Stories From Nov 2013

Nov 22, 2013

Will higher rates slow the housing recovery?

Mortgage rates have risen noticeably in the last year, and that makes it more expensive for people to buy homes. So will housing sales start to slip again under the weight of higher borrowing costs? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

Nov 21, 2013

North Carolina FFA gets grant to improve ag education programs

The North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission has awarded $180,000 to the North Carolina FFA Foundation to improve high school agricultural education programs throughout the state.

Nov 21, 2013

College Profile: Amy McLean

CALS equine specialist Dr. Amy McLean plays a key role in an international initiative to improve the health, welfare and productivity of working equids.

Nov 21, 2013

Budget options

The legislation ending the federal government shutdown established a working group in Congress to look at a long-run solution to federal budgetary issues. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains what they will be considering.

Nov 20, 2013

CALS faculty member on FDA Science Board

Dr. Barbara Kowalcyk, research assistant professor in the Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, has been named to the Science Board to the Food and Drug Administration.

Nov 20, 2013

Will the correct unemployment rate stand up?

The government's latest report puts the national unemployment rate at 7.2 percent. Some critics say this rate is way too low to be accurate. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden considers whether the critics have a case.

Nov 19, 2013

Investment advice from Nobel Prize winners

Three U.S. economists recently won Nobel Prizes. Two of the three won for their contributions to investment analysis. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains the practical investment implications of these winners' work.

Nov 18, 2013

The changing nature of work

A reported 6 million young people between the ages of 16 and 24 are both not working and not in school. In other words, they are idle. Does it say anything about job-market changes? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

Nov 15, 2013

How would added growth help?

The economy is growing and adding jobs, but slowly. There are still fewer people employed today in the nation and in North Carolina than before the recession. Most agree faster growth would mean more jobs, but would it also address some of our other economic issues? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains.

Nov 14, 2013

TTFC funds expansion of AgriSafe and Certified Safe Farm programs

Through a recent grant to the N.C. Agricultural Foundation Inc., the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission (TTFC) is providing funds to expand and continue the work of the AgriSafe and Certified Safe Farm programs in North Carolina.