NC State Extension

Discover NC Dairy 360° VR Headsets Project

Thanks to generous support from The Dairy Alliance, County Extension Centers across North Carolina are eligible to apply for and receive reimbursement for one of 25 sets of virtual reality headsets that are part of the Discover NC Dairy 360° effort launched in 2017. Discover NC Dairy 360° is a virtual reality experience in 3-D with headsets that provide an immersive experience for individual viewers.

Focused on a scientific, objective and practical portrayal of the dairy sector of North Carolina’s agricultural economy, Discover NC Dairy 360° is a consumer-friendly tool for Extension educators. Discover NC Dairy 360° is part of a larger effort called Discover NC Dairy that includes the virtual reality component, as well as an online series of 11 videos that are approximately 2 – 2.5 minutes in length with topics ranging from the calf nursery to the milking parlor to waste storage and management. Discover it at the Discover NC Dairy website!

Application Process

  1. Complete all sections of the application and email completed applications to before Wednesday, February 20, 2019.
  2. Contact if you have specific questions regarding the application or process.

2019 Project Timeline

Jan 2 Applications available online and emailed to all CEDs.
Feb 20 Applications due by email submission to
Feb 20-28 Applications reviewed by committee of NC State University faculty and The Dairy Alliance staff.
Mar 1 Recipient counties notified via email.
Mar 31 Recipients purchase headsets on Marketplace or with a PCard, billable to a specific NC State University account number provided at that time.
April/May Agent(s) attend a Discover NC Dairy 360° training to learn more about the project and about using the VR headsets. Training attendance will be required for recipient counties, and will be open to all agents and staff across the state.
Oct 15 Recipient counties submit reports of how headsets were utilized, success stories and estimated impacts.
Nov Meet, share, and demonstrate at NC State Extension Conference.

Application (Fillable PDF)