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March 2016

Mar 31, 2016

Almanac Gardener returns to UNC-TV

With a focus on sustainable home horticulture, the joint UNC-TV and North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service show “Almanac Gardener” enters its 33rd season starting Saturday April 2. 

Mar 31, 2016

Farm to Fork Picnic weekend tickets on sale

"Healthy Foods, Healthy Kids" is the theme for the Center for Environmental Farming Systems' 2016 Farm to Fork Picnic Weekend, set for June 3-5. Tickets are on sale now, with proceeds benefit beginning farmer training programs at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems and the W.C. Breeze Family Farm Agricultural Extension and Research Center. 

Mar 30, 2016

Brown honored for developing young agricultural leaders

Professor Blake Brown, director of the Agricultural Leadership Development Program, has been recognized as one of 100 leaders in the United States who are changing rural communities and agriculture for the better. 

Mar 28, 2016

Competition and hospital prices

One of the issues that's arisen during the presidential campaign relates to hospital prices. Specifically, some have argued that lack of competition among hospitals in a local area may result in higher prices for consumers and insurers. NC State University economist Mike Walden comments on research that addresses this topic. 

Mar 25, 2016

From dream to reality: NC Farm Schools guide new farmers to success

NC Farm School teaches new and current farmers practical skills for planning economically sustainable farms, including a business plan tailored to their land. The program has graduated more than 270 participants since 2013 and plans to expand. 

Mar 24, 2016

Recognizing CALS philanthropists and recipients

Student scholars get to know donors and agricultural leaders during an annual thank-you event, and Windell and Judy Talley are recognized for their $1 million commitment. 

Mar 24, 2016

Emeritus professor recognized

Dr. Eugene Eisen is honored by the Department of Animal Science as he delivers a seminar on his exemplary career in animal breeding and genetics. 

Mar 24, 2016

Horticulture team ranks high at national competition

From landscape design to small engine repair, NC State horticulture students demonstrated their wide-ranging expertise and nabbed some of the top honors at the 40th Annual National Collegiate Landscape Competition from March 16-19 at Mississippi State University. The team placed seventh overall of 62 colleges and universities. These students placed in the top 10 in these categories: Woody Ornamental… 

Mar 24, 2016

You Decide: Why are there new sales taxes?

North Carolinians having repairs made to their vehicles are now in for a little bit of a shock. With a few exceptions, they will now have to pay state sales tax on the labor cost of those repairs. So, too, will folks paying for repairs to their computers and for installing modular homes. These are some of the new sales taxes that began March 1. NC State University economist Mike Walden considers whether such taxes go against a trend in North Carolina. 

Mar 24, 2016

Maggots modified to help heal human wounds

In a proof-of-concept study, NC State University researchers show that genetically engineered green bottle fly (Lucilia sericata) larvae can produce and secrete a human growth factor – a molecule that helps promote cell growth and wound healing.