Partner Profile: The North Carolina Composting Council
The North Carolina Composting Council (NCCC) is dedicated to creating healthy soils. Compost—or decomposed organic material—has immense benefits for soil that include strengthening plants’ immune systems, increasing the amount of water soil can hold, and stimulating plant growth. The NCCC teamed up with the North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative (N.C. PSI) as a founding funder to encourage new research, applications, and awareness about composting in agriculture.
Partner Profile: North Carolina Peach Growers’ Society
Juicy, sweet, tree-ripened peaches are a summer treat at roadside fruit stands and farmers markets in North Carolina. Growers produce 70 different varieties on 1,100 acres across the state, with 90% of those being sold directly to consumers. The North Carolina Peach Growers’ Society advocates for peach growers and educates the public about how best to grow and enjoy peaches. A long-time supporter of NC State, the society was among the first groups to support the North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative (N.C. PSI).
Partner Profile: Weed Society of North Carolina
All growers—from home gardeners to large agricultural producers—depend on weed science to effectively manage vegetation and produce crops. Weeds compete with plants for sunlight, soil nutrients and water, impacting the growth and health of agricultural crops. The Weed Science Society of North Carolina brings together top minds from the many companies and universities in the state that specialize in weed science, and why they were a founding funder of the North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative (N.C. PSI).
Partner Profile: North Carolina Muscadine Grape Association
North Carolina is home to one of the oldest cultivated muscadine grape vines in the country. Now, many varieties of muscadine grapes thrive on nearly 2,000 acres all over the state. For more than 45 years, the North Carolina Muscadine Grape Association has promoted research to discover and develop new varieties as well as methods of production and processing and disease control. That's why they became an early funder of the North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative (N.C. PSI).
Partner Profile: North Carolina Agricultural Consultants Association
Profitable, efficient and environmentally sound farms require flexibility, ingenuity and forward-thinking management. That’s the focus of the North Carolina Agricultural Consultants Association and one of the key reasons they were among the first funders to sign on with the North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative (N.C. PSI).
Partner Profile: North Carolina Irrigation Society
Effective water management and irrigation are essential to productive, sustainable and profitable farms. The North Carolina Irrigation Society promotes sound irrigation management principles and provides its members with education and special training associated with modern agricultural irrigation equipment and practices. As part of their mission to promote education, they became a founding funder of the North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative.
Partner Profile: North Carolina Tomato Growers Association
For 50 years, the North Carolina Tomato Growers Association has promoted and developed the tomato industry and general agricultural interests by funding research for breeding, growing and disease control. The association was an early financial supporter of the N.C. PSI with the goal of making North Carolina the global hub in plant sciences research.
Partner Profile: North Carolina Strawberry Association
North Carolina is one of the country’s top producers of strawberries. The continued success of strawberry farms is the vested interest of the North Carolina Strawberry Association, a group of N.C.-based strawberry growers that invests between $20,000 and $50,000 in research each year to improve strawberry production, and one of the first investors in the N.C. PSI.
Partner Profile: Blackland Farm Managers Association
The Blackland region in North Carolina's lower coastal plains is home to some of the richest farmland in the country. The Blackland Farm Managers Association invested in the N.C. PSI for research that supports farm management including pest and weed control, soil nutrition and environmental issues to help maximize the highly organic soil.
Partner Profile: North Carolina Poultry Federation
Poultry is big business in North Carolina. The industry employs more than 145,000 people and produces 800 million broilers, 36 million turkeys and 3 billion eggs that bring in $3.9 billion a year. Nutritious feed is arguably one of the most important factors in poultry production and a key factor in the North Carolina Poultry Federation's support of the N.C. PSI.