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Center for Advanced Innovation in Agriculture

In the farm of the future, drones will fly over forests and crops to communicate with robots embedded in harvesting equipment on the ground. Virginia Tech is leading the charge to help local communities thrive and spark a new agricultural and natural resources economy.

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Every day, in every corner of the world, the college, Extension, and 4-H are helping communities thrive and grow the next generations of leaders. With your support, there is no limit to the impact we can make in our world.

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With 107 local Extension offices, eleven Agricultural Research and Extension Centers, and six 4-H educational centers, we are always within reach. Use the map to locate the office or center in your community.

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
250 Drillfield Drive (0402)
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
Dean's office: (540) 231-3724
Academic dean: (540) 231-6503

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CALS Events Calendar

  • Sweet Potato Varieties and Taste Test Carolyn Quinn, the 2020 VSU Small Farmer of the Year Award recipient will host a sweet potato pie tasting with several sweet potato varieties to sample such as the heirloom White Hayman, Hernandez, Ginsing, Marisaki and All Purple. Attendees will cast their vote for their favorite variety of sweet potato pie. Tracy Porter, the VSU SFOP Regional Program Assistant will be on hand to answer any questions about variety selection, integrated pest management for sweet potatoes, and how to plant, drip irrigate, hill, harvest, cure and store sweet potatoes. Oct 26, 2021 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • 2021 Fall Forestry & Wildlife Field Tours will celebrate their 45th anniversary October 2021! involve landowners, state, federal, and forest industry natural resource professionals and representatives of environmental non-governmental agencies inform participants about practical forest and wildlife management techniques which are currently being used in their area share information on current cost-share programs are a great opportunity for networking with other landowners and natural resource professionals Oct 27, 2021 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • The United Nations Food Systems Summit 2021 On World Food Day in October 2019, the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, announced plans to hold the first ever UN Food Systems Summit as a part of the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition (2016-2025) to accelerate the progress of governments in each countries and regions worldwide to achieve the targets outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 Agenda. The UN System has been building momentum and support for the UNFSS and is scheduled to take place on September 23, 2021 in New York City. Oct 27, 2021 2:00 PM - 11:59 PM Virtual (Zoom)
  • Black Angus Cattle Operation Tour Join us for an in-depth tour of Edgewood Angus, a 1,500 acre Black Angus cattle operation in King William County. Attendees will tour the farm on a hay wagon; stopping at key points to receive lectures on various operations of the farm by subject matter experts. Attendees will return to the barn where they will continue to hear experts discuss topics during a grilled Black Angus hamburger dinner. Topics will include genetics, Expected Progeny Differences (EPD), pasture varieties and management, considerations for running a small cattle operation, breeding, calving, health and vaccine programs. Please dress for the weather and the environment. Oct 27, 2021 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Value Added Producer Grants Informational Meeting The Value Added Producer Grant program helps agricultural producers enter into value added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of bio-based, value-added products. The goals of this program are generating new products, creating and expanding marketing opportunities, and increasing producer income. This workshop will be presented by Laurette Tucker of USDA Rural Development. Oct 28, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Forest Management Workshop Oct 28, 2021 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM