Example of Impact
Hops: They’re Not Just for Beer Anymore
Finding alternative uses and markets for N.C. hops.
Agriculture and the life sciences built North Carolina. We keep them growing.
When stakeholders need solutions for emerging issues or to identify new opportunities, they come to NC State. And our agricultural research and extension deliver – roughly a $27-to-1 return on investment.
The North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative will help us deliver even greater outcomes in the future.How will we measure success?
No Small Potatoes
Thanks to NC State research and Extension, North Carolina farmers produced 1.7 billion pounds of sweet potatoes in 2017, nearly double the 5.9 million grown in the state in 2005 (the year NC State's Covington variety was introduced). That's good business.
More than $350 million in sales to be exact, with an additional $170 million indirect economic impact. North Carolina farmers supply 60 percent of the nation's total production and account for 70 percent of all sweet potato exports. They create jobs and are helping feed the world.
- Number of new plant varieties developed and disclosed for commercialization and breeding lines disclosed for breeding use by NC State and public and private breeders
- The economic value of N.C. PSI-developed plant varieties and breeding lines
- The number of county-level research demonstrations containing N.C. PSI-development varieties in rural communities
- The number of novel technologies developed by N.C. PSI
- Licensed patented technologies and any associated startups
- Number of new regional plant sciences positions employed in North Carolina – both in private and public sectors
- Growth in North Carolina employment and wage changes in the state’s plant sciences sector in comparison to the U.S.
- Track changes in yield values for key North Carolina crops
- Increased number and dollar value of sponsored research programs (commodity organizations, industry, government agencies) that engage CALS faculty in N.C PSI-relevant research and development
- N.C. PSI financial gifts and support
Workforce Preparedness and Education
- Increases in the number and career readiness of undergraduate, graduate and Agricultural Institute students focusing in plant science fields
- Number of plant sciences-related credentials or certifications earned through NC Cooperative Extension programs
- Number of NC Cooperative Extension-based plant sciences programs across the state