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Sponsors and Partners

While the Virginia Governor’s School for Agriculture is funded with state grant dollars, our enrollment of 100 students is over capacity of what funds will support.  The Governor’s School for Agriculture is dependent on, and appreciative of, donations to advance our mission to develop future leaders and scientists for careers in agriculture.  You can help support our students with your donations by clicking here.

The Governor's School for Agriculture would like to thank the following sponsors and partners for their support of the programs:


Virginia Agribusiness Council: The Virginia Agribusiness Council is a non-profit member organization committed to representing the agriculture and forest industries in the Commonwealth with a unified voice through effective government relations efforts.

Virginia Farm Bureau: With nearly 150,000 members in 88 county Farm Bureaus, the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation is Virginia’s largest farmers’ advocacy group. Farm Bureau is a non-governmental, nonpartisan, voluntary organization committed to protecting Virginia’s farms and ensuring a safe, fresh and locally grown food supply.  

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Virginia Lottery: Truly believes that playing matters — which is why since 1999, all profits have been used for K-12 public education in Virginia, as well as community events and contests that support education.  With nearly $10 billion donated to Virginia education, the VA Lottery is dedicated to making a difference to learning at every level.

Smithfield Foods

Smithfield Foods: Smithfield Foods is determined to be an ethical food industry leader that excels every day at bringing delicious and nutritious meat products to millions of people around the world in a manner that sets industry benchmarks for sustainability.

First Bank Ag Division

First Bank and Trust Company: The Agricultural Division of First Bank and Trust Company is dedicated to serving the unique needs of the agricultural industry.  Their commitment has made them the largest agricultural lender among community banks in Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee.


Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences: The college creates, integrates, and shares knowledge to enhance: Life sciences, food, and agricultural systems; the economic prosperity and life quality of the greater community; the stewardship and health of land, water, and air for future generations; and student learning through diverse, hands-on, experiential opportunities.


Kentland Farm: The vision for the College Farm Operation is for it to grow into a truly outstanding university educational facility that meets the needs of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences faculty as they discover new, science-based agricultural-related knowledge through research programs, relay that information to university students, and disseminate it across the commonwealth, the nation, and throughout the world.


Virginia Department of Education

Virginia Department of Education: The mission of Virginia's public education system is to educate students in the fundamental knowledge and academic subjects that they need to become capable, responsible, and self-reliant citizens. Therefore, the mission of the Virginia Board of Education and the superintendent of public instruction, in cooperation with local school boards, is to increase student learning and academic achievement.

CALS Alumni Organization: The Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumni Organization strengthens relationships between the college, its alumni, and the industries they serve.