The Bedford County Master Gardeners group placed third in the International Master Gardener Search for Excellence contest. Their project, “Therapeutic Gardening,” won third place in the Special Needs Audiences category — one of seven project categories. Winners were announced in September at the 2013 International Master Gardener Conference in Alaska.
Virginia Tech swept the awards in several categories at last month’s Dairy World Expo in Madison, Wis. The Virginia Tech Dairy Judging Team placed first in the Overall Team category in the Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest, first in three of seven breeds and also won top honors in the oral reasons competition where contestants are judged on their ability to answer questions about bovine management in a public forum.
In a recent study published in the journal Plant and Soil, Mark Williams, an assistant professor of horticulture, and his collaborators at the Smithsonian and other institutions discovered that microbes in soil function symbiotically with plants, much like the 3 billion microbes in the human gut interact with the body.
Chris Youngs spent 40 volunteer hours restoring a dusty cider press.
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is nationally ranked among the top research institutions of its kind.
The inaugural VALOR class got a glimpse of agriculture from the federal government.
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