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West Virginia State University Extension Service logoUpdate regarding COVID-19: WVSU Extension Service is here to help.
For 20 years, WVSU Extension Service has fulfilled our mission of delivering expert programs and information to the people of West Virginia, and during these uncertain times, that commitment will not waiver. While our services continue during the COVID-19 response, our program delivery methods are adjusting appropriately.
As you may have read in WVSU President Anthony L. Jenkins’ recent message to the campus community, and given Governor Jim Justice’s stay-at-home order, we are restricted in the following ways:
  • Extension offices are currently closed to the public.
  • All face-to-face events are canceled until further notice.
  • Educators are avoiding in-person contact and working remotely as much as possible.
So how are we continuing to meet your needs? Below are the ways we are adjusting to safely deliver our programs:
  • Email and phone consultations. Your local extension educator is still working and is still reachable. Check out our website staff listings to locate the email address of the staff person you would like to reach or message us through our social media platforms. Staff members are listed on the pages of each program area linked below.
  • Online program delivery. We are shifting many of our offerings to an online platform. We’ve started hosting Facebook Live sessions with our 4-H team, and will continue to expand those offerings throughout each of our program areas. We are also using platforms like Zoom for webinars and Moodle for more in-depth online class offerings to ensure that program delivery continues seamlessly and smoothly. From agricultural workshops to educational at-home science and art activities for kids, we are preparing programs that you can do with minimal prep right in your own home.
Like everyone else, we are navigating these times cautiously and adapting as promptly as possible. Given the rapidly changing nature of the COVID-19 situation, our programs are being scheduled sometimes with shorter notice than we would normally like. To keep up-to-date on the latest digital program offerings, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Stay safe!

Dr. Ami Smith
Director, WVSU Extension Service

About WVSU Extension Service
Part of the University's 
Gus R. Douglass Land-Grant Institute, West Virginia State University Extension Service brings research-based knowledge to you through innovative programs, expert advice and a wealth of dependable answers to the questions important to West Virginia. We are the primary outreach arm of WVSU and part of the land-grant mission of teaching, research and extension. Our efforts focus on 4-H Youth Development, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Community and Economic Development, and Family and Consumer Sciences.


Online Learning with WVSU Extension Service

We are working to expand our online learning opportunities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, our Agriculture & Natural Resources unit is offering a variety of learning opportunities through our Moodle platform. Additional programming efforts, like the WVSU Healthy Grandfamilies program, will be added in the coming weeks and months. Visit our Moodle platform to learn more and explore available courses.


Ag Talk Tuesdays
A live Q&A the second Tuesday of each month via Zoom

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  • November 10: Grazing Management with Inetta Fluharty
  • December 8: Climate Study Update with Liz Moss

Reporting Invasive Species Webinar
A free Zoom event November 17 at 2 p.m. EST

Sustainable Production Management through Spatial Analysis Online Training 
A self-paced course. Additional Details | REGISTER

WVSU EDC Workshops

Visit the WVSU Economic Development Center website for a list of upcoming events happening at that facility.

image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowOffice Locations
Main Office
WVSU Campus

100 Curtis House
P.O. Box 1000
Institute, WV. 25112-1000
(304) 204-4305

Fayette County
Oak Hill City Hall
100 Kelly Avenue
Oak Hill, WV. 25901
(304) 610-5655

Kanawha County
WVSU Economic Development Center
1506 Kanawha Blvd. West
Charleston, WV. 25387
(304) 720-1401

Logan County
Hatfield & McCoy Trails Office
P.O. Box 146
Man, WV. 25635
(304) 752-3255

McDowell County
Welch Armory
600 Stewart St.
Welch, WV. 24801
(304) 320-5446

Nicholas County
603 Broad St.
Summersville, WV. 26651
(304) 872-2881

Putnam County
3566 Teays Valley Road
Hurricane, WV. 25526
(304) 552-0075

Raleigh County
200 Main St.
Beckley, WV. 25801
(304) 923-5820
WVSU Extension Service: To learn more about our organization, download our comprehensive brochure, which includes program information, an office location directory and a funding snapshot.
Extending Knowledge Changing Lives

Impacting West Virginia: The research and outreach efforts of WVSU are impacting West Virginians statewide. To learn more about the work we're doing in your community, download our latest impact document.
Impacting West Virginia

Agriculture Resource Guide: A collection of agricultural agencies and contacts from throughout West Virginia.
Agriculture Resources Guide

Outreach/Research: This annual publication showcases WVSU's various outreach and research initiatives in a unique flip-style format. 

Our Team

Ami Smith
Associate Vice President for Public Service and Director of Extension
(304) 204-4305
Tiffany Ellis-Williams
Director, WVSU Economic Development Center
(304) 720-1403
Annette Ericksen
Assistant Program Director, Agriculture & Natural Resources
(614) 271-3005
Hannah Payne
Assistant Program Director, 4-H Youth Development
(304) 553-8218
Jeanie Sutphin
Administrative Assistant
(304) 204-4305

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