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Teutsch leaving Virginia Tech for post at Kentucky

By JANE W. GRAHAM
AFP Correspondent

VERONA, Va. (Dec. 27, 2016) — The Virginia Forage and Grasslands Council recognized Dr. Chris Teutsch for his contributions to the Virginia Forage Industry Dec. 8 in tandem with bidding him farewell to a new job in Kentucky.
Teutsch is leaving Virginia Tech as its Extension forage specialist to join the faculty of the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment,.
VFGC President Jon Repair made the presentation of a plaque and jacket during a VFGC board meeting here.
Teutsch lead numerous forage research projects while at Virginia Tech and has worked from the university’s Southern Piedmont Agricultural Research and Extension in South Boston, Va., during his tenure.
“Dr. Chris Teutsch has dedicated himself to not just improving forage production,” VFGC President Jon Repair said. “Dr. Teutsch’s efforts have assisted and educated many people to realize that production improvements and success will not only enhance forage production, but will increase the quality of life for all those and their families who strive for forage systems excellence in their agricultural production enterprises.
J.B. Daniel, forage and grassland agronomist with USDA-NRCS in Virginia also heaped praise on Teutsch’s time spent in Virginia.
“Through his research and Extension work, Chris has touched the lives of so many people across the state,” Daniels said. “He has been a supportive, encouraging mentor to young Extension agents and many graduate students over the years. His knowledge, expertise and mostly his practical perspective on how to apply the principles of pasture and grazing management on farms, made him a very accessible Extension specialist to hundreds of farmers throughout the state,” during the meeting here he pointed to some of Teutsch’s contributions.
Daniels added Teutsch was instrumental in the development of the grazing research and demonstration farm at the Southern Piedmont Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Blackstone with the financial support of the Tobacco Commission.
“His research and outreach programs also helped educate and train conservation field staff and influenced countless producers to improve the management and productivity of their forage and livestock systems. He will be missed by many, but never forgotten.”
Teutsch will become an Extension professor for forage in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, Dr. Sue Cox, dean of the college, said in a telephone interview. His appointment fills a vacancy created when Dr. Gary Lacefield, a well-known forage industry leader, retired.
A major part of Teutsch’s duties in Kentucky will be helping develop the $30 million UK Research and Education Center in Princeton. This facility in the western part of the
state is being funded through the Kentucky Agriculture Development board, part of the Governor’s Office on Agriculture Policy and the university.
Each will provide $15 in funding, Cox said.
“We are excited to see what he will bring to the university,” Cox said of Teutsch. “Forage is so important to our state. We are thrilled that he is moving here.”
Teutsch is expected to work with Dr. Ray Smith, another former Virginia Tech forage specialist who made the move to Kentucky. Cox said the pair will be working on research critical to the horse industry. It will deal with the management of forage for that segment of the agricultural industry, a segment she described as “huge.”
Cox said the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association and the Kentucky Forage and Grasslands Council have supported hiring Teusch and worked to fund the position and center. She expressed thanks to both groups.