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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.
Our shared future
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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We have the Commonwealth covered!
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.
250 Drillfield Drive (0402)
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
Dean's office: (540) 231-3724
Academic dean: (540) 231-6503
- Virginia 4-H stalwarts Bob Meadows and John Dooley receive prestigious National 4-H honor For their lifelong service and steadfast commitment to 4-H youth, Bob Meadows and John Dooley were inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame during recent celebrations in Washington, D.C.
- In memoriam: Michael G. Miller, alumnus from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Miller, a graduate of the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and an accomplished entrepreneur, had also served on the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
- Two new grants will address major threats of pests and weeds to Virginia’s thriving agriculture industry A pair of grants awarded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to Virginia Tech and Virginia Cooperative Extension will help tackle two of agriculture’s greatest threats: pests and weeds.
- Powered by food (waste): Virginia Tech researchers discover potential method to convert food waste into batteries As the world works toward economically and environmentally friendly ways to power these devices, two Virginia Tech researchers investigate how food waste and its associated biomass can be converted into rechargeable batteries.
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