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Program Areas

Virginia Cooperative Extension is organized around four main program areas.  However, our diverse Extension faculty often deliver educational experiences that are created through collaboration and teamwork that spans organizational lines.

To find specific information about programs in your area, visit your local Virginia Cooperative Extension office.  Or follow the links at right to learn more about our program areas and current initiatives.

Agriculture and Natural Resources
Agriculture and natural resources (ANR) programs help sustain the profitability of agricultural and forestry production and enhance and protect the quality of our land and water resources. We help the agriculture industry use the most current technology and management practices to develop strong businesses that prosper in today's economy. We deliver programs that help put research-based knowledge to work for Virginia's agriculture industry.

Family and Consumer Sciences
Virginia Cooperative Extension views the family unit as the cornerstone of a healthy community. We strive to improve the well being of Virginia families through programs that help participants put research-based knowledge to work in their lives. 

4-H Youth Development
4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. 4-H, the largest comprehensive youth development program in the nation, educates young people, ages 5 to 18, through a variety of experiential techniques that encourage hands-on, active learning.

Community Viability
Community viability programs are dedicated to strengthening communities and their economic viability by creating innovative programs that allow citizens and local governments to respond to local issues. Our faculty can assess community needs, design a plan of action, and determine the appropriate delivery method suitable for various programs.