Thirteen PPWS graduate students and four faculty members participated in the second annual Agricultural Research and Extension Center-Ag Industry Tour on August 17-19, 2010. The group visited the Shenandoah Valley, Alson H. Smith Jr., Eastern Virginia, and Southern Piedmont ARECs.
They were able to see many common plant pathogens that Virginia growers must manage in their operations. Agricultural production facilities and farms participating in the tour included an apple processing plant at Bowman Fruit Sales, Chateau O’Brien Winery and Vineyard, soybean fields at Montague Farms, Felker and Turner tobacco farms, and tobacco curing facilities at Clary Farm. Montague Farms was a great example of using state-of-the-art technology for planting and crop protection, as well as marketing an unusual, small seed variety of soybean for the Japanese market.
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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.
September 7, 2011