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CALS Sesquicentennial

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Virginia Cooperative Extension at the roots of the Virginia Tech Sesquicentennial

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Virginia Cooperative Extension are all about roots.

Roots allow plants to grow and sustain us. Roots run through generations of family farms that shape communities. Roots in Virginia's agricultural industry continue to drive the commonwealth's economy. Roots improve the wellbeing for all Virginians.

Our roots run deep, too.

Ever since the Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College was formed 150 years ago, we have been a driving force for the university and a cornerstone of its land-grant model. This year, as the university celebrates its sesquicentennial, we remain a driving force of impact and innovation.

Though, as these photos show, the technologies have changed (along with hairstyles!), the root of our mission is exactly the same as what it will do for the next 150 years—helping communities thrive near and far.

Click on a photo to see how our outreach has grown and developed over the past 150 years.