The Rappahannock 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 Rappahannock 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.

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Private Pesticide App Recert 2021 edit

Virginia Cooperative Extension offers private pesticide applicator recertification programs at the Remington American Legion Hall on, December 6, 2021 and at the Carver Center in Rapidan on, December 13th 2021.  


December 6, 2021 1:00pm-4:00pm

American Legion

11415 Kings Hill Road

Remington, VA 22734


1:00 pm          VDACS-OPS Legal Updates: Christine Trostler, Compliance Officer, VDACS-OPS

2:00 pm          Safety Review: Pesticides in the Environment: Carl Stafford, Senior Extension Agent, VCE – Culpeper

2:20 pm          Herbicide Resistant Weeds Update: Cynthia Sias, PhD student, VT Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science

3:00 pm          Vineyard Update: Tremain Hatch, Viticulture Extension/Research Associate, Alson H. Smith AREC

3:40 pm          Pest Round Robin: Spotted Lanternfly (Tim O.), Pasture Weed Update

4:00 pm          Adjourn



December 13, 2021 9:00am-Noon

Carver Center

9432 N James Madison Hwy

Rapidan, VA 22733


9:00 am          VDACS-OPS Legal Updates: Courtney Wesner, Associate Extension Agent, VCE - Orange

10:00 am       Safety Review: Pesticides in the Environment: Carl Stafford, Senior Extension Agent, VCE – Culpeper

10:20 am       Herbicide Resistant Weeds Update: Cynthia Sias, PhD student, VT Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science

11:00 am       Vineyard Update: Tremain Hatch, Viticulture Extension/Research Associate, Alson H. Smith AREC

11:40 am       Pest Round Robin: Spotted Lanternfly (Ashley), Pasture Weed Update

12:00 pm       Adjourn


For any questions regarding the pesticide classes, please contact Kenner Love 540-675-3619 or email








Small Ruminant Production - Webinar Series
Extension Committee - Southern Section of ASAS

All webinars will be held at 1 pm EST
Registration is free
Webinars will be recorded and available early 2022

November 3 - How EBVs can improve sheep and goat health and productivity?
Dr. Reid Redden, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
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November 10 - Forage-based nutrition considerations for small ruminants
Dr. Andrew Weaver, North Carolina State University
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November 17 - Wormy sheep and goats: when should I treat and how do I decide what dewormers to use?
Dr. Ray Kaplan, St. George's University
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December 1 - Reproduction in sheep: the importance of the ram
Dr. Brenda Alexander, University of Wyoming 
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Questions? Please contact 
Chelsey Kimbrough, University of Arkansas (
Ashley Edwards, Louisiana State University (


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The invasive spotted lanterfly is on the move in Virginia.
If you see SLF in your area, please report it here









Viticulture Notes….............................................................................  November 2021

Tony K. Wolf, Viticulture Extension Specialist, AHS Jr. Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Winchester, Virginia  


Seasons of change

Many of us will get a taste of the winter ahead with the arrival of freezing temperatures expected in Virginia this week. I will be hustling this evening to pick the last of the eggplant, peppers and tomatoes from what remains of a summer garden. While I’ll be sad to see the demise of those generous plants, I’ve always appreciated the fact that we have four distinct seasons in Virginia. Granted, some are more pleasant than others. But the variety of weather, colors, flora and fauna offered by each season becomes a part of our lives in both tangible and metaphorical ways.


Pink spore masses of ripe rot fungus erupting from a Cabernet Sauvignon berry.


Our last “sentinel vineyard” seasonal recap was held yesterday and my colleagues Beth Chang and Tremain Hatch will provide a more complete reflection of the season, but a few highlights here.  Rainfall patterns varied over the Commonwealth, but many experienced an extended hot, dry period from late-May into August, just as the periodical cicadas were winding down their 3-week symphony in parts of the state. Generally, the weather patterns changed in August to much more frequent rainfall, more humid conditions, and warmer nighttime temperatures. Even in the relatively dry northern Shenandoah Valley the conditions felt more “tropical” than what is normally described as “humid subtropical” in the Köppen climate classification.  It was the first season in quite a while that I commonly saw “slime mold” and fungi such as Mutinus caninus (dog stinkhorn. Google it; you’ll understand the canine reference) growing in the lawn or sprouting from the mulch. Perfect conditions too for ripe rot (Colletotrichum spp.), botrytis, and downy mildew on the grapes and grapevine canopies. Our research vineyard was not spared, and both botrytis and ripe rot (photo) were abundant on our Cabernet Sauvignon once Brix levels reached about 22°. Our tree fruits pathologist mentioned that bitter rot of apple, caused by some of the same Colletotrichum species that cause grape ripe rot, was also prevalent this season.

Despite the late-season weather, several of the sentinel vineyard partners gave the 2021 season a B+ grade for grape quality, while one central Virginia winemaker went further to say that the young wines were very good and exhibited surprisingly intense color density in the reds.


Virginia Tech Tree Fruit Extension and Outreach Programs


2021 Tree Fruit Extension Survey

Posted: 08 Oct 2021 02:36 PM PDT


            The following is a link for a very brief survey that should take less than 2 min to complete. The results of this survey will help us assess our tree-fruit research and extension program at the AHS Jr. AREC. This survey will also help us identify priority areas and extension activities most preferred by Virginia tree fruit growers and stakeholders.

Here is the survey link:

We appreciate your help!



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Rappahannock 4-H Google Website

Rappahannock 4-H has a new google website! This website houses all things 4-H! There is information about how to become a member, 4-H 2.0, upcoming events, quick links, requirements of a club, and information about the clubs that are currently meeting.  Check it out! 


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