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Extension

The mission of Virginia Cooperative Extension is to share with the public what we have discovered at the university. In CNRE, our Extension faculty members accomplish this goal by conducting scientific research that has immediate applicability to public concerns. Then, the results of that research are shared with the public through workshops and publications. Our Extension specialists are available to help you answer your natural resource-related questions and problems.

Who do I talk to about…

If you have a natural resource-related question, we have an expert who can help you find an answer. View the list of general areas and experts here, in Extension Answers.

Virginia Cooperative Extension

Founded with the overall goal of putting university knowledge into the hands of the people, VCE provides you with information, education, and tools you can use. Not limited to natural resources topics, VCE also has experts who focus on agriculture, community development, family, finance, and health.

Natural Resources District Extension Agents

View a map of Virginia to determine which Extension agent to contact for help with natural resources questions.


  •     Headshot of Robert L. Smith
  • Robert (Bob) L. Smith
  • Associate Dean for Engagement and Head, Department of Sustainable Biomaterials
  • (540) 231-7679
  • rsmith4@vt.edu
  • College of Natural Resources and Environment
    324 Cheatham Hall
    Blacksburg, VA 24061

Extension Calendar of Events

View the upcoming VCE events related to the environment and natural resources.

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25th Anniversary

Celebrating 25 Years

    1992 through 2017, 25 years

Join us Sept. 15-16 to visit campus and reconnect with alumni, faculty, staff, and friends.

Celebrate with Us

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Select a Major

We have 11 majors for you to choose from with over 10 options to specialize in. Select yours now and join us in bringing the future to nature.