What can Virginia Cooperative Extension do for you?

Evaluate your soil resources before you fertilize! Our office provides the soil sample boxes and forms which must be submitted to the Virginia Tech soils lab. The results are reliable and will help you improve your farm or garden soil fertility and reduce costly, unnecessary fertilizer applications. The procedure for correctly collecting a soil sample correctly can be found here

Contact our office to learn the requirements and procedures for pesticide applicator certification in Virginia. We also provide information and links to training materials for each certification test, and we offer a recertification class at the beginning of each year for individuals seeking certification renewal. Visit the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for information about pesticides and pesticide applicator requirements. Visit Virginia Tech's Pesticide Program for helpful fact sheets and training manuals. 

We are happy to perform site visits to help you evaluate your agricultural resources, identify plants and pests, discuss management or budget decisions, and help you succeed in your crop, livestock, vegetable, or garden plant enterprise. Call, visit, or email our office for assistance. For additional factsheets or information on any agricultural topic, use the search bar on the Virginia Cooperative Extension webpage.

Bring unknown pests and plants to our office, or send us photos, and we will help you identify them. You can also visit our Weed ID Guide or our Insect Identification Lab for help.

Virginia Cooperative Extension staff strive to meet your needs by providing educational programs on a variety of topics. The best way to stay up-to-date on upcoming programs is to call or email our staff and make a request to be added to our mailing list. We provide a monthly newsletter to highlight our 4-H, Agriculture, and Family and Consumer Sciences programs. To view upcoming programs in neighboring counties or around the state, visit the Virginia Cooperative Extension calendar.

The Amelia Extension staff created a demonstration garden in May of 2013 to serve as an educational resource for youth and adults in the community. The garden is located next to Raleigh Parish Glebe in Amelia Court House. The house was built in 1774 and the property serves as a beautiful backdrop to our garden. In fact, to celebrate the unique history of the Glebe, we have designated part of the site as a “heritage garden.” The heritage garden contains tobacco, which was grown on this property for many years, as well as parsley, bush beans, and sweet corn. Families grew each of these crops during the Revolutionary War period. The remaining portion of the garden contains two varieties of bush beans, pole beans, two varieties of parsley, two varieties of basil, sunflowers, marigolds, sweet corn, and five varieties of tomato. If you would like to visit the garden or sign up for our newsletter so that you can view our lineup of summer gardening classes, please call (804) 561-2481 or email Laura Siegle at laurab08@vt.edu.

Demonstration Garden
Demonstration Garden

The purpose of the Central Virginia Ag Spotlight is to help you meet a few of the farmers, businesses, and individuals who work to make agriculture Virginia’s largest industry. By doing so, we hope that you will gain a snapshot of the experiences and methods of the farmers who grow your produce, grains, meats, milk, fiber, and forest goods. Here at Virginia Cooperative Extension, we strive to help agriculturalists remain at the cutting edge of research and technology, and we accomplish this through means such as one-on-one farmer interaction, open field days, farm plots and variety trials, pest and disease diagnostics, soil testing, and workshops. We also teach and promote “best practices” to area producers, which help increase the health and quality of crops and livestock while simultaneously improving the sustainability of the operation.

Each blog post will feature someone who contributes to agriculture in Virginia. We will introduce their operation and explain how they are using “best practices” and innovative problem-solving to build a strong business that contributes to the success of agriculture in the state.  

Be sure to visit often, and subscribe to the blog to get the most up-to-date posts!

Call or stop by for additional services including plant disease diagnosis, nematode assays, carp permits, grant information, farm planning help, pesticide recordkeeping books, factsheets, and farm budgets. 

You can find us on Facebook at VCE-Amelia  for updated information, photos, and videos of our programs.

For more details, please contact Laura Siegle, Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent at the Amelia County Extension Office at (804) 561-2481 or at laurab08@vt.edu.

Cooking for Crowds

Cooking for Crowds is a 2 hour workshop designed to teach non-profit organizations safe food handling and preparation techniques to prevent food-borne illness. This workshop is presented in conjunction with the local Health Department. Call 804.561.2481 for details. $  Fee.

ServSafe Manager Training and Food Handler Course.  $ Fee

Pressure Canner Gauge Testing. Call to schedule an appointment

Financial Education for Adults and Youth

Families are experiencing more difficulty managing daily expenses with rising costs of fuel and food. Take time now to prepare for your family's financial future by reducing unnecessary expenses and putting in place a spending and savings  plan. Easy to use spending resources included with each packet. Register for the My Money six-week home study course, no exams! 

My Money Home Study Course. Register by calling 804.561.2481 or e-mail: johns59@vt.edu.  

The Personal Financial Management Course - Steps to Financial Success

This is a 2- 1/2 hour class mandated by the U.S. Department of Justice to satisfy the requirements for discharge of bankruptcy.

Call for individual appointments.  $ Fee. Scholarships available.

What Is 4-H?

4-H is the youth development education program of Virginia Cooperative Extension. 4-H is rich with learning experiences where young people partner with caring adults and volunteers in a fellowship unlike any other program available to youth today. Through 4-H, young people are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities that emphasize 4-H's "learning by doing" philosophy of youth development The mission of 4-H is to assist youth, and adults working with those youth, to gain additional knowledge, life skills, and attitudes that will further their development as self-directing, contributing, and productive members of society. 4-H offers a variety of curriculums, activities and experiences for youth between the ages of 5-19, through in-school and after-school enrichments, teen clubs, community clubs, project clubs, Clover bud, and camping. Many 4-H curriculums, projects and activities address objectives covered in Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL's).

