Instructor sees bright future for Ag Tech students

Wesley Gwaltney

Wesley Gwaltney

While climate change, population growth, and dwindling natural resources pose a challenging environment for food and fiber production, Wesley Gwaltney, a new instructor in the Agricultural Technology Program, thinks it’s a great time to be involved in agriculture and the green industry.

“In their lifetimes, students will likely see the world population reach 10 billion,” said Gwaltney, who teaches crop option classes. “The advancements in agriculture that will take place in order to feed and clothe the world are going to be exciting. I think now is a very interesting and promising time to be involved with agriculture.”

Gwaltney has been a Hokie since 2000 when he received his associate degree in farm business management. He subsequently obtained a bachelor’s in agricultural and extension education in 2003 and a master’s in crop and soil environmental sciences in 2005.

One of the strengths of the Agricultural Technology Program as the amount of practical experience students gain.

“I look forward to working with our industry partners to provide our students with unique, hands-on learning experiences that utilize the newest technologies.”