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.
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Virginia Cooperative Extension in Westmoreland and Richmond Counties will be hiring an intern for the 2020 summer. Applicants must be currently enrolled in or recently graduated from an accredited college or university in a course of study relevant to the mission of Extension (agriculture, education, etc…). The intern will work closely with the Westmoreland Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent and the Westmoreland/Richmond County 4-H Extension Agent on projects like corn and soybean variety trials, 4-H camp, monitoring insect populations in sweet corn and organizing 4-H events held at the Richmond County Fair.
For more specific information and to apply, visit: https://ext.vt.edu/internship/counties/westmorland-richmond_northern_neck.html Please note that applications are not handled through local Extension offices; all interested individuals must visit the website listed to apply. Applications are due March 6, 2020 by 5:00 pm to the State Extension office in Blacksburg. For more information, please contact Stephanie Romelczyk or Wendy Herdman at the Westmoreland Extension Office at 804-493-8924.
Turf and Ornamental Short Course
Virginia Cooperative Extension is offering a Turf and Ornamental Short Course and Recertification on Friday, March 6 at Old Beale Sanctuary in Tappahannock (202 S. Church Lane, Tappahannock, VA 22560). Sign-in begins at 8:30 am and the program begins at 9:00 am. Recertification credits will be available in the following commercial categories: 3A, 3B, 10, and 60, as well as private recertification. Participants must attend the entire day to receive recertification. Registration is $10 for the class -lunch is on your own. Registration must be received with payment by March 2. For more information and to get a registration form, please contact Trent Jones at 804-580-5694, Robbie Longest at 804-443-3551 or Stephanie Romelczyk at 804-493-8924.
REGISTRATION FORM HERE
Teen Leader Application 2020
Leadership Opportunity for Teens – Applications Available Now
The Westmoreland/Richmond County 4-H program is now recruiting teens who are interested in serving in a leadership role at 2020 4-H camp. Youth interested in serving as Teen Leaders must be at least 14 years old by 1/1/2020 to be eligible to apply and must be available to serve for the Westmoreland and Richmond County’s camping week – July 13-17, 2020.
Teen leaders serve a critical role while at camp. They are responsible for supervising children during the camping session, providing for the safety and well-being of each camp participant; assisting with camp classes, programs, and activities and being on-time and present for all assigned activities. Teen leaders should be able and willing to treat each camper, staff person, and their peers with respect and dignity at all times and should show a genuine concern for children by communicating, advising, assisting, and establishing a warm, friendly relationship with them. Teens must demonstrate a willingness to work as a member of a team with other staff persons, teens and adults, summer camp staff, and under the supervision, guidance, direction, and leadership of the Extension staff in charge of the 4-H camping program. Teens should be able and willing to accept and perform leadership roles (being a “leader”) as a 4-H camp teen counselor, and be able and willing to work as a member of the team when others are in the leadership position (being a “follower”).
Applications and reference forms are available now at the Extension Office or electronically by request. Deadline for application and references is February 7, 2020. Application does not guarantee selection. Training is required and provided by Extension Staff. An orientation session will be held in the evening on March 12. Please contact Wendy Herdman if you have any questions or concerns.
If you are a person with a disability and desire assistance or accommodation, please notify the Westmoreland Extension Office at 804-493-8924/TDD* or the Richmond County Extension Office at 804-333-3420/TDD* during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. *TDD number is (800) 828-1120.
Application Available HERE
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.