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

  • Forestry and Natural Resources
  • Pesticide Safety Training and Recertification Classes
  • Soil Testing and Fertilization Recommendations
  • Insect, Disease, and Weed Identification and Control Measures
  • On-Farm Visits
  • Forage Testing

Family and Consumer Sciences programs in Halifax 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

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What Is 4-H?

4-H is a voluntary, informal education program for boys and girls who are ages 9-19 by September 30 of the current year. 4-H is open to everyone regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. Additionally, 4-H Cloverbuds is a program for youth ages 5-8 by September of the current year.

2017 Halifax County 4-H Camp

4-H Camp can be one of the most exciting and memorable experiences of childhood. The 2017 summer residential camp for Halifax County residents will be held June 12-16 at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake in Wirtz, Virginia. Campers ages 9–13 years old are given the opportunity to live in a group setting, develop social, physical, mental and other life skills. Each day youth participate in games, classes, and team events while under the supervision of trained teenagers and adults. Class choices are not only educational but are packed with fun, examples include outdoor adventure, horsemanship, animal science, robotics, wildlife, canoeing, swimming and much more. Camp fee is $260. Registration will take place from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm Saturday, April 1 at the Halifax County Virginia Cooperative Extension Office. A $75.00 deposit is required at registration. Space is limited and camp usually fills the first day of registration. For more information contact Sonya Furgurson, 4-H Agent at sonyaf@vt.edu or Hunter Martin, Program Assistant at hunterm5@vt.edu.

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.

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