Research Stations are Critical to Help CALS Meet Grand Challenges
Pillar 1 in the CALS Strategic Plan states, “CALS will be a world leader in addressing grand challenges in food, agriculture, energy and the environment.” As Dr. Steve Lommel settled into his new role as Associate Dean Associate Dean for Research and Director of the NC Research Service he took an opportunity to explore several of CALS
greatest assets – our research stations - which are essential to helping us fulfill the aspirations found under Pillar 1.
During the past 3 months in his new role, Dr Lommel visited 16 research stations and field labs across the state. Dr. Lommel was joined by Dr. Reid Evans, Assistant Director of University Field Laboratories and occasionally Sandy Stewart, NCDA Research Stations Division Director, and CALS Dean, Dr. Richard Linton, to explore the facilities and meet the faculty and staff. While Dr. Lommel was available to answer questions, he primarily took this opportunity to listen. He was most interested in hearing from faculty, staff, superintendents, and farmers about their existing operations and vision for the future.
Each facility has unique climate and soil conditions, giving researchers a living laboratory in which to investigate a variety of regional crops, forestry concerns, livestock, poultry, and aquaculture. Dr. Lommel was able to view firsthand how CALS and NCDA work together as partners to support these studies by sharing land, water, equipment, buildings, and staff who work around the clock to help build a stronger foundation for the future of agriculture.