Washington County Staff
Washington County Staff

The Washington 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 Washington 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.

234 West Valley Street
Suite B
Abingdon, VA 24210

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

Main Office: (276) 676-6309
Fax: (276) 676-6321
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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.

4-H Photography Contest

When: November 14, 2014

Where: 4-H Office

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Theme: "Hands to Larger Service"

4-H Photography Contest Flyer and Registration (PDF | 134KB)

"Big Tree" Contest

Entries Due: November 14th, 2014

Where: Washington County 4-H Office 

Time: No later than 4:30 p.m.

  • One entry per Species Area.
  • 4-H members may not enter winning trees from previous contests.
  • All work must be completed by the 4-H member.
  • 4-H members are limited to a total of two (2) entries.
  • Entry must be in Washington County Virginia

"Big Tree" Contest Registration (PDF | 99KB)

4-H Member of the Year

Qualifying projects and activities must have occurred between October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014.

Application Deadline: November 14th, 2014 by 4:30 p.m. to the Washington County Extension Office

4-H Member of the Year Nomination Form (PDF | 79KB)

4-H Achievement Plan

Do you set goals for yourself, or do others set them for you? How do you feel when you accomplish something? Does what you accomplish make a difference to you? How can you plan and work to do a better job toward your goals? Does your goal include winning over someone else, or just improving on what you have done before? When you reach a goal, and feel some satisfaction in reaching that goal, does this help you set new goals? What if you are not quite satisfied with your accomplishments? How can you get the most out of 4-H and receive adequate recognition and satisfaction for your efforts?

The 4-H Achievement Plan will help you with some of these concerns. It will help in these ways:

  1. Setting your goals and making plans to reach them.
  2. Enriching your 4-H Program as you grow into young adulthood.
  3. Evaluating your own efforts and accomplishments. Taking a look with your leader as to how well you have met your goals.
  4. Reaching more of your goals.
  5. Setting new goals that will help you grow and develop your skills and personality.

To be successful, your plan will require loyalty to your 4-H Club, your county, state, nation and world. Service to others is very important. Creativity, responsibility and leadership will be required. The satisfaction you feel for your job well done will make it all worthwhile.

Application Deadline: November 14th, 2014 by 4:30 p.m. to the Washington County Extension Office

4-H Achievement Plan Document (PDF | 133KB)

2015 Master Gardener Training

Master Gardener training is based on a wealth of educational materials developed by the Virginia Cooperative Extension of Virginia Tech. It is organized by the Washington County Extension Service and Washington County Virginia Master Gardeners. This program is open to those individuals in southwestern Virginia and eastern Tennessee who are willing to commit to providing horticultural education, information and assistance to the citizens of our communities. The training consists of 50 hours of classroom instruction and a requested minimum of 50 hours of community service within twelve months after completing the classroom training. Master Gardeners commit to 20 hours of horticulture related service and 8 hours of educational hours each year after completing the training.

When: Tuesday & Thursday, January 13 - March 19, 2015

Where: Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, I-81, exit 14

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Cost: The cost of the class is $130, which includes a copy of the Master Gardener Handbook. Couples may register for $180, if they share one Handbook.

Application Deadline: December 5, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.

2015 Master Gardener Training Application (PDF | 68KB)

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Getting More $$Dollars for Your Feeder Calves

Getting More $$Dollars for Your Feeder Calves

Beef cattle have been a part of our area for decades and decades and we have learned how to produce cattle in high demand by the buyers. However we, for the most part, have not been getting all we could when we take these higher quality calves through sale barn. Given the current cattle marketing climate it may seem strange to talk about adding value to feeder calves. After all they are commanding high prices right now. There is more profit to be had for the beef producers who are willing to make provision for it.