Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station
The Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station (VAES) is the research enterprise for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, including academic departments and off-campus agricultural research and Extension centers (ARECs). Our team includes >350 scientists located in three colleges on the VT campus: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), College of Natural Resources and Environment (CNRE), and Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine (VMCVM). VAES, along with our partner Virginia Cooperative Extension, comprise the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Agency 229. Together with our partners across Virginia and around the world, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), VAES scientists and engineers are bringing innovation and securing agriculture, food, and health through basic and applied research.
Research is designed to provide knowledge that will enhance the quality of individual and family life and the social and economic vigor of Virginia. Researchers utilize the best techniques of qualitative and quantitative research to form the knowledge base for instruction of and application to the broader mission of the land-grant university.
Apart from serving the needs of Virginia's animal, plant, and seafood industries, VAES-supported research fosters conservation of natural resources and benefits consumers and all citizens of the state in rural, urban, and suburban communities. Discoveries resulting from VAES-supported research have facilitated economic development in the state in the form of start-up companies located in Virginia Tech's Corporate Research Center. In addition, the VAES research programs include numerous activities in the international arena.
Latest VAES news
Article ItemVirginia Tech researchers study flavor, shelf life of Virginia cherry tomatoes , article
Researchers in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences seek to enhance the competitiveness of Virginia cherry tomatoes by comparing the flavor, nutrition, and shelf life qualities of produce from conventional fields and indoor hydroponic systems.Date: 01.05.2023
Article ItemAerial sensor technology on display at Eastern Virginia Agricultural Research and Extension Center , article
Virginia Tech researchers are testing the use of drones across the state to help stakeholders determine nitrogen rate and timing of wheat, an important crop of the commonwealth.Date: 01.02.2023
Article ItemVirginia seafood industry boosts commonwealth's economy by $1.1 billion, study finds , article
“The $1.1 billion industry not only provides a boost to our economy, it also provides valuable employment opportunities in eastern Virginia and supports a range of other economic sectors,” Gov. Glenn Youngkin said.Date: 12.21.2022
Article ItemVirginia Tech researchers earn national recognition for advances in drone practices , article
A team of faculty in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is part of an award-winning, multistate project that has helped accelerate the use of unmanned aircraft systems in agriculture and natural resources.Date: 12.20.2022
Article ItemNew Virginia Seafood Agricultural Research and Extension Center facility signals continued investment in Hampton Roads , article
"The enhanced capacity of this new building will allow us to grow programs in ways that will benefit our stakeholders for years to come,” Director Michael Schwarz said at the facility's grand opening on Nov. 30.Date: 12.13.2022
Article ItemW. Lee Daniels honored with emeritus status , article
A member of the Virginia Tech faculty since 1981, Daniels is internationally recognized for his pioneering research in the reclamation of disturbed lands, particularly those impacted by mining, waste disposal, road building, and other forms of perturbation.Date: 11.23.2022