I hope everyone had some time to enjoy the recent holiday season and coping OK with the recent winter weather. In light of the past snowstorm, I hope you are taking advantage of Mike Martin’s excellent Winter Preparedness updates to help plan for any weather-related events. The email alerts are part of VCE’s Disaster Education Network and offer tips on storm preparedness, and other helpful material related to disaster preparedness.
The annual Agribusiness Council banquet was held on Jan. 14 and many from the college and the university met and mingled with stakeholders and friends, and dined with members of the General Assembly. Nearly 1,000 industry members and elected officials attended. We were pleased with the announcement that Tony Wolf (director, Alson H. Smith, Jr. AREC) and Bob Pittman (superintendent, Eastern Virginia AREC) are recipients of the Agribusiness Council’s Land-Grant Award. The awards will be presented to them later this year. Congratulations Tony and Bob!
The Legislative Breakfast followed early the next morning with President Timothy D. Sands and Vice President Dwight Shelton giving an update on our excellent work and stewardship of resources. We know legislators are doing everything they can during the 2016 General Assembly Session to support Agencies 208 and 229. These events provide a way for us to ensure the legislators and industry stakeholders are aware of the very positive impacts the university has on people, communities, and industries, as well as the resource challenges and needs we face to conduct our university missions.