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Feb 9, 2021

Partner Profile: Tobacco Associates, Inc.

NC State's research and teaching in the specialized discipline of flue-cured tobacco production directly impacts the yield and economic output for growers. To continue innovation in the field and support new efforts in agribusiness, Tobacco Associates, Inc. became an early financial supporter of the North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative (N.C. PSI). 

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Feb 9, 2021

Partner Profile: North Carolina Pork Council

Pork production is a $10 billion economic output for the state, generating more than 44,000 jobs in farming, processing and retail sectors. Research that advances best methods for sustainable hog waste management is a key focus of the North Carolina Pork Council and why they were an earlier funder of N.C. PSI. 

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Feb 9, 2021

Partner Profile: Farm Credit

Farm Credit is a customer-owned cooperative that provides loans and resources for farmers and rural communities to thrive. Agricultural education and innovation that leads to more productive and profitable farm operations is a key reason for their early financial support of the North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative. 

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Feb 8, 2021

Launch Director’s Report: Progress in Challenging Times

In spite of all the challenges, the N.C. Plant Sciences Initiative made great strides in 2020. Launch Director Steve Briggs shares the initiative's progress on people and facilities in his last Launch Director's Report. 

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Feb 27, 2020

Routing Drought Through Team Science

Tommy Carter, a USDA-ARS professor at NC State, has spent more than 30 years breeding drought resistant soybeans. 

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Apr 19, 2019

Can Sweet Potatoes Save the World?

NC State grew the North Carolina sweet potato industry into a global powerhouse. Now we're leading the effort to breed sweet potatoes that could provide economic opportunities and better nutrition for people in African countries.