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SmartFarm Innovation Network
Harnessing technology to drive future economies

SmartFarm Innovation Network
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THE VISION
Create a decentralized network of interconnected centers across the commonwealth where Virginia Tech's interdisciplinary researchers and Virginia Cooperative Extension specialists can partner with industries to develop and deploy innovative technologies to increase overall efficiency, resilience, and sustainability of food, agricultural, and natural resources production systems.


Assistant Professor Jacob Lahne and research associate Katherine Phetxumphou of the Department of Food Science and Technology are using the department’s Sensory Evaluation Lab to conduct a two-part study on how humans perceive the changes in smell and taste that occur throughout the aging process of different American whiskeys. In this first-ever formal sensory study on the aging characteristics, the researchers hope to inform whiskey recipe development and aid distillers in fine-tuning their aging processes.

Tom Thompson, CALS associate dean, in Kenya
Long a leader in empowering people around the world to produce sustainable food while increasing productivity, CALS will become an even larger knowledge platform when it presents the Global Agricultural Productivity (GAP) Report® in 2019. The GAP Report is a call to action, urging world leaders to invest in proven strategies to produce food, feed, fiber, and biofuel in a sustainable manner to meet the demands and needs of a growing world.
Matthew Hulver, CALS assistant dean of health sciences
Matthew Hulver, head of the Department of the Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, has been named CALS's assistant dean of health sciences. In his new role, Hulver will provide leadership and coordinate efforts that span research, Extension, and teaching to further the college’s reach in the health sciences. Hulver's specific duties will include implementing a health sciences strategic plan for the college and identifying health sciences-related grant opportunities.
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