The N.C. Agricultural Research Service (NCARS) leverages long-term partnerships to make innovation possible. Listed below is our network of academic and government agency partners.
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 NC State Extension. 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.
N.C. Agricultural and Technical University’s College 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.
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.
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.
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) funds agricultural research in North Carolina under the Hatch Act of 1862 through NCARS.