Virginia Cooperative Extension, which is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act that established the national Cooperative Extension System, has its roots at Virginia Tech, and many of the people who have served Extension also made a large impact on the university. A number of buildings around campus are named for people who were proud to be part of the Extension family.
The first of a new International Trade Seminar Series hosted by the college explored the importance of agriculture and forestry exports to Virginia’s economy.
Researchers have found an effective way to kill poison ivy using a naturally occurring fungus that grows on the fleshy tissue surrounding the plant’s seed, potentially giving homeowners and forest managers the ability to rid landscapes of the pernicious pest.
Holly Scoggins was hired by the Horticulture Department in 1999 and became director of the Hahn Horticulture Garden in 2002, which has grown from two acres to six under her direction and its annual budget has increased 30-fold.
Stephanie Kulesza is working on a Ph.D. project that evaluates a poultry litter injector for improving agricultural sustainability and also evaluating environmental impacts of antibiotics in manure. She is the current president of the graduate student organization in the CSES department and was a volunteer coach for the CSES soil judging team.
October 4 - 11, 2014
Innovations highlights the latest news about Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and research and academics in the college. It also profiles alumni who champion the mission of Virginia Tech long after graduation.