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J.B. Daniel wins national award for pastureland conservation

Native Virginian J.B. Daniel recently received the American Forage and Grassland Council’s Pastureland Conservationist of the Year award for his exceptional education and outreach to promote sustainable grazing practices statewide.

This annual award recognizes a natural resources conservation service employee who has exemplified outstanding service to the agency, our clients, and the science of grazing land management. Daniels received this recognition for excelling in five categories: communication, training, partnerships, conservation application, and job complexity.

J.B. Daniel receives his award after being selected as the American Forage and Grassland Council’s Pastureland Conservationist of the Year

(Left to right) J.B. Daniel receives his award from NRCS National Rangeland Management Specialist Sid Brantly and AFGC President Gary Wilson.

As the state’s forage and grassland agronomist, Daniel is committed to education and outreach. He serves as an advisor to the Virginia Forage and Grassland Council, providing key support to the annual VFGC winter conference series with an annual attendance of more than 500 producers and grazing advisors. He also spearheaded the development of the Beginning Grazier School, a multi-day, immersion-style training course on management-intensive grazing.

Demonstration farms are another key component of his outreach strategy to promote sustainable practice implementation. In 2010, Daniel began working with Shenandoah Valley farmers to launch a project promoting year-round grazing and reduce the need to feed stored hay. Many other demonstration farms have now been added throughout the state, and other initiatives followed to explore the use of annuals in livestock grazing systems and the silvopasture practice, which integrates forage grazing and forest production.

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Register now for the CALS Alumni Awards Program

Please join us as the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumni Organization hosts the annual awards program that recognizes our outstanding alumni.

The event will be held Friday, April 1 at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Please RSVP for the event by March 18. For assistance with online registration or other questions, please contact Jamie Lucero, director of alumni relations.

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Latest issue of Innovations newsletter available

The latest issue of Innovations — our newsletter that highlights research, academics, alumni, and news happening around the college that furthers the university’s land-grant mission — is now available.

The Web version of Innovations contains online-only multimedia content. Print copies can be requested by emailing Lynn McPeak.

Feature stories include:

  • The way Virginia Tech is building towards a bright future in academia and research. The recently completed Human and Agricultural Biosciences Building 1 and the new Dairy Science Complex- Kentland Farm have provided faculty and students state-of-the-art tools to conduct research in labs, and more opportunities than ever to combat the most vexing societal challenges related to food and fiber production.
  • A profile of alumna Rosalea Potter and how she and her family are keeping the Ut Prosim (That I may serve) spirit alive by serving as educators about agricultural production.
  • A genetic line of chickens that helped unlock the mysteries of evolutionary time developed by Paul Siegel, distinguished professor emeritus in the Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences.
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Lindy Tucker wins 2015 Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences’ Outstanding Recent Alumna award

Congratulations to Lindy Tucker, of Kenbridge, Virginia, the Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences’ Outstanding Recent Alumna!

Lindy Tucker, of Kenbridge, Virginia, the Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences’ Outstanding Recent Alumna

Lindy is a county agent for Virginia Cooperative Extension in Lunenburg. She is also a member of the Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences Advisory Board. She has served on several important team within Virginia Cooperative Extension: the Integrated Pest Management Impact Team, the Natural Resources Education & Ag Literacy Program Team, and the Bed Bug Pilot Agent Team. She currently serves the Virginia Association of Agricultural Extension Agents as a Central District Director and Early Career Committee Chair and on the Sustainable Agricultural Research & Education Fellowship Award Selection Committee. Lindy was a Steering Committee member and Evaluation Working Group member of the Heart of Virginia Chapter of the Buy Fresh Buy Local Initiative. She also serves on several committees and as associate director of the Southside Soil & Water Conservation District.

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Save the date! CALS Alumni Organization annual awards

Please join us as the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumni Organization hosts the annual awards program that recognizes our outstanding alumni!

The event will be held Friday, March 20 at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center.

  • 2 p.m. – Presentation of awards
  • 3 p.m. – Dessert social
  • 6 p.m. – Wine reception
  • 7 p.m. – Dinner

If you plan to attend, please RSVP online. For assistance with online registration or other questions, please contact Jamie Lucero, director of alumni relations.

The 2014-2015 award recipients are as follows: Continue reading

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Save the date: CALS Alumni Organization annual awards

Please join us as the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumni Organization hosts the annual awards program that recognizes our outstanding alumni!

The event will be held Friday, March 20 at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center.

  • 2 p.m. – Presentation of awards
  • 3 p.m. – Dessert social
  • 6 p.m. – Wine reception
  • 7 p.m. – Dinner

If you plan to attend, please RSVP by March 1 online. For assistance with online registration or other questions, please contact Jamie Lucero, director of alumni relations.

The 2014-2015 award recipients are as follows: Continue reading

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Register for the Scramble for Scholars golf tournament!

Register now for the 10th Annual Scramble for Scholars Golf Tournament! Proceeds benefit alumni activities and the newly established CALS Alumni Organization Excellence Fund to support experiential learning outside of the classroom. Registration forms can be found here (PDF).

Don’t miss out!

Scramble for Scholars golf tournament

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Register for the Scramble for Scholars golf tournament!

Register now for the 10th Annual Scramble for Scholars Golf Tournament! Proceeds benefit alumni activities and the newly established CALS Alumni Organization Excellence Fund to support experiential learning outside of the classroom.

Don’t miss out!

Scramble for Scholars golf tournament

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Kevin Boyle and son participate in 42nd RAGBRAI ride

The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, or RAGBRAI,  is an annual seven-day bicycle ride across the state. RAGBRAI is the oldest, largest, and longest bicycle touring event in the world.

Pictured left to right: Grady Boyle, Kevin Boyle, John Rowsell, and Phil Rowsell as they participated in the 42nd annual ride in July.

From left: Grady Boyle, Kevin Boyle, John Rowsell, and Phil Rowsell as they participated in the 42nd annual ride in July.

Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics and Director of the Program in Real Estate Kevin Boyle and his son Grady first competed in RAGBRAI in 2012. This year they rode with alumnus John Rowsell and his son Phil.

John Rowsell serves as the CEO and President of Glenwood Capital Investments, LLC. He received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph in 1982 before completing his graduate studies at Virginia Tech. He received a master in agricultural and applied economics in 1987 and a Ph.D. in 1991. John is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics.

RAGBRAI is a fun event for participants and a fund raising event for communities and nonprofit groups along the ride. These groups sell food,  refreshment and entertainment to riders to raise funds to support their organizations’ activities. Kevin and John say that the corn and soy beans looked good, but they also saw a lot of flood damage.

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Save the date

Sept. 3: CALS Fall Kickoff and Ice Cream Social

  • Time: 4-6 p.m.
  • Location: Ag Quad
  • Contact: Jamie Lucero (jlucero@vt.edu | 540-231-9666)

Sept. 5: Tidewater AREC Pre-Harvest Field Crops Tour

  • Time: 8 a.m. – noon
  • Location: TAREC Hare Road Research Farm, Suffolk, Va
  • Contact: 757-657-6450

Sept. 20: CALS FallFest Homecoming Celebration

Oct. 11: Hokie BugFest

  • Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Location: Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center
  • Contact: Mike Weaver (mweaver@vt.edu) | 540-231-6543)
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