Partners for Progress

A message from Provost Rikakis

portrait of Thanassis Rikakis

Provost Thanassis Rikakis

Virginia Tech is making an impact in the Commonwealth of Virginia and, indeed, around the world.

The stories in the following pages speak to the partnership and dedication of Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station — the two agencies that make up Agency 229 — and the real and meaningful impact they have on Virginians daily.

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.

We are helping dairy producers improve milk quality to keep Virginia’s dairy industry profitable and competitive.

We have reached more than 202,000 young people in 2014 with our 4-H youth programs that build life skills and develop future leaders.

We are keeping Virginia’s $17 billion forest industry profitable through forest management research.

And we are helping to make fruits and vegetables more accessible to the 3.1 million Virginia households that do not have a reliable source of affordable, nutritious food.

Without strong support from our local, state, and federal partners, this impact would not be possible. For every $1 that the state invested in our programs in 2014, we generated an additional $1.78 in external funding that helped us expand our programs and keep them relevant.

Our continued success is a direct result of your investment. We encourage you to read about how Agency 229 is making a positive difference in the homes, classrooms, farms, and communities across the state. Visit our websites — and — to learn more about how we are extending knowledge and changing lives.

Working together, we can keep Virginia strong.


Thanassis Rikakis
Executive Vice President and Provost
Chair, Administrative Council for Extension and Experiment Station Research

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