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NC Research Stations Are Modernizing

The General Assembly gave the Research Stations Division a nice gift.

North Carolina Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler:

“The General Assembly included $2.5 million in the budget so our research stations can modernize their equipment. I cant say enough thanks to the leadership and members of the legislature for realizing the need for the future of NC agriculture. The good news is there is $2.5 million in next years budget to do the same thing so this should have quite a good impact on research in NC.

Its embarrassing to be doing ag research on equipment that is outdated. When I look at the modern equipment on the farms, we need to be doing the research on the same stuff they are using. We just got our first GPS and auto-steer technology this last year.

There are a few things that will offset some of the cost, maintenance is a huge part of that. We will be able to trade in some of this equipment and not have to spend so much in one place so it will be a great program for us.

The research division partners with the NC State University and the A&T State University. We manage all of the research stations, except the A&T station, and the universities do all of the research. It’s a great partnership. It is one that is recognized as one of the best in the US.
ts scary that world projections for food needs will be 50% more by the year 2030 and 100% by the year 2050. There are only 37 more crop years until then so we cant be waiting around. We have to continue to do the research. A study at Cal-Davis says that for every dollar spent on research it returns 19 dollars of economic benefit.”'

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.