has announced a $45 million grant from the in support of a new research facility for the North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative.
The largest single contribution ever made to NC State's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will support a $160.2 million Plant Sciences Research Complex to be built on its Raleigh campus. A partnership between the university and the state's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative aims to bring NC State scientists and government and industry experts together to solve some of the most pressing challenges in agriculture.
With the grant from the foundation, the initiative has now raised $144.2 million, including $9 million from forty-two agricultural groups in the state and $85 million through a Connect NC Bond. Construction of the facility is scheduled to be completed by 2021.
"This investment further establishes North Carolina and NC State as international leaders in agricultural research and innovation, which will yield significant economic opportunities for our rural communities while providing food solutions to people around the globe," said NC State chancellor Randy Woodson.
"It is our hope, and indeed our expectation, that the Plant Sciences Initiative will catalyze transformational advances in North Carolina agriculture that will benefit the rural economy," said Golden LEAF Foundation president Dan Gerlach, who noted that the grant was "an investment in North Carolina agriculture that will help improve crop yields, introduce new crop and plant varieties, and reduce feed costs for animal agriculture."