Did You Know Cows Can Burp? Well, Those Burps Contribute To Climate Change. 

Do you know that cows burp? I didn’t know that. Turns out that cows can.

Burping is part of their digestive process when the bacteria and protozoa in the rumen break down what they have eaten. Said gases include carbon dioxide and methane; the two leading greenhouse gases contributing to climate change. I didn’t know that was a thing until I was in my global seminar group, researching ways to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture. So why is this such a big deal? Continue reading

Cows + Methane = Climate Change

Honestly, going into Governor’s school I believed the agricultural field consisted of farmers, harvesting crops, and taking them to market. Governor’s school has given me many opportunities to explore new ideas and even the outcomes. My Global Seminar project assignment was to discover the ways that agricultural practices can limit greenhouse gas emissions. We soon learned that cows are actually the leading factor of greenhouse gas emissions in agricultural practices. It’s not transportation or fertilizer, but cows. This opened my eyes to the true extent of how everyone is affected by the agricultural field and its outcomes.   Continue reading

Is Governor’s School The Move?

So far in Virginia Tech’s Governor’s School for Agriculture, the 100 students have hit the ground running. In the three full days we have attended, we have sat through hours of lectures, attended communications classes, and been assigned a hefty project to complete with total strangers. My group has been assigned the task of proposing a solution to childhood obesity while focusing on the parental aspect of the problem. Continue reading

How is it almost over?!

By: Karthik Dhanireddy, Ai Mochida, Joey Yoon, Brittany Scheffler, and Rebecca Richardson

It’s hard to believe that it’s the final Tuesday at The Governor’s School for Agriculture. Time really goes by when you’re having fun. Looking back now, there have been plenty of memorable experiences that have helped shape our view on agriculture and life in general. We couldn’t be more thankful for getting into such a unique program and having the best summer of our lives. Keeping up to today’s date, there are a lot of things going on. Some of them are fun, while some are just nerve racking.

This week is the week when everything involved with global seminar is due. That involves posters, brochures, papers, etc. It feels like it was just yesterday that we were trying to understand what our research topic was about. Time sure does go by fast. Our group was a unique mix. We were all new to one another, and we were all hesitant about revealing our ideas at the beginning. However, at this point in time, no one is afraid of saying anything. It could be the stupidest idea ever, or even the most brilliant idea. Everyone is comfortable around one another and that’s what makes us so productive as a team. As we come to a close with our brochure and poster, we could not be more satisfied. We’ve put everything we’ve had into these items and hopefully the end result is satisfying. Conversely, this feeling of satisfaction wasn’t always there. There were disagreements between our members over trivial things, such as the color of the poster and brochure. However, we were quickly able to resolve these conflicts and move forward and achieve a beautiful poster and brochure.

Switching gears, this week also marked the beginning of our second elective class. There were five electives to choose from: Aesthetic Horticulture, Food Sheds, Neurology, Robotics, and Watersheds. Aesthetic horticulture focuses on putting together different flowers to create a beautiful display of nature. Food sheds focuses on the flow of food feeding a particular population, whereas watersheds focuses on the flow of water feeding into a particular community. In addition, neurology goes into depth about the brain and robotics goes into depth about modern technology. All of these electives are career oriented and they expose a new field and area. Furthermore, all of these tie back into the central theme of agriculture as they show how important the agriculture industry is and what it’s responsible for.

Overall, Governor’s School has provided us numerous opportunities and we are all glad to have been part of such an amazing program. It’s hard to believe that it’s coming to an end, but we all know that the memories we’ve made here will last a life time. Hopefully we rock the symposium and win awards! Group 19 is more than happy to be part of this program. We would like to thank all of the GSL’s, Samantha Won, and Dr. Curt Friedel for making all this possible! Thank you!