The Wise 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 Wise 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.
In 2017, two raccoons from the Big Stone Gap area were found to be infected with rabies. The USDA will conduct an emergency spring oral rabies vaccine airdrop starting on May 14th in parts of Wise, Scott and Lee Couties in response to that discovery, in an attempt to slow the westward expansion of raccon rabies. Low-flying airplanes and helicopters will drop the bait sachets, which are coated with fishmeal to attract raccons. These aren't harmful to you or your pets, but if you would like more information please see this letter.
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.