NC State Extension and Industry Expansion Solutions

Despite COVID-19, NC State continues to support North Carolina and its industries through extension and other efforts.

NC State Extension

NC State Extension helps fuel the North Carolina economy, transforming science into everyday solutions for North Carolinians through programs and partnerships focused on agriculture, food, health, nutrition and 4-H youth development.

Now more than ever, Extension plays a vital role in supporting agriculture and other sectors of the North Carolina economy through joint research and programming with counties and other public and private entities. Reactivating Extension research, programs and activities will reactivate North Carolina, county by county and citizen by citizen.

The Count on Me NC campaign — a partnership between NC State Extension, the state of North Carolina and the state’s hospitality industry — is helping restaurants, hotels and other businesses reopen safely through free online training in COVID-19 safety protocols. As of Jan. 8, 2021, more than 3,900 businesses across North Carolina are participating in Count on Me NC.

Extension faculty and staff are prioritizing the reactivation of agricultural, nutrition and food-chain programming throughout the state and are establishing a phased approach to the reactivation of youth programming.

To help create a safe and supportive work environment and assist our Extension county employees as they transition back to the office, Extension developed an Extension County Center Return-to-Work Guide that presents COVID-19 safety protocols. These protocols were developed based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the state of North Carolina.

Campus-based Extension personnel can refer to NC State’s campus return-to-work guide at

Industry Expansion Solutions

Industry Expansion Solutions (IES) is the engineering-based, solutions-driven, client-focused unit of NC State that is committed to helping organizations grow, innovate and prosper. IES helps clients chart their strategic direction, improve performance and processes, and build a culture of innovation. It is also developing plans to distribute an expected $1.5 million in CARES Act federal funding to help North Carolina’s smaller manufacturers recover from the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Both NC State Extension and IES are implementing safety guidelines and expectations for faculty, staff and visitors to their offices, centers and facilities across the state. These guidelines will be implemented in coordination with our public and private partners to adhere to site-specific needs and requirements.

This information is subject to change. Last updated: Jan. 8, 2021.