Agriculture and Natural Resources Agents and staff serving Loudoun County cover a variety of programming areas.
Visit our office to find out more about the services listed.
- Pesticide Safety Training
- Soil Testing and Fertilization Recommendations
- Insect, Disease and Weed Identification and Control Measures
- Manure Testing
- Diagnostic Trouble shooting
Animal Science -Livestock
Beef, Small Ruminant Education (sheep, goat, alpaca) Swine & Poultry
- Animal Waste Disposal
- Food Quality & Safety
Animal Science -Equine
- Commercial operations
- Individual or small farms
- Pasture management and forage development
- Nutrient management
- Farm Safety
Crop & Soil Sciences
- Cash Crops – Grains & Hay
- Feed Crops – Grain, Forage, Hay & Pasture
- Specific Production Practices such as
- Crop Protection from Pest
- Affect on Water Quality
- Grain & Oilseed for Human Consumption
- Food Crops
- Master Gardener Certification Training
- Demonstration garden and public education
- Urban Nutrient Management Training and Monitoring
- Home Garden and Landscape
- Commercial Pesticide Re certification
Farm Business Management
- Financial Planning and Analysis
- Farm Tenure Arrangements
- Agricultural Computer Applications
- Farm Tax Management
- Estate Planning
- Agricultural Policy
- Farm Labor Management
Family and Consumer Sciences programs provide informal education that increases knowledge, influences attitudes, teaches skills, and inspires aspirations. Through the adoption and application of these practices, the quality of individual, family, and community life is improved. Family and Consumer Sciences brings specialist, agent, and volunteer expertise together to address the needs and priority issues facing Virginia's families. Five specific goals are addressed:
- To provide education from numerous disciplines addressing societal issues of concern to individuals and families;
- To assist communities in analyzing the status of families and identifying appropriate community action to meet the needs of families;
- To train volunteers and program assistants to assist the Family and Consumer Sciences program;
- To motivate people to become involved in community issues and to develop leadership potential in those people;
- To collaborate with other Extension program areas, and form partnerships with other agencies, community organizations, and educational groups.
4-H is the comprehensive youth development program of Virginia Cooperative Extension. Youth between the ages of 5 and 18 engage in hands-on learning experiences under the guidance of adult or teen 4-H volunteers trained by 4-H agents. 4-H programs use experiential learning opportunities to teach the latest research-based subject matter knowledge and to foster skill development in effective citizenship, leadership, and other life skills. The 10 areas of 4-H curriculum focus are: Animal Sciences; Communications and Expressive Arts; Environmental Education and Natural Resources; Jobs, Careers and Economics; Plant and Soil Sciences; Citizenship; Family and Consumer Sciences; Health, Nutrition and Wellness; Leadership and Personal Development; and Science and Technology.
Youth also participate in educational experiences at six 4-H educational centers. 4-H has both a school-based and a community-based delivery model, so maximum access to Virginia's youth is provided. The specific learning experiences a 4-H member participates in are shaped locally and supported at the state and national levels. 4-H members learn how to: make decisions, manage resources, work with others, and utilize effective communication skills. 4-H serves as an effective prevention educational program. Involvement in 4-H reduces the potential for dysfunctional involvement in the community by youth. The mission of 4-H is to develop youth and adults working with those youth to realize their full potential--becoming effective, contributing citizens through participation in research-based, informal, hands-on educational experiences.
Types of Clubs Offered in Loudoun County
- 4-H After-School Clubs: Quality after-school programs that provide safe, engaging environments that motivate and inspire learning outside of the regular school day.
- 4-H Project Clubs: Parental and volunteer involvement is important; Members concentrate on one project area through the club, but also enroll in other projects under the supervision of a volunteer or parent.
- 4-H Special Interest Clubs: May be similar to a project club, but are often organized for a specific short term purpose and do not have officers.
- 4-H School Enrichment Programs: Youth are participants in learning experiences. Enrichment programs may be coordinated with school personnel serving as volunteer teachers of 4-H curricula meeting the Standards of Learning.
If you are interested in joining a 4-H club in Loudoun County go to Local Programs to view all available clubs, locations, volunteer leader and phone numbers.
4-H Junior Camp
Registration is now open for Loudoun/Fauquier 4-H Junior Camp! Camp will be held June 18-22 at the Northern Virginia 4-H Center in Front Royal. Camp is open to all youth ages 9-13 (as of 9/30/17). The camp fee is $285 (includes meals, supplies, classes, a camp T-shirt and snacks at the pool). All necessary forms can be found below (all writable PDF).
Please complete, sign and return all forms in the packet to VCE Loudoun office with your payment as soon as possible. Checks should be made to Treasurer, VT or you can pay online at http://bit.ly/lfcamp17. This camp fills quickly and spots are secured on first come, first served basis. We do not hold spots over the phone and we do not take camp registration via fax. Please mail in or drop off all completed forms with at least $75 of the camper fee as soon as possible. Final payment is due to the Extension Office by May 5.
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:
- Leadership & Planning
- Community Enterprise and Resiliency
- Community Food System and Enterprises
- Community Planning
- Emerging Community Issues
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.
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