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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

  • Bill Shockey, WVU Extension Service ANR agent in Preston County, was awarded a SARE Research and Education grant titled “Obtaining Preventative Veterinary Services in Underserved Areas” for $67,092 over a two-year period. The objectives of the grant are to educate producers on the value of having a vet-client-patient relationship to keep animals healthy, and to provide producers tools to attract veterinarian services to underserved areas.
  • David Hartley, WVU Extension Service 4-H agent in Preston County, served on the design team that developed the 4-H National Youth Science Day kit that was used by thousands of 4-H participants across the nation. This program is in partnership with National 4-H Council and Google.
  • Extension Agent David Hartley served as director of the Older Members’ Conference, which serves 191 youths from 38 counties. Preston County was represented by 39 youths, the most of all counties, statewide.
  • The entire Preston County WVU Extension Service staff were greatly involved in the Preston County Buckwheat Festival. From the more than 300 livestock exhibits to the more than 2,000 exhibits in Memorial North, the Extension office coordinates a substantial portion of festival activities, which is a yearlong commitment.
  • 4-H Life, overseen by Megan Midcap, now the WVU Extension Service agent in Lewis County, is part of the national mentoring program designed to provide services to youths of incarcerated parents. These underserved clientele stand to benefit by participating in after-school and group mentoring programs, which have typically been unavailable to this vulnerable population.