Virginia's agricultural industry generates approximately 11 percent of Gross State Product and contributes to 10 percent of state employment. Timely and pertinent Extension educational programs in agriculture and natural resources are delivered through a network of 107 county and city offices located throughout the Commonwealth. These educational programs are a product of research generated at Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, 11 Agricultural Research and Extension Centers, and from leading research institutions around the world. Extension Agents conduct educational programs that help sustain profitability of agricultural and forestry production while protecting and enhancing land and water resources. Programming efforts address a broad range of problems from traditional agricultural management and production issues in livestock and crops to farm business management, soil and water conservation, land and water quality, the safe use of pesticides, forestry and wildlife, and commercial and consumer horticulture.

Pesticide Safety Training

  • Soil Testing and Fertilization Recommendations
  • Insect, Disease, and Weed Identification and Control Measures
  • Pesticide Residue Testing
  • Forage Testing
  • Plant and Feed Toxicology Testing
  • Pre-Sidedress Nitrate Soil Test for Corn
  • Manure Testing

Commercial Horticulture

Virginia produces 1,800 acres of peaches, 19,000 acres of apples and 1,400 acres of grapes. Fruit is utilized by two large fruit processors and more than 50 wineries. Strawberries and bramble fruits are produced on a few hundred acres for direct marketing, with annually increasing acreage as the state urbanizes. Nursery/greenhouse crops are Virginia's largest horticultural industry, with farm cash receipts totaling over $146 million on more than 1,500 wholesale operations. In addition, many growers produce for direct market. Over 1,200 growers produce 40,000 acres of vegetables annually, with farm cash receipts totaling $100 million. Commercial horticultural producers must control costs while maintaining yield and quality using production practices that protect the environment and ensure food safety. Producers must implement management and marketing strategies that are sustainable and increase profit. Educational strategies include grower schools, regional conferences, demonstrations, tours, electronically transmitted newsletters, electronic, telephone and on-site advisories, workshops and production guides.

Gateway Beekeepers

Pesticide Training

VCE presents classes to prepare pesticide applicators for the certification exam.  If you would like to order the manuals and study for the test on your own, the link at right is directly to the training manual order form. Electronic testing is available through DMV service centers.

There are 2 areas of certification: Becoming a Licensed Pesticide Applicator or becoming a Registered Technician. The link at right is to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) web site. If you are taking the Certification Exam for the first time, please use Application A. If you are re-taking the exam or adding a Category to your license, use Application B. Registered Technicians work under a licensed applicator and are eligible to become licensed applicators after one year.

The family unit is the cornerstone of a healthy community.  Family and Consumer Sciences programs provide families with research-based knowledge designed to improve wellness through positive changes.  There are many aspects of overall wellness including nutrition and health, personal finance and human development at all ages.  Through a holistic approach, Family and Consumer Science (FCS) Extension agents, program assistants and trained Master Volunteers provide education that ensures Virginia families have every piece of the puzzle to be healthy and whole.

A Vision for a Stronger Commonwealth

Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) programming is driven by the needs of the community--identified by King George County residents.  Our FCS Extension Educators work closely with families--in their community, workplace and home--and with the professionals that serve them.  Pegi Wright is the FCS Extension Agent in King George County.

Upcoming Events

Living Apart-Parenting Together is a four-hour class designed to educate parents about the effects of divorce and separation on both children and parents.  It provides strategies that help parents living apart work out parenting decisions wihtout putting their children in the middle.  This class meets the parent education guidelines established by the Supreme Court of Virginia.

Family Nutrition Program -Is sponsored by the USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and provides nutrition education to eligible individuals and families in Planning District 16.  Contact Beth Jimenez for more information.

 

4-H is the Youth Development arm of Virginia Cooperative Extension. There are programs for youth ages 5-19 years. The main areas of 4-H are 4-H Camp, 4-H Congress, 4-H Clubs and School Enrichment.

4-H Camp is held for 5 days and 4 nights each summer at the Northern Virginia 4-H Center in Front Royal, VA. King George youth camp with youth from Caroline and Spotsylvania counties. Youth participate in a variety of activities, including ropes courses, swimming, canoeing, arts and crafts, fishing, archery and riflery. At camp, ages 9-13 are campers, age 13 has the option of intermediate camp, age 14 are Counselors-In-Training (CIT), and age 15 and older are Counselors. We also take a handful of adult volunteers who provide support for the teens and teach a variety of classes. Counselor/CIT registrations are released in December, with interviews occurring in January and monthly trainings scheduled to prepare for camp. King George and Caroline 4-H Camp dates are June 11-15, 2017. Registration opens in November.

4-H Clubs are active throughout the year, and youth meet regularly to learn about a specific project area. King George has a number of active project clubs listed in the brochure and schedule in the right sidebar. For more information or to clarify meeting dates and locations, contact the club leader listed in the publications.

4-H Congress is for youth ages 14-19 and is held at Virginia Tech each June. King George youth have been active in the State 4-H Cabinet for several years. In addition to 4-H State Cabinet elections, Congress Youth Delegates participate in competitions such as Share the Fun (a talent show) and Presentations. There are also educational programs, group sports competitions and 4-H All Star tapping. Congress registration opens in April. For more information, visit the Congress page of the 4-H website at http://www.4-h.ext.vt.edu/programs/congress/index.html.

King George 4-H youth participate in several other events throughout the year. Early fall is the culmination of the 4-H year, and King George 4-H youth compete at state competitions including the state horse and dog shows and the state shoot. In November, we celebrate 4-H accomplishments with Achievement Night for all club families. October in King George brings the Fall Festival the second weekend in October, and we have participated in the parade over the years. Early spring brings Natural Resources Weekend, State Teen Weekend, 4-H Day at the Capitol and other exciting activities. Near the end of March, Presentation Night provides 4-H youth with the opportunity to participate in public speaking.

School enrichment consists of programs delivered to the classroom. Currently, there are agriculture/water quality programs for 4th graders and insect/ecosystem programs for 7th graders. Each program has at least one component which gets students out of the classroom for some outdoor fun and learning. Fourth graders get a spring trip to Caledon State Park and seventh graders go outside to catch insects in the fall and learn tree identification in the spring.

For information on active clubs in King George, please see the brochure below.  It contains information about activities of each club and a contact phone number for leaders.

This is the Fall 2017 Newsletter and includes typical meeting times, email addresses for club leaders, and information on upcoming events for King George 4-H.

Camp information will be posted here when available.  Camp is held at the Northern Virginia 4-H Center (nova4h.com) and is a 5-day, 4-night event for youth ages 9-13; teens ages 14-18 attend as camp counselors.  Counselor applications are available in late December and include an interview and multiple training events.  Camper registrations are available in early March.

Adult volunteers! Complete the 4-H Volunteer Application/Enrollment - Long Form VA-114 form.

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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