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April 2016

Apr 28, 2016

Welcome to Our New Area Specialized Agents (ASAs)

We are pleased to welcome five new and one continuing area specialized agents to our horticulture Extension team. You may be wondering…. What is an Area Specialized Agent? From the job description: “the area specialized agents (ASAs) will be responsible for planning, developing, executing, and evaluating and reporting the impacts of high-quality research-based extension programs… 

Apr 28, 2016

Trademarking Trees with Dr. Werner

Each year has its new must-have plants. But those plants can take decades to go from idea to the perfect new plant for your garden. Prominent plant breeder, Dr. Denny Werner, explains how he created the popular ‘Ruby Falls’ redbud tree and gives us a sneak peek at his latest creation.  Dr. Werner also explains… 

Apr 28, 2016

Almanac Gardener

A perennial favorite on UNC-TV,  Almanac Gardener’s gardening guru Mike Gray, and his fellow experts from the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service at North Carolina State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences explore gardening issues and solutions across the state.  

NC State student shows young boy a chick.

Apr 15, 2016

Farm Animal Days: Connecting agriculture and education

NC State University’s annual Farm Animal Days lets area children experience agriculture up close and hands on with the guidance of CALS experts. Field days are important because agriculture is crucial to the North Carolina economy – and more than two-thirds of that contribution is generated by farm animals. 

Two females with a dairy cow

Apr 9, 2016

Want an A? Help sell a cow.

Students from Professor Gary Gregory’s Livestock Merchandizing class ran an auction at the Beef Education Unit and sold about two dozen horses, cows, goats and sheep – for a final grade. Proceeds help cover operating expenses at the agriculture education units where the animals are raised.