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 ways of treating major infectious diseases, such as West Nile virus, La Crosse encephalitis, and malaria.

Working Together to Invent the Future

Through 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.

Contact

Vernon Meacham
Director of Development,
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
216 Hutcheson Hall (0402)
250 Drillfield Drive, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-3071
vmeacham@vt.edu

Ben Grove
Director of Development,
Virginia Cooperative Extension
Associate Director of Development,
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
216 Hutcheson Hall (0402)
250 Drillfield Drive, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-7640
begrove@vt.edu

Brian Plum
Assistant Director of Development for Leadership Gifts,
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
216 Hutcheson Hall
250 Drillfield Drive, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-3091
bplum@vt.edu

    Contact

    Vernon Meacham
    Director of Development,
    College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
    216 Hutcheson Hall (0402)
    250 Drillfield Drive, Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA 24061
    (540) 231-3071
    vmeacham@vt.edu

    Ben Grove
    Director of Development,
    Virginia Cooperative Extension
    Associate Director of Development,
    College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
    216 Hutcheson Hall (0402)
    250 Drillfield Drive, Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA 24061
    (540) 231-7640
    begrove@vt.edu

    Brian Plum
    Assistant Director of Development for Leadership Gifts,
    College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
    216 Hutcheson Hall
    250 Drillfield Drive, Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA 24061
    (540) 231-3091
    bplum@vt.edu