Stories From 2017

Dec 26, 2017

Highlights and Hopes: Dean Linton’s Reflections at the Start of a New Year

Another year in the books for CALS – and it was a big one. 2017 saw major advancements in each of the college’s initiatives, multiple new department head and faculty hires, innovative new programs to increase student access, record fundraising and research award totals … and the list goes on.

Dec 19, 2017

Grant Helps Farmer Develop a Christmas Destination

Kevin Gray has Christmas trees galore on his farm, and, with the help of NC State Extension, he’s growing a greenhouse full of poinsettias.

Dec 15, 2017

Student Spotlight: Nicholas Tuschak Basinger

Ph.D. student and Renaissance man Nicholas Tuschak Basinger earned a bachelor’s degree in health and exercise science from Furman University and had plans to study physical therapy in graduate school. Instead, after a couple of on-farm internships – plus some soul searching and school searching – he decided on NC State and horticulture.

Dec 12, 2017

Poinsettias: Big Business for N.C.

NC State’s poinsettia program plays important role in helping the floriculture industry prosper.

Dec 7, 2017

$2 Million Golden LEAF Gift Bolsters N.C. Food Processing Innovation Center

The N.C. Food Processing and Innovation Center received another round of support as the Golden LEAF Foundation issued a grant for $2.2 million. This follows the October affirmative vote by a group of elected, nonprofit, business and university leaders to accelerate an initiative to grow North Carolina’s food manufacturing economy.

Nov 28, 2017

A Lasting Legacy: Probiotics Pioneer Todd Klaenhammer Retires

If you’ve ever enjoyed a cup of yogurt, you’ve consumed millions of bacteria that are good for you. And Dr. Todd Klaenhammer’s fingerprint is all over them.

Nov 27, 2017

Student Spotlight: ‘Plant Research Immediately Impacts People’

After a summer undergraduate research experience with a leading NC State plant scientist, Catherine Doyle was hooked. The Ph.D. student traveled to Tanzania to see the problems posed by cassava mosaic disease.

Nov 27, 2017

Planting Her Future

Student Olivia Loyack creates gardens to protect pollinators.

Nov 19, 2017

Farm Transition and Congressional Tax Reform

Current tax law creates impediments keeping some farm transfers from occurring. While the Congress is debating tax reform, Extension Specialist Guido van der Hoeven presents the proposals he offered to the House Committee on Agriculture in this issue of the NC State Economist.

Nov 17, 2017

Getting to the Genetic Root of Stem Cells

NC State scientists find faster ways to identify the complex gene interactions that make stem cell renewal and differentiation in plants possible.