Dalton Honored for Service to Students, Industry
(Blacksburg, VA) Dr. Dixie Watts Dalton, associate professor and leader of the Agribusiness program at Southside Virginia Community College, was presented the Special Recognition award from the Virginia Agribusiness Council. Council President Katie Frazier presented the award on March 20 at the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences awards banquet.
Each year, the Council acknowledges an individual deserving special recognition for his or her service to the agribusiness industry.
Dr. Dalton grew up on a family farm in Lunenburg County. She earned her bachelors and masters degrees from Virginia Tech in Agricultural Economics and her PhD from Duke University in Economics. She spent seventeen years in a teaching and extension position in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech before returning home to Southside in 2010 to provide new leadership to Southside Virginia Community College’s Agribusiness program. She has published numerous journal and popular press articles and has made hundreds of presentations around the state and nation, as well as in the United Kingdom, Spain, Canada, and South Africa.
In addition to all of this work, Dr. Dalton also served as an advisor to many different activities on campus, including the Agricultural Economics/NAMA Club. And she has been a longtime leader in the Virginia Cooperative Council, focusing efforts on educating both high school and college students about the importance of cooperatives to agriculture and Virginia’s economy. She has been recognized countless times for her teaching, advising, and service at the university, state, and national level, including by the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
Bette Brand, with Farm Credit of the Virginias, said, “Dixie's ability to connect with young people and to inspire a passion for agriculture is unmatched. Her influence spans across several college campuses across the state as well as countless high school students through the Virginia Cooperative Council's VICE weekend at Graves Mountain and NICE at Virginia Tech. She has built a strong foundation for our industry's next leaders through her work.”
Agribusiness Council Director of Government Affairs Brad Copenhaver, a former student of Dr. Dalton, said, “Her commitment to teaching and to truly connecting with her students genuinely makes her among the very best professors and mentors someone can have when considering a career in agriculture.”
President Frazier commented during the presentation that “for Virginia agribusiness to be successful, we have to have good educators throughout the Commonwealth to teach students about our industry and to instill in them the passion that it takes to succeed. Dixie has done all of this and much, much more.”
About The Virginia Agribusiness Council
The Virginia Agribusiness Council is a non-profit organization committed to representing the interests of the agriculture and forestry industries in the Commonwealth through effective governmental relations efforts and initiatives. Its membership includes farmers, foresters, and other agricultural producers; industry suppliers; marketers and processors; and commodity and industry associations. It is headquartered in Richmond. For more information, please visit the Virginia Agribusiness Council's website.
Picture Above From Left to Right: Council President Katie Frazier and Dr. Dixie Watts Dalton