Agriculture research in North Carolina dates back to 1877, when state legislation established the North Carolina Department of Agriculture along with “Experiment Stations” as a division of the department. Since that time, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ (NCDA&CS) Research Stations Division, in partnership with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University and School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at NC A&T State University, has established 18 statewide locations.
Each facility has unique climate and soil conditions, giving researchers a living laboratory in which to investigate a variety of regional crops, forestry concerns, livestock, poultry, and aquaculture. The Division supports these studies by providing land, water, equipment, buildings, and staff who work around the clock to help build a stronger foundation for the future of agriculture.
Johnson grass, tests of forage grasses, 1896
North Carolina Agricultural Station
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Planting the first fruit tree on the Experimental Farm of the North Carolina State Horticultural Society, Southern Pines, North Carolina, April 4, 1895. Image courtesy of Wikimedia.