volunteer for 40 hours of approved gardening related community service. Once you have completed the coursework, passed the certification exam and documented the 40 hours of volunteer service within one year of completing the course, you will be certified as a Master Gardener. The course coordinators, Debbie Martin and Jane Wilson, will acquaint you with many opportunities to complete your service requirement including the WSAZ Home and Garden Show, plantings as part of Huntington in Bloom, volunteering at The Wild Ramp and many others.

Recovering from Mud

Wet conditions have farmers calling the Cabell County office about soil issues and I've been referring farmers to information by Ed Rayburn and Tom Basden. If you're a local Cabell County farmer with soil questions, email Evan Wilson, WVU Extension Service Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Other Cabell County News

Contact the Cabell County Office for current news and to learn about upcoming opportunities in our local area. Ask us for more information about topics including:

Part of the National Cooperative Extension System

All universities engage in research and teaching, but the nation’s more than 100 land-grant colleges and universities including WVU, have another critical mission: Extension. Extension means reaching out, and along with teaching and research land-grant institutions extend their resources, solving public needs with college or university resources through local programs. With more than 3,000 county offices in the USA, the National Cooperative Extension System is the local front door for many citizens to their state land-grant institutions.

Putting Knowledge to Work!

West Virginia University Extension Service works to provide solutions in your community through key programs and resources, including agriculture and natural resources, 4-H and youth development, food and nutrition, health and wellness, financial planning and home gardening. These research-based programs and services are available to all Cabell County residents thanks to the tremendous support of our community members, local organizations, volunteers and local partners, including the Board of Education and County Commission. 


  • Kandi Messinger, WVU Extension Service adult health educator, was awarded a ServSafe certification.
  • Autumn Starcher, WVU Extension Service 4-H youth development agent, presented at the 2018 NAE4-HA Conference in Columbus, Ohio, on the CryptoClub youth math enrichment program where she also received the northeast regional and national communicator awards for media presentation.
  • Autumn Starcher, WVU Extension Service 4-H youth development agent, co-authored the 2018 camp science experiment, which was used by thousands of youth statewide.
  • Autumn Starcher, WVU Extension Service 4-H youth development agent, provided a national seminar and educator training at the 2018 National 4-H Volunteer Conference in Eatonton, Georgia, on the junior duck stamp program.
  • Evan Wilson, WVU Extension Service agriculture and natural resources agent, was newly hired in July 2018.