1987: Dr. Billy Caldwell of NCSU Cooperative Extension, Dr. Ernest Hodgson with NCSU’s Interdepartmental Toxicology Program and Dr. Paul James with ECU Family Medicine begin developing the North Carolina Agromedicine Program a partnership modeled after Clemson University and the Medical University of South Carolina. At that time the South Carolina Program was the only agromedicine program in the country.
1989: North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and East Carolina University Family Medicine division and School of Medicine sign Agromedicine MOU.
1993: North Carolina General Assembly establishes the Pesticide Environmental Trust Fund (PETF), administered by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and governed by the North Carolina Pesticide Board, designating support for Agromedicine and an Agromedicine Extension Specialist Position in North Carolina State Universities Department of Toxicology.
1998: North Carolina Agriculture and Tech State University becomes a formal partner of the North Carolina Agromedicine Program. At the same time the North Carolina Pesticide Board approves funding from the PETF for Agromedicine at North Carolina Agriculture and Tech State University.
1999: Permission is granted to establish the North Carolina Agromedicine Institute modeled on Iowa’s Center for Agriculture Safety and Health, granted by UNC Board of Governors; ECU Vice-Chancellor Feldbush, serves as Chair Board of Directors.
1999: ECU acquires 27,000 sq ft former VOA Site C building (and grounds) from federal government and the space is designated for North Carolina Agromedicine Institute; ECU funds renovation.
2000: ECU, NCA&T and NCSU appoint faculty members to the NC Agromedicine Institute and partnering agencies are invited to join the North Carolina Agromedicine Institute Board of Collaborators, while stakeholders are invited to join the North Carolina Agromedicine Institute Board of Advisors.
2001: The Institute occupies the renovated West Research Campus and hosts Open House.
2001: The North Carolina Agromedicine Institute is awarded funding ($3 million plus for 5 years) by Center for Disease Control and The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health for the Southern Coastal Agromedicine Center, one of 10 US agricultural safety and health centers for research, prevention/intervention and education.
2009: Funding is granted for 2 more years ($500,000) by the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund to expand AgriSafe of North Carolina and pilot Certified Safe Farm of North Carolina.
2009: The North Carolina Agromedicine Institute celebrates its 10 year anniversary with an Open House at the Institute’s ECU headquarters.
2010: North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund awards funding ($185,000) for the Risk Mitigation Measures Project to educate NC farmers about new regulations, including respiratory protection measures for use of soil fumigants.
2011: Funding is granted by the US Department of Agriculture for the NC AgrAbility Project.
Present: The North Carolina Agromedicine Institute continues to be the only comprehensive Agromedicine program in the Mid-Atlantic region and is a formal partnership of East Carolina University, North Carolina State University and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.