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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.
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Dr. Ami Smith
Associate Dean and Associate Director for Extension
(304) 204-4305
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