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Stephen Urick — August Employee of the Month

Stephen Urick, lab and research specialist at the Seafood AREC, has been selected as the Employee of the Month for August.

Stephen is a lab and research specialist II at the Seafood AREC in Hampton, Virginia. During the past two years, he has met and exceeded any job requirements on a consistent basis. Stephen’s nominator says that he “works harmoniously with others, is a team player, and is quick to offer assistance to coworkers whenever it is needed. Stephen is steadfast in his commitment to quality and demands excellence from himself, showing exceptional perseverance. He is devoted to the goals and objectives of the research and Extension programs at the AREC.”

In addition to his work duties, Stephen goes the extra mile to mentor and support governor’s school students, graduate students, and international interns. His dedication and service to the students and interns has been exemplary, with particular attention to detail in the way he manages and instructs the students. His nominator also noted they regularly receive praises about Stephen from students and interns both during their time at the VSAREC, as well as during exit interviews. It is clear that the interns have a high degree of respect for him, appreciate his dedication and service to their needs, and benefit from his knowledge, skills and abilities. This international component is a high impact program at VSAREC, and a significant amount of this credit for this program goes directly goes to Stephen.

Stephen is indeed a tremendous asset to the VSAREC and the aquaculture program. He promotes the AREC and represents us well with the public. He is highly respected by his co-workers, students, and interns, and directly enhances our positive image on a state, regional, national, and international basis.

Congratulations Stephen!

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Inside the ARECs: Seafood AREC

The Agricultural Research and Extension Centers are a network of 11 research centers located throughout the state that emphasize the close working relationship between the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station and Virginia Cooperative Extension. “Inside the ARECs” highlights the work and accomplishments of these 11 centers and will appear in every Insights.

Some reports estimate the U.S imports as much as 90 percent of its seafood, making the seafood trade deficit second only to oil among natural resource deficiencies in United States.

Seafood ARECThe research that is conducted at the Seafood Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Hampton, Virginia, seeks to change that. Not only does the center encourage growth of the aquaculture industry in the commonwealth, but it also helps to maintain a safe seafood supply nationwide.

Virginia has seen particularly strong growth in the oyster industry and produced more than 500,000 bushels in the last year — a quantity that represents a 25 percent increase and has not been seen in almost a generation.

One of the focuses of the Seafood AREC is to control pathogens in raw oysters such as Vibrios.

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From the Dean — September 2014

Alan Grant, dean

Alan Grant, dean

Dear colleagues,

In early August, I had the pleasure of welcoming alumni and friends to the CALS Alumni Organization event on the evening before Ag Expo, the state’s largest annual field day. More than 70 alumni and friends of the college attended the event, held at Good Luck Cellars in Kilmarnock. We were joined by horticulture doctoral student Cain Hickey, who is based at the Alson H. Smith Jr. AREC and gave a special presentation on the state of the wine industry in Virginia.

This year’s Ag Expo was held at Bleak House Farm, operated by the Downing family in Lottsburg, Virginia. The theme, “Northern Neck Agriculture: 400 Years and Still Growing,” highlighted the important role of Virginia agriculture, the commonwealth’s largest industry, to the state’s economy. More than 1,800 people attended the event that included over 140 exhibitors showcasing the latest agricultural equipment, services, and technology. The program included many presentations by faculty, staff, and students.

Back on campus, the college held a welcome session for new students on Sunday, Aug. 24.  About 250 students attended the get-together. There are nearly 700 new students in CALS this fall, including freshmen and transfer students, along with 70 new students in the Agricultural Technology program. Of these incoming undergraduate students, 35 CALS students participated in Virginia Tech’s Summer Academy in July. Participation in the Academy has tripled since its inception in 2012.

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David Langston named director of Tidewater AREC

David LangstonDavid Langston, a professor of plant pathology from the University of Georgia, has been tapped as the new director of the Tidewater Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Suffolk, Virginia.

Langston has extensive experience in applied agricultural research and extension in plant disease management, which is extremely relevant to the center and its mission to further research in field crops including cotton, soybean, peanut, corn, small grains and alternative crops, in addition to swine management.

“I am delighted that David has accepted our offer to serve in this new role,” said Saied Mostaghimi, associate dean of research for the college and director of the Virginia Agricultural and Experiment Station. “I would also like to thank Allen Harper for his outstanding leadership of the Tidewater Agricultural Research and Extension Center over the past several years. We wish Allen the best in his retirement.”

Though Langston is arriving from Georgia, he is no stranger to the Hokie Nation and taking over at the center will be a homecoming of sorts for him.

“I’m excited about the position because I grew up on a farm only 20 minutes from the station and the Tidewater Agricultural Research and Extension Center is where I conducted my field research for my Ph.D.,” said Langston.

The full story can be found on Virginia Tech News.

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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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Inside the ARECs: June AREC tour

The Agricultural Research and Extension Centers are a network of 11 research centers located throughout the state that emphasize the close working relationship between the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station and Virginia Cooperative Extension. “Inside the ARECs” highlights the work and accomplishments of these 11 centers and will appear in every Insights.

