Research Stations Division

Automation keeps research stations moving into future (Part One)

North Carolina’s 18 research stations are often thought of as a big piece of agriculture’s future. The research done on the stations helps farmers find better, more productive ways to produce more food and fiber for a growing population. To keep moving agriculture into the future, the research stations are implementing several technologies that involve […]

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Even in winter, crews keep busy on agricultural research stations

Even in winter, crews keep busy on agricultural research stations

A farmer’s work is never done, even in what’s sometimes called the “dead of winter.” The same is true for North Carolina’s agricultural research stations. They operate as working farms with a platform for agricultural research. So even if there’s not as much activity as the summer, the state’s 18 research stations are far from […]

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It’s a fine time for muscadines

This time of year muscadine grapes are a hot commodity in North Carolina and the southeast. The juicy and sweet grapes are native to the region, and now is the time to find them from backyards to small farms and farmers markets, and even in grocery stores. While the old traditional varieties are loved by […]

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Could purple carrots bring the green for N.C. farmers?

Purple carrots may seem like a fantasy right out of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – a quirky little snack you’d only find by following a white hare down a rabbit hole. They’re no fantasy though. Instead, purple carrots are a reality at some research stations in North Carolina. They’re stars of some serious research to […]

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News Roundup: Dec. 14-20

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. Click on the links to go straight to the full story. “Taming the dangerous – yet beautiful and profitable – castor bean plant,” The News & Observer: Novo Synthetix, a […]

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Photos from the Field: 1940 Biennial Report

This month, two research stations operated in partnership between the department, N.C. State University and N.C. A&T State University celebrate a centennial. The Tidewater Research Station in Plymouth celebrated 100 years last week, and the Oxford Tobacco Research Station  will hold its celebration this week. In honor of these accomplishments, we pulled some photos and […]

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News Roundup: Sept. 8-14

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. Click on the links to go straight to the full story. “Fair offers fun on final weekend,” Asheville Citizen-Times: Time is running short to visit the 19th annual North Carolina […]

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

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

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