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Kentland event brings research to farmers

Doug Bunn said he gets most of the information about what’s affecting his fellow farmers at Hardee’s.

The informal morning meetings are incredibly valuable. But sometimes, the Dublin farmer said, it’s necessary to get expertise from people on the cutting edge of agriculture. That’s why events like Virginia Tech’s Field Day on Tuesday are so important.

It was at a recent field day that the 66-year-old learned about how to use drones in farming. Now, his 10-year-old grandson Wyatt Bunn uses the drones almost every day to check on the family’s cattle herd that roams a 1,000 acres.

“What used to take 45 minutes now takes about four,” Bunn said.

Morgan Paulette, a Pulaski County Cooperative Extension agent, helped organize the event.

“We’re sharing research and knowledge out of Virginia Tech,” Paulette said. “We hope that we’re changing lives and that extension is helping people.”

About 125 farmers gathered with researchers, equipment vendors and extension agents to talk about agriculture and share ideas about the best way to shape it moving forward. The agents came from across the Roanoke and New River valleys and the farmers came from Central, Southside and far Southwest Virginia.

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