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Hancock County Celebrates National 4-H Week

During 4-H Week, remind youth and alumni of 4-H programs, and why this program is so important!

Learn about National 4-H Week

National 4-H Week 2018

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Announcing Inaugural Hancock County Garden Contest

Are you a home gardener? Lett-uce see your work by entering the first annual Hancock County Home Gardening Contest!

Here’s how to enter the Hancock County Garden Contest:

A. Call us at 304-564-3805 for a registration form. There are two categories (vegetables and flowers) for you to choose from - enter either or both!

B. By August 15, 2018, you can:
Take some digital photos of your garden and email them to or:

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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 Hancock 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. 

Hancock County Highlights

  • The WVU Extension Service agent for 4-H youth development co-presented two workshops at the 2018 NAE4-HA conference in Columbus covering camper-counselor connections and workforce development curriculum.
  • The WVU Extension Service agent for 4-H youth development implemented four “train the trainer” workshops in the LifeSkills Training program in 2018 with an anticipated reach of 800 youths.
  • The WVU Extension Service agent for family and community development in the Northern Panhandle taught a board training program for the West Virginia soil conservation elected officials at their annual conference. He also provided assistance and oversight for a $200,000 grant to hire a soil conservation specialist for Hancock County and the Northern Panhandle. The grant was approved and the position will provide much needed technical assistance to farmers and land owners in the area.