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January 2018

Farmer standing beside a popcorn cleaning machine.

Jan 31, 2018

AgPack Strong: Ag Institute Grad Jason Barbour Diversifies

Johnston County farmer Jason Barbour grows a lot of the usual North Carolina crops – tobacco, sweet potatoes, small grains, soybeans and corn. But in recent years, with help from NC State Extension, the NC State Agricultural Institute grad added a crop that wouldn’t make that list: popcorn. 

Mandy Thomas is one of Lee County Extension's Women in Ag, here picking a tomato.

Jan 29, 2018

Extension’s Women in Agriculture: Looking To The Future

Agriculture isn’t the easiest way to make a living, and women face even more than the usual obstacles. But things are changing. For the final article in the yearlong series, Lee County Extension looks to the future of women in agriculture. 

Little girl on tractor at CALS Farm Animal Days

Jan 29, 2018

Five Things To Know About Farm Animal Days 2019

Maybe you're a longtime Farm Animal Days expert. Maybe you've already picked your date and registered online (though you don't have to register in order to attend), and all that's left is to decide whether you'll try roping a cow right away, or go straight for the free Howling Cow ice cream. 

Johnny Barnes and Bryan Salmons in a facility where sweet potatoes are packaged for sale.

Jan 25, 2018

New Program Addresses the Business of Farming

The Executive Farm Management Program aims to help North Carolina farmers effectively lead complex organizations and compete on a global scale. 

NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences professor Dr. Mike Walden working in a recording studio.

Jan 24, 2018

Economic Perspective: Do Movers Still Like North Carolina?

Movers have flocked to North Carolina in recent decades. Are the trends that led them here continuing? 

NC State doctoral student Katelyn Brandt working in a lab

Jan 24, 2018

Working With the Game-Changer Known as CRISPR

Doctoral student Katelyn Brandt came to NC State to get in on the cutting-edge research involving the gene-editing technique called CRISPR. 

box of fruits and vegetables at a farmers market

Jan 23, 2018

Connecting N.C. Agriculture, Nutrition Education

What if eating local fruits and vegetables wasn’t just “doctor’s orders” but an actual prescription? Three North Carolina universities, including NC State, are working together to see. 

NC State CALS grad Jackie Knowles

Jan 22, 2018

AgPack Strong: When a Detour from ‘Plan A’ Leads to a Dream Job

Jackie Knowles entered NC State as a veterinary bioscience major, having served a number of years in the Army. But then, just before her junior year, she found her calling and decided to change course. 

Group of students gathered around a scientific poster.

Jan 22, 2018

FFAR Awards $2.7 Million to Create Fellowship Program to Foster Next Gen Agricultural Scientists

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research will collaborate with industry leaders and universities to provide interdisciplinary training for graduate students. An NC State University team, led by CALS' John Dole, will manage the program. 

Aerial view of downtown Raleigh

Jan 19, 2018

You Decide: What’s The Future Of Retail Buying?

As 2018 kicks off, there’s good news and bad news for retail sellers. There’s a real heavyweight championship on the line: traditional retailers in one corner and upstart cyber retailers in the other.