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About the Center

The Alson H. Smith Jr. Agricultural Research and Extension Center serves Virginia’s commercial fruit and value-added, horticultural food crops industries through research, educational programs, development of sustainable production systems and technologies, and increased public knowledge of horticultural opportunities and benefits.


We will address current and emerging issues in fruit production by using the full resources of the land-grant system to develop research-based solutions, train new leaders, and share our discoveries with stakeholders.

AHS AREC Strategic Plan_10.26.2020.docx Download the Strategic Plan