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VT farm hosting Agriculture Field Day

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

 

Farmers can learn more about agriculture projects and research being conducted at Virginia Tech by attending the fifth annual New River Valley Agriculture Field Day.

The Virginia Cooperative Extension event will be held Friday, Aug. 23, at the university’s Kentland Farm in Montgomery County. It costs $10, which includes dinner, and admission is being limited to the first 200 registrants.

Scott McElfresh, Pulaski County’s agriculture extension agent, said limiting attendance will “make the program more personal. This allows us to put more focus into a handful of programs and have a smaller audience to talk with.”

He added, “We decided to host a Friday twilight series as we thought this would be more convenient and not interfere with peoples’ other work.”

The event will include presentations by Virginia Tech’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition and Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will provide an overview of farmer’s market regulations. Other topics include an introduction to honey bees and discussion of GPS apps available for smart phones. Plus there will be a demonstration of ram pumps.

McElfresh said a short presentation on the history of Kentland Farm also will be included. He said the event is held at Kentland Farm because it “allows us to showcase what projects and research are being done at the farm.”

According to McElfresh, the field day is an offshoot of the Kentland Farm and Family Day held in years past.

Registration is required and can be completed through Pulaski County Extension Office in Suite 3 on the lower level of the County Administration Building, 143 Third St. NW. Payment is required at registration.

For additional information, call McElfresh at 980-7761.