A study room at the best-in-class Plant Sciences Building at NC State University in Raleigh, NC, was recently named for Verdesian Life Sciences as part of sponsorship by the Cary, NC-based life sciences company. This partnership underscores Verdesian’s commitment to the future of agricultural education by offering a place for study, research and reflection.

“Agriculture is an ever-changing industry that will require the best and brightest moving forward to solve the many challenges that ag faces. We felt it was important to show that we realize the next generation of experts is being educated right now to do great things,” said Matt Lail, Verdesian Director of Marketing Communications and Public Relations. “As the leading land grant institution in the state, NC State makes a lot of sense for us with which to partner.”

Verdesian’s support of the Plant Sciences Building initiatives doesn’t end there. The company has been a proud partner of the N.C. Plant Sciences Initiative, having also sponsored the 2022 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Ag Day Tailgate as well as two reception events and a poster session during Phosphorous Week hosted recently by the Science and Technologies for Phosphorus Sustainability (STEPS Center).

With a legacy of nutrient efficiency technology, the STEPS Center, in particular, is one of great emphasis for Verdesian. STEPS is actually a collaboration between nine institutions: NC State, Arizona State, University of Florida, RTI International, Appalachian State, Marquette University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, NC A&T University, and UNC Greensboro. The STEPS vision is “to facilitate a 25% reduction in human dependence on mined phosphates and a 25% reduction in losses of point and non-point sources of phosphorus to soils and water resources within 25 years, leading to enhanced resilience of food systems and reduced environmental damage.”

“What excites us is how thoroughly STEPS is focusing on Phosphorus and its current and long-term use and availability,” said Lail. “It’s not just about agriculture and the impact of P runoff in the Chesapeake Bay area, but it’s about all the myriad ways that everyone around the world has a need for Phosphorus – but also around how we can be efficient and effective with it. We all have a part to play in Phosphorus efficiency, and STEPS is helping to lead the way.

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Matt Lail, APR
Director, Marketing Communications & Public Relations