The 2013 fall meeting of the Agricultural Research and Extension Centers’ staff was held in November at the D. H. Murdock Research Institute on the North Carolina State University Kannapolis campus in an effort to explore potential regional collaborations. Virginia Tech AREC directors, superintendents, and administrators in conjunction with representatives from the NCSU and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Research stations attended joint meetings all day. It was an opportunity for the Virginia Tech and North Carolina State University participants to learn more about each others’ systems and to discuss best practices.
Current and potential partnerships and regional needs were part of a panel discussion lead by the directors and superintendents. Activities included a presentation by Richard Reich, assistant commissioner of agriculture for North Caorlina, a tour of the Kannapolis campus, and a group dinner at the Salisbury County Extension office. The second day included state-specific sessions followed by a tour of the North Carolina Piedmont Research Station and a joint dinner at the research station. Research and Extension collaborations with North Carolina and other multistate and regional initiatives continue to provide opportunities for our Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station and Virginia Cooperative Extension partners in the region.