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 ItemTim Sands unveils aspirations for Virginia Tech in 2023 State of the University address , article
As part of his seventh State of the University address, Virginia Tech's president highlighted accomplishments from the university's Sesquicentennial celebration and discussed his vision for the years ahead.Date: 01.18.2023
Article ItemTechnology and agriculture collide at the inaugural Ag-Tech Field Day , article
The exhibition featured dozens of technology industry representatives who showcased the latest tools that are supporting the commonwealth’s largest private industry — agriculture.Date: 01.17.2023
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 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 ItemMARE Center offers ‘thorough’ experience for students , article
Animal science students from Virginia Tech gain real-world research experience with former thoroughbred racehorses at the Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension Center.Date: 11.15.2022
Article ItemVirginia Tech researchers use artificial intelligence to combat soybean nematodes , article
Researchers at the Tidewater Agricultural Research and Extension Center are studying how to use artificial intelligence to identify the presence of plant-parasitic soybean nematodes that cause upward of $1 billion worth of soybean loss each year in the United States.Date: 10.24.2022
Researchers use scientific discoveries based on the best techniques of qualitative and quantitative analysis to address today’s most processing agricultural and environmental issues. More powerfully, the partnership between VAES and VCE creates a highly effective means for communicating and teaching new techniques with instant and lasting impact in local communities.