The annual report that highlights the value of Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station is now available. 

The magazine provides information on how Extension and the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station — the two agencies that make up Agency 229 — are making an impact in the commonwealth and throughout the world. The full report as well as multimedia features can be found online

Stories highlight the ways innovative research and educational outreach touch residents of the commonwealth. Examples include how Extension makes communities more viable through a $2 million endowment that funds food system surveys, researchers reviving Virginia’s aquaculture industry, and teaching Virginia landowners how to transition farm and forest land

Agency 229 is at the forefront of cutting-edge research that enables the state to boost existing industries like Virginia’s $480 million dairy sector while also making forays into new industries like industrial hemp and hops

“This impact is a result of working together to generate research-based knowledge that addresses critical societal needs and to share that knowledge through education, Extension, and outreach efforts,” said Thanassis Rikakis, executive vice president and provost. 

In 2014 Extension and research received $189.5 million from federal, state, and local governments, grants, contracts, and other sources. 

For every $1 invested by the state, Agency 229 generates an additional $1.78.