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September 2010

Sep 30, 2010

Government and the economy

The role of government in the economy is subject of much debate in the United States. Some say it is only because of the actions of the government that the recession didn’t turn into a depression, and others take the opposite view -- that all the spending and borrowing by the government has actually hurt the economy. In today's Economic Perspective, economist Mike Walden of N.C. Cooperative Extension is asked, Who’s right? 

Sep 29, 2010

‘Father of Green Chemistry’ will give Borlaug Lecture Oct. 4

Dr. Paul Anastas, recognized as the “Father of Green Chemistry” and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency assistant administrator for the Office of Research and Development, will deliver the fifth Borlaug Lecture at N.C. State University on October 4, 3:30 p.m., in the N.C. State Talley Student Center Ballroom. The lecture is sponsored by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Natural Resources. 

Sep 29, 2010

Are jobs going begging?

Unemployment is without question the biggest economic issue in the country. Nationwide, over 16 million people who want to work don’t have a job. Is the problem just that we don’t have enough jobs? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden considers this question in today's Economic Perspective. 

Sep 28, 2010

REACH: News tips from the land to the lab

In this month's news tips from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, learn about the debut of new degrees, the strawberry dream team and the return of "In the Garden" to the airwaves. 

Sep 28, 2010

Split buying

Retailers have had a tough time in the economy overall. We haven’t seen the typical spike in retail sales after a recession. But, as N.C. Cooperative Extension economist Mike Walden says, there is a part of the retail market that is doing better than the rest. 

Sep 27, 2010

Worries about bubbles

Investors are edgy. Even if they are making money, they’re concerned it won’t last. There are fears that any investment that has had a good run is setting itself up for a big fall. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains which type of investments fears are focused on. 

Sep 24, 2010

Down shifting in the economy

One of the most watched gauges on the economy -- the growth rate in real gross domestic product -- was released recently, and it raised some eyebrows. N.C. Cooperative Extension economist Mike Walden explains why. 

Sep 23, 2010

ESP seeks award nominees

The XI Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi is seeking award applications for 2010. Any North Carolina Cooperative Extension employee with three or more years of service is eligible to be a member of Epsilon Sigma Phi and to be recognized through the annual awards and recognition process. 

Sep 23, 2010

Work continues on managing the weed Palmer amaranth

In hopes of learning more about the genetic adaptation that has allowed a so-called monster weed to resist herbicides, Dr. Jim Burton is studying the weed's genome. Learning more about Palmer amaranth's resistance could lead to the creation of crops that can adapt to other hardships, including drought, and could ultimately help farmers better deal with resistant weeds. 

Sep 23, 2010

Sweet Potato Field Day takes place Oct. 14

The latest North Carolina research related to sweet potatoes will be the focus of an Oct. 14 field day at the Cunningham Research and Education Center in Kinston. Participants will hear about such topics as development of new varieties and the latest in weed control and insect management issues. And they will even have the chance to sample sweet potato beer and chips.