I strongly support keeping the Agricultural Research Stations open. They are important to the economy of North Carolina. The research at these stations leads to higher productivity, reduced energy costs, increased farm income, and more employment opportunities. The Research Stations are strategically place throughout the state to take advantage of the diverse commodities, climate, soils, and topography in North Carolina. Agriculture depends on research and development to keep it profitable. Keeping agriculture profitable ultimately results in lower food costs for all consumers.