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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. 


Soils and Nutrient Management
Weed Management Technologies
Intergrated Pest Management
Horticulture Cropping Systems
Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention
Vegetable Disease Epidemiology


Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for assessing plant health and weed management
Fertilizer source and application technologies
Molecular Identification of Plant and Human Pathogens
Advanced pollinator habitats


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


220-acre farm
7,500 sq. ft. Modern Equipment Building
2,700 sq. ft. Renovated Greenhouse
3 Biosafety Level 2 Laboratories
Onsite Student Housing

Graduate Studies at the ESAREC

Graduate student research at the Eastern Shore AREC impacts stakeholders, growers, and industry on a local, national, and global level. Currently, students are working on eliminating foodborne human pathogens in packinghouses, conversion of chicken litter ash into comparable phosphorus fertilizer sources, and decreasing weed pressure using innovative modes.


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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