l to r: Carolyn LaVoie, UAA; Mary Catherine "Kate" Lawrence, ANR Extension Agent; Katherine E. Carter, Unit Coordinator & 4-H Extension Agent
l to r: Carolyn LaVoie, UAA; Mary Catherine "Kate" Lawrence, ANR Extension Agent; Katherine E. Carter, Unit Coordinator & 4-H Extension Agent

The Botetourt County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is your local connection to Virginia's land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University.

Through educational programs based on research and developed with input from local stakeholders, we help the people of Botetourt County improve their lives.

We provide education through programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth Development, and Community Viability.

Mailing address: PO Box 217
Physical address: 9 West Main Street
Fincastle, VA 24090

Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Main Office: (540) 473-8260
Fax: (540) 473-8379
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Virginia Cooperative Extension Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act

Join Virginia Cooperative Extension as it celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, which officially established the National Cooperative Extension System. Activities are being planned throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia to commemorate the centennial in 2014. Events will be held in local communities, recognition of our Extension volunteers, and even a Virginia Cooperative Extension Day on May 8! Check this site frequently for periodic centennial updates and articles about Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and events.

Small Ruminant School - Come and learn about Sheep and Goats!

May 1st, 8th and 10th, 2014 

Classroom training, Thursdays, May 1st & May 8th, 6:30 pm, Buchanan Library, Buchanan, VA 

Hands on training, Saturday, May 10th, 9:00 am, Alpine Farm, Natural Bridge, VA

A beginners course for all interested sheep and goat producers from around the Botetourt area.  This program will have classroom and hands on training.  A guest speaker and specialists from around the state to talk about issues and opportunities within the sheep and goat industry.  This program is open to both new and experienced producers as well as those simply interested in small ruminant production.

Click here for more information and registration information.


The show will be held at the Alphin-Stuart Livestock Arena at Virginia Tech, May 23 - 24, 2014.  Click here for the rules and entry forms, pay particular attention to the deadlines.  All entries are due in the Botetourt Extension Office (with entry fee) by April 25, 2014.  No health papers will be required for any of the entries unless there is an outbreak prior to the show and it is required by VDACS.

DUE TO A RECENT CASE CONFIRMATION OF PORCINE EPIDEMIC DIARRHEA VIRUS (PEDv) in VIRGINIA; no SWINE entries will be accepted for the Roanoke Area Junior Livestock Show as the Swine portion in this Show has been cancelled due to PEDv .

Entry form deadline is:  April 25, 2014 

For more information, call the Botetourt Extension Office (540)473-8260 or email Katherine E. Carter, 4-H Extension Agent, carterke@vt.edu

RUN/WALK 4 miles for 4-H!

Help us raise money for Botetourt County 4-H Camp Scholarships!

When:  Saturday, April 19, 2014;  9:00 AM

Where:  W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center

Who:  Anybody and Everybody

Why:  Be the one who helps make it possible to send a child to 4-H Camp this summer!

Click here for Registration and pledge/support forms

Call the Botetourt County Extension Office (540)473-8260 or email carterke@vt.edu for registration information and pledge/support forms.

Run for 4-H

2014 Botetourt Junior 4-H Camp - July 7 - 11, 2014

Botetourt 4-H Camp registration begins Wednesday, April 9, 2014!

Click here for more information and the registration form.  

Botetourt will be camping with Craig and Rockbridge counties at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center at beautiful Smith Mountain Lake in Wirtz, VA the week of July 7 - 11, 2014.  Open to all boys and girls in Botetourt County between the ages of 9 - 13 by September 30, 2014 and age 14 after January 1, 2014. 

If you have questions and/or need more information, please call (540)473-8260.

Area 4-H Hippology Contest

When:  Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Location:  Lord Botetourt High School, Daleville, VA 

Time:  Registration 5:30 pm;  Contest 6:00 pm

Entries Due:  Wednesday, April 30, 2014

General Information, Age Guidelines, Entry Form,  Helper Form

4-H Day at the Capitol

Botetourt 4-H members traveled to Richmond, VA, February 11, 2014, to participate in "4-H Day at the Capitol" along with approximately 800 fellow 4-H'ers, volunteers, faculty and staff members.  Members began their morning with a visit to 19th District Delegate and Botetourt County's own Terry Austin.  Botetourt 4-H'ers joined other youth from Alleghany and Bedford counties as Austin shared highlights from his time in office, along with events from a typical day as a delegate in the Virginia House.  He answered questions, listened to 4-H'ers share about their experiences in 4-H, and explained how bills are discussed, debated and voted on during a House session.  Austin was presented with a Shamrock plant, provided by the State 4-H office, on behalf of all 4-H'ers from the 19th District and thanked for his support of 4-H.  4-H'ers were able to sit in the gallery and view the House in session where they witnessed debating of bills and delegate voting process. Following lunch in the General Assembly building, members enjoyed a personal tour of the Virginia Capitol given by Austin. The day was concluded with a tour of Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services headquarters and a beekeeping update from VDACS apiarist, Keith Tignor. 

This educational and informative day provided Botetourt County 4-H'ers with a bird's eye view of how Virginia government is run and operated, as well as a reveiw of the history behind the State Legislature.

Botetourt 4-H programs are open to any youth ages 9 - 19 as of September 30th of the current year.  For more information or to enroll, contact Katherine E. Carter, 4-H Agent, carterke@vt.edu or (540)473-8260.

4-H Day at the Capitol, February 11, 2014
4-H Day at the Capitol, February 11, 2014

4-H Community Clubs in Botetourt County - come and join!

  • 4-H Horse and Pony Club - click here for brochure
  • 4-H Shooting Education Club - click here for brochure
  • 4-H Kids and Critters Club - learn and take care of livestock; learn leadership skills; compete in events; field trips and more!
  • 4-H Honey Club - learn about bees and where and how honey is made.  Work with real hives!Click here for brochure


Botetourt 4-H Shooting Education Club...

Botetourt 4-H youth learning about shooting safety.....read more

Animal Science