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Month: February 2020

North Carolina High School Landscape Competition

Feb 25, 2020

North Carolina High School Landscape Competition

First-ever North Carolina High School Landscape Competition! The inaugural event is Friday through Saturday, Feb. 27-28, NC State, 7 high schools, 4 community colleges, and a number of regional industry professionals will converge at JC Raulston Arboretum. 

Lee Ivy, Ag Institute advisor and HortPack coach

Feb 25, 2020

Ivy – Strengthening the HortPack through Competition

Lee Ivy is connecting North Carolina landscape professionals with students through high school and collegiate competitions. On Friday through Saturday, Feb. 27-28, NC State will host the inaugural North Carolina High School Landscape Competition (NCHSLC). In March, the HortPack team will compete again in the National Collegiate Landscape Competition. 

Madison Stahr, Ph.D. student, presenting at 2020 Sweetpotato Meeting

Feb 21, 2020

Sweeter than Sweetpotato Research

NC State reaped sweeping honors at the National Sweetpotato Collaborators Annual Meeting. With North Carolina being the nation’s top sweetpotato producer, the Nashville, Tennessee meeting was well represented by the College of Agriculture and Life Science. 

Carlos Iglesias with a wolf sculpture

Feb 17, 2020

Carlos Iglesias: New Director of the Plant Breeding Consortium

In January the Plant Breeding Consortium welcomed Carlos Iglesias as its new director. He comes with decades of experience leading plant breeding programs in the public and private sectors and has worked with many different crops. 

Closeup photo of a bunch of tulips about to open

Feb 14, 2020

Long-Lasting Freshness

For longer-lasting flowers and fruits, thank NC State’s Sylvia Blankenship and Edward Sisler, 2020 inductees in the National Inventors Hall of Fame. 

Long shot of a farm with students and greenhouse in the background

Feb 14, 2020

Agroecology Students Build Sustainable Food Forest

The Agroecology Education Farm at NC State has an exciting new project taking root, which will offer long-term opportunities for students and the NC State community to learn about the sustainable cultivation of fruit. 

Stonewall Jackson youth making seed tape

Feb 12, 2020

Gardens Teach Life Skills to Youth

Extension Master Gardener volunteers share research-based information and promote sustainable gardening practices through community projects across North Carolina. Their work in Cabarrus County is making an impact on students at the Stonewall Jackson Youth Development Center in Concord, NC, a residential juvenile correction facility for young men 12-21 years of age. 

sweetpotatoes

Feb 9, 2020

A Sweet (Potato) Success Story for North Carolina

If you’ve enjoyed a silky, savory sweet potato during the last 40 years or so, chances are good that it was grown in North Carolina, where roughly 70% of all sweet potatoes in the U.S. are produced. 

Daisies

Feb 9, 2020

Keep Your Cut Flowers Fresh for Longer

There’s something about fresh flowers that makes any occasion or setting more special. Sure, they brighten up the space and provide a pleasing aroma, but that’s just the tip of the tulip. The beauty and healing energy of live flowers cross cultural boundaries and speak to all of us.