Dr. Ozzie Abaye is currently a Professor of Agronomy at Virginia Tech, where she has a research, teaching, and extension appointment in the areas of alternative crops, grassland management, and international research and development. Born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, she has been in the U.S. for almost the last 40 years. Abaye earned her B.S. from Wilson College, PA, and M.S. from the Pennsylvania State University in Animal and Dairy Science (The effect of temperature and light intensity on chemical composition and digestibility of temperate and tropical grasses). She earned her Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in 1992. The title of her dissertation was: “Influence of grazing sheep and cattle together and separately on soils, plants, and animals.” Her graduate research emphasized improving the feeding value of forages and animal utilization.
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