Pork, Pandemics and Politics: U.S. Agricultural Trade with China
This issue of the NC Economist explores the impact of recent events on the nuanced agricultural trade partnership between the United States and China. Buffeted by the coronavirus pandemic and political disagreements, what can farmers expect of exports to China in the challenging year ahead?
Around the World with Prestage Department of Poultry Science
Explore the global impact of Prestage Department of Poultry Science through their interactive map highlighting some of their international activities.
CALS Researchers Return to the Bench and Field
As NC State ramps up the Research Restart process, here’s how three researchers from across the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are returning to the lab bench and test field after time away due to COVID-19.
DSM and North Carolina State University Develop Decade-Long Animal Science Research Partnership
Royal DSM, a purpose-led global science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, has announced a mutually beneficial agreement between its DSM Animal Nutrition and Health business group and North Carolina State University (NC State). The research partnership, which will span 10 years, focuses on three key research areas: animal gut health, precision nutrition and data-driven decision making for animal health.
Farmworker Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic
Farmworkers are essential to our lives. During the COVID-19 pandemic, their work hasn’t stopped. In the latest episode of CALS’ Farms, Food and You podcast, guests share insights on the risks these workers face as they produce the food that’ll end up on our plates in coming weeks and months and on what NC State Extension, its partners and other state agencies are doing to help lower those risks.
Faculty Focus: Holland Wins International Maize Genetics Award
Congratulations to Dr. Jim Holland who recently received the international Maize Genetics Executive Committee’s 2020 L. Stadler Mid-Career Maize Genetics Award for his research on maize genetics. Dr. Holland has spent the past two decades studying the genetic variation of maize to improve its agronomic traits.
NC State Researchers Continue Improving Sweetpotatoes for Africa
Craig Yencho and his team recently received part of a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to continue their work improving sweetpotatoes in Sub-Saharan Africa. The genomic tools developed through the three-year, $15-million-dollar grant will also improve sweetpotato breeding for North Carolina farmers.
A deepening partnership between NC State blueberry geneticist Hamid Ashrafi and North African small fruit scientist Ahlam Hamim is aimed at boosting blueberry industries in two very different parts of the globe. Hamim, a government scientist from Morocco, recently spent three months in Ashrafi’s blueberry genetics and genomics laboratory as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar. Hamim’s research at NC State grew out of an earlier trip that she made to the United States in spring 2018 as a USDA-FAS Borlaug Fellow.
You Decide: Could a Virus Take Down the Economy?
The question is whether the coronavirus that has hit China could send the world – and the U.S. – into a recession, or worse.
From Raleigh to Djilor: Dannica Wall and Poultry Farming in Senegal
Poultry Science PhD student Dannica Wall gave an eye-opening presentation on her time spent in Djilor, Senegal as part of the CALS SAIGE International Seminar Series. Wall was sent abroad through Farmer to Farmer, a USAID-funded program that seeks to increase agricultural productivity, sustainable farming practices, and strengthen existing institutions.