BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 25, 2012 – Gordon Groover, a Virginia Cooperative Extension economist and associate professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, was recently awarded the 2012 Andy Swiger Land-Grant Award.
Each year, the award is given to a College of Agriculture and Life Sciences faculty member for their creative accomplishments in research, teaching, or extension. The award, which recognizes those who solve practical problems and enhance agricultural profit and production, was made possible by an endowment established in honor of former Dean Andy Swiger.
Groover has been a faculty member at Virginia Tech since 1983, and prior to this position he was a Virginia Cooperative Extension agent for four years. In his current role, Groover supports Virginia rural landowners and farmers, provides leadership to Virginia’s emerging farm business needs, and educates extension agents, farmers, policy makers, and governmental personnel.
“Dr. Groover epitomizes the land-grant university mission of service and improvement to agriculture,” said Steven Blank, head of the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics. “He is one of the nation’s most knowledgeable experts on the economics of pasture-fed beef systems.”
Groover directs the commonwealth’s agricultural use taxation program, which educates Virginians on the value of agricultural lands and assists local leaders who set and collect property taxes.
“In 2012, the fiscal impact of this project was $282 million in annual property tax savings for farmers and owners of agricultural lands,” Blank said.
From 1992 to 2000, Groover helped to lead, establish, and deliver the Computer Classroom on Wheels program. This program served as an instructional framework for teaching farmers across the country.
Groover has led educational programs on the economic and legal aspects of farm leasing. He has also developed software to help manage dynamic pasture-based dairy systems.
Groover and Richard Crowder, a professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics and former United States chief agricultural trade negotiator, lead the annual Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade.
Groover also writes and edits the Farm Business Management Update newsletter.
He received his bachelor's degree, master's degree, and Ph.D from Virginia Tech.
Nationally ranked among the top research institutions of its kind, Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences focuses on the science and business of living systems through learning, discovery, and engagement. The college’s comprehensive curriculum gives more than 3,100 students in a dozen academic departments a balanced education that ranges from food and fiber production to economics to human health. Students learn from the world’s leading agricultural scientists, who bring the latest science and technology into the classroom.