Williamsdale Biofuels Field Laboratory
Learn more about CALS bioenergy research, and our support for the North Carolina biofuels industry
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Williamsdale Farm hosts the CALS Annual Bioenergy Field Day
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Contact Information:
John Garner

7624 NC41 South
P 910.381.0292

On March 27, 2004, the 811-acre Williamsdale Farm in Duplin County was officially turned over to N.C. State University.

The farm will continue to be farmed, and will become the site of CALS biofuels research.

The Williamsdale Farm Extension & Research Center site was donated by sisters, Frances Carr Parker of Kinston and Eleanor Carr Boyd of Charlotte, who inherited the land from their parents, Dr. and Mrs. Henry C. Carr. The sisters donated the farm to N.C. State in the hopes that it would continue to be used for agriculture. Originally granted to the family ancestors by King George I, the farm had been in the Williams family for 258 years.

The Williamsdale Biofuels Lab sited at the farm will be the University's hub for biofuels research. It will be managed by NCSU's College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, but will be used by many other partners, including NCSU's College of Natural Resources, the  Biofuels Center of North Carolina, and others.

Williamsdale Farm farmhouse

Every year, the Williamsdale Farm supports numerous research projects, all of which focus on building a biofuels industry in North Carolina.

Over 30 species and numerous varieties of potential biofuel crops are grown at Williamsdale, ranging from conventional crops, such as sweet potatoes and oats, to exotic crops, such as tropical sugar beets and giant reed, Arundo donax.

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