For 100 years the Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) has made it its mission to be a wealth of knowledge and resources for the residents of hundreds of counties and cities in Virginia.
Next week the VCE will celebrate is 100th anniversary on May 8 and the King William and King & Queen extension offices will commemorate the day with two centennial events.
The two events, set for May 7 and 8, are designed to thank the community for its ongoing support and participation in programs offered by the extension and 4-H.
“We work hard to meet the needs of the community, whatever they may be,” said Laura Maxey, the agriculture extension agent for both localities.
The VCE was established by the Smith and Lever Act in 1914. The information provided and taught through the VCE is based on research from studies conducted by VCE’s land grant universities – Virginia Tech and Virginia State University.
Maxey said as the agriculture agent her job is to help residents, like farmers. From questions about seeding to fertilizers and pesticides, she is there to either research or provide information from research already completed.
“The Cooperative Extension is important because it is all research based. We have no gain other than to try to help the community,” she said. “Our goal is to better the lives of the Commonwealth.”
The VCE has over 300 extension agents throughout Virginia and focuses on four key program areas, including Agriculture & Natural Resources, 4-H Youth Development, Family and Consumer Science, and Community Viability.
King William and King & Queen counties have two agents including Maxey, and Chris Mernin who handles the 4-H programs locally. Regional agents operate the Family and Consumer Science and Community Viablity programs.
“We are in the process of building the extenstion services in the two counties,” Maxey said. Both Maxey and Mernin have been in their local positions for less than two years but Maxey says they have seen some success in implementing new programs.
They have even hosted multiple open forum events to get a handle on the community needs.
The centennial events will include cake, punch, and light hor’devours while past and present pictures and stories will be shared.
The King William event is May 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the county administration building. The King & Queen event will be May 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the courthouse hearing room.