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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 Pocahontas residents thanks to the tremendous support of our community members, local organizations, volunteers and local partners, including the Board of Education and County Commission. 

Pocahontas County Highlights

  • Pocahontas County has a small cooperative livestock market started in the 1940s with the help of WVU Extension Service. In 2018 the market served more than 200 customers and marketed more than $1.12 million in livestock. Because of the number of contacts, this market reaches nearly 65% of agriculture producers in the county. Additionally, the market and the WVU Extension Service collaborated with veterinary services to provide opportunities for producers to receive pregnancy checks of cattle and complete breeding soundness exams with their bulls.
  • More than 140 youths were involved in the 4-H program in Pocahontas County and participated in educational projects, community service, camping, shooting sports, visual presentations, public speaking, poster/photo exhibitions, leadership training, project fairs, livestock shows/sales and the Ham, Bacon and Egg show/sale.
  • Promoting healthy lifestyles continues to be a major programming effort with initiatives such as Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days, Love Your Heart, nutrition, food safety and physical activity presentations available for the community.