Joe Guthrie has been the Business Instructor in the Agricultural Technology Program since 2007. He also owns and operates a farm in nearby Pulaski County with over 200 beef cows, 150 yearlings, and 200 acres of hay on about 1,000 owned and rented acres. He brings over 15 years of agricultural business management experience to the classroom. Joe received his Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Virginia Tech and was named Virginia Tech’s Man of the Year as the outstanding graduating senior in 1989. He earned his Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics and International Trade from Massey University in New Zealand in 1991, where he studied as a Fulbright Scholar. In 2007, Joe was awarded the Eisenhower Fellowship in Agriculture to research international trade of beef from Australia and New Zealand. In 2011 he was elected to a 4-year term on the Pulaski County School Board. Joe has served as the President of Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Faculty Association, President of Pulaski County Farm Bureau, and President of the Virginia Cattlemen’s Association. He was recently appointed by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board and appointed by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell to the Virginia Cattle Industry Board. Joe and his wife Carol have 3 children and live on the family farm near Dublin.