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Extending Knowledge. Changing Lives. 

Part of the University's Gus R. Douglass Land-Grant Institute, West Virginia State University Extension Service brings research-based knowledge to you through innovative programs, expert advice and a wealth of dependable answers to the questions important to West Virginia. We are the primary outreach arm of WVSU and part of the land-grant mission of teaching, research and extension. Our efforts focus on four areas:

4-H Youth Development: We’ve adopted a non-traditional approach to 4-H, focusing on youth arts initiatives and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education.
Agriculture & Natural Resources: Community and adaptive gardens, urban forestry, assistance for the small farmer, and bringing agriculture education to inner-city youths are just some of our efforts targeting agriculture issues for all ages.
Community & Economic Development: Making West Virginia’s communities viable, energetic and economically sustainable is the mission of our Community & Economic Development efforts. Primary focus areas are community development and revitalization, regional and local economic development, and micro-enterprise and small business development.
Family & Consumer Sciences: We provide adults, youths, seniors and families with the latest in health, nutrition and consumer information, resulting in a healthier, happier West Virginia.

WVSU Extension Service is impacting the people of West Virginia through our varied programmatic offerings. Read about our recent impacts here.

To learn more about the Cooperative Extension System among the 1890 Land-Grant Universities, check out this brochure.
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Dr. Ami Smith
Associate Dean and Associate Director for Extension
(304) 204-4305
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