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WVU Extension Service
Monroe County Office
PO Box 238
261 Health Center Drive
Union, WV 24983

Phone: 304-772-3003
Fax: 304-772-3184
Hours: 8:00-4:30 Mon-Fri
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WVU Serving all 55 of West Virginia’s Counties

WVU Extension Service provides programs in 4-H Youth Development, Families and Health, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Community, Economic and Workforce Development with support from West Virginia University faculty and staff. WVU also maintains a historic special-mission campus at WVU Jackson’s Mill Center for Lifelong Learning and State 4-H Camp near Weston, West Virginia.

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Extension knowledge can be found online through eXtension, a Web portal to the nation’s largest educational and information system staffed by Extension experts. Throughout our site, when you click the button below, you will go to eXtension.

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Part of the National Cooperative Extension System

With more than 3,000 county offices in the USA, the National Cooperative Extension System is the local front door for many citizens to their state land-grant institutions. All universities engage in research and teaching, but the nation’s more than 100 land-grant colleges and universities including WVU, have another critical mission: Extension.

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Program begins June 23rd at Mountain View and Peterstown Elementary

Extension Service Celebrating 100 Years of Extension work in the United States over the next year. Just read on:

Why the Extension Service? 100 years of the Smith-Lever Act.

May 8, marked the 99th Anniversary of the enactment of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914 which created the Cooperative Extension Service at the nation’s Land-Grant Universities. In West Virginia those land grant institutions are West Virginia University and West Virginia State University.

The act was originally introduced by Senator Hoke Smith of Georgia and Representative A.F. Lever of South Carolina. The purpose of the act, as stated in the text is ” aid in the diffusing among the people of the United States useful and practical information on subjects relating to agriculture, home economics, and rural energy, and to encourage the application of the same, there may be continued or inaugurated in connection with the college or colleges in each State, Territory, or possession…agriculture extension work which shall be carried on in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture…”

Smith-Lever created the nation’s largest and most successful network for non-formal constituent based education: Cooperative Extension. Part of the innovation of this system was the unique funding mechanism to ensure local support which we still use today. Now, as in 1914, Cooperative Extension work is carried on with support from federal, state, and local governments (the participation of various levels of government is where we get the “cooperative” part of our name). This system institutionalized the positive early extension education carried on in the late 1800s and early 1900s by pioneers in our field such as Seaman A. Knapp and A. B. Graham.

The purpose and system originally created through the Smith-Lever Act has been so successful that Congress amended and expanded the role of Extension throughout the years (especially following major tests and successes of Cooperative Extension during two World Wars and the Great Depression). Today, the USDA lists six major focus areas for our work: 4-H Youth Development, Agriculture, Leadership Development, Natural Resources, Family & Consumer Sciences, and Community & Economic Development. If you are interested in learning about the early history of the Cooperative Extension System, please check out the USDA’s website at

For nearly a century the work of Cooperative Extension has been continually seen as a vital and positive force in the development of American society. We, and our colleagues across the nation, have many reasons to be proud of our rich heritage and of the teaching, research, and service we are conducting now which will benefit future generations. Feel free to utilize the WVU Extension Office and its resources here in Monroe County by visiting us on the web at or by calling to 304-772-3003.

Around Monroe

Take a moment and relax as we take you around historic Monroe County!

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