From the Dean — July/August 2015

Alan Grant, dean

Alan Grant, dean

Dear Colleagues,

More than 500 4-H teens, volunteer leaders, and Extension agents were on campus June 15-18 for the 95th annual State 4-H Congress. The following week, Virginia Tech hosted over 2,000 members and guests from across the state at the 89th State FFA Convention.

On June 28, 97 of the commonwealth’s best and brightest high school students came to campus for the Virginia Summer Residential Governor’s School for Agriculture program that ran through July 25. The program allows students to interact with and learn from faculty and staff. It is always a pleasure seeing these young people enjoying our campus and learning more about agriculture and the life sciences during the summer.

About 250 volunteers attended the 28th Annual Master Gardener College June 24-28. The educational program featured tree-steward training and session topics such as food preservation and fermentation, arboriculture, home vegetable production, emerging technologies such as using drones for risk tree assessment, and online resources for managing urban trees. Continue reading

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