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July 9 - 11, 2014
Fish School at VSU
Virginia State University
Randolph Farm located at 4415 River Road, Ettrick

Cooperative Extension at Virginia State University will conduct its annual three-day Fish School. Free and open to the public, the program is designed for anyone interested in producing fish or freshwater shrimp as a hobby or for profit.

Morning discussions will feature interactive, two-way exchanges.  During afternoon sessions, participants will have hands-on opportunities.

Wednesday morning discussion topics include catfish, hybrid striped bass, freshwater shrimp and recreational fish production.  Thursday’s topics are nutrition, water quality, processing, marketing, weed control and fish health.  Friday’s session will include greenhouse limited-scale recirculation and aquaponics production.

Participants can register for the entire session or for individual days.  To register or for more information, call VSU’s Aquaculture Office at 804.524.5496 or email Brian L. Nerrie, VSU aquaculture extension specialist, at

Anyone needing special services or accommodations should call in advance to discuss arrangements.

July 15, 2014
Chickpea Trial Field Day in Halifax
10 a.m. to 1 p.m
1229 Neals Corner Road, Clover

In an ongoing effort to locate an east coast chickpea production source, Sabra has engaged the expertise of VSU’s Agricultural Research Station and SFOP.  If successful, the project will ultimately provide a sustainable, income-earning opportunity for SFOP farmers in Southside Virginia.

For more information on the demonstration, contact Clifford Somerville, SFOP agriculture management agent, at 804.892.4581 or email; media inquiries should be directed to Michelle Olgers, VSU College of Agriculture marketing and communications director at 804.524.6964 or email

July 23, 2014
1st Virginia/Mid-Atlantic Regional Aquaculture Best Management Practices Training Workshop
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center
1444 Diamond Springs Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Pre-registration required:  Attendance will be limited to 1st 50 pre-registrants.
To register please contact: Gail Jamison: 757.727.4861,

July 24, 2014
2014 Commercial Vegetable and Berry Field Day
9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Virginia State University
Randolph Farm
4415 River Road, Ettick, VA

Educational field tour stations will include vegetable trials, high tunnels, ginger, cut flower and berry production updates.  Keynote speaker -  Ellen Polishuk is an ecoganic vegetable grower, biological farm consultant and teacher. She helps farmers, agricultural professionals and eaters of all kinds to appreciate and understand the complexity and beauty of food: the nexus of plants, soils and people.  Register online or for more information see VSU’s Facebook page or contact Mollie Klein at 804.524.5960. 

July 30, 2014
Pasture Lambing Workshop
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Virginia State University
Randolph Farm located
4415 River Road, Ettrick

During morning lecture/ lab sessions, producers will learn about lamb gestation, birthing, processing, positioning and dealing with unexpected complications.

In the afternoon pasture session, producers will observe ewes ready to give birth and assist during the lambing process.

Workshop facilitators include Dr. Stephan Wildeus, VSUsmall ruminant research professor and Dr. Dahlia O’Brien, VSU small ruminant extension specialist.

To maximize the hands-on experience, participation is limited to the first 16 registrants.  A $10 per person registration fee includes lunch and educational materials.

Click here to register early. Anyone needing special services, accommodations or more information should contact Mollie Klein, VSU administrative and office assistant, at 804.524.5960 or email

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