Alan Grant, dean
As we approach the halfway point of the summer, it’s a good time to highlight some of the great summer programs and activities involving many CALS faculty, staff, and students. Thirty-five CALS undergraduates are among the 356 students attending the second Virginia Tech Summer Academy. Some of the courses are taught by CALS instructors.
Transfer student orientation took place June 23-26 for the 136 transfer students joining the college this fall, and orientation for about 500 new first-year students starts July 7.
There have also been a number of opportunities for youth on campus this summer. More than 500 4-H members were on campus June 16-19 for State 4-H Congress. The 2014 theme was “Celebrating the Past, Making It Last.” Caleb Elder, a contestant on “The Voice,” performed at the 4-H Congress luncheon celebrating Extension’s centennial. The following week, almost 2,000 FFA members were here for the State FFA Convention. Beginning June 29 and lasting for about a month, an additional 100 high school students will be on campus for the Governor’s School for Agriculture.
In 2014, we celebrate 100 years of the Smith-Lever Act, which established Cooperative Extension System, a national network of educators who extend university research and knowledge to the people.
You are invited to come and help us celebrate this milestone!
Virginia Cooperative Extension Centennial Showcase
Thursday, May 8
1:30 – 4 p.m.
Ag Quad (between Price and Seitz halls)
Enjoy some ice cream as you visit with Extension faculty and staff from more than 15 departments and three colleges across campus. View displays that will inform you about the people and programs that are extending knowledge and changing lives across the Commonwealth of Virginia, the country, and the world. You may discover ways to collaborate with our faculty that reside in 107 county and city offices, in one of 11 agricultural research and extension centers, or one of six 4-H educational centers.
For more information about showcasing your Extension program and activities, please contact Joe Hunnings. We would like to have all departments and program areas represented.
The Showcasing Scholarship poster session and competition was held at the recent Virginia Cooperative Extension Professional Development Conference, in February 2014.
The poster session provided individuals an opportunity to illustrate how an identified educational or research need was addressed and what the impacts or results were, or to highlight a new or innovative educational methodology they have used successfully, or to feature applied research that has been conducted. This award program featured cash awards in each of the four Extension program areas—ANR, FCS, 4-H and CV with first, second, and third places for each category.
Congratulations to all the winners and contributors!
||Youth Learn That Being Healthy Rocks
||Impacts of Teen Cuisine on the Dietary Habits and Food Preparation Skills of Adolescents
||4-H Enhancing Youth Leadership Skill Development
||Gaining Valuable Insights from Agribusiness Showcase
||Let’s Have Some Fun(gi)! : Education for farm income diversification and home production of mushrooms
||Strawberry Virus Detection, Identification, Best Management Practice Recommendations and Information Dissemination
||Evaluation VOTiVO Nematicide Seed Treatments in Known Soybean Nematode Problem Fields
||A comparison of the effect of six nitrogen rates and three nitrogen fertilizer sources on cool season grass hay yield
||Virginia Grain: A Spatial Analysis of Production, Consumption, and Storage
||Extension Partners with Southside Growers to Bring Major Agritourism and Marketing Opportunity to the Region
||Extension Helps Grayson County Shape Its Future
||Teens in Smyth County Get Cooking with Teen Cuisine
||Master Volunteer Food Training: Producing Dedicated Role Models, Impacting Healthy Lifestyle Practices in the City of Portsmouth, Virginia
||Cooking Matters Grant Impacts Nutrition, Cooking Skills, and Grocery Shopping Education in Prince William County
William “Bill” D. Wampler, pioneer of livestock production techniques, a Hall of Fame alumnus of the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and retired chairman of WLR Foods, died on March 15 in Bridgewater, Va. He was 85.
A native Virginian, Wampler’s service to agriculture and the university was widespread and profound.
Wampler graduated from Virginia Tech in 1950 with a degree in poultry husbandry. Upon graduation, he established a trend of generously giving back to the university by making Wampler farms and facilities available to Virginia Tech faculty for field-testing and applied research.
