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Tobin Smith Recognized as Connect with Kids Champion at Virginia Cooperative Extension Annual Arlington/Alexandria Showcase

The Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth and Families (APCYF) lauded Tobin “Toby” Smith as a Connect with Kids Champion during the Arlington-Alexandria Virginia Cooperative Extension annual breakfast and showcase last week.

Connect with Kids Champions are people who go out of their way to develop and maintain positive, supportive relationships with young people. Each fall and spring, APCYF invites the Arlington community to nominate individuals, groups, businesses, and non-profit organizations as Champions because of the relationships they’ve built with young people.

Smith, vice president for Policy, Association of American Universities, volunteers with Arlington 4-H Youth Development. He has connected with kids since 1988 using nature and fishing as the hook. Starting with a 4-H Gardening Club for children of refugees from Southeast Asia, he later formed a 4-H Fishing Club for ten children ages 8-10 and worked with that group until they graduated from high school.



Donald Turner named 2015 Virginia Farmer of the Year

Michael Parrish and Donald Turner

Dinwiddie County Unit Coordinator and Senior Virginia Cooperative Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent Mike Parrish (left) and Swisher Sunbelt Farmer of the Year Donald Turner in one of Turner’s tobacco fields (right).

Virginia Cooperative Extension has recognized Donald Turner of Turner Family Farms in North Dinwiddie, Virginia, as the 2015 Virginia Farmer of the Year. He joins nine other state winners as finalists for the overall award which will be announced on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Ag Expo farm show in Moultrie, Georgia.

Turner has farmed for 41 years and is currently a diversified row crop farmer. This past year, he farmed 1,166 acres of cropland plus another 165 acres in timber for a total of 1,331 acres.

He also produced about 4,000 bales of wheat straw last year.

“We bale enough straw to deliver what the market requires,” Turner said in an interview with Sunbelt Ag Expo.



Honorees to be inducted into Virginia Livestock Hall of Fame on Virginia Tech campus

Portraits of Olive Kendrick, Richard H.L. Chichester III, Allen Harper, Gary Minnish, and David Notter.

(From L to R top) Olive Kendrick Britt, Richard H.L. Chichester III, Allen Foster Harper (From L to R bottom) Gary L. Minish, and David Notter

Five individuals will be inducted into the Virginia Livestock Hall of Fame for 2015 at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, at the College of Agriculture and Life Science’s Alphin-Stuart Livestock Arena on Virginia Tech’s campus. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

The ceremony will include an unveiling of the portraits of the 2015 honorees, which will be permanently displayed in the arena. The new Hall of Fame members, who hail from academia and industry, have demonstrated outstanding and uncommon contributions to the livestock industry.

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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.



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.