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October 2014

Oct 31, 2014

CEFS receives $2.5 million in new grants

Researchers at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems have received three grants totaling more than $2.5 million since July to support research and education at the center's 2,000-acre research farm in Goldsboro and on farms across the state. 

Oct 27, 2014

New name announced: CALS Business Operations

It’s a new day and a new name for the business arm of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Last week, the new name for CALS Business Operations was announced to employees. The Business Operations staff was actively involved in selecting the new name, first suggesting names for the organization and then voting on the top three name choices. 

Oct 27, 2014

Evaluating teachers’ impact

Economic Perspective host and retired elementary school teacher Mary Walden says the topic of teachers’ impact is important to her. “We all know teaching and teachers are vitally important to children’s academic success,” she says. “But there’s always been the problem of measuring the impact. What are some of the problems in measuring teacher impact, as well as ways of overcoming these problems?” Her husband, N.C. State University economist Mike Walden, answers. 

Oct 24, 2014

You Decide: What industries will lead growth?

Many forward thinkers believe we are on the cusp of another transformation in the economy. Mike Walden considers the possible areas of future economic growth that could take North Carolina along for the ride. 

Oct 20, 2014

Will North Carolina continue to urbanize?

Forty years ago North Carolina was the nation’s fourth most rural state, but today more than 60 percent of the state’s people live in urban areas. What happened? And, will it continue? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains. 

Oct 16, 2014

Lee County corn maze honors Extension centennial

Gross Farms in Lee County has joined N.C. Cooperative Extension’s centennial celebration this fall. Guests to their agritourism operation can make their way through a 15-acre corn maze cut in the shape of Extension’s centennial logo. 

Oct 13, 2014

Cyclical or structural?

Many issues in today’s economy are blamed on the recession. This means solutions focus on actions that would speed the recovery from the recession. But, says N.C. State University economist Mike Walden, this focus might be misguided. 

Oct 6, 2014

Why young people are moving to the city

For several decades, city populations have been growing much faster than populations in rural areas and small towns. Indeed, many worry about a brain drain of the best and brightest leaving rural regions for the bright lights of the city. What’s motivating this shift? NC State University economist Mike Walden answers. 

Oct 1, 2014

NC State named “green giant” for leading the way in sustainable energy

Winds of Change, the journal of the American Indian Society for Engineering and Science, named NC State -- and the college's Dr. Heike Sederoff in particular -- as a leader in academic programs focused on sustainable energy.