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September 2016

Dr. Brian Whipker in a plant nursery.

Sep 30, 2016

Whipker Wins National Award

An NC State University professor who's an internationally acclaimed expert in the fields of plant growth regulators and plant nutrition recently won the Society of American Florists' Alex Laurie Award. 

Construction work on Hillsborough Street

Sep 30, 2016

You Decide: Why Are So Many Men Not Working

In the late 1940s, 6 percent of prime working-age men were not employed and were not looking for work. Today, that rate is 14 percent. Translated to numbers, 1 million prime, working-age men in the late 1940s were out of the labor force – today the number is 7 million. What factors are causing this to rise? 


Sep 28, 2016

Ethnobiologist to Speak at Raulston Arboretum

Internationally renowned nature writer and ethnobiologist Gary Nabhan will deliver a lecture related to the conservation of food diversity on Oct. 14 at NC State University’s JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh. 

NC State corpse flower in bloom

Sep 28, 2016

Plant Puts Up a Big Stink at NC State University

NC State's corpse flower recently bloomed, sending out not just a big flower – one of the largest in the plant kingdom – but a big stink as well. 

NC State Extension co-PIs on CDC obesity grant

Sep 26, 2016

NC State Wins $1.5 Million CDC Grant to Combat Obesity

Efforts to combat obesity in eastern North Carolina just got a big boost, thanks to a new $1.5 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Economist Mike Walden

Sep 26, 2016

Economic Perspective: Alternative Training

Recent data shows a large group of college graduates believe their degrees did not help them achieve their current jobs. What programs are being implemented to increase skills training for their fields? NC State University economist Mike Walden discusses the issue. 

Photo of waterfall flowing over moss-covered rocks

Sep 22, 2016

NC State to Study Economic Value of Improving Water Quality

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced this week that NC State University is one of six universities awarded a total of $4.8 million in funding to work with local communities to better understand the economic value of water quality. 

NC State Howling Cow ice cream at the N.C. State Fair

Sep 20, 2016

Get the Scoop! New Howling Cow Flavor to Debut at N.C. State Fair

Does it have chocolate? Is it fruit-based? Crunchy? Swirly? Get a sneak peek of Howling Cow's new ice cream flavor, created exclusively for the N.C. State Fair! 

wheat field under a blue sky

Sep 20, 2016

Scientist Honored for Work in Pakistan

For their work on a five-year project to enhance Pakistan’s wheat productivity, Marshall and others in the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Foreign Agricultural Service received the 2016 Abraham Lincoln Honor Award in global food security. 

Watauga County NC Cooperative Extension Director Dr. Jim Hamilton poses with both hands full of harvested ginseng roots.

Sep 20, 2016

Ginseng Boosts Ag Hopes, Sustainably – If You’re Careful

Ginseng has the potential to become a boon to the local economy. All it takes is the right soil, the right seeds, the right know-how – and constant vigilance. Cooperative Extension is hard at work helping western North Carolina growers raise this unique crop.