Virginia Cooperative Extension


Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) helps lead the engagement mission of Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, the commonwealth’s land-grant universities. Building and sustaining local relationships and collaborative partnerships, we help people put scientific knowledge to work through learning experiences that improve economic, environmental, and social well-being. Learn more about VCE in Roanoke on their Unit webpage.

Extension Agents: Extension Agents are community educators who lead programming, answer questions, and act as connectors and resource providers in their community. There are 107 Extension offices throughout the Commonwealth, with hundreds of Extension Agents who serve their community through Agriculture, 4-H, and Family & Consumer Science programming.

Extension Specialists: Typically located on the campus of Virginia Tech or Virginia State University or at one of VCE’s 11 Agriculture Research and Extension Centers throughout the state, Specialists provide research-based information and expert knowledge in their fields of study in order to help Extension Agents best serve their clients. Extension Specialists are tenure-track faculty, and many hold joint appointments in academic departments at Virginia Tech or Virginia State University.

Programming: The diverse programming offered through VCE is rooted in the current needs of the communities served. Extension faculty and staff form collaborations with public and private partners and volunteers, helping to reach larger and more diverse audiences and leverage the impact of the work being done throughout the Commonwealth.

Building Partnerships: We are a product of cooperation among local, state, and federal governments in partnership with thousands of dedicated citizens throughout the state. Virginia Cooperative Extension is an educational outreach program of Virginia’s land-grant universities: Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, and a part of the National Institute for Food and Agriculture, an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture.

By addressing community needs, Virginia Cooperative Extension strengthens and supports schools, organizations, businesses, and farms; increasing the long-term health and well-being of our community, from youth to senior citizens.