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Teff Planting: On-Site Demonstration

July 14, 2016

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

33181 The Hall Road • Branchville, VA 23828


You are invited to join the VSU Small Farm Outreach Program agents for a teff planting demonstration at an area farm. The teff will be marketed as a forage crop and sold for hay to local farms with goats or horses.


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The staple grain crop in Ethiopia, teff is a warm-season grass useful for suppressing weeds with a high plant population. Teff also produces a fine plant structure that doesn’t leave soil clumpy for the next crop. Teff is noted for its high quality and high yield when compared to other forage rotations. Teff tolerates dry conditions and requires less maintenance than other grasses. It needs minimal mowing and generally does not produce seed.


If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-5626 / (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

Extension is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state and local governments. Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Interim Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg. 

Founded in 1882, Virginia State University is one of Virginia’s two land-grant institutions and is located 20 minutes south of Richmond in the village of Ettrick. VSU’s College of Agriculture consists of three academic departments: Agriculture, Hospitality Management, and Family and Consumer Sciences. Integrated within the College are an Agricultural Research Station; Randolph Farm, a 417-acre research and educational facility; and Virginia Cooperative Extension.