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.
- Extension and cooperatives hold 43rd annual Forestry and Wildlife Field Tours The field tour series, the longest running program of its kind in Virginia, will start on Oct. 11.
- Beef cattle industry giant to be honored at Virginia Tech Gary Minish was one of the first to champion leaner, more heavily muscled, and faster growing cattle over the less profitable, smaller, and fatter cattle of the 1950s and early ‘60s. His influence helped shape the modern beef cattle phenotype, long before the introduction of genomic technology.
- Kevin Boyle named Agricultural and Applied Economics Association fellow Having spent his 30-plus-year career working in applied economics, Boyle was recognized for his continuous contributions to the advancement of research in this area and his contributions in teaching and advising.