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NC State College of Ag and Life Sciences Facts about NC Cooperative Extension

Biological and Agricultural Engineering Extension provides engineering support for environmental concerns and production agriculture. Capabilities in environmental control for livestock facilities and farm machinery have been updated. However, many specialists' programming has changed to reduce emphasis on developed technology being provided by the private sector to new or changing needs. For example, work on energy conservation now focuses on postharvest management and on-farm energy which have been identified as important agricultural needs in North Carolina.

Photo: Machinery manfacture representatives consult with Extension specialists about how to solve a problem with a peice of machinery they are all over looking.Extension personnel advise an agricultural manufacturer helping with machinery problem.

Traditional irrigation activities have become part of the overall total water management program. The safety program has expanded to include health, occupational and environmental concerns. The livestock environmental systems program is now complemented by expanding programming on non-point source control, urban runoff, total watershed management, basin-wide planning, ground water quality, drinking water safety, air quality, and solid waste management.

The timeliness and quality of these dynamic programs in Extension Biological and Agricultural Engineering is verified by the excellent complementary grant and contract funding received. This funding extends capabilities to evaluate and demonstrate new technologies that can be incorporated into the overall Extension technology transfer program.

The goal of Extension in Biological and Agricultural Engineering is to continue to address new engineering and environmental needs for the State of North Carolina in a timely and quality manner.

The North Carolina Extension Mission

Why we do what we do...

Our Land-grant mission

As a Land-grant institution created by the Morrill Act of 1862, NC State University is a people's university. Land-Grant universities have a unique mission to serve the educational needs of people in their home states. To expand further this mission Congress passed the Smith-Lever Act in 1914, which essentially created the Cooperative Extension Service, under the U. S. Department of Agriculture. This act is to provide useful and practical information on subjects relating to agriculture, home economics, and rural energy, and to encourage their application.

Cooperative agricultural extension work according to the Smith-Lever Act shall consist of the development of practical applications of research knowledge and giving instruction and practical demonstrations of existing or improved practices or technologies in agriculture, uses of solar energy with respect to agriculture, home economics, and rural energy, to persons of the state not necessarily attending the land-grant colleges within the state.

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