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Tammy Holler

Nutrient Management Specialist
Tammy Holler
600 E. Main St. - 4th Floor
Virginia Dept. of Conservation and Recreation
Soil and Water Conservation Division
Richmond, VA 23219

Overview

The small farms nutrient management programs purpose is to help individuals develop strategies to best manage land nutrients. As one of the two members of the small farms nutrient management team, I am dedicated to working with farmers to educate, improve water quality, develop nutrient management plans and provide technical support to Virginia farmers. I am part of the DCR/VSU/Va Tech team working in coordinating with regional office staff and allied colleagues in the development of nutrient management plans and with localities, agencies, and other stakeholders in programming that promotes responsible watershed management and nutrient reduction of the Cheseapeake Bay.

Expertise

  • Soil Nutrient Management Production Systems, Forage and Specialty Crop Production 
  •  Small Ruminant Reproduction Physiology, Ruminant and Rabbit Production.

Education

  • M.S.  Reproductive Physiology, West Virginia University, Department of Animal Reproductive Physiology, Morgantown, WV., 2011
  • B.S.  Animal & Veterinary Science, West Virginia University, Department of Animal and Veterinary Science, Morgantown, WV., 2006
  • A.A.S.  Agriculture Management, Garrett College, McHenry, MD., 2004
  • A.A.S.  Agriculture Business Management, University of Maryland, McHenry, MD., 2004

One of the central themes of my research is to demonstrate the integration of rabbits into a small farm operation to increase overall farm profits. As well as, exploring how we can better manage plant diversity to improve rabbit productivity while improving soil health and reducing nutrient run off.  Other ongoing projects is the use of micro-clover as a nutrient trap crop in vegetable production.

Nutrient Management Specialist - Small Farms | 2015 - Present
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 

ARS, USDA, PWA, USSES | 2011-2015
Bio. Sci. Lab Technician (Animal)

Nutrient Management Coordinator | 2011
University of Maryland (Allegany County)

Nutrient Management Coordinator | 2010 - 2011
University of Maryland (Garrett County)

Dahlia O’Brien, Tammy Holler, On-farm Rabbit Processing 
https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/

  1. Holler, T. L., , M. Dean, T. Taylor, D. H. Poole, M. L. Thonney, D. L. Thomas, J. L. Pate, N. Whitley, R. A. Dailey, and E. K. Inskeep. (2014). Effects of service sire on prenatal mortality and prolificacy in ewes.  Journal of Animal Science. 92:3108-3115. doi:10.2527/jas.2013-7489; published ahead of print April 28, 2014.