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New River Valley Agriculture Field Day at Kentland Farm to provide opportunities for local producers, Aug. 17


   

2009 New River Valley Agriculture Field Day Visitors at the 2009 New River Valley Agriculture Field Day view a fencing demonstration at Kentland Farm. Photo courtesy of Barry Robinson.


BLACKSBURG, Va., Aug. 12, 2010 – Virginia Cooperative Extension and Virginia Tech’s Kentland Farm are hosting the fifth annual New River Valley Agriculture Field Day on Tuesday, Aug. 17, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Kentland Farm in Montgomery County, Va.

With support from Extension agents in the New River Valley and surrounding counties, the event will offer learning opportunities for livestock, crop, and horticulture producers.

Morning presentations will focus on general farm safety for the entire family and a soil profile workshop to help producers understand soil relationships.

Afternoon presentations will be divided into a livestock and crop track and a horticulture track. These will include discussions of early weaning, fescue forage systems, brood cow culling decisions, crossbreeding programs, meeting a cow’s nutritional needs with hay, irrigation systems for home and commercial vegetable growers, sustainable vegetable production updates, and farm food safety through the Good Agricultural Practices program.

Extension specialists, agents, and industry professionals will be the presenters, and vendors from several businesses will also be on hand.

The $10 registration fee includes lunch. To preregister, contact the Pulaski County Extension Office at (540) 980-7761 before Aug. 12.

For more information, contact Jason Pratt at (540) 980-7761 or Jim Atwell at (276) 688-3542. If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive services or other accommodations to participate in any of the above activities, contact the Giles County Extension Office at (540) 921-3455 at least 10 days prior to the event.

Virginia Cooperative Extension brings the resources of Virginia's land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, to the people of the commonwealth. Through a system of on-campus specialists and locally based educators, it delivers education in the areas of agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, community viability, and 4-H youth development. With a network of faculty at two universities, 107 county and city offices, 11 agricultural research and Extension centers, and six 4-H educational centers, Virginia Cooperative Extension provides solutions to the problems facing Virginians today.