The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has come a long way since Virginia Tech's modest beginnings as Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College in 1872.
Through its land-grant mission of research, teaching, and Extension, the college has been instrumental in helping agriculture and other life-science industries make significant strides in improving lives.
Today's college adapts to society's expectations and needs by focusing its resources and efforts on improving human health and nutrition, sustaining agriculture and the environment, reducing the reliance on fossil fuels, and developing cures for debilitating diseases.
- Students explore South Africa through agriculture Virginia Tech students spent a portion of winter break learning firsthand about South Africa as part of a College of Agriculture and Life Sciences study abroad course on food security, wildlife, and conservation.
- Virginia Tech faculty forge partnerships with peers at the University of São Paulo to tackle global food issues During winter break, Virginia Tech and the University of São Paulo held a symposium that brought faculty together to discuss collaborative approaches to address global food issues.
- Conference sparks further conversations about current U.S. trade climate From trade disputes to global demand drivers to biotechnology, attendees at the 11th annual Governor's Conference on Agricultural Trade had much to discuss during and after the event.