Off-Campus Research Facilities

Scientists must have access to real world conditions to validate their research.

Our off-campus facilities provide that access. Researchers have access to two regional research and extension centers — at Mills River and Plymouth — and nine university field laboratories. Seven of these field labs are near the NC State campus; the other two are at Butner and Aurora.

Our scientists also have access to 18 research stations strategically located across the state. Six of these stations are owned by NC State, the other nine belong to the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

We partner with the NCDA&CS and North Carolina A&T State University in research at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) near Goldsboro. This unique facility is reserved for research involving sustainable agriculture, organic farming and conservation tillage.

North Carolina State University leads the country in many agricultural disciplines. This leadership role is dependent on a partnership formed between Research and Extension faculty and staff in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and the University Field Laboratories (UFL).

Each member has a different responsibility in the partnership. For instance, research faculty write grants to financially support their area of basic or applied research. Extension and teaching faculty and staff rapidly turn today’s research results into tomorrow’s reality for farmers. But CALS faculty and staff can’t conduct research or showcase new ideas without land for crops and livestock. Land, facilities, and routine maintenance are the responsibility of UFL.

UFL maintains large tracts of land suitable for livestock and crop experiments. These land tracts are true laboratories in the field. If the experimental unit is an animal, UFL employees feed and maintain livestock for the duration of experiments. If the experimental unit is a crop, UFL employees prepare the site and maintain the crop. UFL maintains, renovates, and even builds, barns and other buildings required for specific research projects. In short, UFL assists wherever possible to ensure that the goals of the research projects are met and that extension and teaching demonstrations successfully transfer information to students and the community.

Each field laboratory maintains specific livestock breeds, or crops, or both. Please visit each of our websites to familiarize yourself with current and past research at your local Field Laboratory. If visiting via the web is too tame for you, come out and visit us on one of our many field days!

University Field Laboratories
Natalie Hummel, Ph.D.
Assistant Director NCARS
Cell: 919.793.3064
Office: 919.515.4057
NC State University
Patterson Hall 201
Campus Box 7643
Raleigh, NC 27695

Pesticide Storage & Safety Complex
Candy Orr, Safety Officer & Pesticide Storage Complex Manager
P 919.513.2580

Curtis Powell, Operations Superintendent
P 919.515.2823

Shop Operations
3941 Dr. Bill Gilbert Way Raleigh, NC 27603
P 919.515.5346