I am sure many are ready for spring after experiencing the winter weather this past month. I appreciated everyone’s efforts in dealing with the challenges of the weather. The good news is that spring is just around the corner!
I had the opportunity to attend portions of the VCE Winter Conference this past week. The attendance of more than 380 participants was impressive, and it was wonderful to see the level of interactions and exchange of ideas and information taking place. Joe Hunnings and his team did a great job planning and organizing the event. Many thanks to everyone who participated and helped make the conference
The General Assembly is still in session and is considering several requests for higher education. Although approval of new capital project funding seems unlikely, we are hopeful that we will receive authorization for preliminary design of the second phase of the dairy relocation. Recall that construction for first phase of the relocation is now well underway at the Kentland site. Phase two, which is in pre-planning, will complete the relocation and will include facilities at Kentland, Plantation Road, and near the vet school. Receiving authorization for preliminary design of phase two will allow the project to keep moving forward. We are also anticipating additional funding to support the operations and management of the new Human and Agricultural Biosciences Building 1. Construction of HABB1 was completed in December, and it is now occupied by faculty, staff, and students from the biological systems engineering and food science and technology departments.