||Consolidating Agricultural Research Facility Management Would Improve Efficiency and Effectiveness
(May 2008) 2008-05-02
A divided management structure hinders strategic planning among North Carolina’s 18 agricultural research stations. A single, comprehensive system of research facilities that includes the stations, the 10 NC State University field laboratories, and the NC Agricultural & Technical State University farm should be created to promote strategic planning, efficiency, and accountability. The system should be managed by NCSU and NCA&T administrators and guided by an advisory board with membership from the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, both universities, and representatives of broad agricultural concerns. Pending review by a panel of agricultural scientists, the number of facilities could be reduced. The transfer or sale of facilities and management consolidation could save up to $3.7 million in recurring and $54.7 million in non-recurring state funds.