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November 2012

Nov 15, 2012

Who’s buying our debt?

It’s well known that the United States relies on foreign buyers to purchase much of the government debt used to fund the ongoing deficit. But has the composition of the debt buyers changed recently? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds. 

Nov 14, 2012

Distinguished service honored at foundations' fall joint meeting

David Thompson of the N.C. Association of County Commissioners received the Distinguished Service Award during the Nov. 13 meeting of the North Carolina Agriculture, Dairy and Tobacco foundations. The event included a special presentation to Sharon Rowland, executive director of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service Foundation. 

Nov 14, 2012

2012 CALS Dean's Tour

Dean Richard Linton hit the road in October and November to get to know North Carolina and how the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences makes a difference in the lives of the state’s people. Over six days, he met with North Carolinians and explored communities across the state. 

Nov 14, 2012

Fitting cell phones into your budget

Spending on cell phones has increased significantly in recent years, but people all have limited financial resources. If we’re spending more on cell phones, is there something we are no longer spending money for? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds. 

Nov 13, 2012

Service jobs

Employment in the service sector has been a growing part of our economy for several decades, but many people hold the impression that most service jobs are low paying. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden considers whether this belief is accurate. 

Nov 12, 2012

‘From crops to cows to cream’: Milking center dedication highlights N.C. State’s innovative approach to dairy science and education

A new N.C. State University milking center was cause for celebration for North Carolina’s dairy industry Friday Nov. 9. More than 100 people came out to view the new building designed to enhance the university’s teaching, research and extension programs in both food and animal sciences. 

Nov 12, 2012

Two CALS faculty honored as entrepreneurs, innovators

Two College of Agriculture and Life Sciences faculty members, Dr. John Cavanagh and Dr. Josip Simunovic, were among N.C. State University faculty members honored by the university Office of Technology Transfer for innovation and entrepreneurship for 2012. 

Nov 12, 2012

Epsilon Sigma Phi presents 2012 awards

Epsilon Sigma Phi, Cooperative Extension’s professional development organization, presented awards at its 2012 annual meeting in Sanford, Nov. 8, and elected new officers as well. 

Nov 12, 2012

Will natural gas power our vehicles?

One of the game changers in the energy world has been the gigantic increase in natural gas production. Much of it here in our country. This raises the interesting question of whether eventually we could substitute natural gas for oil based gasoline as a fuel for our cars and trucks. Is this a far-fetched proposition? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds. 

Nov 9, 2012

Day Six of the Dean’s Tour: Research Triangle Park

New College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean Richard Linton has been criss-crossing North Carolina on a whirlwind tour of the state since Oct. 23. But on Nov. 8 he was back in the heart of the Triangle, as he toured sites at the Research Triangle Park.