Dickenson County Extension Office staff.

The Dickenson 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 Dickenson 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

Women in Agriculture

Join the next Women in Agriculture Network Noontime Gathering on the      1st Tuesday of the month at Noon.  Pre-register HERE.

For more information about the Women in Agriculture Network, visit their Facebook page HERE.

VDOF & VCE Make Land Legacy Planning More Accessible

If you have woodland, you have a legacy worth passing on.  Generation NEXT, a collaborative effort of the Virginia Department of Forestry and Virginia Cooperative Extension, is offering virtual workshops in April 2021 and September 2021 to provide landowners with the tools they need to begin legacy planning. 

Landowners are encouraged to make plans for passing on their land to the next generation – right now. The Generation NEXT program helps Virginia landowners keep forests intact, in forest, and in family.

Click HERE to view a PDF with more details, information on registration fees and a registration form.

For more information about this program, click HERE to read the news release.

Celebrating Gardens Across Virginia

Video tours of Virginia's gardens - from the historic & well-known to the secret gems - showcase a variety of garden styles, plant choices & design options, and highlight the diversity of Virginia's growing regions.

The virtual event began in February and continues throughout 2021. 

In addition to virtual garden tours, the website also includes information on Tips for New Gardeners, Crafts & Demos, Children's Corner, Resilient Landscaping and more.

Click HERE for more information on the 2021 Virginia Flower & Garden ExpoAll 2021 Expo Events are free.  

Families Can Enroll in 4-H Online

4-H Online is an online member enrollment site for all of Virginia 4-H. All 4-H membership activity (youth and adult volunteers) is now managed through this website.   Enrollment must be done annually after September 30 of each year.  Each family will share one log-in and password.   Using the Chrome or Firefox browser, please visit http://v2.4honline.com/ to enroll. If you have questions, you may send a message on Facebook (Dickenson County Virginia 4-H), e-mail rosek@vt.edu or call 926-4605.  For more information, please read the LETTER TO MEMBERS, and information on enrolling a NEW MEMBER or RE-ENROLLING AN EXISTING MEMBER.

The Following is a Press Release from VDACS in Regard to Mystery Seeds

Mystery Seeds Image

July 24, 2020
Public Asked To Report Receipt of any Unsolicited Packages of Seeds
Contact: Michael Wallace

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) has been notified that several Virginia residents have received unsolicited packages containing seeds that appear to have originated from China. The types of seeds in the packages are unknown at this time and may be invasive plant species. The packages were sent by mail and may have Chinese writing on them.

Please do not plant these seeds. VDACS encourages Virginia residents who have received unsolicited seeds in the mail that appear to have Chinese origin to contact the Office of Plant Industry Services (OPIS) by submitting a report to the Unsolicited Seed Package Reporting Tool or to the ReportAPest@vdacs.virginia.gov email.

Invasive species wreak havoc on the environment, displace or destroy native plants and insects and severely damage crops. Taking steps to prevent their introduction is the most effective method of reducing both the risk of invasive species infestations and the cost to control and mitigate those infestations.

For more information, click HERE.

Asian Giant Hornet Not Expected to Be in Virginia for the Forseeable Future

Asian Giant Hornet
Asian Giant Hornet

“There are several lookalikes in Virginia that may be confused with the Asian giant hornet,” said Tim Kring, head of Virginia Tech’s entomology department. May 12, 2020

Read more HERE.

Virginia Virtual Farm to Table

Virtual Farm to Table
Virginia Cooperative Extension is excited to announce a new educational opportunity that should be of interest to many of our clients – from kids to retirees.  In the Virginia Virtual Farm to Table Program, participants will take virtual tours of Virginia farms to learn how:
·         Virginia grown food is produced and prepared
·         To prepare new recipes from the foods that are produced on local farms
·         VCE professionals, farmers, and food businesses are cultivating healthy food, farms, and    communities
Each session will focus on a new food and will be 40 minutes long.  All sessions will take place on Fridays at 2 PM.  Our first session will be on May 15th and will be focused on Strawberries.  There are currently 17 sessions of this program (two more are in the works!) that people can sign up for. 
This has been a collaborative effort with 56 Virginia Cooperative Extension professionals pitching in to pull it all together! 
FLYER - Click HERE to view a flyer with more information.
REGISTER - You can see the full list of offerings and information on how to register by clicking on THIS LINK.

Have a Question?  Ask an Expert

The staff of the Dickenson County Extension Office is available to answer your questions about plant diseases, insect issues, soil testing, 4-H programs, and more.  Please complete and submit the form below.

Forest Fridays - Fifteen Minutes in the Forest

Click HERE to spend 15 minutes in the forest with Virginia Tech and Virginia Cooperative Extension Foresters each Friday at noon to learn about timely forestry topics. 

2020 Timber Sales Webinar - April 15*

This is a short program on How to Sell Timber along with a little management and other information on the timber sale process.  In economic downturns landowners may look to their timber as an opportunity to generate income.   This program will discuss ways to ensure landowners get the best price and what to consider for future value of the next forest.  Click HERE for more information and to find out how to participate.
*UPDATE - For those who could not participate in the April 15 webinar, click HERE to view the recorded video.
Soil Sampling

Do I Really Need to Test My Soil?

Tests are performed to evaluate the soil's nutrient potential and to determine the most beneficial application rates of fertilizer and lime for optimum plant growth.  More than a third of garden samples tested have too much lime.   Soil sampling is a very cost-effective tool and plays a major role in fertilizer programs for commercial crops and for managing a fertilizer program.   Don’t spend money for something your soil does not need that can then cause micro-nutrient deficiencies in plants.  SOIL TEST, DON’T GUESS!


Information on what a soil test analysis includes, the cost and soil test forms, are available on the FEES AND FORMS page.  There are different forms available depending on the area you are testing, including lawns, gardens, pasture and hayfields, etc.  Also, note that there is no charge for testing in-state commercial farm samples.

You can view/download each form.  Fees (if any) are located at the bottom of the page.


Please click the titles below to view each publication.

Soil Sampling for the Home Garden

Soil Sampling Instructions for the Farm

Soil boxes and forms are available in the Dickenson County Extension Office.  If you would like to come by our office to pick those up, please call to schedule a time to come in – 926-4605.

More information about the Virginia Tech Soil Testing Lab is available HERE.

Spotted Lanternfly

Adult Spotted Lanternfly
Adult Spotted Lanternfly. Photo Credit: Eric Day, Virginia Tech

A potentially very serious pest of grapes, peaches, hops, and a variety of other crops, the spotted lanternfly (SLF), Lycorma delicatula, was detected in Frederick County, Virginia, on January 10, 2018.  It is important to look for it and report any finds.  Spotted lanternfly has also been reported on a range of ornamentals around the home and in the landscape; in high numbers, the insect can become a nuisance pest to homeowners.. 

The life cycle of the Spotted Lanternfly can be viewed in this document - Spotted Lanternfly Life Cycle in Virginia.

For more information and additional resources, please see Spotted Lanternfly in Virginia

Periodical Cicada

 17-year Cicadas Schedule

The bug-eyed Insects emerged from the earth in some counties in Southwest Virginia this summer. Last year (2020) Brood 9 spanned Southwest Virginia, parts of North Carolina, and West Virginia.  Read more HERE.

Are you curious about when to expect periodical cicadas in your area?  For more information, click HERE to view Virginia Cooperative Extension's factsheet which includes a page showing Virginia Counties with periodical cicada emergences by year.


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: http://bit.ly/2m0vYgp

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