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June 2015

Jun 30, 2015

Food Science team wins national competition

A team of graduate students from the NC State Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences has been selected winner in the National Dairy Council New Product Competition for their product, "Shake and Go Kefir." 

Jun 29, 2015

What’s the delay?

Speculation early this year was that the Federal Reserve would likely raise interest rates in June, but now most experts say that decision has at least been pushed back to September. NC State University economist Mike Walden discusses what's behind the postponement. 

Jun 26, 2015

Pack Pullers place high in international competition

They called it the Alpha Wolf, and rightfully so: Out of all the NC State University Pack Pullers’ team entries in the annual International ¼-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition, it was perhaps the top one yet. 

Jun 22, 2015

Beef tour attracts large crowd to Franklin County

More than 110 people came out to a Cooperative Extension beef tour that’s become a summer tradition in the North Carolina’s Piedmont. The Five-County Beef Tour took visitors to farms representing the diversified nature of North Carolina cattle operations. 

Jun 22, 2015

Stimulus spending for education

The federal stimulus program implemented during the recession spent a significant portion of the funds on public education. Do we have any information on how schools spent these funds? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden answers. 

Jun 20, 2015

N.C. Food Manufacturing Task Force takes shape

Seated around a large table anchored by North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, members of the state's new Food Manufacturing Task Force convened for the first time on June 18. The task force, created by executive order this spring, is made up of 30 representatives of all aspects of food manufacturing, from farming to transportation to economic development. 

Jun 19, 2015

You Decide: Can We Remake Ourselves?

When faced with economic calamity, how willing are we to think about changing what we do in order to stay employed? Mike Walden analyzes why the best laid contingency plans need not go awry. 

Jun 19, 2015

4-H’ers focus on civic engagement

For North Carolina’s state 4-H president Oshė Pittman, 4-H Citizenship North Carolina Focus has become an important stop on his journey toward becoming a judge. “I’ve always had a big voice, but this event has helped me further develop my leadership skills and helped me gain skills as a follower as well,” Pittman explained, “because it’s important to be a team player if you want to get things done.” And getting things done was what the three-day event was all about. 

Jun 18, 2015

Dean Linton to chair N.C. Food Manufacturing Task Force

N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory, along with N.C. State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean Richard Linton and N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Steve Troxler, today will announce the creation of the North Carolina Food Manufacturing Task Force. The announcement will take place Thursday, June 18, at 2 p.m. at the Gov. James G. Martin Building on the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. Media are invited to attend. 

Jun 17, 2015

Entomologists combat fruit-damaging fly

From the first swelling of fruit in a blueberry field to the moment a consumer savors the finished product, the quality of that berry should remain high. North Carolina’s $66 million blueberry industry is determined to keep it that way, and farmers spent an extra $36-54 per acre on pesticides alone in 2012. An emerging threat to the state's $104.6 million small fruit industry, including raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries, is a tiny fly from Asia known as spotted wing drosophila. NC State University's Dr. Hannah J. Burrack spoke about her research on SWD detection and management in a recent webinar hosted by Marron Bio Innovations.