As the state moves to Phase III of the COVID re-opening plan, Virginia Cooperative Extension and 4-H are resuming some in-person programming and services will continue to provide contactless and distance-based methods, such as using drop boxes for samples and pickup, phones, and virtual delivery of educational programming.

This website will provide current information on local office hours, programming, and more. We look forward continuing to serve our community.

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The Russell County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is your local connection to Virginia's land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University.

Through educational programs based on research and developed with input from local stakeholders, we help the people of Russell County improve their lives.

We provide education through programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth Development, and Community Viability.

What's New

Click HERE to view Abingdon Feeder Cattle's August 19, 2020 VQA Sale Order.


Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Department of Forestry are collaborating to host Generation NEXT: Legacy Planning Webinar Series to help pass along the legacy of families owning land.

The four sessions will take place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Sept 16, 17, 23, and 24. The sessions will cover how to keep a land intact and in the family. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with a variety of experts, including lawyers, accountants, conservation specialists, facilitators, and experienced landowners.

The paid Zoom webinar series costs $40 per family and includes the new, 56-page, full-color workbook “Legacy Planning: A Guide for Virginia Landowners.”

To register, visit

To watch a video promo:

For more information contact the Extension office or


Virtual Science Fair

Any 4-H kids ready to be a SCIENTIST for the day?!? Want an excuse to let your parents allow you to make SLIME? Or an excuse to make a LAVA LAMP? Or what about EXPLODING PUMPKINS?

Joining in on the fun of the Russell County 4-H Virtual Science Fair is as easy as picking out a fun science experiment, conducting the experiment, and explaining the science behind the experiment!

Don't forget to send us a video of you conducting your best experiment! Contact Ashley Clark at or 423-765-8702 with any questions!


4-H at the Farmer’s Market was a huge success!

Thank you to all of the 4-H Mini Garden participants who brought produce to sell.
Sold out by 10:30 am!
Special thanks to our Master Gardeners who organized & volunteered their time working this event.
Also a huge thank you to the Lebanon Farmer’s Market for hosting & supporting Russell County’s young farmers!


Join us for Fifteen Minutes in the Forest!

Friday's at Noon

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 97509089739 



Click HERE for updated VQA guidelines and vaccination requirements.


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Virginia Food Access Network (VFAN)

The Virginia Food Access Network (VFAN) accelerates efforts, connects partners, and shares resources to solve child hunger in Virginia and create nutritious food access for all Virginians.

Were you a 4-H member? Did you attend 4-H camp? Or maybe you were a 4-H volunteer? Identify as a 4-H alum, and represent your 4-H state:

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