Years later, both Wampler and his wife Bonnie Lou continued to have a significant impact on the university and supported the construction of the Alphin-Stewart Livestock Teaching Arena where the Wampler Classroom is housed. Today it is a space that hosts numerousVirginia Cooperative Extension events, outreach happenings, and youth activities.
The Hahn Horticulture Garden and Montgomery County 4-H invites you to help spread the news about the Junior Master Gardener program.
This program is a fun youth gardening program modeled after the highly successful adult Master Gardener program. It offers horticultural and environmental science education through creative gardening activities. The program includes 26 classes over the spring and fall. Classes will be led by trained Master Gardener volunteers with support from Hahn Horticulture Garden and Extension staff (generally 3 adults for each class).
Hahn Horticulture Garden will provide garden space for some of the gardening projects. Participants in this program will have the opportunity to become certified Junior Master Gardeners through hands-on learning, community service, and leadership projects. Youth will be encouraged to work towards Junior Master Gardener certification, though it is not required. Details about certification will be explained at the first meeting.
Congratulations to Virginia’s 4-H Skillathon Team, which placed first at the National 4-H Livestock Skillathon contest, held Nov. 14, 2013, during the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky.
Virginia’s Skillathon Team, front row, from left: Lindsey Fenster, Brandon Hamilton, Michael Roney, and Sarah Harris. Back row: coaches Patty Hamilton and Mary Lynne Harris.
This was the second time in two years that a team from Virginia has won the contest.
The team from Virginia included
- Lindsey Fenster of Buchanan;
- Michael Roney of Buchanan;
- Sarah Harris of Buchanan; and
- Brandon Hamilton of Buena Vista.
Patty Hamilton and Mary Lynne Harris served as the team’s coaches.
Virginia’s 4-H Livestock Judging Team placed fourth overall at the National 4-H Livestock Judging Competition held during the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky., on Nov. 19, 2013.
Thirty-one teams competed, with the Illinois, California, and Indiana teams placing first, second, and third, respectively. The Virginia team’s fourth-place finish makes it eligible to represent the U.S. at the Royal Highland Show in Scotland in June.
Virginia’s team members are
- Cody Boden of Frederick County;
- Jack Redifer of Montgomery County;
- Lindsey Fenster of Rockbridge County; and
- John Clouse of Montgomery County.
Virginia 4-H Horse Program members have been highly successful competing in regional and national events in 2013. In late July, members attended the 2013 Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championships in West Monroe, Louisiana, where Virginia Hippology teams were first and fourth overall. Both teams had many additional wins and placings within the different team and individual sections of the contest. Delaney O’Donnell was the Overall High Individual in Hippology, Abbey Strickland placed third overall individually, with Casey Brown placing seventh overall.
Virginia Southern Regional Horse Bowl competitors placed fourth overall as a team, with Delaney O’Donnell placing individually as third overall. Virginia youth claimed success in other contests, with Jordan Ruffner placing first in Public Speaking and Eli and Abby Worth-Jones placing first in the Team Demonstration. Virginia teams were also fifth and eleventh in the Horse Judging Contest, with numerous placings in the team and individual sections of the contest.
Jeannie Dudding recently won first place in the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation’s annual Young Farmers Discussion Meet for her take on what farmers can do to help stimulate the American economy. She is a farmer in Craig County and the Virginia Cooperative Extension agriculture and natural resources agent for Bland and Giles counties.
Dudding was shocked by her win, noting that it was the first time she had entered the meet and the last time she was eligible to compete.
The Discussion Meet is based on five questions from the Farm Bureau Federation, which are given to the contestants in advance. One of those questions is then selected for the finals and given to the contestants one hour before the competition. This year’s finalist question was focused on what farmers can do to stimulate more growth in the economy, and Dudding focused on putting money into research and finding funding sources other than the federal government.
Dudding has been a board member of the Craig County Farm Bureau since 2006. She grew up in Connecticut and was active in 4-H and FFA. After earning a master’s degree at Virginia Tech, Dudding was an agriculture teacher and FFA adviser for nine years at Giles County High School. She, her husband, and 5-year-old son, Layton, operate a small cow-calf operation.