Agriculture and Natural Resources offers programs to help sustain profitability of agriculture and forest production, while protecting and enhancing land and water resources. Effective management alternatives for cattle operations are presented through educational programs. Tobacco, soybean, grain and forage production information is presented through educational programs, newsletters and farm tours.

What We Offer

  • Pesticide Safety Training and Recertification Classes
  • Soil Testing & Fertilization Recommendations
  • Insect, Disease, & Weed Identification & Control Measures
  • On-Farm Visits
  • Forage Testing
  • Plastic Pesticide Container Recycling Program

Forestry and Natural Resources

VDACS Market News Service

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Family and Consumer Sciences programs in Mecklenburg County provide education to help people increase knowledge and make informed decisions about healthy lifestyles, money management, food safety and a variety of other issues. This education is offered in a variety of ways. Topics are often covered in a workshop format.  These workshops range in time from 1-6 hours.  These workshops can be informational or interactive.  Topics are also covered through newsletters, news articles, publications and one-on-one consultations.

Programming Areas

Food, Nutrition and Health: Adult Chronic Disease Prevention; Diabetes Management; Healthy Lifestyles; Safe Food Handling; Food Preservation

Family Financial Management:  Consumer Education; Saving Money; Budgeting; Getting Out of Debt

USDA Publications

To view USDA publications, click on the following topics: 

Food Safety 

Home Canning and Freezing




Mecklenburg 4-H Newsletter

What Is 4-H?

4-H is the youth development component of Virginia Cooperative Extension.  4-H provides hands-on, research-based, experiential education opportunities for youth ages 5 - 19.  4-H serves youth from all backgrounds and interests. 

 4-H Motto

“To Make the Best Better”

4-H Mission

The mission of 4-H is to assist youth and adults working with those youth to gain additional knowledge, life skills, and attitudes that will further their development as self-directing, contributing and productive members of society.

4-H Pledge

Every 4-H member and leader should know and be able to repeat the 4-H Pledge.  The 4-H Pledge is said after the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States.  The 4-H Pledge is:

“I pledge

            My HEAD to clearer thinking,

            My HEART to greater loyalty,

            My HANDS to larger service, and

            My HEALTH to better living for my club, my community, my country and my world.”

Getting Involved in 4-H

There are a number of ways that youth can become involved in Mecklenburg County 4-H programs.  We offer in-school clubs and after-school programs, workshops, leadership programs for teens, membership in volunteer-led clubs,  day camps, and residential camping programs. 

For current offerings, please contact the Extension Office at (434)738-6191 ext. 4371 or email Jennifer Bowen, Senior Extension Agent/4-H Youth Development at 

We also update our Facebook page frequently - Virginia Cooperative Extension Mecklenburg County.   

Volunteer-Led 4-H Clubs in Mecklenburg County

  • Mecklenburg 4-H Livestock Club
  • Sewing Club
  • Freeland 4-H Shooting Education Club
  • Fur and Feathers 4-H Club

Engaging with Communities

Virginia Cooperative Extension specialists in community viability work with Extension agents, campus-based faculty, organizational partners, communities, and individuals to further opportunity and build capacity in five program areas:   

Examples of our work include training county elected officials, educating entrepreneurs, facilitating collaborative projects, supporting the growth of community food systems and local economies, enhancing agent skills and community capacity in facilitation and leadership, conducting problem-driven research, and creating publications and tools that address critical community needs.

Do you have a question about Community Viability?

Perhaps one of the Community Viability specialists below can help you. Contact a Community Viability specialist or direct a question to them using our Ask an Expert system.

Community Viability Specialists

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