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Discover NC Dairy 360° VR Headsets Project

Thanks to generous support from The Dairy Alliance, 25 County Extension Centers across North Carolina will receive 3 Oculus Go virtual reality headsets that are part of the Discover NC Dairy 360° effort launched in 2017. Click to view the counties and contacts to connect with Discover NC Dairy 360° at a county near you! 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!

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.

May 9 (Raleigh)

May 14 (Statesville)

May 15 (Mills River)

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.

No registration cost. Lunch will be provided for all registered participants. Register at:  

Oct 15 Recipient counties submit reports of how headsets were utilized, success stories and estimated impacts.  Discover NC Dairy 360 Event Report is available as a fillable PDF form. (Note:  When you download and save this PDF file, be sure to open it from the saved file and click “Enable All Features” if the form doesn’t display properly with editable cells.)
Oct Meet, share, and demonstrate at NC State Extension Conference.

Resources from the Training Sessions

Counties and Contacts for Discover NC Dairy 360°

Discover NC Dairy 360 Event Report is available as a Google Form! This should make life easier for all of us in evaluating this effort throughout the state.

For Mac users who need to transfer video files from a USB drive to their Oculus Go headsets, here is a link to help with that process:

VR Setup Tips and Suggested Purchases to Complement Your Headsets (NC Pork Council)


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