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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 Preston 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.

Preston County Highlights

    • Dr. Bill Shockey, WVU Extension agent was awarded a two-year SARE Research & Education grant -- “Obtaining Preventative Veterinary Services in Underserved Areas” to:
    1. educate producers on the value of having a vet-client-patient relationship to keep animals healthy
    2. provide producers tools to attract veterinarian services to underserved areas.
  • David Hartley, Extension agent served on the design team for the second year that developed the National Youth Science Day (NYSD) challenge kit that was used by hundreds of thousands of 4-H participants across the nation, including more than 300 youths and educators here in Preston County.  This program is in partnership with the National 4-H Council and Google.
  • David Hartley serves as director of Older Members Conference (OMC), which serves 347 youths from 47 counties.  Preston County had the most youths in attendance (43) out of all counties, statewide.
  • Our Extension office works yearlong to assist with the Preston County Buckwheat Festival, including coordination of the 300+ livestock exhibits to the 2,000+ exhibits in Memorial North.