Assistant Professor of Agronomy and Coordinator of the Ag Science Program, Ferrum College
A proud newcomer to Virginia, Tim is a lifelong agriculturist. His family operates Deer Run Farm – a 30 acre "truck" farm on Long Island, New York. As one of a handful of farms in the area, it faces unique challenges, especially those associated with urban-edge agriculture. As a result, Tim has a keen interest in the interplay between science, sustainability, and policymaking. After graduating from Cornell University in 2001 with a B.S. in Plant Science, he worked in various levels of state and federal government while continuing to work seasonally at the farm. In 2004, he was awarded a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship for study at Lincoln University, New Zealand. The Department of Homeland Security awarded Tim a graduate fellowship in 2005. In the summer of 2006, he was a visiting fellow at Los Alamos National Lab, working with crop biosecurity. In 2008, he was awarded an NSF sponsored travel grant to participate in the Rice: Research to Production Short Course at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines. In 2008, Tim graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Plant Medicine, the equivalent of a "plant M.D." He is currently a faculty member at Ferrum College.
“VALOR links grassroots advocacy with the institutional authority of Virginia Tech - bringing together leaders committed to the vibrancy of Virginia agriculture. I look forward to serving as an ambassador for the industry.”
VALOR Class II