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Richard T. Crowder, professor of agricultural and applied economics in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, was recently named the C.G. Thornhill Professor of Agricultural Trade by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The C.G. Thornhill Professorship was created in 2012 by C. Gordon Thornhill Jr., who earned his bachelor’s degree in animal science from Virginia Tech in 1975.

The endowment is intended to help strengthen the curriculum in agricultural trade and to help prepare students for the challenges of participating in an expanding world agricultural market. Recipients hold the professorship for a period of five years.

Learn more about the new C.G. Thornhill Professor of Agricultural Trade and Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Alphin-Stuart Livestock Teaching ArenaBeginning next week at our Alphin-Stuart Livestock Teaching arena (pictured), we will host the final session of the Virginia Tech Riding Series. These horseback riding classes, presented by the Office of Continuing and Professional Education, strengthen the riding and jumping skills of the equestrian enthusiasts the program draws to our beautiful campus each year.

This series is one of many examples of Virginia Tech’s close ties to the equestrian community.

As a land-grant institution, agriculture has always been at the core of this university’s curriculum, with programs developing far beyond our campus borders. For example, programs offered by two equine centers, the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center and the Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension Center (commonly called the MARE Center), have been at the forefront of industry research since their inceptions. In addition, both were established, in part, by private donations.

The Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center, located in Leesburg, Va., was founded in 1983 through a generous estate gift from the late Marion duPont Scott, a noted horsewoman. Operating in conjunction with the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, this extraordinary facility provides first-rate health services for horses and an unparalleled educational experience for our students.

Similarly, the MARE Center, located in Middleburg, Va., offers valuable educational and research opportunities for students majoring in Equine Science. The center, which serves as an extension of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, was established in 1949 after legendary thoroughbred breeder and philanthropist Paul Mellon donated a 420-acre farm to Virginia Tech for the purpose of developing agricultural research programs.

For more information about Virginia Tech’s equine programs, please contact the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences or the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.

(Post by Sarah Rhodes)