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March 2013

Mar 29, 2013

YOU DECIDE: Who pays the highest tax rates?

Marginal tax rates can be as high as 70 percent, even for limited-income households. Mike Walden explains the difference between marginal and average tax rates. 

Mar 29, 2013

Green jobs

The public has shown increased interest in preserving the environment and related jobs, broadly called “green jobs.” N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains what these jobs are and how many of them exist. 

Mar 28, 2013

Fed worries

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke recently testified before Congress about the Fed’s policies to support the economy. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden discusses what Bernanke had to say. 

Mar 27, 2013

NC Choices hosts retreat for women in meat industry

A retreat in Chapel Hill May 20-22 will focus on the emerging role of women in the meat industry. The Women Working in the Meat Business Retreat is hosted by NC Choices and sponsored by the Farm Credit Associations of North Carolina. Scholarships are available for women meat producers, meat processors and food professionals from North Carolina. 

Mar 27, 2013

Japan joins the club

Among the major economic powers of the world, Japan has perhaps suffered the most in recent years. There was the horrible tsunami and nuclear disaster, but Japan’s growth rate has been struggling for years, too. But as N.C. Cooperative Extension specialist Mike Walden points out, Japan is about to try something new when it comes to the economy. 

Mar 27, 2013

Forestry advocate delivers Borlaug lecture April 16

Frances Seymour, a long-time advocate for forest preservation, will deliver the 2013 Borlaug Lecture April 16, 3 p.m., at N.C. State University’s Hunt Library Auditorium. Her speech topic is “Forests for Thought – The Dynamic Politics of Tropical Forests, Food Security and Climate Change.” 

Mar 26, 2013

Changing the financing of roads

When addressing economic issues, it can be helpful to keep an eye on what other states are doing. A few weeks ago the governor of Virginia proposed a new way for that state to pay for roads, and a version of that plan has been passed. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains the plan and its implications for North Carolina. 

Mar 25, 2013

Payoffs from helping the poor

Designing programs that help households that are struggling economically have always been challenging, but a new experimental program in England appears, at least initially, to be a win-win for everyone. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains how it works. 

Mar 22, 2013

Dean Linton: Pucker up, pig!

CALS Dean Richard Linton stepped up and kissed a pig during the 2013 Ag Awareness Week activities on N.C. State's Brickyard this week, all in the interest of good, clean fun and finding a cure for cancer. 

Mar 22, 2013

New Agricultural Institute director named

Dr. Elizabeth Wilson, professor in the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education at N.C. State University, has been named director of the university's Agricultural Institute and assistant director of academic programs for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.