The college hosted a networking event for students, faculty, and industry leaders at the Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade in Richmond March 7. More than 60 attendees had the opportunity to share career advice and talk about agricultural trade over a reception and dinner sponsored in part by First Bank & Trust Company. Gov. McAuliffe spoke at the conference and announced that Virginia saw $3.19 billion in agricultural and forestry exports in 2015. Virginia Tech continues to be a significant partner in growing exports through research, outreach, and education initiatives.
March 21 marks the two-year anniversary of the opening of the HABB1 Building — 93,500 square feet of pilot plants, research labs, and support facilities focused on a wide range of food science and biological systems engineering research. We can point to multiple success stories, the most recent of which is the new brew house and malting system that adds another component to the fermentation program. Many of our students now have additional opportunities to study the science of fermentation and its application in the food processing and pharmaceutical industries, and our faculty is better able to serve these industries through related research and Extension programs.
I hope you take the time to attend the next Beyond Boundaries Town Hall Meeting Monday, April 4, from noon to 1 p.m., in the Squires Commonwealth Ballroom. President Sands, Provost Rikakis, and the leadership team will report on the progress of this major initiative in which CALS will play an important role.