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Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station

Virginia Tech Agricultural Experiment Station

Our mission is to perform basic and applied research on agricultural, environmental, natural, and community resource issues related to the future needs of Virginia, the region, the nation, and the world.

Alson H. Smith Jr. AREC Grape Vines

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.

VAES supports research faculty in a wide range of disciplines in projects located at Virginia Tech and across the commonwealth, often in collaboration with Virginia Cooperative ExtensionNational Institute of Food and Agriculture, and other state and federal agencies.


The Center for Advanced Innovation is co-hosting a tent at this year's Virginia Ag Expo (view our Calendar for more details) on August 5th.  Click here to view our schedule of speakers.

Agency 229 Reports

Explore how Agency 229 is making a positive impact in homes, classrooms, farms, and communities across Virginia.

Funding provided by Agency 229 produces impacts that touch every sector of Virginia's economy.