Stories From Aug 2011

Aug 29, 2011

Making flood-damaged homes habitable

When it comes to cleaning a flood-damaged home, safety comes first. North Carolina Cooperative Extension offers cleanup recommendations.

Aug 29, 2011

Bertie raises $7,000+ for tornado relief fund

Bertie County's Cooperative Extension staff raised $7,320 for that county's tornado relief fund through a drawing for a donated John Deere riding lawnmower.

Aug 29, 2011

Lagging consumer spending

There’s been a string of bad economic news recently, but it’s hard to make sense of all the data. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden interprets some of what’s going on. “The recent economic news has not been good, and […]

Aug 26, 2011

Credit rating cut

Recently one of the national credit rating agencies lowered the rating for the U.S. government. N.C. State economist Mike Walden explains why this happened and what it means for both the government and the public.

Aug 25, 2011

Project fuels interest in canola

When leaders of a project designed to provide homegrown, renewable fuels for the military and to strengthen Eastern North Carolina agriculture needed help finding the right source crop and testing it locally, they turned to N.C. State University and its N.C. Cooperative Extension Service for help.

Aug 25, 2011

Take steps to avoid mosquito bites

Given recent diagnoses of mosquito-borne diseases in a child and a horse in North Carolina – coupled with possible heavy rains from Hurricane Irene –an N.C. Cooperative Extension specialist advises people to take precautions when outdoors.

Aug 25, 2011

Tracking home prices

Changes in home prices have become a very important part of today’s economic situation. On the surface, a person might think that following home prices is really quite simple -- you just take an average of the prices of homes sold and compare those numbers over time. But, as N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains, it's not that easy.

Aug 24, 2011

Franklin County hosts local foods meal, Sept. 2

Franklin County's 2nd annual Local Food Roast Plate Sale will be Sept. 2, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. (or until sold out). The plate sale – part of the United Way of Franklin County Campaign Kick-Off – will be at the Farmers’ Market Shelter in Louisburg.

Aug 24, 2011

Job opportunities

There are three big issues in today’s economy -- jobs, jobs, and jobs. People without work are really desperate for jobs. When we look past the recession and down the road a couple of years, where will the jobs be and what will they pay? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden shares the latest projections.

Aug 23, 2011

Extension offers disaster recovery expertise

In the wake of Hurricane Irene, news media looking for information on a variety of hurricane topics can turn to North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s disaster page at or they can directly contact key Extension experts.