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CALS Partnerships

We have partnerships down to a science.

At the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the seeds of partnership have long taken root—roots that yield results. From the mountains through the Piedmont to the coast, and from lab to field to market, our partnerships are as diverse as our agricultural and life sciences economy.

With the help of our dynamic network of impassioned partners, we provide students a world-class education with unique opportunities for growth and career development. With farmers and scientists alike, we ask the difficult questions that lead to new discoveries. We roll up our sleeves and work side-by-side with partners in local, state, federal and international governments, as well as commodity groups, to extend knowledge and improve the lives of citizens in our state, our nation and the world.

We believe creating strong partnerships is a science, and we want to add you to our successful formula.

CALS Partner Directory

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NC Agricultural Research Service

The N.C. Agricultural Research Service (NCARS) leverage long-term partnerships to make innovation possible. Listed below is our network of academic and government agency partners.

NCARS Partners

NC Cooperative Extension Services (CES) and Academic Programs (AP) are two of the three primary units within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; the third is NCARS. All three units are fully integrated both in funding and implementation of the College mission. Most NCARS faculty have split appointments with one of these other two units.

NC State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. NCARS is one of three primary units within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, along with Academic Programs and the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. All three share funding and resources to implement the college’s mission. Most NCARS faculty have split appointments with one of the other two units.

NC State’s College of Natural Resources houses the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, which receives a federal appropriation of formula funds (McIntire-Stennis), which pass through NCARS. A number of NCARS faculty are jointly funded through this mechanism. Learn more

N.C. Agricultural and Technical University’s School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences is the only other land-grant institution in North Carolina. N.C. A&T has many research programs that collaborate with NCARS. Their Extension program specialists work to bring research-based knowledge and technology to stakeholders in the state and beyond. Learn more

UNC-Greensboro’s School of Health and Human Sciences’ faculty in the departments of Human Development and Family Studies and Nutrition and Foodservice Systems perform research in the areas of human development, social and cultural influences, human nutrition and other areas of family and consumer sciences funded through an annual allocation from NCARS. Learn more

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) has a unique partnership with NCARS, including co-ownership of the eighteen outlying Research Stations (six managed by NC State and eight by NCDA&CS) and providing the superintendent and farm crew for all eighteen. Learn more

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) funds agricultural research in North Carolina under the Hatch Act of 1862 through NCARS. Learn more

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International Programs and Partners

We work with international partners to coordinate visits, structure international opportunities and experiences for our students, and conduct joint outreach and research projects, and extend knowledge through our CALS Global Academy.

Through our academy, we work with global partners to conduct customizable training programs that meet the needs and goals specific to that partner group. Some of the most common training programs are listed below, but other multi-disciplinary can be created as necessary.

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International Partners

CALS is located in the third most agriculturally diverse state in the U.S., and has faculty involved in basic and applied research supporting 70 commodities, agribusiness and life science industries. CALS has 18 Agricultural Research Stations spread all over the state and NC State Extension is present in all 100 counties. In addition, the Research Triangle Park, one of the largest research parks in the world is in our backyard. Partners can come to us, or we will bring our expertise to them.

Our Partners

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We thrive through partnerships. Let’s tackle the grand challenges of agriculture and the life sciences together.

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