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Virginia Cooperative Extension offers assistance before and after disasters strike

Virginia Cooperative Extension offers several publications to help the public prepare for and deal with emergencies.

Virginia Cooperative Extension offers several publications to help the public prepare for and deal with emergencies.

BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 18, 2015 – Virginia is no stranger to natural disasters. In 2011 alone, Virginia experienced snowstorms, tornadoes, Hurricane Irene, and remnants of Tropical Storm Lee. These events caused losses of life and property and millions of dollars in damage. Even a summer thunderstorm can create unexpected emergency situations, from water contamination to power outages.

Virginia Cooperative Extension offers resources for planning for emergency situations, as well as resources for those in need when disaster strikes.

“It’s out of sight, out of mind,” said Michael Martin, Virginia Cooperative Extension emergency response and preparedness coordinator. “We haven’t had a tropical storm for a few years, so people don’t think about it.”

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Skelton 4-H welcome center named in honor of T. Marshall Hahn Jr.

Hahn Welcome Center Building

The Hahn Welcome Center at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center at Smith Mountain
Lake.

The welcome center building at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake has been named in honor of former university president T. Marshall Hahn Jr., during whose tenure the center was founded.

A dedication ceremony for the Hahn Welcome Center will take place at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14 at the 4-H Center, located at 775 Hermitage Road in Wirtz.

“I’m honored and humbled by this naming,” Hahn said. “The amazing growth and success of this center is a credit to generations of dedicated administrators and generous volunteers. Since this center’s earliest days, it has been a shining example of how we fulfill the outreach component of Virginia Tech’s land-grant mission.”

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Kentland Farm Field Day will showcase diverse research

BLACKSBURG, Va., Aug. 4, 2015 – Kentland Farm may be best known for the Dining Services Garden that provides some of the fresh produce to the thousands of students who eat on the Virginia Tech campus, but participants at the New River Valley Agriculture Field Day will learn that the 350-acre farm is much more than that.

new Virginia Tech dairy barn

Visitors to the newly constructed Dairy Complex – Kentland Farm tour the feeding area.

The farms’ diverse research initiatives will be on display from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 13.

The field day will showcase the variety of  research projects being conducted at the farm, including programs that focus on weed management, fescue seed head suppression, and unmanned aircraft.

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Experts Directory from Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences now available

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The Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Experts Directory

Need to find an expert on agricultural productivity or animal genetics? Bioengineering or bioluminescence? Climate change or community development? Diabetes or drought?

Look no further than the new Experts Directory that contains detailed descriptions of nearly 300 authoritative sources from the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Virginia Cooperative Extension.

Members of the media, fellow scientists, and others can easily find the expert they are searching for using keywords, departments, subject area, or names.

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Virginia Master Naturalist program welcomes new sponsoring agency

BLACKSBURG, Va., Aug. 3, 2015 – The Virginia Master Naturalist program — a statewide volunteer training and service program providing education, outreach, and service to better manage natural resources and natural areas in Virginia — welcomes the Virginia Institute of Marine Science’s Center for Coastal Resources Management as its newest sponsoring agency.

Based in Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment, the Virginia Master Naturalist program started in 2005 with financial support from five sponsoring agencies: Virginia Cooperative Extension, the Virginia Museum of Natural History, and the state departments of Conservation and Recreation, Game and Inland Fisheries, and Forestry. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality was added as a sponsoring agency in 2010. Program volunteers actively were engaged in that department’s Citizen Water Quality Monitoring Program, a collaboration that has strengthened over time.

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