Environment and Sustainability, Seminars, Water Quality

The Gift

Leaving your county, or state, or country (as the case will be shortly for the VALOR fellows) imparts a gift of perspective. Not a gift to be taken lightly, it takes processing and production by the user in order to create anything of value. I can travel to another state or country, but if I… Continue reading The Gift

Education and Awareness, Environment and Sustainability, Legislation and Regulations

It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel peckish.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DdR--F21Vk The ecological thriller, based upon the television series of the same name, explores the deep philosophical questions about how does life on the mainland impact coastal islands. Do we take for granted the environment we live in? Should our actions be taken with a thought to those who live offshore? Should we make the… Continue reading It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel peckish.

Environment and Sustainability, Seminars, Water Quality

Saltwater Seminar

The Northern Neck of Virginia offers a distinct view of the Commonwealth, a region unlike any other with its rural life, “rivah” sauce, national history, and all things seafood. The VALOR program through Virginia Tech does many things well, but in particular the culture immersion that comes with each regional session is truly the icing… Continue reading Saltwater Seminar

Education and Awareness, Knowledge of a Changing Industry

View from the “Farmers Daughter”

Our recent experience in the Shenandoah Valley was certainly an eye opener for me. I grew up a "farmer's daughter" in Loudoun County. I drove tractors, rode in the combine with my Dad, made hay, brought in straw, bush hogged fields and helped to fix fence, but I never had the opportunity to go inside… Continue reading View from the “Farmers Daughter”

Environment and Sustainability

10 for 1

It started innocuously enough....This scrolled past on my Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/weird_sci/status/520590127945773057 Of course, the picture is what caught my eye.  Here is a CaseIH combine with a New Holland head!  Perhaps 1999's happy merger is bearing fruit... But then the words....10 calories burnt to produce 1...  I was intrigued, and completely Nerd Sniped. If physicists… Continue reading 10 for 1

About VALOR, Education and Awareness, Global Agriculture, Legislation and Regulations, Political Advocacy

Argentina Reflections

It has been two months now since VALOR had the opportunity to engage farmers and leaders during an agricultural trip to Argentina.  The production cycle is in reverse as compared to the United States cropping systems.  The crops that we viewed should be harvested as we in the United States plant new ones.  While there,… Continue reading Argentina Reflections