Virginia Cooperative Extension

The Amherst County Extension office is a unit within Virginia Cooperative Extension. There are 107 county and city units throughout the state. We are an educational service, operated under cooperative sponsorship of Amherst County, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


The purpose of the Amherst County Extension Office is to provide information to people through educational programs, instruction, and publications to help improve their economic, social, and cultural wellbeing. The resources and expertise of the Virginia land-grant universities are utilized by adapting their research to meet the needs and interests of the local area.


  • Agriculture & Natural Resources
  • 4-H Youth
  • Family & Consumer Sciences

Assistance in these areas of expertise is easy, you can:

  • Participate in classes, meetings, and workshops
  • Consult a staff member by office visit or telephone
  • Request a home or farm visit by a staff member
  • Receive newsletters on various topics
  • Participate in 4-H and/or Family & Community Education Clubs

Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. 

In this Department

More Information

Contact Us

Karen Tanner, Senior Extension Agent
100 Goodwin St
P.O. Box 580, Amherst, VA 24521
Get Directions
  • Phone: (434) 946-9365
  • Fax: (434) 946-9404
  • Staff Directory
  • Office Hours:
    Monday - Friday
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM