Stories From Aug 2011

Aug 23, 2011

N.C. 4-H Hall of Fame honors 2011 inductees

The North Carolina 4-H Hall of Fame recently named to its membership eleven individuals who have played critical roles in the development of the contemporary 4-H program in the state.

Aug 23, 2011

CEFS celebrates Week of Sustainable Agriculture, Sept. 12-18

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) will host a week-long celebration focusing on the importance of sustainable agriculture and locally grown foods, Sept. 12-18. CEFS will host several events to educate the community about vibrant North Carolina agriculture, including workshops, film screenings and multiple outreach events.

Aug 23, 2011

Comparable crashes

Most recent recessions are gauged against the biggest economic downturn of them all, the 1930s Great Depression. Of course, when we looked at the current recession, the decline in the housing market is one of the key factors. How does the current situation in the housing market match up against what happened in the 1930s? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden weighs in.

Aug 22, 2011

OMK offers free Durham Bulls ticket for donations, Aug. 24

Operation Military Kids -- in partnership with the Durham Bulls and Wells Fargo – is sponsoring a special night at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park Wednesday, Aug. 24, as the Bulls take on the Norfolk Tides at 7:05 p.m. Fans who bring items for the OMK Hero Packs will receive a free ticket to the game, courtesy of Wells Fargo.

Aug 22, 2011

A government jobs recession

We had a very disappointing June employment report for North Carolina. The unemployment rose from 9.7 percent in May to 9.9 percent in June. And over 10,000 jobs were lost. What happened? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains.

Aug 19, 2011

Master Gardeners offer custom license plate

N.C. Master Gardeners Volunteer Association and N.C. State University have partnered to develop a North Carolina Master Gardener license plate. Legislation approving the new custom license plate was approved this summer by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Bev Perdue.

Aug 19, 2011

YOU DECIDE: Are consumers still calling the shots?

There's a force in the economy that can't be overlooked, and it may be responsible for the continuing dismal economic news. Mike Walden discusses.

Aug 19, 2011

Plunging consumer spending

The recession that we’ve experienced has set records on so many levels. But consumer spending is really dominant in our economy. And, says N.C. State University economist Mike Walden, there have been some unfortunate records set regarding consumer spending during the recession.

Aug 18, 2011

Origins of the deficit

The federal deficit as a percent of the economy was 1.1 percent just a few years ago. In 2009, it increased to 10.1 percent of the economy. What happened? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains.

Aug 17, 2011

Selling in China

China is a fast-growing country. With this growth comes an enormous opportunity for selling to Chinese consumers, even for companies here in the United States. What will companies need to know about Chinese buyers to be successful? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.