In agriculture, North Carolina does it all: We farm the full array of field crops. We labor over livestock of every variety. We work in a wide range of climates.
There’s one role the Land of the Pine doesn’t play: manufacturer. For all the sweet potatoes we harvest, the hogs we nourish and the soybeans we sustain, we produce, package and market precious few of the consumer goods that spring from N.C. soil.
Our college is taking the initiative to change that. Three initiatives, actually.
Our Plant Sciences Initiative aims to make North Carolina the global hub for agriculture’s fastest-growing sector. Over the next quarter-century, 84 percent of ag jobs are likely to emerge in plant sciences. All those workers will be essential to the effort to feed an exploding population.
The centerpiece of the initiative is the Plant Sciences Research Complex. With our partners at the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, we’re building a hub where academia, government, industry and producers unite to keep our state at the forefront of the plant sciences revolution.
With our Food Animal Initiative, we’re partnering with the College of Veterinary Medicine to help current and future students acquire the essential skills for success in animal agriculture, the life sciences and veterinary medicine. The result: unique opportunities on campus and in the real world for our students and graduates, and well-trained professionals to support the largest segment of the state’s agricultural economy.
The North Carolina Food Processing and Manufacturing Initiative is leading the charge to build a food processing industry in the state. We’re taking the abundant products of N.C. agriculture, applying NC State expertise to every step of processing them, and sharing our insights with industry partners who can put that research to work in the real world.
Our goal is to expand the impact of agriculture and agribusiness in North Carolina by 22 percent between now and 2025.