Agriculture Task Force | 2016 Spring Meeting


May 19-21 | Raleigh, N.C.

farmNCSL's Agriculture Task Force held its 2016 Spring Meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina  May 19-21, 2016. 

The meeting bought together a small group of task force members and agriculture-focused legislators to discuss pressing state-federal agriculture policy. The group made a site visit to Bayer's research facility in Research Triangle Park as well as Bayer's North American Bee Care Center and North Carolina State's Centennial Campus. There was ample networking opportunities including the welcome dinner on Thursday, and the Durham Bull's baseball game on Friday!  

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Meet & Greet and Welcome Dinner

The group enjoyed North Carolina barbecue at a Raleigh institution while they networked with legislators and industry sponsors from across the country.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Tour & Briefing: Bayer CropScience Bee Care Center & Greenhouses 

Opened in 2014, Bayer CropScience’s North American Bee Care Center brings together technological, scientific and academic resources to promote improved honey bee health, product stewardship and sustainable agriculture. Participants received an exclusive tour of the Bee Care Center as well as Bayer’s state of the art research facility and greenhouses.

Bayer CropScience’s Clayton Research Facility

The group had lunch and relaxed outdoors (covered pavilion) with locally catered sandwiches, salads and sweet tea.

Tours & Briefings – Bayer Clayton Facility

The group received a firsthand and up-close look at Bayer CropScience’s research station including a full briefing on the latest biotechnology developments being studied as well as a wagon tour of their field growing operations.

Evening Social Durham Bulls Baseball Game

Dinner at the baseball park. 

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Breakfast & Briefing at the Sheraton Hotel

Discussion of the day’s events as well as what topics the Agriculture Task Force should focus on for the next year and plans for NCSL’s upcoming Legislative Summit. 

Tour and Briefings: NC State University Centennial Campus

The Centennial Campus is a unique bridge between industry, government and academia that provides top notch research through partnerships with university students, researchers, scientists, public entities and private industry. Attendees will received a briefing from NC State’s Associate Dean of their Plant Science Department as well as a professor specializing in local food operations. The group also toured the famous Hunt Library and NC State Biotechnology Program facilities.

  • Introduction by Dr. Randy Woodson, chancellor | No Presentation
  • "Importance of Formula Funding and the Experiment Stations" | Dr. Eric Young, executive director, Southern Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors | Presentation

  • "Overview of the College and NC Plant Sciences Initiative" | Dr. Steve Lommel, associate dean for Research, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences | Presentation

  • "Impact of Community Based Food Systems on Economic Development and Health" | Dr. Nancy Creamer, Blue Cross & Blue Shield/WK Kellogg Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Agriculture & Community-based Food Systems; Director, Center for Environmental Farming Systems, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. | Presentation 

  • "Research, Innovation & Economic Development on Centennial Campus" | Dr. Dennis Kekas, associate vice chancellor, Centennial Campus Partnerships | No Presentation


The next Agriculture Task Force Meeting will be in Chicago on August 7-8, as part of NCSL’s Legislative Summit.