Stories From Nov 2013

Nov 29, 2013

Where is inflation headed?

Inflation has been way down on the list of economic issues in recent years. In 2009, we actually had deflation -- meaning average prices dropped. But some worried that higher inflation is just a matter of time, especially with all the money and credit the Federal Reserve has produced. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden discusses the inflation forecast.

Nov 28, 2013

Local cost-of-living indicators

Every month the federal government releases national cost-of-living information. But does the government issue simliar information for states, counties or cities? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

Nov 27, 2013

International trade cities

Trade with foreign countries has become an increasingly important part of our economy. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden takes a look at the most important U.S. cities when it comes to international trade.

Nov 26, 2013

Two CALS leaders named to new positions

Two long-time College of Agriculture and Life Sciences administrators have been named to new positions. Dr. Marshall Stewart has been named special assistant to the dean and director of college strategy and leadership effective Jan. 1. Dr. Harry Daniels’s appointment as head of the newly created CALS Department of Applied Ecology was effective Nov. 1.

Nov 26, 2013

Growing local food — and dreams

As the holidays approach, Franklin County farmer Robert Elliott sends his thanks, in the form of an audio slideshow, to Cooperative Extension and agricultural agent Martha Mobley, this year’s winner of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association’s Educator of the Year Award.

Nov 26, 2013

Do stimulus programs increase consumer spending?

One common way government tries to deal with a recession is to motivate consumer spending by providing tax rebates and deductions. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden considers whether there is evidence that this works.

Nov 25, 2013

Retired communication leader dies

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences lost a longtime communications leader and advocate Saturday, when Woody Upchurch, retired, died from cancer. Upchurch was known for his outstanding writing and photography, rapport with news media, commitment to team work and ability to connect with farmers.

Nov 25, 2013

SARE recognizes Franklin County agricultural agent

Martha Mobley, Franklin County agricultural agent with N.C. Cooperative Extension has been named the North Carolina Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Extension Educator of the Year.

Nov 25, 2013

The numbers on full- and part-time work

Are too many of the jobs being created today part-time? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains what the data tell us.

Nov 22, 2013

YOU DECIDE: Should you celebrate the Fed’s birthday?

Should we celebrate of condemn the Federal Reserve? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden discusses the often controversial federal agency.