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4-H Senior Salute 2022

Wayne County 4-H Senior Salute! 

Please help us congratulate Brenna Barnett of Fort Gay. She graduates from Spring Valley High School this spring. She has been active with the Whites Creek Critters 4-H Club, county camp, the 4-H Ambassadors Team and received her 4-H Charting Pin last summer. She plans to pursue the Surgical Tech Program at Mountwest working towards a career in obstetrics. Congratulations Brenna!

Brenna Senior Salute

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Ambassadors Make Dog & Cat Toys

The Wayne County 4-H Ambassadors met on May 14 and made lots of dog and cat toys for a local animal shelter as part of their monthly community service project! To learn more about teen leader opportunities through the Wayne County 4-H program, please call our office at 304-272-6839.

Ambassadors Make Dog & Cat Toys

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Youth Learn about Safari Environments

Our Genoa Warriors 4-H Club met recently and learned about safari habitats, animal tracks and migration in safari environments. The club plans to meet one more time this school year. Please call our office at 304-272-6839 to learn more about this club and opportunities to participate.

Genoa Warriors 4-H Club

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Wayne County Ag News

Results from WV Beef Expo Grille Off Competition

Attention Wayne County: Your kids can grill!

On April 8, the Wayne County 4-H Livestock teams competed at the West Virginia Beef Expo in the NEW Grill-Off competition and the Stockman’s Contest. They fought through rain, wind and even hail during their contests. We couldn’t be more proud of these kids. Our Senior team, the Filet Minions, won the senior division with a Filet Mignon and scallops dish. Our Junior Team, Beef-Fil-A, won the Junior division with a fajita dish. 

To learn more about youth livestock contest and programs in Wayne County, call the WVU Extension Wayne County office at 304-272-6839. 

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Sponsors Needed for Horse Shows

The Open Horse Show has been a long-standing tradition with the Wayne County Fair! 

However, the Open Horse Show relies on sponsorship to make this show a success! Please contact our office at 304-272-6839 for more information on how to donate and get involved! 

4-H Horse Program

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2022 WV Beef Expo Results

Results are in for the 2022 WV Beef Expo! 

The senior team consisting of Addy Smith, Isaac and Autumn Stamper and Duke Parsley placed 15th out of 80 teams from West Virginia and Maryland! With Autumn and Issac placing in the Top 25 individuals out of over 300 youth. 

Our three individuals consisted of Elijah and Josie Parsley and Sienna Stamper. Sienna placed 17th, Elijah Parsley at 21st and Josie at 25th out of over 60 kids. 

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Wayne County CEOS News

CEOS Week 2022

The week of May 15 was CEOS Week throughout West Virginia. The week is set aside each year to help raise awareness of the education and community service work of CEOS.

Wayne County CEOS club members put up displays throughout the town of Wayne to promote their organization and the community service projects they do for others. If you or someone you know is interested in quality community service projects, we hope you will consider the Community Educational Outreach Service (CEOS). Call our office at 304-272-6839 to learn more. 

2022 CEOS Week at Wayne Library

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Quilts of Valor Presentation

The CEOS Quilt & Fiber Club was honored to donate their time and skills to make Quilts of Valor that were awarded to three Wayne Co. Veterans on April 19, 2022. A Quilt of Valor® (QOV) is a quality, handmade quilt that is machine or hand quilted. It is awarded to a Service Member or Veteran who has been touched by war. The Quilt says unequivocally, “Thank you for your service and sacrifice in serving our nation.” 

For more information about the Quilts of Valor, please go to https://www.qovf.org/. For more information about CEOS Quilt & Fiber Club please call our office at 304-272-6839. Pictured are the Veterans with their Quilt of Valor and with the CEOS Quilt & Fiber Club members.

Quilts of Valor Presentation 4-19-2022

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Plant Swap Highlights

The first annual Plant Swap hosted by the CEOS Garden Club was held Monday April 25 at a pavilion near Beech Fork Marina. Heidi Johnson, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and a resident with MU's psychiatry program was one of two guest speakers. Heidi is working to become a Master Gardener. Evan Wilson, Ag & Natural Resource for Wayne-Cabell counties was the second guest speaker. For more information about the CEOS Garden Club, contact the Extension Office at 304-272-6839.

Heidi Johnson with her plants

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4-H Youth Development

Did you know that in 4-H, you can build a rabbit den, go on a hike, learn photography, be a news reporter, raise small pets and livestock, safely shoot an air rifle, shot gun, or bow and arrow, learn about other cultures and customs, go to camp and make new friends? Did you know that 4-H is for everyone between the ages of 5 and 21? That’s right, everyone! In 4-H you can learn leadership skills and contribute to your community! Here are just a few exciting activities that Wayne County 4-H members are involved with:

  • 4-H Heritage Quilt Trail
  • Shooting Sports – air rifle, shot gun, and archery
  • Livestock and horses

The Wayne County 4-H program has lots of opportunities for youths of all ages. Call our office to receive more information.


Community Educational Outreach Service (CEOS)

In many ways, CEOS is 4-H for adults! The purpose of CEOS is to provide leadership development, continuing education and service. CEOS members have lots of fun while learning and giving back to their community through various service projects. Wayne County CEOS Clubs are always looking for new members - call our office to learn more. 

Gardening & Horticulture

Do you have questions about your garden or the vegetables growing in it? Or do you need your soil tested? Or do you have questions about your lawn? If you answered yes to any of these questions, feel free to call our office anytime 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Family Nutrition Program

The Family Nutrition Program (FNP) is comprised of numerous nutrition, food and physical activity projects designed to help limited resource families, youths and adults improve their health. FNP targets risk factors associated with obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension and other chronic diseases. For more information, please contact Lisa Bell, Adult Health Educator at  304-272-6839.

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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 Wayne 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.

Wayne County Highlights

    • 1,718 youths reached through school enrichment, community clubs and virtual programs
    • 1,200 WVU Extension Garden Calendars were distributed
    • 325 4-H projects were completed and featured in virtual exhibitions at the county and state levels
    • 195 soil test results disseminated to Wayne County residents
    • More than 100 adults participated in Gardening 101 educational workshops