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National Health Outreach Conference held in Roanoke, Virginia on April 6-8

ROANOKE, Va., Feb. 25, 2016 – Virginia Cooperative Extension will host the 2016 National Health Outreach Conference in Roanoke, Virginia, from April 6-8.

The theme for this year’s conference is “All Aboard: Building Partnerships for a Healthy America.”

Health professionals, health educators, health policy makers, and anyone interested in learning more about physical and mental wellness should attend the conference.

The goal of the conference is to offer a participatory and collaborative conference joining organizations and agencies working across systems to address current and future health issues. The conference begins on April 6 at 12:30 p.m. with participants having the choice of either several tours or the pre-conference.

The conference will be kicked off with a banquet at 6 p.m. Plenary sessions and concurrent sessions will be held April 7-8 with the conference concluding at noon on April 8

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Virginia Tech hops into the farm-to-glass craft beer movement with new brewhouse on campus

Adjunct Professor Herbert Bruce stirs a batch of suds with students in the brewhouse at Virginia Tech’s Human and Agricultural Biosciences Building 1.

Adjunct Professor Herbert Bruce stirs a batch of suds with students in the brewhouse at Virginia Tech’s Human and Agricultural Biosciences Building 1.

BLACKSBURG, Va., Feb. 18, 2016 – Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has long been a steward of the commonwealth’s wine industry through oenology and viticulture research and outreach efforts.

Now, the advent of a state-of-the-art shiny, new brewhouse and malting system will allow the university to shepherd along beer research as well. The newly installed system allows students to learn the latest in malting, brewing, and fermenation techniques, while faculty further the university’s land-grant mission by supporting industry research in fermentation and brewing.

The recently installed 2.5 hectoliter, professional-grade Esau & Hueber system was designed for research on brewing ingredients, process parameters, outcomes, and innovations. Regional breweries may also develop new varieties of ales and lagers while researching new, locally sourced ingredients without having to take their own facilities off-line. The facility, which can produce 66 gallons of beer per batch, is very similar to the ones used in commercial craft brewing operations around the U.S. The brewhouse is optimized for teaching and research, so some of the processes are not as automated as commercial breweries may be.

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Virginia Tech to co-host Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade on March 7-8

BLACKSBURG, Va., Feb. 11, 2016 – The Virginia Tech Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics will co-host the 8th annual Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Tradeon March 7-8 at the Hilton Richmond Downtown Hotel.

The two-day conference, entitled “The New Virginia Economy: Expanding Agricultural Opportunities Worldwide,” is also hosted by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, and the Virginia Port Authority.

The event will bring together producers, agribusinesses, entrepreneurs, exporters, foreign ambassadors, embassy ministers, land-grant university leadership, state and federal government officials, and others to discuss challenges and opportunities for global exports. Moderated panel discussions and private meetings regarding the international trade of agricultural goods will be held as well.

“This year’s conference will focus on our ongoing efforts helping existing businesses expand, attracting new businesses to the commonwealth, and assisting businesses as they promote and sell more of their outstanding products in the global marketplace.” McAuliffe said

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