Agricultural Institute

100 Patterson Hall
NCSU Box 7642
Raleigh, NC 27695-7642
Phone: (919) 515-3248
Fax: (919) 513-1421
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Modern-day society depends heavily on the abilities of highly trained people for its success.  It would be impossible for a single individual to be a nutritionist, a plant and animal disease specialist, a mechanic, or a management expert all combined into one. These are only a few of the skills that make up the highly technical, rapidly advancing field we know as agriculture today.

The Agricultural Institute was organized by North Carolina State University in the fall of 1959 to meet the ever-increasing demand for technically trained people in agriculture and related fields. It is a two-year program that awards the Associate of Applied Science Degree upon successful completion of at least one of the curricula. Provision for the Agricultural Institute was made by the 1959 North Carolina General Assembly.

Instructional programs of the Agricultural Institute are organized and conducted as a part of the overall program in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The Agricultural Institute is an addition to and not a substitute for the bachelor of science degree-granting program of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. However, faculty for the four-year program are responsible for organizing and teaching courses offered by the Agricultural Institute. The Institute uses the same facilities (classrooms, laboratories, farms) as the four-year program. Facilities are available for both teaching and observing how technology is applied in agriculture and other areas.

People with the kind of training offered by the Agricultural Institute are in demand in North Carolina and the nation. By adding new courses of study to keep up with rapidly changing technology, the Agricultural Institute strives constantly to meet the needs of its students. In doing so, it prepares them to be highly trained candidates for careers in agribusiness, agriculture, pest management, ornamentals, landscape, turfgrass, and other related areas.

Agricultural sciences and related areas are challenging businesses that continue to grow more complex every day. The scientific age in which we live has given an entirely different meaning to what we knew as agriculture a half century ago.