Partners for Progress

A message from President Sands

President Timothy D. Sands

President Timothy D. Sands

Anniversaries, especially those 100 years in the making, offer a great opportunity to reflect on one’s accomplishments.

In 2014, we celebrated the Smith-Lever Act, which established the national Cooperative Extension Service. A unique educational partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the nation’s land-grant universities, Cooperative Extension extends research-based knowledge through a state-by-state network of extension educators.

Over the past 100 years, Virginia Cooperative Extension has worked hand in hand with researchers and scientists located at the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station, the Blacksburg campus, and the 11 Agricultural Research and Extension Centers to stimulate innovative research and to provide vital educational programs for youth and adults that help to improve the quality of life and economic prosperity in Virginia. 

This work could not have been possible without the continued support of our federal, state, and local partners. The strength of these partnerships has enabled us to expand our programs while keeping them relevant and dynamic. In collaboration with our sister land-grant university, Virginia State University, we are able to make a greater impact across the commonwealth and reach many more Virginians. 

Whether we are developing the next peanut variety, encouraging young people to expand their creativity, working to ensure the security of the food supply, or educating beginning farmers, our mission is the same: to help Virginians improve their lives, their businesses, and their communities. 

Please take a moment to read about how Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station are making an impact in communities across the commonwealth. We also encourage you to visit our websites — and — to learn more about our programs and research that are helping to ensure a prosperous future for generations to come. 


Timothy D. Sands

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