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Food Animal Initiative

Establishing North Carolina as the world leader in food animal biosciences.

A Grand Challenge in Animal Agriculture

The world’s population will grow to more than nine billion by 2050. Changes in global diets have increased demand for food animal products. We do not have the water or land to simply scale up current cultivation methods. We need true innovation in the underlying biosciences.

North Carolina is a recognized leader in food animal production. Agriculture contributes $84 billion to the state’s economy and generates 663,200 jobs. More than 60% stems directly from food-animal systems. Even more, if you factor in offshore marine fisheries and plant-based agribusiness that supplies feedstocks.

We can help North Carolina become the world leader in food animal sciences by coordinating new research with existing proven infrastructure. CALS has partnered with the College of Veterinary Medicine to lead this transformative initiative, and as it grows, we will enlist the support of our partners at NC State, other land grant universities, government and industry.

Feeding 9.5 Billion by 2050

Requires a 73% increase in animal food production.
Our initiative will make North Carolina a leader in feeding the world.

A Strategic Approach to Real Innovation

To encourage collaborative research in animal science, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) will fund three competitive Strategic Enrichment Research Grants.

We have the resources, partners and personnel to shape the growth of the state’s food animal industry.

These grants are separate investigations into the production health of swine, cattle and poultry involving nine CVM faculty members and four from CALS. The areas include:

  • Developing a system for reducing Porcine Reproductive Syndrome virus in reproductive sows.
  • Developing antibiotic use guidelines to mitigate antibiotic resistance in microbes and ensure food safety.
  • Developing a project to aid Ethiopian poultry producers to enhance livestock production.

Our colleges also are working side-by-side to ensure the best training in equine science for both undergraduate Animal Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students. The Reedy Creek Equine Farm is a new $5 million facility to serve students, clinicians and horse owners. This project is part of a multi-faceted capital improvement campaign. Phase 1, estimated at $2.1 million, is scheduled for completion in 2018.

An Academy to Think and Do

We are proposing a new way to leverage and coordinate the resources we have. Bring interdisciplinary sciences together to solve grand challenges. Partner with industry leaders to bring new ideas to market faster.

The Academy for Global Food Animal Biosciences will span multiple colleges at NC State. It will foster dynamic integrative research on a wide range of species. Designed to be a transformative organization, it will propel NC State to global leadership status in food animal sciences.

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