Extension Biological and Agricultural Engineering provides engineering support for environmental concerns and production agriculture. Capabilities in environmental control for livestock facilities and farm machinery have been updated. However, many specialists' programming has changed to reduce emphasis on developed technology being provided by the private sector to new or changing needs. For example, work on energy conservation now focuses on post harvest management, which has been identified as the most important agricultural need in North Carolina. Traditional irrigation activities have become part of the overall total water management program. The safety program has expanded to include health, occupational and environmental concerns. The livestock environmental systems program is now complemented by expanding programming on non-point source control, urban runoff, total watershed management, basin-wide planning, ground water quality, drinking water safety and solid waste management.
The departmental 4-H electric program enjoys very high participation throughout North Carolina, and a recent successful expansion has been the one-week summer camp entitled, "Sc i-Tech Adventures Camp. Projects with low participation or outside specialist's expertise are being replaced by more timely environmental quality projects.
The timeliness and quality of these dynamic programs in Extension Biological and Agricultural Engineering is verified by the excellent complementary grant and contract funding received. This funding extends capabilities to evaluate and demonstrate new technologies that can be incorporated into the overall Extension technology transfer program.
The goal of Extension Biological and Agricultural Engineering is to continue to address new engineering and environmental needs for the State of North Carolina in a timely and quality manner.
Septic systems or decentralized wastewater treatment systems, land use development, erosion and sediment control, land application of bio solids and animal waste, tillage and soil management, and crop nutrient recommendations are just part of the mission of Soil Science extension.
Training Opportunities. We also provide hands-on training for farmers, septic system practitioners, environmental health specialists, engineers, and many other diverse audiences in such topics as nutrient management planning, soils as a natural resource, erosion and sediment control, and septic system operation and maintenance.
The Soil Science 4-H program is aligned with Crop and Horticultural Sciences so that children learn how soils and plants interact in ecosystem relationships.
The mission of the Department of Clinical Sciences is to:
- Prepare veterinarians and veterinary specialists to use their knowledge and skills to improve patient care, add value to their business or institution, strengthen their communities and preserve the environment.
- Make and publicize new discoveries to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease in companion animals, horses, laboratory animals, aquatic species and wildlife.
- Provide cutting-edge diagnostic, medical and surgical procedures, compassionate patient care and quality service to our referring veterinarians and clients.
- Earn the respect and support of our stakeholders, especially clients of our hospital, veterinary practitioners, animal-loving individuals, related businesses and industries, NC State University and the North Carolina legislature.
Agriculture and agribusiness account for nearly 20 percent of North Carolina's jobs and income, but the industry faces changing technology, world markets, consumer demands and environmental regulations. North Carolina Cooperative Extension's educational programs provide farmers and agribusinesses with the research-based knowledge they need to continue producing a stable, safe and affordable food supply in economically and environmentally sustainable ways.