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Man in a research lab

Quest for Net Zero

Joe Sagues, principal investigator of the Biocarbon Utilization & Sequestration Lab in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, is laser focused on carbon recycling and the potential it holds for farmers and entrepreneurs alike.


Our agricultural research has a massive economic impact on rural North Carolina.


ROI: NC State Extension’s work helps fuel the N.C. economy by delivering solutions directly into the hands of the state’s citizens.


Nearly all CALS students with high-need degrees graduate with jobs that have salaries well above the state’s median income.

CALS in the News

Extension Agent Mart Bumgarner, Horticultural Science’s Mark Hoffmann, and Food, Bioprocessing, and Nutrition Science’s Mary Ann Lila weigh in on the potential of a new grape growing in Orange County. The seedless muscadine variety is the brainchild of venture capitalist Greg Bohlen of Beyond Meat fame.

muscadine grapes on a vine
Volunteers and community participants take part in an Extension gardening demonstration inside of a greenhouse

Adventure Awaits

In this issue, meet some of the most innovative people around: farmers and scientists. Innovation seems to be in the DNA of CALS life sciences graduates who are finding–and even creating–their dream jobs. Across the state, CALS lends expertise to unusual agritourism ventures from oyster trails to vodka distilleries that help North Carolina farmers diversify and remain profitable.

Chinmayee Panda, a female scientist, looking at plants in a lab.