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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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Virginia Tech helped hatch modern turkey industry

BLACKSBURG, Va., Dec. 15, 2014 – A.L. Dean was much more interested in birds such as warblers and robins than he was in turkeys when he was the head of the Department of Poultry Science at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in the 1920s.

Two men with Virginia Tech roots - Charles Wampler (left) and A.L. Dean (far right) - helped start the modern turkey industry.

Two men with Virginia Tech roots – Charles Wampler (left) and A.L. Dean (far right) – helped start the modern turkey industry.

But when Dean received a letter from a young Virginia Cooperative Extension agent from Rockingham County in 1922 inquiring about the possibility of artificially raising turkeys, Dean’s interest in turkeys took off.

That agent was Charles Wampler.  What followed in the years after Dean offered Wampler encouragement in this new farming technique not only altered the life of these two men, but also changed the turkey industry forever. Wampler is regarded as the father of the modern turkey industry.

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Virginia Tech alumni and former faculty members inducted into Virginia Livestock Hall of Fame

Top row, left to right: William E. Blalock, Patricia Ann (Keller) Douglas, and Arden N. Huff. Bottom Row: John H. Parker and Louis Andre (Andy) Swiger

Top row, left to right: William E. Blalock, Patricia Ann (Keller) Douglas, and Arden N. Huff. Bottom Row: John H. Parker and Louis Andre (Andy) Swiger

BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 24, 2014 – A group of Virginia’s livestock and horse organizations will induct five new members into the Virginia Livestock Hall of Fame located at the Alphin-Stuart Livestock Teaching Arena on Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg campus.

The 2014 inductees will have their portraits hung in the arena during a ceremony to be held Saturday, Sept. 27, at 10 a.m. Family, friends, and the public are invited to attend.

The portrait gallery was relocated in 2012 to the Alphin-Stuart Livestock Teaching Arena from the Meadow Pavilion at the State Fair of Virginia in Doswell, Virginia.

“The Livestock Hall of Fame allows Virginia’s beef, sheep, dairy, pork, and horse industries to recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to the commonwealth’s livestock industry,” said Ike Eller, a retired Virginia Cooperative Extension animal scientist who chairs the hall of fame committee. “We are proud to celebrate the accomplishments of this year’s honorees. They join a distinguished group of leaders who have helped make Virginia’s livestock industry what it is today.”

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Character counts — here and abroad

Teachers put together a puzzle

Teachers and community leaders learn about trustworthiness, deception, and lies by completing puzzles.

Since 1994, Virginia 4-H has provided training and support for CHARACTER COUNTS!, an education program developed by the California-based Josephson Institute of Ethics, which promotes character education throughout the country.

In 2004, Glenda Snyder, senior Virginia Cooperative Extension agent emeritus, introduced CHARACTER COUNTS! to schools in Brazil. She was invited by Partners of the Americas, a humanitarian organization, to train school personnel and implement character education. At the time, Brazilian school systems were characterized by high rates of violence and crime. Read More

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Virginia Cooperative Extension agents receive 2013 Alumni Award for Outreach Excellence (team achievement)

By: Catherine Doss

BLACKSBURG, Va., May 3, 2013 – A team of agents from Virginia Cooperative Extensionand the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech has received the university’s 2013 Alumni Award for Outreach Excellence (team achievement).

Established by the university’s Commission on Outreach and International Affairs with the support of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, the Alumni Award for Outreach Excellence is presented annually to recognize outstanding contributions by Virginia Tech faculty members who have extended the university’s outreach mission throughout the commonwealth, the nation, and the world. Recipients are nominated by their peers, share a $2,000 cash prize, and are inducted into the university’s Academy of Outreach Excellence.

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