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Virginia Cooperative Extension offers tips on pest management at greenhouse and nursery workshop

Virginia Cooperative Extension will host a pest management workshop on updated techniques for controlling diseases and insects in greenhouse and nursery environments on Jan. 26, 2017.

The workshop will take place at Battlefield Farms Inc. located at 23190 Clarks Mountain Road in Rapidan, Virginia from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Faculty from Virginia Cooperative Extension, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the University of Maryland Extension will lead the workshops.

Other topics to be covered during the event are conventional and biological control options available to growers, plant growth regulator basics with an emphasis on perennials, and nutrient and water efficiency on nursery crops.

For more information, to register, and to request special accommodation contact Shawn Appling at 540-727-3435 or ashawn6@vt.edu.

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Virginia Tech to host Precision Agriculture Day at Kentland Farm Oct. 12

Participants of Virginia Tech's Precision Agriculture Day will learn about the benefits of precision technology on Oct. 12 at Kentland Farm.

Participants of Virginia Tech’s Precision Agriculture Day will learn about the benefits of precision technology on Oct. 12 at Kentland Farm.

Virginia Tech will host Precision Agriculture Day on Oct. 12 at Kentland Farm in Blacksburg from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Participants will have the opportunity to get answers to common questions about the benefits of precision agriculture and learn how they can establish cost-effective technologies on their farms.

Precision agriculture is becoming increasingly utilized — and economical — in recent years as producers use technology, such as iPads, GPS, and variable rate equipment, to increase yields and inform management decisions.

Registration information for the event, which costs $10, can be found online. Kentland Farm is about eight minutes from the Virginia Tech campus at 5250 Whitethorne Road.

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Virginia 4-H celebrates being ‘#4-HGrown’ during National 4-H Week, Oct. 2-8

4-H members have the opportunities to participate in many different projects. This group of 4-H'ers from Madison County are learning about nutrition and food safety by participating in the 4-H Food Challenge Competition.

4-H members have the opportunities to participate in many different projects. This group of 4-H’ers from Madison County are learning about nutrition and food safety by participating in the 4-H Food Challenge Competition.

Virginia 4-H youth and alumni are celebrating more than 100 years of growing leaders with a “#4-HGrown” theme for National 4-H Week, Oct. 2-8.

“Through Virginia 4-H, youth find their true passions, gain confidence, and give back to their community,” said Cathy Sutphin, associate director for 4-H, the youth development program for Virginia Cooperative Extension

Across the country, current and former 4-H’ers are celebrating their love for 4-H and all it has taught them. National 4-H Week marks the program’s 115th anniversary. The 4-H program grew from a need for basic agricultural education for youth, but today 4-H offers a comprehensive curriculum that covers science and technology, career and economic education, citizenship, communication and expressive arts, family sciences, and leadership.

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Experience the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences with virtual reality goggles at the state fair

Get a 360-degree look at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the Virginia State Fair.

Get a 360-degree look at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the Virginia State Fair.

Now you only have to go as far as your smart phone to be able to see all that the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has to offer.

A new series of virtual reality images immerses viewers in 360-degree scenes from around the college that highlight the research, education, and outreach that faculty, staff, and students undertake on a daily basis. The images can be found online and at this year’s State Fair of Virginia.

The photos range from graduate students working in a modern lab in the Human and Agricultural Biosciences Building 1 to Virginia Cooperative Extension agents examining food safety issues and athletic trainers working with the football team in Lane Stadium during a football game.

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Four industry ambassadors to be inducted into Virginia Livestock Hall of Fame

head shots of the four inductees

(From left to right top) Dwight E. Houff, Robert W. Manly. (From left to right bottom) Richard G. Saacke, Max James Tappero.

Four distinguished industry leaders will be inducted into the Virginia Livestock Hall of Fame at 10 a.m., Sept. 24, at the Alphin-Stuart Livestock Teaching Arena on Virginia Tech’s campus. The public is invited to attend this free event.

The ceremony features the unveiling of the honorees’ portraits, which will hang in the arena gallery alongside those of 55 other prominent industry leaders who have been recognized for their contributions to the Virginia livestock industry.

“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.

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