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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 Putnam 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.

Putnam County Highlights

    • 127 youths attended the annual all-ages Putnam County 4-H camp with 30 adults serving as mentors, chaperones and instructors during the five-day residential camping experience. Campers learned life skills ranging from cooking and fishing to riflery and candle making, as well as team-building exercises.
    • The Putnam County Fair had 172 livestock exhibitors whose sales contributed $273,154 to the local economy.
    • The Putnam County family and community development program reached 2,138 participants in 2019 with 53 classes on literacy, child welfare, cooking skills and safety, diabetes education, food preservation and healthy relationships.
    • With the addition of Buffalo Elementary in October 2019, over 2,200 Putnam County students from seven schools were introduced to a garden-based learning curriculum and good nutrition.