Today’s Topic: Two research stations hit the century mark in September

by | Sep 11, 2012

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.”

Southern Farm Network logoSeptember is a notable month for the NCDA&CS Research Stations Division, as two stations will be celebrating their 100th anniversaries. The Oxford Tobacco Research Station in Oxford and the Tidewater Research Station in Plymouth have reached that milestone.

Anytime an institution turns 100 years old, it’s a big deal. But these two anniversaries also reinforce how long North Carolina has been engaged in agricultural research. Three other research stations already have been around for longer than a century.

Troxler says the department has a longstanding research partnership with N.C. State University and N.C. A&T State University. This partnership has brought about many positive changes in agricultural production in North Carolina. There have been advances in equipment, technology, production practices and, ultimately, productivity. Ongoing research will lead to additional advances that help N.C. farmers stay competitive in an ever-changing market. They also will help producers continue to feed a hungry world. Worldwide food demand is on the rise. The United Nations estimates that by the year 2050, farmers around the world will need to produce 70 percent more food to meet the needs of a population that will exceed 9 billion.

Click below to listen to the Commissioner and Rhonda discuss these centennials.

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