Stories From Nov 2011

Nov 23, 2011

Tax base and tax rate

Tax plans are flying-off the presses from the various presidential candidates. These plans can be complicated with many details, but two concepts common to all are the tax base and tax rate. What are these, and why are they important? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

Nov 22, 2011

Naderman receives national FFA honor

Dr. George C. Naderman Jr. of Cary, retired Extension soil specialist with N.C. State University, received the Honorary American FFA Degree during the 84th National FFA Convention, held Oct. 21-23 in Indianapolis. The award is given to those who advance agricultural education and FFA through outstanding personal commitment.

Nov 22, 2011

An increase for Social Security

The federal government recently announced Social Security recipients will get a 3.6 percent increase in their pension next year. For the average Social Security recipient, this amounts to $39 more per month. N.C. State University discusses the reasons for the small increase.

Nov 21, 2011

10% Campaign reaches $10 million spent on local food

In roughly 18 months, participants in the 10% Campaign have recorded over $10 million in purchases of locally-produced foods. The 10% Campaign is a statewide effort of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems to stimulate economic development, create jobs and promote North Carolina’s farms and fisheries.

Nov 21, 2011

"In the Garden" nominated for regional EMMY awards

The N.C. State University TV program "In the Garden with Bryce Lane" has been nominated for two regional EMMY® Awards.

Nov 21, 2011

Processing center produces new Piedmont businesses

Economic development was in the air, as Piedmont Food and Agriculture Processing Center was dedicated in October. After years of planning, the Orange County facility opened its doors, giving small food producers access to space and equipment they need to develop their small businesses.

Nov 21, 2011

Economic inequality

The protesters on Wall Street and in other cities have many issues with the economy. One of them is economic inequality between households. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains their concern and what can be done about it.

Nov 18, 2011

Agribusiness in North Carolina

North Carolina recently finished another successful State Fair in North Carolina. What does agriculture, which the fair celebrates, mean to North Carolina? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

Nov 17, 2011

Dec. 1 is deadline for incubator farm project

Dec. 1 is the deadline to apply for the Center for Environmental Farming Systems’ (CEFS) Incubator Farm Project. Through this project, CEFS will partner with communities to develop public lands (under ownership/long-term control of a county, municipal, or state agency) into places that incubate new farm enterprises to support the future of North Carolina’s local food system.

Nov 17, 2011

Chapman is guest on Tarheel Talk

Ben Chapman, Extension food safety specialist in N.C. State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, will be interviewed Sunday, Nov. 20 at 6:30 a.m. on Fox50's Tarheel Talk in the Triangle area.