North Carolina has a nationally recognized agricultural research system that has worked to improve crop productivity and farming techniques. The partnership between NCDA&CS, N.C. State University and N.C. A&T State University continues to benefit agriculture in our state, as evidenced in the 2010 Research Stations Annual Report, which is now available at http://www.ncagr.gov/research/documents/ResearchStations2010AnnualReport.pdf.
The annual report highlights progress made toward goals included in the 2009 Strategic Plan for North Carolina Agricultural Research Stations.
Among the highlights from 2010:
- More than 100 research scientists worked with technical staff on over 600 projects and provided training for 126 graduate students.
- Outreach efforts on research stations included 296 events with 14,095 participants, an increase in attendance of 30% over 2009.
- Partnerships with commodity-related groups continued to promote and support agricultural research with more than $4 million in funding to research conducted by N.C. State University scientists working on research stations.
- Of the $66 million in sponsored research in agriculture-based departments at the NCSU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, about $40 million has immediate or future impacts on the projects on research stations or field laboratories.