Agricultural Research and Extension Centers
The Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station conducts research on food and fiber systems, their impact on the environment, and their relation to the future needs of Virginia, the nation, and the world.
VAES faculty are located at 11 Agricultural Research and Extension Centers and within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the College of Natural Resources and Environment, and the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. AREC faculty and staff, along with faculty based at the main campus, deliver research and Extension programs at these sites, which represent the commonwealth’s diversity and take advantage of the unique characteristics and challenges found in each location. The ARECs serve not only as field-research sites and field laboratories for undergraduate and graduate students, but also as program sites for producers, school groups, and the state's citizens.
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Latest AREC news
Article ItemNew Virginia Seafood Agricultural Research and Extension Center construction progressing on schedule , article
The Virginia Seafood AREC is at the heart of an industry that has an annual economic impact of more than $550 million, accounts for more than 5,600 jobs, and increases the state’s economic portfolio.Date: 04.16.2021
Article ItemColleges unite to explore the COVID-19 pandemic in a range of contexts , article
The pandemic is multifaceted, and a full range of expertise is needed for essential insights into both its immediate and enduring impact.Date: 03.12.2021
Article ItemWeather update: Delayed opening for Blacksburg campus , article
Check the status page for updates on university operations in Blacksburg and all locations.Date: 02.18.2021
Article ItemWeather update: Delayed openings for sites in the greater Washington, D.C. metro area for Feb. 2 , article
Winter weather has affected operations at Virginia Tech locations around the commonwealth.Date: 02.01.2021
Article ItemGrant aims to accelerate sustainable shellfish aquaculture and boost Virginia coastal economies , article
To help bring seafood aquaculture farming on par with its land-based counterparts, the Virginia Seafood AREC received a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture as part of a multi-institutional effort to accelerate sustainable farming efforts.Date: 01.21.2021