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Eastern Shore Agricultural Research and Extension Center

Welcome to the Eastern Shore Agricultural Research and Extension Center

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The Station

Located in Painter, Virginia, the Eastern Shore Agricultural Research and Extension Center is committed to supporting commercial vegetable and agronomic crop production. The center grows more than 25 agricultural crops annually for research and Extension studies. New, state-of-the-art applied research that is relevant to local farming operations is essential to ensure the Eastern Shore remains a leader in commercial agriculture production. 

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Soils and Nutrient Management

Weed Management Technologies

Intergrated Pest Management

Horticulture Cropping Systems

Vegetable Disease Epidemiology


220-acre farm

7,500 sq. ft. Modern Equipment Building

2,700 sq. ft. Renovated Greenhouse

3 Biosafety Level 2 Laboratories

Onsite Student Housing


Commercial Fruit and Vegetable Producers and Packers
Potato, Vegetable, Corn, Small Grains and Soybean Associations
Agricultural Fertilizer, Technology, and Chemical Companies
Virginia Master Gardeners
USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Services
Soil and Water Conservation Districts


Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for plant health and weed management

Fertilizer source and application technologies

Molecular Identification of Plant Pathogens

Advanced pollinator habitats

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Introducing "The Stalk", an informative newsletter designed to update you on the research, extension, and teaching happenings at the Virginia Tech Eastern Shore AREC. Even though we are masked and social distancing, we are still here to serve you! Please let us know of any content you would like to see in future editions and as always, contact us with any needs to help you further improve your agricultural production.

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