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Save the date: 2016 Patrick County Beef Conference with Temple Grandin

Make sure to mark your calendars for July 28 – you don’t want to miss this!

The 2016 Patrick County Beef Conference is coming up later this summer in Patrick Springs, Virginia, and registration is open.

This year’s speakers include:

  • Temple Grandin, animal science professor and internationally known livestock handling expert;
  • Robert Gentry, doctor of veterinary medicine at Multimin USA;
  • Mary Tomlinson, doctor of veterinary medicine at Healing Springs Large Animal Clinic; and
  • Jason Carter, executive secretary for the Virginia Cattleman’s Association

Event registration is open online. If you have additional questions, contact Travis Bunn.

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Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition upcoming trainings

Save the date for two upcoming Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program spring in-service trainings.  

May 16: Farm Transfer Strategies and Networking professional development training

As an initiative of the land access group, the Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition will be holding a Farm Transfer Strategies and Networking professional development training for Virginia Cooperative Extension professionals, non-profit organizers, and service providers on May 16 at the Virginia Farm Bureau Building in Richmond, Virginia. The time frame for the training is approximately 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with lunch provided. This training features Kathy Ruhf of Land For Good, a nationally recognized leader in farm entry, succession, and tenure. The training will also include coalition partner resources and the expertise of Andrew Branan, a regional voice in farm legal and tax issues, particularly those surrounding transfer of the family farm.

May 17: Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition statewide gathering  

The Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition will be holding our spring coalition meeting in Richmond, as a follow up to the Farm Transfer Strategies and Networking training. This half-day, statewide gathering is an opportunity for coalition partners to network, share resources, and learn about this past year’s work, including: whole farm planning programming; mini-grant initiatives; and many of our action team projects that coalition partners are leading across Virginia. New Extension agents are encouraged to attend. Lunch and travel accommodations will be available.

Accommodations will be available for those individuals who will be attending both events and require lodging.

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Homegrown southern hospitality: Virginia agriculture agents shine bright

On March 16, 2016, members of the Virginia Agriculture Association of Extension Agents convened from all parts of the commonwealth to welcome the National Association of County Agriculture Agents Board members and their spouses to the 2016 Spring Board meeting in our home state of Virginia. The 2016 NACAA Spring Board meeting is one unlike any other meeting for several reasons. First, as this is the last meeting held prior to the annual meeting and professional improvement conference, it is a great opportunity for business and fellowship. Secondly, it allows the NACAA president to choose a host state in the country. We are proud that our current president is Cynthia Gregg, the agriculture and natural resources Extension agent for Brunswick County. With that said, it is natural and humbling that she selected Virginia as the showcase state.

The meeting was held at Renwood Farms in Charles City, Virginia. Renwood Farms is owned by David, John, and Jeff Hula, third generation producers who started their seed business in 1937. At Renwood Farms, the Hula’s continue the long tradition of providing high-quality cereal and soybean seed to the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern farming communities. The environment of Renwood Farms is one of sincerity and humility as they continue to produce a variety of wheat, soybean, barley, and oat seeds in addition to wheat seed varieties, seed treatments, and inoculants. 

The tour stops for the meeting were Montague Farms, a tofu and edible soybeans exporter located in Windsor, Virginia; Felt’s Hams in Ivor, Virginia, which cures pork products for the retail market; and Wakefield Peanut Company, where seed peanuts are bagged and shipped to local growers. The meeting concluded in Williamsburg, where we had dinner at Renwood Farms in Charles City, Virginia. This farm is the home of the Hula Family, and David Hula was the National Corn Yield Champion in 2015 with a yield of 532 bushels per acre. The delicious meal was prepared by Virginia Agriculture Extension Agents. 

– Brittany Council

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Nominations for the 2016 TEDxVirginia Tech event are now being accepted

University faculty, staff, students, alumni, and New River Valley community members are encouraged to submit nominations for speakers for the TEDxVirginiaTech event on Nov. 10. Deadline for submissions is April 15. Self-nominations are welcome and encouraged.

In recent years, CALS has had a strong presence at the event and we’d love to keep the college engaged in the program. Students and faculty members from the college that have given talks include Elizabeth Galbreath, David Schmale, Austin Larrowe, and Susan Duncan.

The theme of this year’s event is “Spark.”

To nominate yourself or someone else, visit the nominations website.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.

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CALS Women’s Month panel highlights diversity of experiences

Who knew that Rebecca Cockrum used to work with elephants? Or that Holly Scoggins is a leading expert on hops in Virginia, and Elizabeth Gilbert spent a life-changing two years researching poultry science in Sweden?

