Agriculture and Natural Resources Agents Serving Page County cover a variety of programming areas. Visit our office to find out more about the services listed.

1. Pesticide Safety Training
2. Soil Testing and Fertilization Recommendations
3. Insect, Disease and Weed Identification and Control Measures
4. Manure Testing

Animal Science
    A. Livestock Beef, Sheep, Swine & Poultry
        1. Health
        2. Nutrition
        3. Disease
        4. Facilities
        5. Animal Waste Disposal
        6. Food Quality & Safety
    B. Equine
        1. Commercial Operations
        2. Homeowner

Commercial Horticulture
    A. Food Crops
        1. Fruits
        2. Vegetables
    B. Ornamentals

Crop & Soil Sciences
    A. Cash Crops – Grains & Hay
    B. Feed Crops – Grain, Forage, Hay & Pasture
    C. Specific Production Practices such as
        1. Fertilization
        2. Crop Protection from Pest
        3. Affect on Water Quality
        4. Grain & Oilseed for Human Consumption

Farm Business Management
    A. Financial Planning and Analysis
    B. Budgeting
    C. Farm Tenure Arrangements
    D. Agricultural Computer Applications
    E. Marketing
    F. Farm Tax Management
    G. Estate Planning
    H. Agricultural Policy
    I. Farm Labor Management

Every year both farmers and non-farming landowners call their Extension Office to inquire about current rental rates for farmland.  This data can be used to make timely business decisions such as developing operating budgets, determining expansion and as a starting point for lease negotiations.   

Rental Guides are compiled approximately every two years.

The following are PDF versions of the Land Rental Guide for the past few years.

Many Farms in the Valley hire custom work operators for certain jobs and many people do custom work either full time or as a side business.  Every year farmers call their Extension Office to inquire about the going rates for various types of custom work.  Farm Business Management Extension Agent's in the Shenandoah Valley have surveyed farmers and custom operators to create guides that can help farmers and operators understand the going rates for custom work.

The Custom Work Rate Guides are compiled approximately every two years.

The following are PDF Versions of the Custom Work Rate Guides for the past few years.

Northern Shenandoah Valley Family and Consumer Sciences

Senior Extension Agent Karen Poff
Senior Extension Agent Karen Poff

Learn How To:

  • Strengthen your personal or family finances
  • Protect yourself from scams
  • Improve your indoor air quality
  • Save money by saving energy
  • Participate in post-bankruptcy financial education
  • Bring financial education to your organization, business, or school
  • Become a Master Financial Education Volunteer

Northern Shenandoah Valley Financial Education Program

Karen Poff
Senior Extension Agent
kpoff@vt.edu
540-635-4549

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RebeccaDavis
Extension Agent Rebecca Davis

Learn How To:

  • Decrease risk of chronic disease through good nutrition
  • Get involved with adult nutrition/exercise programs
  • Bring nutrition programs to your agency or school
  • Get your ServSafe Certificate
  • Preserve foods safely using USDA-recommended practices
  • Other cooking, nutrition, physical activity related education opportunities available

FCS Programs Available in Nutrition, Cooking, Physical Activity, Food Safety, and Food Preservation

Rebecca Davis
Extension Agent
rdavis58@exchange.vt.edu
540-665-5699

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4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. The Page County 4-H Program offers youth ages 5-19 opportunities to participate in clubs, educational contests, camps, workshops, livestock shows, and much more!

To find out more about the Page County 4-H Program, contact:

Nicole L. Clem, Extension Agent, 4-H/ANR     

nlross@vt.edu or 540-778-5794

4-H Motto: To Make the Best Better!

4-H Pledge:

I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service, and my health to better living for my club, my community, my country, and my world. 

4-H Colors: Green and White

The white is for purity and green, nature's most common color is for life, springtime, and youth.

Contests and Events

Through 4-H, youth are provided opportunities to develop their unique talents and capabilities. The basis of 4-H is "Learning by Doing." 4-H provides opportunities for both training (learning) and practice (doing). Through this process, young people develop life skills that are relevant now and in the future.  Youth who develop life skills become self-directed, productive, contributing citizens.

A variety of 4-H competitions enable 4-H members to practice and perfect the life skills they learn through their projects. Click on the list to the right for more specific information.

Page County 4-H Clubs

Senior Livestock 4-H Club meets on the 1st Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. Club meetings are held at the Mt. Zion Church of the Brethren. Sarah “Homer” Somers and Daniel Waters are the leaders of this club.  

Junior Stockman 4-H Club meets on the 4th Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Page County Extension Office. Club leaders are Dorothy Young and Janice Beahm.

Page Valley Livestock 4-H Club meets on the 2nd Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Page County Extension Office. Club leaders are Rachel Burner and Laura Foltz.

Springfield Juniors 4-H Club meets on the 4th Thursday at the Page United Methodist Church in Luray. Club members elect officers, conduct meetings and decide on club projects for the year. Anna Mims and Shirley Buracker give leadership to this club.

Page County 4-H Shooting Education Club meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at the range. Club members must be between the ages of 9-19. Club members will focus on safety and participate in Olympic style shooting using air rifles and BB guns. This club is led by 4-H Certified Instructors. For more information contact Nicole Clem, nlross@vt.edu or 540-778-5794.  

4-H Explorer’s Club meets on the 1st Thursday of each month. This is a general interest 4-H club for youth ages 9-13 that explores projects from a variety of curriculum areas. Members have the opportunity to work on community service projects and hands-on activities. Contact the Extension Office for further information!

Page County 4-H Cloverbuds meet monthly at the Page County Extension Office in Stanley. Meetings are held on 3rd Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. Participants take part in hands-on activities, crafts, games and just good ole fun! Cloverbuds are children between the ages of 5-8 as of September 30, of the current year. If you are interested in this club, please contact Lynette Shenk at the Extension Office at 540-778-5794.

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:   

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.

Do you have a question about Community Viability?

Perhaps one of the Community Viability specialists below can help you. Contact a Community Viability specialist or direct a question to them using our Ask an Expert system.

Community Viability Specialists

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