Virginia Tech’s ranking of agricultural sciences research and development expenditures for 2013 rose to sixth in the nation, cementing the university and its scientists as international leaders in helping feed a fast growing global population and sustainably managing the world’s forests.
Virginia Tech researchers in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have been working on several fronts to preserve the Chesapeake Bay while also implementing ways to balance population growth with sustainable use.
Following the passage of a new state law and establishment of an industrial hemp research program by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Virginia Tech will be able to begin research on growing industrial hemp in the commonwealth. Industrial
Working with partners around the commonwealth, Virginia Tech is poised to help feed a growing global population while assisting the agriculture and forestry industries around the state to flourish and become global leaders, Virginia Tech President Timothy Sands said on Tuesday.
The event will bring together producers, agribusinesses, exporters, foreign ambassadors, land-grant university leadership, state and federal government officials, and agriculture students to discuss challenges and opportunities for global exports from the state. The event is sponsored by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, the Virginia Tech Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, and the Virginia Port Authority.