Welcome to the University Farm, North Carolina A&T’s largest classroom!
This 492-acre working farm features active livestock and horticultural production, making it possible for N.C. A&T to honor the land grant university mission of learning, discovery and engagement with the farming community.
Fulfilling that mission is crucial for North Carolina, where agriculture is worth $71 billion a year and is the state’s largest industry, employing more than 17 percent of the workforce.
The University Farm at N.C. A&T plays an important role in maintaining the viability of the agricultural industry. Here, we educate tomorrow’s agricultural professionals, research new agricultural products and practices, and advise farmers on methods to improve productivity.
What you will find here
The University Farm is a working, producing farm that raises crops and livestock, including dairy and beef cattle, poultry, swine, horses, meat goats and sheep. Students and faculty in the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences use the farm for research and education. The campus Cooperative Extension Program uses the farm to test and demonstrate new crops and farming practices before introducing them to the state’s farming community.
Feed crops for the farm’s livestock are raised here, as well as new vegetable and specialty crops. The farm is also the site of research on sustainable agriculture and natural resources conservation, including swine waste research and soil conservation.
Factoid: In the early days of N.C. A&T, the farm provided much of the food for the campus cafeteria. Nowadays, farm products such as hogs, milk and beef cattle are sold to wholesalers. The proceeds are returned to the University’s general fund, or are returned to accounts that support the Agricultural Research Program. Vegetable crops are often donated to local charities that feed the needy, such the Society of St. Andrew.