Dean of NC State’s College of Ag & Life Sciences, Richard Linton gave an update on the College’s strategic plan earlier this week to faculty and staff. Out of 17 listening sessions around the state earlier this year, 15 goals for the college became apparent. Linton discussed those goals and future actions regarding the strategic plan with SFN’s Bob Midles:

“Of those 15 goals, three were so important that they came to the top. These super goals that we call ‘Pillars of Excellence” where there are 12 goals underneath.

Two of the more important elements that came out of the strategic plan, one is partnership. We know that in order to move forward we need to partner better with industry, regulatory industries and other universities. The other important piece relates to worldwide. We do a lot a lot of international work today, but we recognize as we move to the future and we try to solve the grand challenges like feeding the world, we have to have a much stronger global presence and we need to start that now.

If I were to come back to this meeting a year from now, one of the first questions I would ask is have we made a difference in the ability of faculty members to be better, have we made opportunities available so we can be better as a college.”

The first three 3 steps toward a new strategic plan have been completed. Implementation has to be done while facing budget cuts from federal and state fund and redefining CALS after the split off and formation of the new College of Science. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.