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Rebekah Slabach

Associate Director, Alliance to Advance Climate-Smart Agriculture
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105A Hutcheson Hall
250 Drillfield Dr
Blacksburg, VA 24061

As Associate Director, Rebekah generates relationships and opportunities to deliver private market benefits to producers, working with Sustainable Food Lab to develop and launch a prototype climate-smart certificate for producers, and coordinating the Advisory Council and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee activities. She also helps to recruit new producers and producer groups into the pilot, with a focus on helping to reach underserved producers and representative groups.

Rebekah brings 7 years of experience as the VCE-ANR Extension Agent in Halifax County, Virginia, advising producer organizations, supporting value-added marketing efforts, and collaborating on various grants and cost-share programs. In her tenure with VCE, she received various individual and team awards – most recently a 2023 State Poster Winner with an On-Farm Cover Crop Research Demonstration and Soil Health Field Day. She was a member of the VCE Agricultural Management and Economics Program Team and a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fellow. Slabach also served as the agricultural issues committee chair for the Virginia Association of Agricultural Extension Agents. Raised on a livestock farm in southern Virginia, she graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Agricultural Sciences and holds a M.S. in Integrated Resource Management from Colorado State University.

The Alliance to Advance Climate-Smart Agriculture is a three-year, $80-million pilot supported by USDA's Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities program.  Led by the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Alliance will distribute more than $57 million of the largest grant in the university’s history to producers to enact climate-friendly practices and serve as a pilot program for a national model.