In her five years at Virginia Tech, White has taken a lead role in harnessing advancements in technology to study livestock and convert big data into applications for producers. During Friday's State of the University address, White described the SmartFarm Innovation Network and its effect on animal health and sustainability.
Applying the land-grant higher education model of knowledge-sharing, as practiced by Virginia Tech, the Youth in Agriculture program works closely with agents and specialists from Virginia Cooperative Extension and 4-H.
Over the three-day meeting, board members received several reports on various topics, including faculty and staff recruitment and retention efforts; academic and research programs in the greater Washington, D.C., metro area; advancement initiatives; and the parking and transportation program in Blacksburg.
The Fralin SURF program is a 10-week training program designed to give motivated Virginia Tech undergraduates the opportunity to engage in full-time research and related professional development activities that mirror graduate training.
On Sep. 17, Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will host the event, which will highlight current research projects at Kentland Farm, address subjects related to grazing practices and pasture management, and feature a farm tour.
Smith began her career as a food safety specialist with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services before transitioning to the Virginia Department of Health, where she works as an environmental health specialist.
A Virginia Tech research team has discovered that native animals are diminishing as invasive plants gain a foothold in their habitats. Their study, which took place over a two-year period, is published in the journal Global Change Biology.
Colorectal cancer is the second most common form of cancer in the world, with rates about 30 percent higher in developed countries. It’s expected to cause 51,020 deaths in the United States during 2019.