Cultivating Solutions

Discovery and innovation in the agricultural and life sciences can change the world. NC State is making it happen.

Agriculture Down to a Science

A growing population. Less farmland. Changing weather and prolonged droughts. Complex challenges like these require complex solutions. At NC State, we transform these challenges into opportunities. Our students work across disciplines to grow solutions in food, fiber and health — while preparing to be leaders in a global marketplace.

Our scientists drive agricultural and life sciences research on campus and at 18 research stations across North Carolina, putting the results to work in communities throughout our state, across the nation and around the world.

New Fields for Future Students

Abby Brown was raised in Raleigh and doesn’t have roots in agriculture. While on a high school mission trip to Serbia, she came to know a small-scale farmer eager for more education to improve his farm and enhance his family’s circumstances. This relationship motivated her decision to come to NC State to study agriculture.

“Being an urban student in agriculture, you get to break stereotypes,” says Brown. “Agriculture is a big word, and if you don’t have a background in it, you might not realize how important it is or that there are lots of options in addition to farming. We need to be able to eat to live. It’s so much more than that, though — food, fiber, building materials. It’s all around us, even when we don’t realize it.

Abby is now earning her graduate degree in soil science. She’s working on stormwater mitigation using wildflowers and is interested in putting her knowledge to work overseas as a teacher.


Out of every 20 CALS graduates with high-need degrees, 19 have jobs at graduation.


The overwhelming majority of food and fiber industry jobs are not linked to farming.


Across 340+ undergraduate scholarships, we provide seven figures' worth of scholarship support.

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Transforming Veterans’ Lives

Veterans face unique challenges as they transition back to civilian life and establish new careers. Agricultural industries have a surplus of well-paid jobs.The Veterans Project at NC State helps connect the two.

A new recruitment and advising program spearheaded by NC State’s Agricultural Institute, the Veterans Project aims to fast-track veterans into meaningful agriculture careers, in industry or on the farm.

Benefits from the GI Bill typically cover tuition and fees, plus a housing allotment — but for veterans with families, this falls far short of covering monthly expenses. Many veterans work multiple jobs while also pursuing an education. So Veterans Project leaders work to find scholarship funding for those who need it most.

The Veterans Project is already changing lives. And it needs your help to change even more.