FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, MAY 29, 2014
Andrea Ashby, assistant director Natalie Hampton, interim directorNCDA&CS Public Affairs N.C. State CALS Communications 919-707-3004 919-513-3128
N.C. State and NCDA&CS to showcase latest ag technologyJune 2
at Central Crops Research Station
Auto-steer tractor technology to be demonstrated
RALEIGH -- N.C. State University and the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will jointly showcase some of the newest equipment and technology being added at research stations across the state. Attendees will have an opportunity to experience firsthand this technology at work, including a demonstration of an auto-steer tractor at an event Monday, June 2, from 2-5 p.m. at Central Crops Research Station in Clayton. The station address is 13223 U.S. 70 Business Highway West.
Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler, N.C. State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean Richard Linton, and Dean Bill Randle of N.C. A&T State University’s School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences will talk about ag research and its importance to our economy and in meeting future food, fiber and fuel needs. N.C. State researchers and commodity association representatives will also be on hand.
Agriculture’s future is bright due in part to a growing global population. We want our farmers to be in a position to meet the world’s future food needs,” Troxler said. “Thanks to the continued investment in ag research by the N.C. General Assembly, we can conduct research in a much more efficient manner and with technology that farmers are using or will be using.”
The new equipment and computer technology improvements have been purchased through $2.5 million in funding in the 2013-2014 state budget. The equipment will support research work at 18 stations across the state, operated through a unique partnership between NCDA&CS, N.C. State and N.C. A&T State University. Each facility has specific climate and soil conditions, giving researchers a living laboratory in which to investigate a variety of regional crops, forestry, livestock, poultry and aquaculture.
“N.C. State University is proud to partner with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and N.C. A&T State University to grow agriculture in North Carolina,” Linton said. “Agriculture is the strongest sector in North Carolina – for every dollar invested in agricultural research in our state, there is an economic return of about $20."