Impact

Sep 22, 2021

CALS SAIGE Hosts AGRIVI Agrisuccess Manager Ines Hajdu as Part of Seminar Series

On September 9th, CALS International Programs and CALS SAIGE hosted a virtual seminar with Ines Hajdu, Agrisuccess Manager of AGRIVI. Based in Croatia, Hajdu shared about AGRIV's purpose, goals, services offered, and impact as well as her own experience with agriculture and with the company itself.

Aug 16, 2021

Elevate NC State’s Plant Science Research

In early 2022 the global plant science community will have a new focal point for genetics and genomics research when the Genomic Sciences Laboratory opens in the NC State University Plant Sciences Building. “This new facility syncs well with the World Health Organization’s 2050 initiative to double food production in order to sustain the world’s fast-growing population,” GSL Director David Baltzegar, said.

Aug 12, 2021

Student Spotlight: Md Mahfuz Islam

Islam is one of six out of 101 college classmates who chose to pursue higher-level degrees abroad. He arrived in the U.S. in January 2021 after months of pandemic-related delays in the U.S. and Bangladesh that threatened his academic goals. Islam is now studying the impact of compost on the management of degraded or compacted construction sites and roadside urban soils.

Aug 10, 2021

The H-2A Visa Program: Addressing Farm Labor Scarcity in North Carolina

In the summer issue of the NC State Economist, Alejandro Gutierrez-Li discusses labor scarcity and how the H-2A guest worker program seeks to address it

Jul 22, 2021

Plants Return from Space in Microgravity Research Projects

The plant biology experiments of two NC State researchers are back on Earth after spending weeks at the International Space Station. Marcela Rojas-Pierce, a professor, and Imara Perera, a research professor, sent plant biology experiments to space in early June. Now, the projects have returned, and Rojas-Pierce and Perera will study how these plants have reacted and adapted to new and extreme environments.

Jun 24, 2021

Solving Health Crises for a Better World

Four years after earning his doctorate, CALS alumnus Bradley Kearney joined the Army as a biochemist. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he's providing the best possible health system for all Army operations. Kearney joined the military in 2016 and now serves as a medical planner in the U.S. Army Japan Surgeon’s Office.

Jun 14, 2021

Irish Potato Famine Pathogen Stoked Outbreaks on Six Continents

North Carolina State University researchers continue to track the evolution of different strains of the plant pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine in the 1840s, which set down roots in the United States before attacking Europe.

May 27, 2021

To Preserve Global Food Security, New Tools Needed to Prevent Plant Disease Pandemics

Plant diseases don’t stop at a nation’s borders and miles of oceans don’t prevent their spread, either. That’s why plant disease surveillance, improved plant disease detection systems and predictive plant disease modeling – integrated at the global scale – are necessary to mitigate future plant disease outbreaks and protect the global food supply.

May 19, 2021

Preserving Sweetpotato Exports

Thanks to a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service NC State scientists including PI, Lina Quesada-Ocampo, and IR-4 Project experts will examine how to continue North Carolina-grown sweetpotatoes to Europe despite European Union regulations lowering fungicide tolerances.

Apr 22, 2021

Growing a Future for Myanmar Refugees at the Karen Community Garden

For Htoo Saw Ywa, what’s growing at a new small farm in eastern Wake County is more than produce and more than added income for his family. It’s solace from the memories of persecution in his native Myanmar. It’s a way to connect with his farming roots and with fellow refugees. And it’s a chance for generations to bond through food traditions.