Pesticide Container Recycling

We collect plastic pesticide containers year round at the county fairgrounds and reward producers with gift certificates for recycling 200 or more containers per year. In 2012 , we collected over 15,000 containers from 28 producers. Southampton County is the leader in the amount of containers collected in the state.

On Farm Variety Testing

This county includes over 93,000 acres of row crop production which is compromised of cotton, soybeans, wheat, corn, peanuts, sorghum, watermelons, and pumpkins. We are the state’s largest producer of cotton, peanuts, and watermelons in terms of acreage. We are in the top 5 in soybean acreage as well. Therefore, on farm variety testing is vital to our producers. This year, we have 3 cotton trials, a corn hybrid trial, a group 5 soybean test, and a grain sorghum variety trial.

ANR newsletter

In 2012, we sent out 16 newsletters to 134 producers. These newsletters contain timely production updates, upcoming events, and general commentary on the current issues facing our local producers.

Private Pesticide Applicators Recertification

We conduct two recertification courses annually that are held in December at the local agri-civic center.

Peanut Pod Blasting Clinics

We conduct peanut pod blasting clinics to determine optimum harvest timing for peanuts in order to maximize yields. These are held locally at various agri-chemical retailers.

Cotton/Peanut Awards Banquet

This is the grandest of all ANR events that is held in February of each year. The top peanut and cotton producers are awarded beautiful plaques and trophies for the best yields the previous season. The support of industry allows us to give away many coveted door prizes and provide our farmers and their families with a great evening filled with fine dining and fellowship. This event draws a crowd of close to 100 people annually.

Southampton County 4-H Program

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the Southampton County 4-H Web Page. We will be listing links to other web sites we feel will be helpful to you and your 4-H'er, 4-H forms you may need throughout the year and we are going to have answers to some of the more frequently ask question the public has about 4-H. Please let us know if you have any suggestions for this web site.

Frequently ask questions about 4-H

How can I join 4-H?

In Southampton County any one between the ages of 5-19 can join 4-H by coming into the Virginia Cooperative Extension Southampton County Extension Office. Activities available for youth vary by age. Cloverbuds are kids between the ages of 5-8 and 4-Hers are between 9-19.

Is 4-H just for kids who live on a farm?

No you don't have to live on a farm to be in 4-H. In Southampton County we have over 70 projects to choose from. We have something for everyone. 4-H offers opportunities in projects from computers to food/nutrition to citizenship to natural resources. We offer two 4-H Clubs and are growing. Southampton County also has the traditional Beef, Swine, Horse & Pony and a 4-H Livestock Show. Just to name a few.

What is 4-H?

4-H is a hands-on educational program for youth. It is concerned with helping boys and girls increase their knowledge, skills, citizenship, and leadership. The 4-H Program uses a combination of club work, projects, and activities to help accomplish this goal. 4-H is a great opportunity to meet new people, make lasting friendships, learn new skills, get the skills to be tomorrow’s leaders, and oh HAVE FUN!!!

How much does 4-H cost?

To join 4-H there is no cost, but some activities do have a cost with them. This will vary on the activity.

What things can you do in 4-H?

In Southampton County we have a 4-H Camp that takes place every year during the summer. It is a five days and four nights at Airfield 4-H Center in Wakefield, VA.


Southampton County also has two clubs that meet year round for youth to participate in. These are:

  • Contact Jeff and Marcy Shaffer at for more information
  • Usually meets the second and fourth Sunday of the month from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Meetings are held at the shooting range at the Airfield 4-H Center in Wakefield
  • Volunteers provide coaching in Archery, Riflery, and Shotgun
  • Includes participants from several surrounding counties
  • Participants compete at the local, regional, and state levels

Additional Information

Related Links

  • Contact Jennifer Johnson at for more information
  • Meeting dates and locations vary from month to month
  • Typical meeting locations include the Franklin-Southampton Fairgrounds outside of Courtland,  participants’ farms, and the Southampton County Virginia Cooperative Extension Office in Courtland
  • Each meeting includes an  educational portion where livestock specialists and volunteers speak to 4-Hers on topics that cover the livestock project areas
  • Participants are invited to show their livestock at the Franklin-Southampton County Fair
  • General Participation Rules for Southampton County 4-H Competitions (PDF)

The Horse Club meets one evening a month, usually at Ballyshannon Equestrian Center. You do not need to own a horse to participate in this club, which covers all things horses. For more information, please contact Maura Britt, club leader, at 757-562-5353 or

Additional Information

  • A county contest is held each February in which youth can participate in method demonstrations, photography, fine arts, arts & crafts, public speaking, illustrated talks, and much more.
  • 4-H Livestock Program and Show is held in conjunction with the Franklin/Southampton County Fair each August. Livestock participation is due in mid-June of each year and entries must be received at the Extension office at this time.
  • 4-H day camps are held throughout the year and summer.  Please see the newsletter for updates on what day camps are being held.

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.

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