CALS Women in Agriculture Panel

A dynamic group of leading women in the college composed a panel on Wednesday, March 23 in Fralin Auditorium. The event was held as part of Women’s Month, and the discussion was moderated by CALS Grants Coordinator Nancy Dudek. Panelists included:

Discussion topics ranged from the value that women bring to agriculture and life sciences to the importance of nurturing relationships with mentors throughout one’s career. Several panelists emphasized the need for women to receive equal pay for equal work, and the need to focus on letting an individual’s skill set, talents, and hard work – rather than their gender – ultimately matter in the workplace. Several of the panelists had a family history of farming. This background contributed to their interest in working with food, animal, and crop production in their careers, and shaped the values they hold today.  Ultimately, the discussion was rich with varied experiences and perspectives, and was inspiring to the audience of 50 people who attended.

This event was sponsored by the CALS Diversity Council.

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National Health Outreach Conference on April 6-8 in Roanoke

Virginia Cooperative Extension will host the 2016 National Health Outreach Conference in Roanoke, Virginia, from April 6-8.

The 2016 National Health Outreach Conference theme is All Aboard: Building Partnerships for a Healthy America. This conference was formerly referred to as the Jeanne Priester Health conference and is intended for health professionals, health educators, health policy makers, and anyone interested in learning more about physical and mental wellness. The goal is to offer a participatory and collaborative conference joining organizations and agencies to encourage working across systems locally, regionally, and nationally to address current and future health and wellness education, practices, and needs. The conference is designed to share innovative and creative strategies to develop and disseminate health and wellness information in neighborhoods, communities, and states.

The objectives of the conference are to increase participants’ knowledge of

  1. Successful practices that lead to healthy and safe community environments.
  2. Applications that help people access clinical and community preventive services.
  3. Models for empowerment in health practices for individuals and families.
  4. Best practices that lead to addressing health disparities and health literacy in communities and families.

The conference begins on April 6 at 12:30 p.m. with participants having the choice of either several tours or the preconference.

Visit the conference website for more information and the conference schedule. For more information, please contact Eric Bowen at 434-645-9315.

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Virginia Agribusiness Council Connections schedule

The Virginia Agribusiness Council is excited to host a new series of regional events! Council Connections will provide attendees with a unique opportunity to interact one-on-one with representatives from their district. Guests will receive a legislative update from the Council and hear brief comments from local legislators.

Like the member/prospect receptions that were started last year, these events are designed to provide current and prospective members with an opportunity to network with local agribusiness leaders, industry colleagues, and council staff, while learning more about the organization and the member benefits. This new event format will be less formal, allowing for a more natural flow of conversation and dialogue amongst guests and with elected officials. There is no charge to attend (feel free to bring guests), but please register online.

April 21, 2016
5:30-7 p.m.

Reception Sponsor: Pacific Tomato Growers

Event Sponsors: Accomack County Farm Bureau, VNLA

REGISTER HERE!

Eastern Shore

Eastern Shore Community College (Melfa, Virginia)*Atrium of the Workforce Development Bldg.

Special Guests:

Local elected officials & legislators

April 27, 2016
5:30-7 p.m.

Dinner Sponsor: Farm Credit

Event Sponsors: Mennel Milling Company  & VNLA

REGISTER HERE!

New River Valley

Catawba Center
(Catawba, Virginia)

Special Guests:

Local elected officials & legislators

May 24, 2016
5:30-7 p.m.

Event Partner: Rockingham County Economic Development

Dinner Sponsor: Farm Credit

Event Sponsors: First Bank & Trust Co. & VNLA

REGISTER HERE!

Shenandoah Valley

Cross Keys Barn
(Harrisonburg, Virginia)

Special Guests:

Local elected officials & legislators

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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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National Health Outreach Conference, April 6-8 in Roanoke

Virginia Cooperative Extension will host the 2016 National Health Outreach Conference in Roanoke, Virginia, from April 6-8.

The theme for this year’s conference is “All Aboard: Building Partnerships for a Healthy America.”

Health professionals, health educators, health policy makers, and anyone interested in learning more about physical and mental wellness should attend the conference.

The goal of the conference is to offer a participatory and collaborative conference joining organizations and agencies working across systems to address current and future health issues. The conference begins on April 6 at 12:30 p.m. with participants having the choice of either several tours or the pre-conference.

Visit the conference website for more information and the conference schedule. For more information, please contact Eric Bowen at 434-645-9315.

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2016 Hokie Cow Classic Golf Tournament registration is open

Hokie Cow Classic Golf Tournament

Calling all golfers to participate in the 2016 Hokie Cow Classic Golf Tournament! This year’s event will be held on Monday, May 23 at the Blacksburg Country Club. Last year’s outing was a huge success and generated more than $18,000 of direct financial support for undergraduate student scholarships and educational programs. We strive to make the event bigger and better each year, and we count on the support of folks like you to make that happen.

You may register online.

If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Duncan. On behalf of our students and entire department, we sincerely appreciate your continued support of the Dairy Science students at Virginia Tech. Your contributions enable our students to learn and compete at the highest level. We take tremendous pride in their success, and hope you do as well.

We look forward to seeing you on May 23!

Kathy Duncan

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