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Research aids in the fight against invasive species

From soybean fields to hemlocks forests, experts from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Virginia Cooperative Extension are developing ways to deal with and control the hitchhikers, interlopers, and otherwise nasty pests known as invasive species.

Jacob Barney, assistant professor in the Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science, is just one of a team of faculty members studying invasive species and protecting Virginia producers from their destruction.

Jacob Barney, assistant professor in the Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science, is just one of a team of faculty members studying invasive species and protecting Virginia producers from their destruction.

“The top 10 pests that we deal with now are non-native, and we spend lots of money to control them,” said Eric Day, an entomologist with Virginia Cooperative Extension and manager of the Insect Identification Lab in the Department of Entomology.

Meanwhile Assistant Professor Jacob Barney in the Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science, collaboratively studies another invasive species — Johnsongrass — a weed that chokes out crops on farmland because of its fast-growing and extensive root structure.

Barney will study what makes Johnsongrass a globally successful weed and use the research to establish a model for studying other weeds and how to predict invasiveness.

Another most-wanted intruder, the brown marmorated stink bug, is an annoyance to homeowners, but the real problem is the millions of dollars in damage it causes to crops across the Mid-Atlantic region.

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John McGee receives national award for expanding geospatial education

BLACKSBURG, Va., July 23, 2015 – John McGee, a professor and geospatial specialist for Virginia Cooperative Extension in the College of Natural Resources and Environment, received the 2015 Distinguished Geospatial Education Partner Award from the National Geospatial Technology Center of Excellence.

McGee was recognized for his work with the Expanding Geospatial Technician Education Through Virginia’s Community Colleges (GeoTEd) project, a Virginia-focused effort designed to build academic pathways to employment for geospatial technicians through Virginia’s community colleges.

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Edwin J. Jones recognized for his service to agribusiness

BLACKSBURG, Va., April 17, 2015 – Edwin J. Jones, director of Virginia Cooperative Extension and associate dean of the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, recently was recognized by the Virginia Agribusiness Council for his outstanding service to the agribusiness industry.

Jones received the 2015 Land-Grant University award last month at the 2015 Virginia Cooperative Extension Professional Development Conference in Blacksburg. The council presents awards annually to faculty, staff, and administrators of the commonwealth’s land-grant universities, which include both Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, for meritorious or exemplary services to the industry of agribusiness during their careers.

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Research yields economic benefit for farmers and Virginia Tech

Carl Griffey gives tour at EVAREC in Warsaw, Va.

Professor Carl Griffey showcases new crop varieties at a field day at the Eastern Virginia Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Warsaw, Va. Seedsmen, producers, and grain exporters benefit from Griffey’s research because they rely on small grains for their livelihoods.

Professor Carl Griffey’s research to develop new strains of wheat does more than help the nation’s grain producers compete in the global market. His work also generates millions of dollars for the commonwealth and Virginia Tech. Read More

Gordon Groover receives 2012 Andy Swiger Land-Grant Award

Alan Grant and Gordon Groover

Gordon Groover (right), associate professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics, receives the 2012 Andy Swiger Land-Grant Award from College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean Alan Grant.

By: Amanda Thomas

Gordon Groover, a Virginia Cooperative Extension economist and associate professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, was recently awarded the 2012 Andy Swiger Land-Grant Award.

Groover directs the commonwealth’s agricultural use taxation program, which educates Virginians on the value of agricultural lands and assists local leaders who set and collect property taxes. Read More