The City of Danville 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 City of Danville 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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Register for 4-H Camp Today!

4-H Camp
Join us around the campfire at 4-H camp!

You don't have to be a 4-H'er in order to join Danville 4-H for a fun-filled week at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center, Smith Mountain Lake!
Camp is for youth ages 9-13 and will be held from June 18-22, 2018 registration closes May 19, 2018. 
Check out the brochure below for more information including a printable registration form or register online!

Family Summer Camp

Are you looking for a fun and affordable summer activity for the whole family? Do you have children who are not yet old enough for regular 4-H Camp? Our Summer Family Camp may be the thing for you! To register: bit.ly/SkeltonRegistration call (540)721-2759, or contact your local 4-H Extension Agent!

Family Summer Camp

Upcoming Events

April 2018 Central District Agriculture and Natural Resources Newslettter

Small Farm Outreach Program Events - January to June 2018

The Small Farm Outreach Program
The Small Farm Outreach program has released their 2018 Winter/Spring Educational Workshops & Events.  Find out more on their website or stop by the Danville Extension Office for a brochure. 

Preventive Controls for Human Food Course
Virginia Tech, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, is pleased to offer the Preventive Controls for Human Food Course.  Due to a generous grant from VDACS, the course fee will be waived for a limited number of eligible participants (a $550 value per participant).  This two and a half day course provides instruction into the development of a Food Safety Plan as required by FDA as part of Food Safety Modernization Act. Participants will learn the key elements of a food safety plan, how to conduct a hazard analysis for biological, chemical and physical hazards, how to develop and implement risk based preventive controls (process, sanitation, allergen, and supplier) along with the appropriate verification and validation procedures.  This training was developed by FSPCA (Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance), a broad-based public/private alliance created by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Illinois Institute of Technology's Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) in cooperation with the Association of Food and Drug Officials. The course is delivered by Virginia Tech instructors, who have completed the Preventive Controls for Human Food Lead Instructor training and have extensive experience in food processing as well as in food safety instruction.  The Preventive Controls Rule requires that each covered facility have a Preventive Control Qualified Individual (PCQI)* development and implementation Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Controls for Human Foods.

*Companies that are not subject to Subparts C and G of the Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule (for example, very small businesses) are not required to have a Food Safety Plan or PCQI.  However, Preventive Controls for Human Food training may be beneficial for all food processing companies.

The curriculum is designed for food industry professionals with responsibility for a company's Food Safety Plan in terms of development, implementation or maintenance of food safety activities. It is suitable for those working in any area of the facility where preventive controls will be used (quality, sanitation, operations, logistics, maintenance, etc.), or where knowledge of the rule will be helpful (sales, marketing, upper management)

Eligibility requirements:  You must be employed at a food company based in Virginia and need an individual within your company trained as a Preventive Controls Food Qualified Individual (for human food). One employee from each eligible facility will be allowed to register until all available seats are taken.  If seats remain within two weeks of the course date, additional employees from the same facility will be considered.  If you do not meet the eligibility requirements, complete the survey to add your name to our email list.  We will be offering other classes in the future at full registration price.  Eligible participants please note - these are likely the last opportunities to have this training with no course fee. 

For more information to help you decide whether your company is covered and for the timeframe of regulatory compliance, please view this fact sheet: Preventive Controls for Human Food Fact Sheet

Two courses will be offered:

  • April 10-12
  • May 15-17

Both courses will be held at the Virginia Tech Richmond Center, 2810 North Parham Road, #300, Richmond, VA
Class time will be 8:30 am to 5 pm (Day1), 8 am to 5 pm (Day 2) and 8 am to 12:30 pm (Day 3).  Only participants attending the full time of instruction will receive certificates.  Class size is restricted to no more than 35 people/class.  

Workshop fees (including instructional material, certificate, breakfast, lunch and snacks) will be covered by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services grant. Any other costs associated with participation in these courses (e.g. travel costs) are the responsibility of the participant.

This is a great opportunity to get required training if you are a company that will be covered by the Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule and will need a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual at your facility!

To REGISTER, please click on the following link and fill out the survey:
Register for Class

Please hurry!  Classes will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.