The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences finds ways to preserve our natural resources and improve lives and communities worldwide.

Meet the National Thanksgiving Turkey
and his "wingman" at Gobblers Rest

Nov. 23, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Livestock Judging Pavilion
445 Plantation Road

Presidential turkey cutout 2018

If you've ever imagined posing as POTUS (or a turkey), here's your chance! CALS is hosting an open house and a gobble-worthy photo op for the public to mingle with the two newest members of Hokie Nation.

After the formal ceremony at the White House on Nov. 20 — which CALS will livestream on Facebook — the "pardoned" turkeys will travel to Gobblers Rest, where they will live out their days.

Follow the birds’ journey from the White House to Blacksburg on CALS's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages, and don't forget to post your own photos of the birds using the hashtag #PresidentialTurkey.

Now on Campus

Fall is spectacular at Virginia Tech ...

An interdisciplinary team of CALS researchers — powered by a newly funded $3.7 million grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture — is developing new cultivars of edamame best suited for growth in the United States.

CALS doctoral student in lab
Each year, George Washington Carver Assistantships are awarded to students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences who have demonstrated excellence in academic achievement, scholarship, and community service.
CALS researchers Susan Duncan and Aili Wang investigated the feasibility of lactoferrin, a highly bioactive protein found in saliva and milk, as a treatment that may bring relief to millions of patients undergoing cancer treatment.

Professor of Biochemistry Jinsong Zhu (pictured at left with his research associate Pengcheng Liu) and his research team have gained insights into the genetics of mosquito reproduction, which could open new avenues of discovery to control the pest and reduce the number of deaths mosquitoes cause every year.

CALS alumni

Alumni Events

CALS Alumni and Friends Tailgate
For alumni, faculty, staff, and friends

Nov. 17 (vs. Miami)
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Litton-Reaves Hall Lawn

CALS and VCE Events Calendar »