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.


As of July 1, 2020, the Commonwealth of VA moves into Phase III for re-opening VCE local offices and providing face-to-face programs once again. However at this time, the VCE Hanover office will continue to see walk-in clientele by appointment only and continue with virtual programs.   We encourage all homeowners with questions related to plants, insects and wildlife to look on the extension website, email Hanover Master Gardeners or call 804-752-4306. Most plant, weed and insect identification can be done by sending a picture via email. 

We urge you to take all necessary steps to stay healthy and follow guidelines outlined by local health departments. We look forward to continuing to serve the community in new and innovative ways. Please see the COVID-19 resource page above. Due to Executive Order 63 anyone aged ten and over must wear a mask covering the nose and mouth when entering, exiting, traveling through, and spending time inside the VCE Hanover Office as described and recommended by the CDC.  Adults accompanying minors should use their best judgment with respect to placing face coverings on a minor between the ages of two through nine. Please refer to the Commonwealth of Virginia Govenor's listing of executive actions for further clarification. 

The Hanover 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 Hanover 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

Join Virginia Cooperative Extension every Thursday at 9:00 am for VCE AG TODAY. A
weekly webinar with extension experts and industry specialists updating you on current agricultural practices. Join live using the free Zoom app:
or by phone: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID number: 344 371 334. 

If you miss the live class we are recording and posting the live sessions online each week. If you have any questions reach out to the Hanover Extension Office at:

Weekly Resources

Financial Moves In a bad year.pdf 05/21/20 Farm Mangement

Herbicide Resistance Mangement Resources - 7/2/20 
Weed ID
Field Crops Pest Management Guide 
Weed Management

Join us every Thursday at 3 pm for a virtual "hug" from Hanover Master Gardeners. Master gardeners are moving their Home Gardening Series H(U)GS) online! To join in to the live webinar, use the free Zoom app:  
or by phone 1-929-436-2866 US (New York) or 1-312-626-6799 US (Chicago)
Meeting ID number: 298 268 885 

If you miss the live class, don't fret! We are recording the sessions and will post them online each week. If you have any questions reach out to the Hanover Extension Office:

Master Gardener Help Desk

Website: Hanover Master Gardeners 
Telephone: 804-752-4306

The Virginia Cooperative Extension Hanover County, Northern Shenandoah Valley, and Culpeper Offices are hosting the 2020 Virtual Vegetable Grower Series.  Join us Wednesday, August 5, 2020, 12 pm at .

What’s in YOUR water?  Did you know that private water supplies like wells and springs are unregulated? It is the responsibility of the homeowner to regularly test water quality, maintain the water system, and address any problems.  Affordable, confidential water testing and education will be offered through Virginia Cooperative Extension offices in Hanover County.  Participation is voluntary and confidential.  Water samples collected by participating homeowners will be analyzed for 14 parameters, including bacteria, metals, nitrate and hardness at a cost of $60.  Results and water system care and maintenance information will be shared at an information meeting. All information is kept strictly confidential and results are reported only to the homeowner.

Pre-register by Wednesday, Sept.  9th to secure a test kit. 
Please contact Missy Johnson at or 804-752-4310 to register!

Monday, Sept. 21, at 6:30 pm: 
Pick up your kits at the Doswell Ruritan Club- 16433 Washington Hwy, Doswell, VA, 23047. 

Wednesday, Sept.  23, from 7:00 am to 10:00 am:

Drop off samples
at the Hanover VCE Office- 13015 Taylor Complex Ln, Ashland, VA, 23005. 

For more information about the Virginia Household Water Quality Program, as well as many resources relevant to private water systems, please visit

The Hanover Historical Museum and the Hanover Unit of Virginia Cooperative Extension Office is seeking historical information and pictures to help celebrate Hanover's 300th birthday. Please take 5 minutes to complete this survey to compile this info. The survey can be found here: Hanover Farming History Survey

The survey requests historical photos of farms, antique farming equipment, the earliest record of your family farming in Hanover and what innovations have had the greatest impact on your farming business?

We can help you scan in pictures at the office at 13015 Taylor Complex Lane, Ashland or you can send in your pictures via email to For questions contact the Hanover VCE office at 804-752-4310.

We all know that farming was the foundation of Hanover County, so please help us in highlighting Farming's History in Hanover. As always, thank you for all that you do to feed Hanover and the world.

Laura Maxey-Nay
Agricultural Extension Agent
Hanover County

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.

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