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Kentland Farm Field Day to showcase agricultural research and tools for livestock, forage, and horticulture producers – Virginia Tech Daily


On Tuesday, Sept. 13, Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will host the 2022 Kentland Farm Field Day and will highlight current research projects at Kentland Farm as well as focus on grazing tools, pasture management, and horticulture production.

John Fike, an Extension forage specialist at Virginia Tech, will be the guest speaker at the event and will provide strategies for reducing fertilizer inputs on the farm. As Virginia’s State Forage Specialist, Fike works with agents and producers to improve the productivity, profitability, and environmental quality of forage-livestock systems in Virginia, largely through efforts with the Graze 300 program, tall fescue management, and silvopasture systems implementation.

Additional speakers from Extension, Virginia Tech, and industry will deliver workshops and demonstrations on the following topics:

  • Animal science, agronomy, horticulture, and entomology program updates
  • Reducing fertilizer inputs
  • Pasture management apps
  • Graze 300: A producer perspective
  • Small-scale vegetable irrigation
  • Weed control for vegetable production
  • Fence strategies for vegetable production

Kentland Farm exists to support the research, teaching, and Extension programs of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, which include many of Virginia’s major agricultural crop and livestock species. Programs are conducted at the farm by many different colleges and departments of the university, including Engineering, Science, Veterinary Science, and Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

Registration is $15 and includes lunch and ice cream. For questions, contact Morgan Paulette at 540-980-7761 or paulette@vt.edu. Please register online or by sending contact info and payment by Sept. 6:

Pulaski County Extension Office

Attn: Kentland Field Day, 143 Third Street NW Suite 3, Pulaski, Virginia, 24301    

Please have checks payable to: “Treasurer – Virginia Tech.”





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