For more than 100 years, West Virginians have trusted West Virginia University Extension agents to be their local source of reliable, safe and timely information. Our faculty agents, specialists and staff are the “extension” of the University, and our WVU Extension county offices are the front door to the University in all 55 West Virginia counties.
Extension was created in 1914 by the signing of the Smith-Lever Act, an act of Congressthat formed the nationwide Cooperative Extension system. This innovative system is comprised of more than 70 land-grant colleges and universities across the United States whose main purpose is to bring trusted, research-based, university information and resources to their communities.
With this purpose in mind, WVU Extension focuses on four key areas to benefit residents of the state. These areas include Families and Health; 4-H Youth Development; Agriculture and Natural Resources; and Communities, Economic and Workforce Development.
Through West Virginia 4-H, more than 80,000 — one in four — youths access opportunities to gain valuable life and leadership skills and experiences, and to advance to higher education.