This month, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services took steps to formalize agreements with N.C. State University and N.C. A & T State University regarding the joint operation of the state’s 18 research stations.
Commissioner Troxler met with Dr. Dean McDowell, dean of the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at NCA&T earlier this month to sign a Memorandum of Understanding, and he met with Dean Johnny Wynne of NCSU’s School of Agriculture and Life Sciences this week to sign updated agreements. The original MOU was signed in 1938 and was inadequate to address the current needs of the research stations system.
The need for updated MOUs was identified in the Research Stations Division Strategic Plan. The MOU provides guidelines for the use of resources, personnel management, budgets and funding of joint positions. The agreement will be updated every five years.