Farm Transition programs set in Virginia
Farm Transition Programs will be held at several locations in Virginia during February. Dates and locations include:
• Saturday, Feb. 8, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Southampton Agri-Civic Center, 25376 New Market Road Courtland, VA
• Wednesday, Feb. 19, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Southern Piedmont Agricultural Research and Extension Center 2375 Darvills Road, Blackstone, VA
• Saturday, Feb. 22, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. ª The Franklin Center, 50 Claiborne Avenue Rocky Mount, Virginia
For more information, contact Peter Callan, Extension Agent, FBM Culpeper Co-op Extension Service, 706 Hawkshead Court, Culpeper, VA 22701; email email@example.com or phone 540-825-5597.
Other upcoming Virginia dairy events and activities
• Feb. 21 – PCDart training, 10 a.m., Franklin Center. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register
• Sept. 22-24 – 2nd Annual SQMI Meeting (Southeast Quality Milk Initiative), The Inn at Virginia Tech Details TBA
Daubert is new Virginia Extension dairy agent
Jeremy Daubert began his duties as the Virginia dairy Extension agent based in Rockingham County.
Daubert was raised on a registered Brown Swiss dairy in Pennsylvania and earned a B.S. in Dairy Science from Virginia Tech in 2000. Upon graduation, he spent two years as a herdsman on a large dairy located on the eastern shore of Maryland.
In 2004 he and his wife, Becky (also a 2000 Virginia Tech Dairy Science graduate), started their own dairy on a rented facility in Lancaster County, PA. In 2006 they moved their herd to New York, where they operated their dairy on two different purchased facilities. In 2011, they sold the farm and the majority of the cows and moved to Myerstown, Pa., where they managed a 250-cow robotically milked dairy.
Georgia’s Carter elected AFBF YF&R chair
Members of the American Farm Bureau (AFBF) Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee (YF&R) elected Jake Carter from McDonough, Ga., as the committee’s chair for 2014. He will take over as chairman in February, at the end of the committee’s leadership conference, and serve for one year. He will also serve a one-year term on the AFBF board of directors.
Carter graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in business management. Soon after graduation, he returned to the farm and began transforming the former dairy operation into the 320-acre agritourism destination that it is today. Operating as Southern Belle Farm, Carter, along with his wife, Jennifer, offers u-pick strawberries, blueberries and blackberries, a fall corn maze and educational school tours year-round.