4-H Community Clubs

 

Virginia Junior Livestock Expo

The Virginia Junior Livestock Expo serves as the culminating activity for youth livestock projects. In 2011, 445 young people exhibited more than 940 animals during the fair. The Virginia Junior Livestock Expo will be open to all Virginia 4-H and FFA members and will offer market and breeding shows for beef cattle, swine, sheep, and meat goats, as well as a stockman’s contest.  Show details and entry forms will be posted on the Virginia Cooperative Extension website as they become available.

For more information regarding the Virginia Junior Livestock Expo and sponsorship opportunities, contact Paige Pratt, youth livestock Extension specialist, at (540) 231-4732.

You can find us on Facebook at Virginia Cooperative Extension-Amelia for updated information, photos, and videos of our programs.

For more details, please contact Thomas Woodson, 4-H Youth Development Technician at the Amelia County Extension Office at (804) 561-2481 or at thwoods@vt.edu

Livestock Club Cow

We meet each Tuesday from 7-9 PM during the school year and for five weeks during the summer. Amelia Steel, the 4-H club d’escrime is committed to “Making the best better” in our rural community by providing professional level coaching in foil and epee by training our athletes

  • to maintain their equipment
  • to physically sustain and command a demanding activity over time,
  • to asses, determine and act upon observed behaviors in order to succeed
  • to remain calm under stress.  

Amelia Steel, 4-H club d’escrime is deeply appreciative and grateful for the use of the gymnasium at Amelia Middle School for our meetings and scrimmages and want to thank the School Administration the members of the Board of Amelia Public Schools and especially the citizens of Amelia County for their continuing support.

Sincerely;

Mark Logan, Moniteur USFCA
Coach to Amelia Steel, the 4H club d’escrime

Upcoming Events

Amelia Steel the 4-H club d’escrime

Hello Everyone;

Amelia Steel, the 4-H club d’escrime, will meet Tuesday nights from 7-9 starting September 11th at Amelia Middle School, 8740 Otterburn Rd.

To participate in club activities each fencer must be a member of USAFencing. Please complete the attached form and either mail it to USAFencing or bring it with your payment to USAFencing and I will forward your membership form and payment to the association. (USAFencing club membership is $5)

A receipt for current membership in the USAF or the form and payment MUST be presented prior to your participation in ANY fencing activities. ( I will have extra forms with me during club meetings)

Please do not hesitate to write or call should you have any questions.

Regards,

Mark Logan,
Moniteur, USFCA

For more information, please contact me:

Mark Logan
m.p.logan@comcast.net

You can find us on Facebook at Virginia Cooperative Extension-Amelia for updated information, photos, and videos of our programs.

For more details, please contact Thomas Woodson, 4-H Youth Development Technician at the Amelia County Extension Office at (804) 561-2481 or at thwoods@vt.edu

4-Hers Fencing

This Explorers Club is our 4-H cloverbud Club for youth ages 5-8. The club will meet monthly and will do activities, crafts, and have occasional field trips. Our club have taken trips to national and stat parks and to local farms and habitats. The mission is for young people to grow to become responsible stewards of the natural world and the study and preservation of our environment.

Recent News

Amelia 4-H are looking for volunteers to assist and lead programs for our Amelia County 4-H Explorer's Club. The Explorer's Club is our 4-H Cloverbud Club for youth ages 5-8. Please contact our office for interest in leading and participating with program with our youth.

You can find us on Facebook at Virginia Cooperative Extension-Amelia for updated information, photos, and videos of our programs.

For more details, please contact Thomas Woodson, 4-H Youth Development Technician at the Amelia County Extension Office at (804) 561-2481 or at thwoods@vt.edu

River running through a forest

Do you have 4-H’ers who would like to participate in Livestock judging. Livestock Judging is an art developed through patient study and long practice. To be a good livestock judge you must:

  • Know the parts of the animal and their location.
  • Know which parts are most important for meat and breeding stock production and the most desirable conformation for each part.
  • Visualize the ideal animal.
  • Make keen observations and compare them to the ideal.
  • Weigh the good and bad points of each animal
  • Develop a system of analyzing and examining animals so important points are not overlooked.
  • Determine which animal fulfills a particular need and selection priority.
  • Combine performance records with visual appraisal.

You can find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AmeliaVCE for updated information, photos, and videos of our programs.

For more details, please contact Thomas Woodson, 4-H Youth Development Technician at the Amelia County Extension Office at  (804) 561-2481 or at thwoods@vt.edu 

A cow being judged

Join or Start your own 4-H Club

Our local 4-H program cannot grow without the assistance of dedicated adult volunteers. Do you have an interest or a talent that you would like to share with youth in your community? Were you a member of a 4-H Community Club as a child? Do you have a few hours a month to volunteer? Amelia 4-H are looking for volunteers to assist and lead programs for our youth to continue to learn and grow. Please contact our office for interest in participating within programs or developing your own.

Additional Information

  • What is 4-H? Brochure (PDF)
  • Amelia County 4-H Club Informatino (PDF)

You can find us on Facebook at Virginia Cooperative Extension-Amelia for updated information, photos, and videos of our programs.

For more details, please contact Thomas Woodson, 4-H Youth Development Technician at the Amelia County Extension Office at (804) 561-2481 or at thwoods@vt.edu

4-H clover flag

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.

Do you have a question about Community Viability?

Perhaps one of the Community Viability specialists below can help you. Contact a Community Viability specialist or direct a question to them using our Ask an Expertsystem. 

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