VFGC honors Daniel with Harlan White Award
WYTHEVILLE, Va. — The Virginia Forage and Grassland Council awarded its prestigious 2019 Harlan White Distinguished Service Award to J.B. Daniel, a leader in Virginia’s forage industry, during its Winter Forage Conference.
Daniel is the USDA-NRCS forage agronomist and grazing specialist in Virginia, a post he has held for the last 10 years.
The award was given to Daniel in recognition of his outstanding leadership and devoted service to the forage and livestock industries of Virginia, John Fike, Virginia Tech Extension agronomist, said in presenting the award.
It is not often that an honoree at such meetings is surprised when given an award but Daniel’s facial expression left no doubt he did not suspect he was about to receive it.
“Wow!” was the first word from him.
He acknowledged his colleagues who helped organized the convention had really “put one over on him.”
“What a privilege and honor,” Daniel said in accepting the award. “It is truly a pinnacle of my efforts, of my career.”
Daniel continued by saying his work gives him the joy to get up in the morning and go to work. He said he thanks God for the privilege.
“I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to work in this industry and to be able to partner with the forage council,” Daniel said.
The late Dr. Harlan White is acknowledge as being the driving force behind the formation of VFGC in 1979.
He had a long and distinguished career, having joined the Virginia Tech Agronomy Department in 1966 as an Extension forge specialist. He became a major voice for the forage and livestock industries in Virginia and beyond.
VFGC presents the award recognizing White on occasion when the board of directors feels an individual merits the award for their contributions to the industry.
Daniel who holds multiple degrees from Virginia Tech held several agriculture-related positions after finishing college.
In his current job he has been an educational advisor to VFGC and has been very supportive of overlapping goals between the council and USDA-NRCS, Fike said.
Fike added Daniel has worked effectively in expanding conservation awareness, outreach and implementation on farms across the state.
Fike said he has been instrumental in working with Virginia Tech and Virginia Cooperative Extension to develop the VFGC Grazing School for producers.
He said Daniel’s partnership efforts with VFGC board members has also led to this outstanding leadership and devoted service to the forage and livestock industries of Virginia.
“Over the years, J.B. has assumed different lead roles, sometimes coordinating and planning summer forage field days, in other years helping plan the winter conference series,” Fike said. “J.B.’s efforts helped develop other partnerships between VFGC and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to develop the Virginia Graziers’ Planner which is funded and produced annually for distribution to 3,500 producers.”
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