Research mixes with history in Kentland field day
BLACKSBURG, Va. — Virginia Tech’s 2019 Kentland Farm Field Day is set for Sept. 17. It offers the agricultural community a chance to get a look at the farm and learn about several of the hot topics being talked about within the industry.
The agenda is wide ranging. It features concurrent sessions in the morning with wagon rides to sites across the sprawling property beside New River.
Virginia Tech uses the farm to support research, teaching and Extension programs of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Participants in the field day will have opportunities to see much of the work being done at the farm by many departments besides CALS. They include Engineering, Science, Veterinary Science and Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.,
Visitors will also get to take a trip back in time on this farm settled in colonial times by the Kent family whose descendants still farm in the area. The manor house, slave cemetery, Native American sites and early farm buildings can be seen on the tour at the end of the day.
Topics for discussion include extending the grazing season; fencing tools and techniques; grazing summer annuals; converting forest to pasture; using drones to assess pasture health; and orchard production.
The discussion will be led by university faculty members, Extension agents and product representatives.
The keynote address prior to lunch is designed to introduce farm service providers from the New River Valley to the visitors. These come from Virginia Cooperative Extension, Farm Service Agency, Natural Resource and Conservation Service and Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
Industry exhibitors will have exhibits of their products and farm equipment in the Big Barn and on its grounds. They will be available throughout the day to talk with participants.
Lunch will be catered by Hethwood Market and ice cream will come from Homestead Creamery.
Space is limited to the first 250 people to register. The deadline is Sept. 10. The cost is $10. Checks can be made to Treasurer-Virginia Tech and sent to Pulaski County Extension Office, 143 Third St. NW, Pulaski, VA 24301.
On-site registration begins at 8 a.m. The Big Barn will open then for visitors to view exhibits. The day will end at 4 p.m.
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