Some of you may use Virginia Cooperative Extension's Agents and services on a regular basis; others may not know what VCE even is. For those who have never heard of VCE, I recommend my colleague's previous blog titled: "One of Virginia's 'best kept secrets'" to learn a little about what we do, how we are funded and what we can do for you. Another way to find out about Extension is to check our statewide Web site.
Let's take a cruise through the Web site so that you can learn the different program areas VCE offers, who works for your county, upcoming events and other useful Extension information. Here is the public VCE Web site: http://www.ext.vt.edu/. Once you enter the site, you can scroll to the bottom and get a general understanding on the different program areas: Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR), Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS), 4-H Youth Development and Community Viability (CV). These four program areas each have agents and specialists to help the community gain knowledge on topics like crops and soils, animal agriculture, finances, nutrition, citizenship, 4-H camp, building stable communities and lots more!
Along the top of the Web site, you have the choice to locate our VCE Publications, Local Offices and Research Centers, Program Areas, News and Events Calendar. If you click on Local Offices and Research Centers, you can find the extension agents, program assistants, program technicians and administrative assistants who offer programming and information for your county. There is also contact information, directions to the office and ways you can volunteer with upcoming programs. I encourage you to explore this Web site and see what Extension has to offer and what our program areas can do for you! There may be an upcoming program you'd like to attend, so call your local Extension Office and see what's heading your way!