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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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Ted Ellmore retires after 44 years of service

Ted Ellmore retired after 44 years of service to the Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences. Many current faculty and staff, and several CSES retirees honored Ted at a recent retirement celebration. During his distinguished career, Ted has been a lab technician, a photographer, a webmaster, an IT Jedi Master, and a practitioner of several other trades.

Ted’s dedication to supporting the needs of our department —solving any IT problem that arose, and always being willing to tackle new challenges — have been second to none. His dedication to outstanding customer service for CSES will be missed. But Ted will stay engaged with the department, so don’t be surprised when you see him around.

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Chris Teutsch receives medallion award for outstanding service to forage-livestock industry

Chris Teutsch

Chris Teutsch

The American Forage and Grassland Council awarded Chris Teutsch its Medallion Award at the 2015 Annual Conference held in St Louis, Missouri. The Medallion Award is the council’s highest recognition and is given to individuals that have made outstanding contributions on behalf of forages and grasslands and the American Forage and Grassland Council. Recipients must have earned national recognition for work in research, teaching, extension or industrial development.

Teutsch is a graduate of Marlinton High School. Following graduation, he served four years in the United States Navy. After his military service, he participated in the Congress-Bundestag Exchange Program for Young Professionals where he spent a year living and working on a German dairy farm and attending a German agricultural school. Upon his return to the U.S., Teutsch completed a bachelor and master’s degrees in forage management at The Ohio State University. He then moved on to the University of Kentucky where completed his Ph.D. in forage physiology and management. Continue reading

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Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences students represent at Soybean Leadership College

The American Soybean Association held its Soybean Leadership College in St. Louis, Missouri, January 6-8. Current students Dayton Dunnavant and Logan Holland represented the Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences with recent graduates Jamie Babb and Waring Baylor. The Virginia Soybean Association sponsored the students trip.

At the Soybean Leadership College, farmers, students, and soybean board members from around the country gathered to plan and prepare to be better leaders in the soybean and agriculture industry. Hot topics such as GMOs, production techniques, and transportation of commodities were all discussed. Leaders in the soybean industry from all around the United States spoke to attendees of the college.

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CSES recently held graduate student research symposium

The Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences recently held its first graduate student research symposium. Thirty-nine graduate students in the department participated in the event, sharing their research through a poster session. Department Head Tom Thompson entertained the audience with some of his graduate school adventures and welcomed the participants and audience. Dean Alan Grant also greeted the audience and was followed by the keynote speech by Associate Dean Saied Mostaghimi.  More than 100 CSES faculty, staff, retirees, and students attended the symposium to learn about the outstanding research taking place in CSES. Seven prospective graduate students also attended to learn more about what Virginia Tech and the department have to offer. For more information, please see the poster abstracts.

2015 symposium winners

The poster competition was hotly contested — Colin Davis, center, (advisor Saghai Maroof) received first place, Elyse Clark, right, (advisor Carl Zipper) second place, and Stephanie Kulesza, left, (advisor Rory Maguire) third place.

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John Galbraith wins national soil science award

John Galbraith

CSES Associate Professor John Galbraith

The National Cooperative Soil Survey awarded its highest honor, the 2014 National Cooperator Achievement Award, to John Galbraith, Virginia Tech associate professor of crop and soil environmental sciences and Virginia Cooperative Extension specialist.

He recently received the award at the Northeast Cooperative Soil Survey Conference, which took place at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire.

The award is presented annually for career contributions in research, teaching, and outreach to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Resources Conservation Service and to soil survey and soil science. NRCS staff from across the country vote on the award.

“Dr. Galbraith has left an indelible mark on soil survey efforts throughout the United States and worldwide,” said Roy Vick, associate director for soil operations at the USDA-NRCS.

Galbraith’s impact has touched soil survey at both the professional and academic level. He set the trend for modern urban soil surveys in the late 1990s, when he published the landmark “Soil Survey of South Latourette Park, Staten Island, New York City, NY” with Luis Hernandez. He is the international chair of two soil classification groups and is helping to rewrite and improve “Soil Taxonomy” and other international soil classification systems.

Congratulations John! The full story can be found on Virginia Tech News.

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Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences’ Tom Thompson interviewed on Agrilinks

Tom Thompson,  head of the Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences, was recently interviewed on Agrilinks as part of the Digging In series.

Thompson has published more than 50 refereed journal articles and garnered more than $4.5 million in extramural funding in support of research and outreach around the efficient use of irrigation water and nutrients in cropping systems. His most recent research and outreach focused on improving soil health and crop yields in Haiti, Malawi, and Senegal.

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Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences starts scholarship newsletter

The Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences recently started a scholarship newsletter to recognize their outstanding students and donors who have financially supported academic scholarships and other student activities in CSES.

Check it out!

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Greg Evanylo awarded fellow recipient for American Society of Agronomy and Soil Science Society of America


Greg Evanylo, a professor and Extension specialist in the Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences, was recently named a fellow in the Science Society of America and the American Society of Agronomy, the the highest recognition bestowed by the organizations. Members of these societies nominate worthy colleagues based on their professional achievements and meritorious service. Up to 0.3 percent of the society’s active and emeritus members may be elected Fellow.

Evanylo received a B.A. from the University of Connecticut, an M.S. from the University of Massachusetts, and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. He is internationally recognized for his Extension programming and applied research on composting, nutrient management, and fate of carbon and metals in land-applied residuals.

Evanylo has authored 121 peer-reviewed research articles, book chapters, conference proceedings and and extension publications. He provides leadership at the international, national, state, and local levels. Greg is active in the American Society of Agronomy, Soil Science Society of America, the Water Environment Federation, and the U.S. Composting Council. He has presented research results and extension programs at national and international conferences and workshops.

Congratulations Greg!

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Virginia Tech receives award for quantifying soil health research

Researchers at Virginia Tech recently received a USDA grant for “Quantifying Soil Health: Measuring the Impacts of Tillage and Cover Crop Practices on Nutrient Retention and Soil Physical, Biological and Chemical Properties.”

Modern agricultural practices, such as monoculture cropping systems and mechanized tillage, have resulted in widespread soil degradation, erosion and biodiversity loss. The resultant degraded, “unhealthy” soils require increased inputs such as fertilizers and irrigation in order to maintain productivity.

In recent years, however, proactive agricultural producers, extension agents and agencies have worked together to develop management methods such as cover cropping and conservation tillage that restore, maintain or improve the health of agricultural soils, thus reducing production inputs and improving soil properties.

The overall objective is to increase the acreage of land that is being managed with conservation tillage including no-till and multi-species high-residue cover crops, by demonstrating and quantifying the physical, chemical and biological properties of soils managed under conventional tillage, conservation tillage and conservation tillage with high-residue multispecies cover crops.

This project will incorporate several innovative strategies to increase the awareness and practice of soil health management tactics, building on a legacy of interrelated investigation, outreach and extension.

Ryan Stewart from the Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences will serve as the PI on the grant. Mark Reiter from the Eastern Shore AREC, Wade Thomason from the Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences, Michael Strickland from the Department of Biological Sciences, and David Reed from the Southern Piedmont AREC are the Co-PIs. Congratulations!

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