Alan Grant, dean of the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, was part of a panel that discussed how technological changes are helping agriculture — the state’s largest private economic sector — remain a driver of rural economies.
Gary Minish was one of the first to champion leaner, more heavily muscled, and faster growing cattle over the less profitable, smaller, and fatter cattle of the 1950s and early ‘60s. His influence helped shape the modern beef cattle phenotype, long before the introduction of genomic technology.
As dean of students, Brown led new student orientation programs, family programming, sexual assault education, and multicultural and international programs. He also provided great care and compassion to many Hokies and their families following April 16, 2007.
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.
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.
In a new $6 million collaboration between Google and National 4-H, 4-H teens like Terrance Hairston and Cameron Robertson are learning through a “teens as teachers” model to train local kids in computer science skills, and to pass the tools to teach CS on to more 4-H’ers in communities throughout their state.
Rudd, professor and head of the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, has gained national and international recognition in rural leadership development and viable rural communities.
During her two decades at Virginia Tech, Miller has focused on tackling new and difficult problems facing urban pest management. Her research has centered on a wide variety of urban pests, including German cockroaches, subterranean termites, fire ants, and bed bugs.
Thanks to a new collaboration between the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station and weather-intelligence provider WeatherSTEM, local forecasting technologies around the state are helping farmers prepare for and weather the storm.
Beginning in August, Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Department of Forestry will co-host multiple workshops providing information and tools for families looking into forest and/or farmland transfers. Running through December, the workshops will span Farmville, Harrisonburg, Roanoke, Lebanon, and Providence Forge.
Brown has been a student, an Extension agent, an administrator, an Alumni Association leader, a proud parent of two Virginia Tech alumni, an enthusiastic Hokie fan, dean of students, and assistant to the vice president for Student Affairs.
Jones wants to direct much of his focus on the nearly 6 million kids that make up 4-H, the largest youth development organization in the U.S., as well as young people the organization has yet to reach.
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services recently established a quarantine for the City of Winchester and Frederick County in an effort to prevent the spread of spotted lanternfly, an invasive pest first detected in Winchester in 2018.