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The Westmoreland 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 Westmoreland 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.

18849 Kings Highway
P O Box 8
Montross, VA 22520

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

Main Office: (804) 493-8924
Fax: (804) 493-8501
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Language Interpretation Services Now Available

If you have limited English skills, do not let that stop you from visiting an Extension office. If you have difficulty speaking or understanding English, our staff can serve you by connecting you to one of our Extension agents through a telephone-based interpreter. Interpretation for more than 200 languages is provided. This service is free to our clients. Read more

2017 Turf and Ornamental Commercial Pesticide Certification Preparation Course

Virginia Cooperative Extension offices in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula are offering a Commercial Pesticide Certification Preparation Course that will provide training on the basics of pesticide application, as well as in commercial pesticide categories 3A (ornamentals) and 3B (turf). A commercial pesticide certification is needed by anyone applying pesticides for hire or by employees using pesticides as part of their job duties. This training will prepare applicators for pesticide applications to turf and ornamentals. The training course will be February 13, 20, and 24 from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm at the Extension Office in Warsaw. Registration fee is $10 per day ($25 total) – the fee does not include the license application testing fee to take the exam or lunches. For more information and a registration form, please contact the Westmoreland Extension Office at 804-493-8924.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services, or other accommodations to participate in this course, please contact the Westmoreland Extension Office at 804-493-8924 (*TDD number is (800) 828-1120) or sromelcz@vt.edu during business hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm to discuss accommodations at least 5 days prior to the program date.

2017 Turf and Ornamental Commercial Pesticide Certification Preparation Course Flyer (PDF | 331KB)

4-H Teen Leadership Opportunity – Applications Available Now

The Westmoreland/Richmond County 4-H program is now recruiting teens who are interested in serving in a leadership role at 2017 4-H camp. Youth interested in serving as Teen Leaders must be at least 14 years old by 1/1/17 to be eligible to apply and also must be available to serve for the Westmoreland and Richmond County’s camping week – July 24-28, 2017.

Teen Leadership Announcement (PDF | 182KB)

Application for Volunteer 4-H Camp Teen Counselor (PDF | 419KB)

Mosquitos and their Control

Mosquitoes occur throughout Virginia and are both a nuisance, as well as a potential disease carrier. Eliminating potential mosquito breeding habitats around the home landscape is a critical part of a mosquito control program. Check out VCE’s updated mosquito publication: http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/ENTO/ENTO-202/ENTO-202.html.

In addition, Altosid XR mosquito control briquettes are available for Westmoreland County residents at no charge. Altosid XR is an insecticide that works by preventing the emergence of adult mosquitoes and is used in potential mosquito breeding habitats, such as roadside ditches and other standing water. The briquettes are slow release providing control for up to 150 days. Visit the Extension Office at the AT Johnson Building to pick up the briquettes (limit 5 per household).