Kentland Field Day slated to go virtual on Sept. 22
BLACKSBURG, Va. — Virginia Tech’s annual Kentland Field Day is going virtual this year with an evening ZOOM presentation planned for Sept. 22 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Morgan Paulette, Pulaski County Extension ag agent, explained the change from a live event at the university’s premier research farm has been changed due to the restrictions in place because of the COVID-19 restrictions.
“For obvious reasons we decided to make it virtual,” he said. “It is one of the bigger events of the year at Kentland.”
The event usually attracts about 150 participants and features a wagon tour of the large facility in Montgomery County, Va.
Dr. Edwin Jones, director of Virginia Cooperative Extension, is slated to be the guest speaker.
Paulette explained that the Extension specialists and other industry experts are able to offer demonstrations in their fields during this occasion that they cannot do at smaller ones.
The live demonstrations will be missing this year.
This year’s event will include tours of both Kentland Farm and Kentland Manor House, ancestral home to the family from which it gets its name.
Paulette who has organized the event for several years said there will be two tracks participants will be able to chose from: livestock and horticulture. They will feature short videos at the farm as well as the presentations by speakers.
The topics in the Livestock Track include “Affordable Cattle Facilities,” presented by Bain Wilson assistant professor of Animal and Plant Sciences at Virginia Tech; “Temporary Fence Systems” by Matt Booher, VCE agent in Augstua County; and “Drones and Livestock” by Dan Swafford, VT curriculum assistant; Wes Gwaltney, VT Agricultural Technology faculty member; and Paulette.
“Producer/University Cooperation in Horticulture” will lead the Horticulture Track. John Vest, VCE agent in Floyd County, and Evan O’Neill, associate VCE agent in Roanoke County, will be the presenters.
Two university faculty members will give updates on presentations from last year’s field day. Dr. Susan Whitehead, VT associate professor of Biological Sciences, will report on her hard cider research. She welcomed the tour in 2019 showing off the orchard where trees known for their potential to produce cider.
Dr. John Fike, associate professor in the VT School of Plant and Environmental Sciences, will talk about industrial hemp and the changes that have occurred in that new industry since he talked about it last year.
Pre-registration is a must to participate in this ZOOM field day, Paulette emphasized.
Those desiring to take part need to go on the internet at https://tinyurl.com/kentland2020.
In information sent to farmers, Paulette said that to attend they need to receive email confirmation with meeting details, including a web link to join with computer, the recommended method, or a number to call-in by phone that will provide audio only and is not recommended.
“About 15 minutes prior to webinar start time,” Paulette wrote, click the link provided in your confirmation email to prepare for webinar. If this is your first time joining a ZOOM webinar, you will be prompted to download the ZOOM Launcher. Upon completion, enter your name and hit ‘join’. You will then be placed in the meeting. You will be prompted to connect to audio.”
Paulette said that anyone needing assistance can contact him before the meeting.
He can be reached at 540-267-6964 or email@example.com.
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