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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!

The 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 Gilmer 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. 

Gilmer County Highlights

    • Reached more than 50% of the county youths through 4-H programming, Ag in the Classroom, Ag Field Day, 4-H Trunk-or-Treat, Gilmer County Farm Show and other events.
    • More than 500 adults reached through agricultural and natural resources educational programs and events, such as dinner meetings, Gilmer County Farm Show, gardening programs and field days.
    • Energy Express enrolled 43 youths (based on 50% attendance) in the five-week reading and nutrition program. An additional six youths received meals from the program over the course of the summer. Participation was up by 34% in 2019 from just 32 youths in 2018.

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