Stories From May 2014

May 28, 2014

Agrium gift bolsters sweet potato campaign

Agrium, a global leader in agricultural products and services, recently gave $10,000 to support the NC SweetPotato Campaign for Excellence. The campaign is a partnership between the NC SweetPotato Commission and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC […]

May 28, 2014

CALS graduate students earn top honors at national scientific meeting

The students were among winners at the 2014 Experimental Biology meetings, in conjunction with the American Society for Nutrition’s 78th Scientific Sessions and Annual Meeting.

May 26, 2014

Why have gas prices jumped?

Gas prices rose about 40 cents a gallon between last November and this spring. There are always many theories explaining movements in gas prices, says host Mary Walden. Which one makes most sense to you, she asks her husband, NC State University economist Dr. Mike Walden.

May 23, 2014

You Decide: Can gray become green in rural areas?

While the migration of retired households can be interesting as a social and demographic phenomenon, there also can be important economic implications: Attracting retired households can be a form of economic development.

May 22, 2014

N.C. State scientists create food ingredient to combat peanut allergies

A team of scientists from the Plants for Human Health Institute has developed a food ingredient from peanut flour and cranberry extracts, among other plants, that has the potential to lessen the life-threatening allergic reactions brought on by peanut consumption.

May 20, 2014

N.C. Cooperative Extension celebrates 100th birthday

Friends and employees of North Carolina Cooperative Extension came to Raleigh May 19-20 to celebrate Extension’s centennial with a barbecue dinner, legislative advocacy and the signing of a proclamation declaring May 20 as N.C. Cooperative Extension Day. More than 1,000 people were on hand Monday evening at the N.C. State Fairgrounds Expo Center for dinner and a program celebrating Extension’s past, present and future. This month marks 100 years since the signing of the Smith-Lever Act that created Extension programs across the country.

May 19, 2014

The most innovative times?

We’ve seen many changes in everyday living during the past two decades, with computers, the Internet and smart phones, says host Mary Walden. And more changes appear to be coming in information technology, robotics and even driverless cars. She asks her husband, NC State economist Dr. Mike Walden, “Have we ever seen so much dramatic change before in our history?”

May 15, 2014

N.C. Cooperative Extension celebrates centennial birthday with bash, proclamation

North Carolina Cooperative Extension has been changing lives for 100 years, and it’s time to celebrate. Extension personnel from throughout the state will converge in Raleigh on May 19 and 20 for festivities that will kick off with a celebratory dinner and culminate with a proclamation by Gov. Pat McCrory. Media are invited to attend both events.

May 13, 2014

Ristaino, Hanley-Bowdoin lead Bellagio Center conference on dangerous plant pathogens

Participants at the international conference worked to develop a strategy to mitigate impacts of emerging plant diseases in sub-Saharan Africa.

May 9, 2014

You Decide: Do we live in the most interesting times?

It’s popular to say we live in a fast-paced, highly connected, ever-shifting world. But a strong case can be made for that world actually occurring 90 years ago.