Horticulture Industries and NC State University
Horticultural Science Department:

A Partnership That Works!
2010 Workshop at the new Organic Research Unit in Waynesville

North Carolina’s diverse horticulture industry impacts every county in the state.  As the state’s agricultural industry evolves to meet changing economic conditions, scores of farmers enter horticultural crop production, creating on-farm and off-farm jobs in many rural areas.  Most horticultural businesses are small, family owned companies – the sector which will help lead NC out of the recession.  The NCSU Horticultural Science Department is working for NC and for NC’s horticultural industries. 

How important is horticulture to North Carolina:

How NC State University has benefited horticultural industries:
o   NCSU blueberry variety O’Neal was the most widely planted variety in warm blueberry production areas worldwide in 2005.
·         The percent of NC tomato acreage planted to NCSU varieties in 2010: Approximately 60%.
o   The gross revenue of NCSU’s tomato varieties in 2010: $17 million.
·         NCSU breeding is reviving the raspberry industry in western NC with the new variety, Nantahala, released in 2007.
·         NCSU peach breeders and researchers have developed profitable peach varieties and management strategies.
·         New NCSU varieties of ornamentals such as butterfly bush, redbud, hydrangea, flowering quince, summersweet, hypericum, pearlbush, and sweetshrub support NC’s $777 million dollar (farm gate) nursery crop industry.

How NC State University Horticultural Science Department is responding to the challenges:

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