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This grant supports construction of the $160.2 million Plant Sciences Initiative (PSI) building at North Carolina State University (NCSU). The facility will allow academic, government, industry and cooperative extension experts to work together to solve some of agriculture’s most pressing challenges, from coping with changing climates to feeding a growing global population on a dwindling amount of farm land. The facility is expected to open in 2021. The PSI is a partnership between NCSU and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services that will position North Carolina as a global leader for education, research and innovation in the plant sciences. Research conducted at the facility will help improve crop yields, introduce new crop and plant varieties and reduce animal feed costs. Having this facility in North Carolina will provide a competitive advantage to our state’s farmers through training and educational programs associated with work at the PSI. The University has also received more than $6 million for the PSI building from 42 agricultural groups across the state and will use $85 million from the Connect NC bond initiative approved by voters statewide in March 2016 for the project.