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    Agronomy Club
    Agronomy Club

    The Agronomy Club is one of the oldest remaining clubs here at Virginia Tech, comprised of over 30 active members. In the years past, the club has stayed involved in community-based services and each year its involvement has increased. Virginia Tech places a large need for service to our community on student’s hearts and Agronomy Club does all it can each year to uphold that standard. Along with The Agronomy Club’s strong impact on the community, its emphasis on professional development has increased dramatically over the years and helped shape the futures of many members.

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    Environmental Student Organization
    Environmental Student Organization

    The Environmental Student Organization (ESO) at Virginia Tech is devoted to promoting the importance of environmental stewardship and awareness through service, education and enjoyment of the outdoors. Our club is geared toward students with an environmental interest and is open to all majors.

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    Graduate Organization of the School of Plant and Environmental Science (GO SPES)
    Graduate Organization of the School of Plant and Environmental Science (GO SPES)

    The Graduate Organization for the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences (GOSPES!) was created to help create community among a diverse group of students and research interests, raise interest in graduate student research and teaching, provide avenues for professional development, and further the work of SPES.

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    Horticulture Club
    Horticulture Club

    Throughout the year we bring horticulture to the VT campus with various activities, such as our Fall Indoor Plant Sale, annual rose sale for Valentine’s Day, and the famous plant sale in April. ​For our members, we offer scholarships for outstanding participation in the club, as well as offer many social events and outings during the school year.

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    Turfgrass Club
    Turfgrass Club

    The Club’s primary activities are competing in two annual Quiz Bowls, held each winter at the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) national conference and Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) Golf Industry Show.

Our Teams

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    Crop Judging
    Crop Judging

    The Virginia Tech Crops Judging was established in 1989. Since then, there have been over 100 Crop Judgers. . In addition to plant identifications, students learn how to grade grains based on USDA Grain Grading Standards. The students also get additional grain grading training in Richmond (Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services). From August-November, students are trained and coached to compete in the regional as well as the national crops contests, sponsored by the Kansas City Board of Trade and Chicago Board of Trade.

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    Soil Judging Team
    Soil Judging Team

    The Soil Judging Team meets weekly for field practice Aug-Oct and Jan-Apr in preparation to compete in the Southeast Region of the Soil Science Society of America week-long regional and national soil judging contests. Soil judging involves separating the soil into horizons and then describing the properties of each horizon, then identifying the hydrology properties, parent material, and landscape properties.

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    Weeds Team
    Weeds Team

    The Weed Team competes in annual collegiate weed contests that test students' knowledge of herbicide symptomology, weed identification, sprayer calibration, and field diagnosis of plant problems.

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    Landscape Team
    Landscape Team

    The Virginia Tech National Collegiate Landscape Competition (NCLC) Team attends an annual three-day event which brings together landscape and horticulture students with leading landscape companies and dozens of the largest industry manufacturers/suppliers. Our students compete against more than 800 students from two- and four-year colleges to demonstrate their skills in 30 real-world, competitive events.