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NC Farm Bureau Makes Significant Contribution to NCSU Plant Sciences Initiative

NC Farm Bureau Makes Significant Contribution to NCSU Plant Sciences Initiative

Things really changed for NC State’s College of Ag and LIfe Sciences on Thursday with the half-million dollar donation from North Carolina Farm Bureau towards the Plant Sciences Initiative. Chancellor Randy Woodson with SFN’s Rhonda Garrison:

“It’s a huge day.  it’s a big day for North Carolina agriculture, certainly it’s a big day for NC State, and as I said to the dean this morning, ‘the passage of this bond just sends a signal to the state and the rest of the world North Carolina is serious about being the leader in production agriculture.  And NC State is serious about being a leader in agricultural science.”Farm Bureau's Donation to NCSU

What this donation from Farm Bureau, what this pledge from Farm Bureau does for you is the building, it was on its way, this is actually helping what goes in the building.

“Well, we all know that buildings don’t do research, and buildings don’t teach students, people do.  And so, Farm Bureau recognizes that in order for this Plant Sciences Initiative to be successful we’ve got to have the best and the brightest at NC State.  And they’ve stepped up to help us launch the initiative through the people we need to hire and the people we need to retain to be the world class scientist that will keep North Carolina agriculture strong.”

Farm Bureau's donation to NCSUPresident and CEO of the North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation, Larry Wooten said that while it wasn’t the largest check he’d ever signed, it was probably the most important:

“This is a culmination of a good vote that was taken Tuesday by the citizens in the state of North Carolina, and we thank the citizens of the state of North Carolina for having faith in the future of agriculture in the state and in the future in the work that’s going to be done in this building when it gets built, and more importantly, the money that we gave was for the programmatic aspects, the people that are going to be involved in making this Plant Sciences building, this Plant Sciences Initiative, make it real and make it functioning, and make it work for the people of North Carolina.”

North Carolina Farm Bureau was instrumental in getting agriculture put on that bond which has launched this entire project miles ahead of where it could have been.

“Well, certainly, we were involved  along with many other agricultural leaders and commodity groups in the state of North Carolina but our major focus as a legislative organization, and a major voice of agriculture in this state, we felt that it was really important that if the people of the state were going to make a substantive investments in the future of North Carolina, agriculture had to be involved in this bond.  And this is a way that that agriculture was included in this bond issue through the Plant Sciences Initiative, as well the updates and renovations for the Department of Agriculture.  So, it was a total win for the state.”'

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.