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July 2015

Jul 31, 2015

You Decide: What is the State of Our State’s Education?

For our economy to adapt and improve, education will have to do so first. Mike Walden analyzes the reasons and ways our future education system should develop and evolve. 

Jul 30, 2015

Turf field day set for Aug. 12

NC State University’s Turfgrass Field Day is an annual opportunity for members of the public and the green industry to learn turf-related tips and tricks that are rooted in research. This year's event takes place Wednesday, Aug. 12. 

Jul 29, 2015

CALS student named national FFA New Century Farmer

The Future Farmers of America recently named CALS student Cara Pace one of its 50 New Century Farmers for 2015. 

Jul 27, 2015

The overtime proposal

There's a proposal for the federal government to change the rules on who is required to receive overtime pay for working above a certain number of hours. NC State University economist Mike Walden explains the proposal and its potential impact. 

Jul 22, 2015

Stewards of the Future registration open

Registration is open for “Stewards of the Future: Water for a Growing World,” a conference hosted by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences that will focus on issues of water quantity and quality. 

Jul 20, 2015

Ag accounts for one-sixth of NC income, jobs

Agriculture and agribusiness – food, fiber and forestry -- account for one-sixth of North Carolina’s income and employees, according to the latest study from NC State University economist Mike Walden. 

Jul 20, 2015

Calculating economic impact

Economists are often asked to calculate the economic effect of a new business activity, such as the opening of a manufacturing plant or the building of a residential development. NC State University economist Mike Walden explains what goes into these computations. 

Jul 17, 2015

You Decide: How Can a Business Stay Afloat?

Opening a business is no guarantee it will be a success. Statistics show 44 percent of new businesses shut down within three years. Mike Walden shares some good tips for keeping a business alive. 

Jul 13, 2015

Hot summer blues

New technologies at the Castle Hayne Research Station, coupled with NC State plant-breeding research, promise smoother harvests and better blueberries. 

Jul 13, 2015

30- vs 15-year mortgages

As the housing market improves, more people are taking out mortgages and having to decide how long the mortgage should be. NC State University economist Mike Walden compares the advantages and disadvantages of 30-year versus 15-year mortgages.