Stories From Apr 2016

Apr 15, 2016

‘Winner-winner’ behavior may shape animal hierarchies

Researchers have developed a behavioral model that explains the complexity and diversity of social hierarchies in ants and which scientists believe may help us understand the nature of other animal societies, from primates to dolphins.

Apr 15, 2016

Farm Animal Days: Connecting agriculture and education

NC State University's annual Farm Animal Days lets area children experience agriculture up close and hands on with the guidance of CALS experts. Field days are important because agriculture is crucial to the North Carolina economy – and more than two-thirds of that contribution is generated by farm animals.

Apr 12, 2016

Millstone milestone

It was a 4-H family reunion of sorts as more than 300 people gathered at Camp Millstone in Ellerbe Sunday April 10 to celebrate the opening of a new $1.5 million multi-purpose history and learning center complex.

Apr 11, 2016

Is the worst behind us on a key job measure?

A rather obscure labor market measure -- the labor force participation rate -- has become a focus of attention in recent years, as it has dropped to a 30-year low. Are there signs of improvement? NC State University economist Mike Walden weighs in.

Apr 9, 2016

Want an A? Help sell a cow.

Students from Professor Gary Gregory’s Livestock Merchandizing class ran an auction at the Beef Education Unit and sold about two dozen horses, cows, goats and sheep - for a final grade. Proceeds help cover operating expenses at the agriculture education units where the animals are raised.

Apr 8, 2016

Engineering agriculture

For industrial engineering graduate student Jazmine Davis, interdisciplinary work in agriculture has been life-changing.

Apr 7, 2016

You Decide: Is there trouble with trade?

In a textbook world, international trade improves the economies of both countries and people. But, as even teachers know, the real world doesn’t always follow the textbook. International trade has created winners and losers, and that has led to increasing concern.

Apr 5, 2016

NC State, Belgian institute partner for plant biotech research

NC State University and VIB, a life sciences research institute in Belgium, recently entered into a strategic collaboration agreement aimed at spurring growth in the plant biotech research sector in both Belgium and North Carolina.

Apr 4, 2016

Online nutrition master’s program rated top in U.S.

NC State University recently ranked number one in the nation when it comes to online master's of nutrition programs, according to

Apr 4, 2016

Near-shore wind farms could affect coastal tourism

A study by economists at North Carolina State University finds that most people are unwilling to rent vacation homes that have a view of offshore wind turbines – and that those who will rent expect steep rental discounts unless the turbines are more than eight miles offshore.