Stories From Oct 2010

Oct 25, 2010

The wealth report

Every six weeks or so the Federal Reserve releases a report on the wealth of U.S. households. Does the latest edition bring good news or bad? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden says a bit of both.

Oct 22, 2010

Why is the recession over?

Economists have been saying that the recession has been over for more than a year, but with unemployment still sky high and so many families still struggling, how can that be? N.C. Cooperative Extension economist Mike Walden explains.

Oct 21, 2010

Where we are spending

Consumers seem to be a little more upbeat this year than they were last year. But is this reflected in the most recently released retail sales numbers? N.C. State University extension economist Mike Walden answers. “We just have retail sale […]

Oct 20, 2010

First-of-its-kind book by Horticultural Science faculty members wins national award

Dr. Helen Kraus and Anne Spafford have won the Gold Award for Best Technical Gardening Book, given by the Garden Writers Association for their book 'Rain Gardening in the South.'

Oct 20, 2010

Who was hurt by the recession?

The recession has greatly damaged the economy, but did it inflict pain equally? Have households of all income levels suffered? N.C. Cooperative Extension economist Mike Walden answers.

Oct 19, 2010

Who’s working and who’s not?

As our economy changes, so does our work force. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains one change that stands out more than any other.

Oct 18, 2010

College advances poultry research through $100,000 equipment donation from BRI

BioResource International Inc. (BRI), a North Carolina agricultural biotechnology company, donated to North Carolina State University a new set of state-of-the art battery cages for poultry research. The cages, valued at nearly $100,000, will be used by Department of Poultry […]

Oct 18, 2010

Landscape design students bring bamboo art – and a surfing chicken — to State Fair

The flower and gardens area of the N.C. State Fair is the go-to oasis for fairgoers seeking a break from the crowds, noise and food-based-on-a-dare. It is now also the site of the latest creation of students in Prof. Will Hooker’s small-scale landscape design studio.

Oct 18, 2010

New rural tax education website helps farmers, others

Farmers, ranchers and other producers now have an online source -- -- for reliable, up-to-date information about income tax and self-employment tax.

Oct 18, 2010

A new number two

There's been a shakeup in the standings of world economies, with a switch in the number two and number three positions. N.C. State University extension economist Mike Walden gives the details.