Stories From 2021

Apr 8, 2021

CALS Names New Department Head

Nationally and internationally recognized economist JunJie Wu who is an expert in agricultural and environmental policy and has a passion for university teaching, research and extension education will join NC State as the head of the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics this September.

Mar 29, 2021

Dr. Miljan Erbez: Development Projects in Agriculture

Dr. Miljan Erbez, Higher Senior Associate for EU Integration in animal husbandry in the Ministry of Agriculture from Bosnia and Herzegovina, traveled to NC State in 2017 as part of the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Cochran Fellowship Program and recently gave a presentation for the CALS SAIGE International Seminar series this March.

Mar 15, 2021

Farm-Level Study Shows Rising Temperatures Hurt Rice Yields

A study of the relationship between temperature and yields of various rice varieties, based on 50 years of weather and rice-yield data from farms in the Philippines, suggests that warming temperatures negatively affect rice yields.

Mar 10, 2021

Dr. Anna Stepanova Presents for Turkish University Student Congress

Dr. Anna Stepanova, Associate Professor in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology was invited to present during the Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University as part of their GENCOMU Student Congress.

Mar 4, 2021

Mike Jones: Carlson Award Recipient 2020-2021

Mike Jones, recent graduate of the Economics Graduate Program has been nominated for the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award which also means he is the recipient of the 2020-2021 Carlson Award. Mike's dissertation provided timely analysis on the use of genetically engineered insects to make farming more profitable in places like the Philippines.

Feb 25, 2021

Hamilton Chiango: Drought and Physiological Changes in Maize

Hamilton Chiango from Mozambique presented his USDA-FAS Borlaug Fellowship findings for a CALS SAIGE International Seminar. The fellowship focused on finding genotypes that can resist dry soil as a result of drought, which would be a significant success for the future of farming in Mozambique. 

Feb 18, 2021

Invasive Flies Prefer Untouched Territory When Laying Eggs

The finding raises questions about how the flies can tell whether a piece of fruit is virgin territory – and what that might mean for pest control.

Feb 11, 2021

PSI Profile: Ross Sozzani, Platform Director for Plant Improvement

The plant improvement platform director for the North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative shares her vision: collaboration, innovative crop technologies and students ready for the workforce.

Feb 1, 2021

Q&A: Director Sid Thakur on How NC State’s Global Health Program is Changing the World

Thakur talks about the importance of veterinarians to global health, the program’s plans for the future and why he’s optimistic that NC State can make a real difference in addressing the world’s most pressing health challenges.

Jan 28, 2021

Intercontinental Study Sheds Light on the Microbial Life of Sourdough

In a study of 500 sourdough starters spanning four continents, scientists have garnered new insights into the environmental factors that contribute to each sourdough starter’s microbial ecosystem, and how different types of microbes influence both a sourdough’s aroma and how quickly the sourdough rises.