Summertime might usually mean a break from the traditional academic calendar for faculty, but AREC 101 was in full swing this June when several Virginia Tech faculty members from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, as well as representatives from North Carolina State University, and West Virginia University, set out to tour three of Virginia’s 11 ARECs.

Matt Jenks

Matt Jenks, director of the Division of Plant and Soil Sciences at West Virginia University’s Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design

The agenda included the Shenandoah Valley AREC, known for its location at the site of the Cyrus McCormick homestead and for its research with cattle and silvopasture management; the Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension Center, a hub for equine research and instruction; and the Alson H. Smith Jr. Center, the state’s primary site for tree fruit and oenology and viticulture research.

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David Carbaugh celebrating 40 years of service

The faculty, staff, and students from the Alson H. Smith Jr. AREC congratulate David Carbaugh as he starts his fourth decade of employment with Virginia Tech.

David Carbaugh

David Carbaugh and the wreath he made this summer.

All of Carbaugh’s time at Virginia Tech has been at the fruit research facility in Winchester. Carbaugh’s current supervisor, Greg Peck says, “Dave has been an important part of my program over the past three years. He brings a wealth of knowledge from his many years of working with fruit trees. He has a tremendous work ethic and it is apparent everyday that he is here that he truly loves his job.”

Carbaugh is a lifetime resident of Winchester and has many strong connections with the farmers who raise fruit in the area. Carbaugh also makes sure the AREC is a welcoming place to enter, as he personally creates, at his own cost, a wreath to be displayed out front for each season. All of the wreaths are beautiful and our guests always comment on them. His creativity is also greatly appreciated by all at the research center.

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Alson H. Smith Jr. AREC hosts public open house

The faculty, staff, and students at Virginia Tech’s Alson H. Smith Jr. Agricultural Research and Extension Center and Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Frederick County Office will be hosting a public open house on Aug. 16 from 1-5 p.m. The center’s scientists will provide an overview of their research projects and outreach efforts through hands-on activities, posters, and guided tours of the experimental vineyards and orchards.

This is an open event — all are welcome! Come meet the scientists who work at the center. Cold drinks and locally made desserts will be provided. The open house will be held rain or shine.

For more information contact Debra Marple at 540-869-2560.

This Virginia Tech laboratory serves Virginia’s commercial fruit and value-added, horticultural food crops industries through research, educational programs, development of sustainable production systems and technologies, and increased public knowledge of horticultural opportunities and benefits. Please visit our website to learn more about our current research and information on tree fruit and grapes.

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New director appointed at Tidewater AREC

I am pleased to announce that David Langston has accepted our offer to become the director of the Tidewater Agricultural Research and Extension Center. Langston’s appointment is effective Aug. 15, 2014. I would also like to thank Allen Harper for his outstanding leadership of the TAREC over the past several years. We wish Allen the best in his retirement.

Langston currently serves as the professor of plant pathology in College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, University of Georgia-Tifton. He joined University of Georgia as an assistant professor in 1998 after earning his Ph.D. at Virginia Tech. Langston received his bachelors and masters degrees from North Carolina State University. Langston has extensive experience in applied agricultural research and Extension in plant disease management, which is a field that is quite relevant to the mission of the TAREC. He also has a strong record of scholarship and graduate student mentoring. Langston has been quite successful in obtaining a high level of extramural funding from both industry and other competitive sources in support of his program.

He has served in several leadership roles including serving as the president of the southern division of the American Phytopathological Society and as the graduate coordinator for the master degree program in plant protection and pest management at University of Georgia. He is the recipient of several awards and recognitions. I am confident that he has the appropriate leadership qualities and experience to continue enhancing the research, Extension, and outreach programs at the Tidewater AREC.

I would like to thank everyone who participated in the search and interview process, especially the search committee. Many thanks to Pete Schultz (chair of the search committee) and the members of the committee (Ames Herbert, Jody Jellison, Hillary Mehl, Mark Estienne, Wade Thomason and Gail White).

Saied Mostaghimi

Director of Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station
and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies

 

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Inside the ARECs: Tidewater AREC

The Agricultural Research and Extension Centers are a network of 11 research centers located throughout the state that emphasize the close working relationship between the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station and Virginia Cooperative Extension. “Inside the ARECs” highlights the work and accomplishments of these 11 centers and will appear in every Insights.

The Tidewater Agricultural Research and Extension Center is home to 336 acres in the coastal plains region of Southeast Virginia in Suffolk and is a major research and Extension center for the study of field crops and swine. Established in 1914, the center has been growing steadily over the years in response to the needs of area farmers. There are currently seven resident faculty stationed at the TAREC along with five nonresident faculty who utilize the TAREC as the site for their outreach and research programs.

Peanut field

Applied research and Extension education programming at the Tidewater AREC is focused on economically important field crops such as cotton, soybean, peanut, corn, small grains and alternative crops, and on swine nutrition and reproductive physiology.

Several research and Extension programs at the TAREC focus on efforts to improve disease management in row crops. For example, peanuts, a top agricultural export in the commonwealth in 2013, are susceptible to Sclerotinia blight, a common fungus that can be costly to control and devastating to peanut crops. Researchers at the TAREC are in the process of developing cultivars of peanuts that are genetically resistant to the blight, leaving more money in farmers’ pockets.

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