Innovations a publiCation from the virginia Tech College of AgricuLture and Life Sciences

Welcome to Innovations

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is home to many of the best and brightest scientists and educators in the world. -Dean Alan Grant

Adding value pays off for Virginia cattle producers

By Lori Greiner

With more than 1 .4 million head of cattle across the commonwealth, Virginia’s beef cattle industry is big business.

But while the cattle market has been favorable over the past few years, producers understand the need to continually improve their operations to stay competitive.

The Virginia Quality Assured certified feeder cattle program provides producers with the means to add value to their cattle, enabling them to receive premium prices for their calves.

Virginia Cooperative Extension partnered with the Virginia Cattlemen’s Association to develop and administer the program, which encourages the use of research-based health and best management practices for feeder cattle. Participants are eligible to market feeder cattle through the Virginia Quality Assured initiative.

Phillip J. Haynes, III

Alumni Making a Difference: Phillip J. Haynie, III

Phillip J. Haynie III isn’t only a fifth-generation farmer from Reedville, Virginia, he’s also an informal ambassador to the agriculture industry.

In addition to running a high-quality grain operation where he grows soybeans, corn, wheat, and barley on the family farm, Haynie, (agricultural and applied economics, ’99) regularly addresses students and policymakers about issues affecting the agriculture industry.

The produce Alex Hessler's class harvests is used by Virginia Tech Dining Services.

Kentland Farm feeds hungry students and intellectual curiosity

“Agricultural landscapes have great cultural and aesthetic value. They beautify our communities, foster wildlife, provide opportunities for recreation, and, when managed sustainably, protect our natural resources.” — Alex Hessler

By Amy Loeffler

Students who love the award-winning culinary offerings at Virginia Tech can give thanks to the Dining Services Farm, a sustainable vegetable- and fruit-growing operation located at Kentland Farm.

What started out as a small herb garden in 2009 has grown exponentially — the 2014 season yielded 40,856 pounds of produce valued at $22,687.

President Timothy Sands, right, speaks with Virginia Seafood AREC Director Mike Jahncke.

President Sands tours Hampton Roads AREC and new Tech Center

Virginia Tech President Timothy D. Sands recently visited the Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Virginia Beach where he toured the facility and got a chance to meet researchers and students who work there. Just a few months ago, Sands visited the Eastern Shore AREC in Painter.

More News

Extension brings healthy cooking classes to Hispanic families in Charlottesville

CALS will research production, use, and economic impact of industrial hemp

Discovering new species of millipedes right here in Appalachia

New directory taps into network of college experts

Produce auction expands avenues for farmers

Endowment helps Virginia Tech make communities more sustainable and economically secure

Agricultural Technology student receives seed bank grant to help feed the future

Virginia Tech leads the way in agricultural biotech and biosciences initiative

Virginia Tech helps grow agriculture industry, increase global trade

Companion and lab animal emphasis graduates first cohort

Alumni events for new graduates and underclass men a smashing success

Outstanding alumni recognized

Outstanding CALS students honored

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