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 ItemIn memoriam: Joseph H. Barlow Sr., alumnus and former member of the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors , article
Barlow, who served as a member of the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors from 1992-95, died April 27. He was 93.Date: 05.16.2023
Article ItemJ. Christopher Bergh honored with emeritus status , article
A member of the Virginia Tech community since 2000, Bergh made significant contributions to tree fruit and grape entomology and supported tree fruit and grape producers in Virginia by providing timely, accurate information and guidance in effective integrated pest management.Date: 04.14.2023
Article ItemCalling all canines: Help sniff out the dangerous spotted lanternfly , article
Researchers in Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are deploying teams of dogs and their owners to help detect spotted lanternfly eggs before they become a major threat to growers.Date: 04.11.2023
Article ItemVirginia Tech researchers fight fire blight’s plight on apple production , article
Two U.S. Department of Agriculture grants are funding novel approaches to manage the spread of this deadly disease that decimates crops across the commonwealth and beyond.Date: 03.24.2023
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
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.