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Edwin Jones and Saied Mostaghimi

Edwin Jones, left, and Saied Mostaghimi

A message from the directors

Today’s world is changing rapidly.

We are facing pressures from a growing population, emerging health threats from new diseases, and challenges of keeping our drinking water safe.

But Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station — the two agencies that make up Agency 229 — have been working hard to help Virginia and its citizens overcome those challenges.

The stories in the pages that follow highlight the work we are undertaking in Virginia and around the world. Whether we are preparing students for new opportunities in the workforce, informing farmers of new food safety regulations, providing water testing and education to private water system owners, or helping producers increase their profits through value-added marketing, our mission is to improve the standard of living and quality of life for Virginians.

We encourage you to visit our websites — and — to learn more about our research and programs that are making an impact in communities across Virginia.


Edwin J. Jones
Associate Dean and Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension

Saied Mostaghimi
Associate Dean and Director, Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station

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Agency 229 is…

Innovative research

Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station’s network of faculty members in Blacksburg represents three colleges — the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the College of Natural Resources and Environment, and the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. The 11 Agricultural Research and Extension Centers located across the state support basic and applied research on agricultural, environmental, natural resources, and community issues related to the future needs of Virginia, the nation, and the world.

Expanding education

Virginia Cooperative Extension leads the engagement mission of Virginia Tech and Virginia State University — the commonwealth’s land-grant universities. By building local relationships and collaborative partnerships, Extension provides practical education that people can trust to help individuals, businesses, and communities solve problems, develop skills, and build better futures.

A local presence

Extension offers resources in 107 offices, located in every county and 12 cities across Virginia. It is a cooperative effort among local, state, and federal governments in partnership with tens of thousands of citizens who — through their local Extension Leadership Councils — help design, implement, and evaluate our needs-driven programs.

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For more information about our programs, visit our websites or one of our local Extension offices.

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