The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, in partnership with N.C. State University and N.C. A&T State University, operates 18 research stations across the state. Agricultural researchers run tests to address a varitey of issues facing N.C. farmers, from disease management to breeding practices. Each location focuses on the crops or livestock in its region of North Carolina. At the Cherry Research Farm in Goldsboro, originally part of Cherry Hospital, staff continues the swine research conducted in the 1980s. In addition, the facility has ongoing projects in dairy, beef, corn, soybeans, cotton, peanuts and organic farming.
The research stations are open to the public during various field days held through the year. During these events, farmers and others can learn about the research being conducted and tour the facilities across the state. For a listing of upcoming field days, click here.