Our Challenges

Farmers and other producers are finding it harder to maintain profitability as their traditional methods reach maximum potential. Ensuring the quality, quantity, and safety of our food supply is an increasing concern. Human health is compromised by the growing epidemic of obesity and food-related disorders, as well as the spread of disease among wildlife, livestock, and humans.

Our Strengths

Virginia Tech's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is uniquely positioned to address such challenges by capitalizing on strengths developed since 1872. The college is actively pursuing research-based solutions that will transform not only agriculture, but also communities in Virginia, the nation, and the world.

Our Solutions

Our researchers investigate how new knowledge and technologies can benefit health and nutrition to prevent obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. Our Extension and outreach programs help Virginia producers increase their profitability. We work with communities to build their local economies. And our investigators develop state-of-the-art methods to treat major infectious diseases, such as West Nile virus, La Crosse encephalitis, and malaria.

Working Together for a Better Future

Through their philanthropy, our community of supporters, alumni, and friends help us to respond fully to the needs of Virginia agriculture and, above all, to realize our most important mission — enhancing the quality of life in the commonwealth.