David 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.
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