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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 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 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.
Pocahontas County Highlights
- Pocahontas County’s small cooperative livestock market served more than 200 customers and marketed over $700,000 in livestock. With this number of contacts, the market reaches nearly 65% of the agriculture producers in the county. Additionally, the market and WVU Extension collaborated with veterinary services to provide opportunities for producers to pregnancy check cattle and complete breeding soundness exams of their bulls.
- Pocahontas County had 148 active 4-H members and six community 4-H clubs. These members completed educational projects, community service, camping activities, presentations, public speaking, photo and poster exhibitions, project fairs, livestock shows and sales, and the Ham and Bacon sale, despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.