The Westmoreland County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is your local connection to Virginia's land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University. Through educational programs based on research and developed with input from local stakeholders, we help the people of Westmoreland County improve their lives. We provide education through programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth Development, and Community Viability.
Check out our impact and resources in the community on the link above!
Our agents and staff are commited to meet the needs of our community. Please reach out to us by phone, email or on our Facebook page.
Contact information can be found HERE
Please visit Virginia Cooperative Extension's Emergency Preparedness website for information and resources to help be prepared for an emergency
Hurricane season has begun, are you prepared?
Virginia Pesticide Collection Program
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and Virginia Cooperative Extension are excited to announce that the Virginia Pesticide Collection Program will be collecting pesticides on Tuesday August 24 at Helena Agri-Enterprises in Warsaw. This program comes to the Northern Neck once every five years and is for the disposal of unwanted or outdated products being stored by agricultural producers, licensed pesticide businesses, certified applicators, golf courses and homeowners. You must register in advance for this collection – please see this brochure for more information and a registration form: HERE
COVID-19 Vaccination for Farmers and Other Essential Ag Workers
If you are a part of the food supply structure/food and agriculture worker (farmer) you are eligible as a part of Group 1b to receive a Covid-19 vaccine.
1. Go to Vaccinate.Virginia.gov to sign up
2. Call 1-877-VAXX-IN-VA 7 days a week, 8am-8pm
Expect major delays in receiving an appointment as there is a shortage of vaccines and a very large population that is eligible to receive the vaccine in our health district.
If you are 75 years or older, contact your primary care provider for information on vaccination.
Before you receive the vaccine, learn more about the vaccines being offered. You can view a detailed video about the vaccines here: http://bit.ly/vceagtodayvaccine If you have limited or no internet access, please contact your local Extension Office at 804-493-8924 to request a CD version of this video.
More information regarding the vaccination schedule, eligibility, and status of COVID19, can be found at the Three Rivers Health District webpage: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/three-rivers/
The Virginia Department of Health has updates about which phase they are currently in and more vaccine info here: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine/. For more FAQs from the Virginia Department of Health, visit https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-faq/vaccination/
There is a lot of information out there so please make sure you are getting your information from a credible source.
Northern Neck Master Gardener Shoreline Evaluation Program
- Shoreline Erosion Program Brochure
- Shoreline Evaluation Registration and Questionnaire – word
- Shoreline Evaluation Registration and Questionnaire – pdf
Northern Neck Master Gardeners, working closely with partners at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and county governments, have built the Shoreline Evaluation Program. The program is an educational outreach effort that has provided hundreds of property owners with recommendations for improving upland stormwater management, pollutant and sediment runoff, and shoreline erosion.
Taking care of a shoreline presents a unique set of challenges not faced by property owners inland. Shorelines are dynamic and can be affected by the features of the nearby landscape such as areas of pavement and even invasive species. Without careful planning and maintenance, shorelines can erode, which poses a potential threat to inland properties and structures.
Through the Shoreline Evaluation Program, Northern Neck Master Gardeners are helping property owners cope with these problems by providing personalized property reports and community outreach on healthy shorelines.
Read more about the Shoreline Evaluation Program here.
Westmoreland County Virginia Cooperative Extension
Our agents and staff are commited to meet the needs of our community. There are resources posted on the Virginia Cooperative Extension website and our unit webpages. We also post information and educational programming to our Facebook pages. Please feel free to regularly visit and “like” these pages.
Virginia Cooperative Extension: https://ext.vt.edu/
Virginia Cooperative Extension facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/VirginiaCooperativeExtension/
Virginia 4-H facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Virginia4HStateOffice/
Westmoreland County Extension unit webpage: https://westmoreland.ext.vt.edu/
Thank you for your understanding as we go through these unprecedented and challenging times together.
Mosquitoes occur throughout Virginia and are both a nuisance, as well as a potential disease carrier. Eliminating potential mosquito breeding habitats around the home landscape is a critical part of a mosquito control program. Check out VCE’s mosquito publication: http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/ENTO/ENTO-202/ENTO-202-PDF.pdf
In addition, Altosid XR mosquito control briquettes are available for Westmoreland County residents at no charge. Altosid XR (https://www.centralmosquitocontrol.com/-/media/files/centralmosquitocontrol-na/us/specimen%20labels/altosid%20xr-briquets%20specimen%20label.pdf) is an insecticide that works by preventing the emergence of adult mosquitoes and is used in potential mosquito breeding habitats, such as roadside ditches and other standing water. The briquettes are slow release providing control for up to 150 days. Visit the Extension Office at the AT Johnson Building to pick up the briquettes. Briquettes are available based on the amount of standing water present with a limit of 5 per household.
Wildlife Conflict Hotline
The Virginia Wildlife Conflict Helpline, run by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF), is a resource for resolving human-wildlife conflicts. It is a collaborative effort between the VDGIF and U.S. Department of Agriculture – Wildlife Services to address human-wildlife interactions by sharing science-based wildlife information. The helpline is available toll-free at (855)571-9003, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.
Virginia Food Access Network (VFAN)
The Virginia Food Access Network (VFAN) accelerates efforts, connects partners, and shares resources to solve child hunger in Virginia and create nutritious food access for all Virginians.