Welcome to Southern Piedmont Agricultural Research and Extension Center located near the town of Blackstone, Va.

The center is dedicated to research and Extension programs for sustainable production of tobacco, forage crops, beef cattle, small fruits, and grains.    

The Southern Piedmont AREC has five resident faculty, 14 full-time staff, and employs additional hourly people at various times of the year. The resident faculty members conduct research and Extension programs on tobacco, forages, and small fruits crops, and they cooperate with other faculty (from Virginia Tech and other institutions) to study alternative crops for Southside Virginia. Crops grown at the center include tobacco, Bermudagrass, crabgrass, annual ryegrass, corn, wheat, barley, soybeans, strawberries, and industrial hemp. Faculty expertise includes agronomy, plant pathology, forages, and animal science.

DISCIPLINES

•Tobacco agronomy
•Tobacco curing technology and efficiency
•Tobacco disease management
•Ruminant livestock
•Forage production and management
•Small fruit disease management

INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES

•Tobacco curing, monitoring, and automation
•Sucker control application technologies
•Drones to assess crop development
•Silvopasture

FACILITIES

•1,180-acre farm with 130 acres of crop research plots, 120 acres of research grazing, and a 40-acre silvopasture area
•Specialized tobacco curing facilities
•Extensive greenhouse facilities and high tunnels
•150-person auditorium

INDUSTRY PARTNERS

•Tobacco industry and growers
•Agrichemical industry
•Forage and livestock industry
•Virginia Farm Bureau, SWCD, NRCS, VDACS

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Analytical Chemist/Biologist position for more information to go https://jobs.vt.edu and look for job number 511847

2019 Flue-Cured Tobacco Production Guide

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Budget

Agronomic Practices

Disease Control

Weed Control

Insects on Tobacco

Curing Tobacco

Calibration

Tobacco Farm Worker Safety

Worker Protection Standards

Virginia Bright Flue-cured Tobacco Board Annual Report

2019 Flue-Cured Tobacco Disease Resistance Tables

 

 

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