To satisfy the needs of a global population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, experts predict farmers must produce 70 percent more food and fiber than they do today.

Such a jump in production, some say, requires nothing short of a revolution in agricultural sciences. Farmers need new, science-based technology and practices that lead to higher yields on less land, using less water, while safeguarding the environment.

The North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative at NC State is quickly positioning itself to be a leader of that revolution.