M. Ferrell Justice

M. Ferrell Justice, a registered radiologic technologist, presents Priscilla Liggon with her award April 6.

ACPS awarded grant for urban farming program

The Clorox Company Foundation recently awarded the Amherst County Public Schools Education Foundation a $27,000 grant to support the “Trout in the Classroom” program.

The program is available to all county public schools and will teach students about the ecosystem, urban farming and the need to protect the local watershed, according to the foundation. Over the years, The Clorox Company Foundation has invested more than $100,000 into the Amherst school system’s classrooms and extracurricular activities, a news release from the ACPS foundation states. The ACPS Foundation said in the release is grateful to the company for the corporate grant.

Amherst resident receives state award

Amherst County resident Priscilla Liggon was presented with and inducted as a life member in the Virginia Society of Radiologic Technologist at its annual meeting in Virginia Beach on April 6.

Liggon, vice chairwoman of the Amherst County School Board, has held many offices in the society for many years, including chair and president. She currently is student intern liaison for the society and president of the Central Virginia District of Radiologic Technologist. Liggon, a graduate of Amherst County High School, received her radiology degree from Central Virginia Community College as the clinical coordinator of the radiology program.

Panel of conservation, agriculture experts to visit Sweet Briar

Sweet Briar’s “At the Invitation of the President” series continues at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, in Memorial Chapel with a panel of alumnae who will share their expertise in conservation and agriculture issues: Gay Kenney Browne, Mary Pope M. Hutson, Amy Tabb and Eliza Walbridge.

The alumnae are visiting as part of Sweet Briar’s celebration of Earth Day and its commitment to maintaining stewardship of the 3,250-acre campus. The college recently has undertaken several new agricultural enterprises, including the installation of an apiary and the planting of both a wildflower meadow and grape vines.

“At the Invitation of the President” events celebrate savvy women who are artists, authors, performers, philanthropists, industry thought leaders and social change makers. The series aims to inspire our current students — the next generation of women leaders — by offering unique opportunities to hear from and network with women who are established leaders in their fields. Events in the series are supported by gifts to Sweet Briar College and are free and open to the public. For more information, email Rachel Pietsch at rpietsch@sbc.edu.

Farmers, Ag producers offered revised conservation program

The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering Virginia farmers and forestry producers the revised Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).

Through CSP, agricultural producers and forest landowners earn payments for actively managing, maintaining and expanding conservation activities like cover crops, enhanced nutrient management, buffer strips and pollinator habitat – all while maintaining active agriculture production on their land. Interested producers must submit their applications by May 10 to be considered for FY19 funding.

CSP is for working lands (crop, pasture, nonindustrial forest and tribal ag land) and helps agricultural producers build their business while implementing conservation practices to enhance the sustainability of the entire operation.

CSP also encourages the adoption of cutting-edge technologies and new management techniques such as precision agriculture applications and new soil amendments to improve water quality. Producers interested in CSP should contact their local USDA service center or visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStarted. For more information contact Don Yancey, (434) 266-3083.

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