Stories From Oct 2011

Oct 20, 2011

AgrAbility Program receives new funding

Dr. Jimo Ibrahim, The Cooperative Extension Program at N.C. A&T State University's farm safety, energy and environmental specialist, is also the project director for the North Carolina AgrAbility Program, which was recently awarded $718,000 by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to provide training and assistance to farmers with disabilities or long-term health conditions that are barriers to work in production agriculture.

Oct 20, 2011

The value of Internet search

Shopping habits have changed since the advent of the Internet. People often do Internet searches on products or sellers before buying. How much is this kind of search activity is worth to people and the economy? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds with information from a new study.

Oct 19, 2011

Explaining gas prices

Lots of folks like to talk about and get mad about gas prices. One big question is, What causes gas prices to rise? Some say it’s speculation and manipulation by gas producers. Others say it’s basic supply and demand of economics. Hear what N.C. State University economist Mike Walden has to say.

Oct 18, 2011

JC Raulston Arboretum presents autumn kids' programs

Two new programs at the JC Raulston Arboretum invite children and families to explore, celebrate nature.

Oct 18, 2011

What is the corporate tax rate?

Some say that the United States has the world's highest tax rate on corporate income, but others say that the official corporate tax rate is misleading because it doesn’t account for the numerous exemptions and credits corporations can take. And N.C. State University economist Mike Walden says they're both right.

Oct 17, 2011

CEFS initiative will support new incubator farms

Up to five North Carolina communities will receive support for developing incubator farms to attract new farmers, thanks to an effort by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems. Incubator farms provide aspiring farmers with a place to learn, try their hand at farming and develop the markets to make their own operations successful.

Oct 17, 2011

Tax terms

Taxes are always a favorite topic of conversation, and frequently terms like tax rate and deductions are thrown around. N.C. State University's Mike Walden shares insight on what these words and phrases really mean.

Oct 14, 2011

Fred Hain receives Order of the Longleaf Pine

Dr. Fred Hain has joined the long list of distinguished North Carolinians to receive the Order of the Longleaf Pine award.

Oct 14, 2011

YOU DECIDE: What policy path should we follow?

Economists propose different paths to a prosperous economy. Which should we follow? Mike Walden discusses.

Oct 14, 2011

Food prices and discontent

People sometimes get grumpy when they are hungry. But is there a relationship between civil unrest and rising food prices? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden answers.