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Agricultural research station meetings scheduled

November 21, 2008

Media Contact: Dr. Sylvia Blankenship, interim director, North Carolina Agricultural Research Service, North Carolina State University, 919.515.6213 or sylvia_blankenship@ncsu.edu

Hearings are scheduled across North Carolina in December and January at which the public may comment on the management of North Carolina's agricultural research stations.

The hearings will be held at the following locations.

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 6 p.m.
Tidewater Research Station
207 Research Station Road, Plymouth

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 6 p.m.
Wake County Office Park, Commons Building
4001 Carya Drive, Raleigh

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 1 p.m.
Mountain Research Station
264 Test Farm Road, Waynesville

The North Carolina General Assembly earlier this year instructed North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T State University and the state's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to work together to develop a strategic plan for managing the state's 18 agricultural research stations and the NC A&T Farm.

The legislative action followed a report by the legislature's Program Evaluation Division that suggested that a strategic plan for research station system management is needed. At present, N.C. State owns six of the research stations, while the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services owns the remaining 12, and NC A&T owns its research farm.

The strategic plan will be designed to "enhance efficiency, improve effectiveness and modernize our facilities for agricultural research," says a letter announcing the public hearings. The letter is signed by Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler, Dr. Johnny C. Wynne, dean and executive director for agricultural programs, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, N.C. State; and Dr. Donald R. McDowell, interim dean, School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, N.C. A&T.

At the three meetings, the public is invited to offer suggestions on how North Carolina's agricultural research stations might be modernized and managed more efficiently and effectively.

Written by: Dave Caldwell, 919.513.3127 or dave_caldwell@ncsu.edu

Posted by Dave at November 21, 2008 02:50 PM