Artificial insemination expert Nicholas Wege Dias wanted to give back to many of the inmates and prison farm employees who have assisted him with his research on beef cattle. He did so by delivering a two-day course to prisoners to help prepare them for the workforce.
Since 2015, nearly 300 high school students have participated in the Virginia Household Water Quality Program. The program has increased their awareness of water quality issues and stimulated interest in science, technology, engineering, and math educational programs.
In September, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded Virginia Cooperative Extension $1,099,260 to expand training on opioid prevention. The grant builds upon two current USDA-funded Cooperative Extension projects to expand training and technical assistance on opioid prevention to additional rural counties in the commonwealth.
Erica Feuerbacher, an assistant professor in the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and a team from Arizona State University received a $1.7 million grant from Maddie’s Fund to evaluate how to foster shelter dogs most effectively.
If you’re interested in local and regional food and agriculture, dealing with farming stressors in healthy ways, practical applications of soil health, value-added products, farm profitability, and other food and agricultural system topics, plan to attend the 2018 Virginia Farm to Table Conference, Dec. 5-6 in Weyers Cave, Virginia.
In a new publication series, "Stormwater Management for Homeowners," Virginia Cooperative Extension provides information on how homeowners can use different practices in their landscapes to manage stormwater and protect their property from damage in the future.
For the third consecutive year, the famous birds will make the journey from the White House, where the turkeys are “pardoned” by the president in a formal ceremony, to Blacksburg’s Gobblers Rest, where they will live out their days and get to know the HokieBird.
The newly established Bert Dodson Sr. Urban Entomology Enrichment Fund in the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will enable researchers, faculty, and Virginia Cooperative Extension professionals to implement solutions to urban pest problems and to share that knowledge with students, pest management professionals, and citizens.