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Who Are We?
The Rural Economic Analysis Program (REAP) is in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech. In the mid 1980s, a study of the future of agriculture in Virginia identified the need for a center to provide economic analysis and information relevant to rural Virginia. REAP is the result of that study.

REAP research by faculty and graduate students focuses on three themes: agricultural and business competitiveness, rural and community development, and natural resources and environment. These themes overlap in many instances. Therefore, the focus of REAP research takes place at the intersection of these three areas. For example, some agricultural businesses are affected by environmental protection programs; consequently, our research addresses both the profitability and environmental issues. The goal of this research is to provide decision makers with information to help in strategic planning at all levels—local, regional, and state. Research findings are made available to the public and private sectors through educational programs, conferences, and publications.

 

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