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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



CALS Events Calendar

  • Solar-powered Water Pumping Systems Please consider joining us for an in-person and hands-on workshop focused on water pumping systems for livestock. Participants will learn the principles and applications of solar-electric water pumping. The primary focus will be on solar-powered water pumping systems, however, some other alternatives will be discussed too. Please join us to learn more about these systems, some considerations for their use, and hear some farmer experiences managing these systems. Oct 22, 2021 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • How to Care for Houseplants Interested in bringing your gardening hobby indoors or looking to add a little green to your space? Join Extension Master Gardener Interns Evin Morrison and Rebecca Secula to learn about getting plants to thrive in your home. Evin and Rebecca will cover a variety of topics including ideal lighting conditions, potting soil recipes, and how to deal with pests. This presentation is geared toward the beginner houseplant owner but will be a great refresher for anyone looking to make their houseplant ventures more successful. Free. RSVP at to receive a link to participate. Oct 22, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Dedication of the William M. Etgen Large Animal Learning Center 9:00 am Oct 23, 2021 9:00 AM - 11:59 PM
  • Introduction to Micro Hydro Systems Please consider joining us for an introductory workshop focused on micro-hydro systems for energy generation. Participants will learn the principles and applications of micro hydro systems. Content will focus on: site assessment, safety procedures, understanding water hydraulics, hydroelectric system components, reaction & impulse hydro turbines, maintenance considerations, among other areas. Oct 23, 2021 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Virginia Livestock Hall of Fame 10:00 am Oct 23, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:59 PM
  • 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