Stories From Jan 2019

Jan 30, 2019  |  NC State Economist

Should I Stay or Should I Go: Coal Ash in North Carolina

Coal has seen a recent, rapid decline as a source of electricity in North Carolina. Unfortunately, coal’s legacy lives on in ash ponds and landfills scattered across the state. In this NC State Economist, we offer an economist’s perspective on North Carolina’s coal ash challenges – and potential solutions.

Jan 30, 2019  |  NC State Economist

2019 Economic Outlook: The Late Innings of Growth?

With decade-low unemployment and accelerating labor productivity – but also a trade war with China and a sputtering stock market – where will our focus lie when we look back on 2018? In this NC State Economist, Mike Walden unpacks the top economic issues and opportunities of 2018, with a look ahead to 2019.

Jan 29, 2019

What Happens When You Run On An Empty Stomach?

Every year, thousands of runners take part in the Krispy Kreme Challenge: run 2.5 miles through downtown Raleigh, from NC State University to a Krispy Kreme store, consume a dozen donuts, and run back again. This raises some interesting questions.

Jan 29, 2019

‘Bug Bombs’ Ineffective At Killing Insects Indoors

Total release foggers, commonly known as “bug bombs,” are ineffective at removing cockroaches from indoor environments, according to a new study from North Carolina State University.

Jan 29, 2019

Solving Swine Lagoon Sludge

Sludge at the bottom of swine lagoons is a major challenge for farmers. But what if that sludge could be removed and used not only as fertilizer, but for renewable energy as well?

Jan 29, 2019

Ph.D. Student Megan Boland Boosts Sustainability

Megan Boland’s research explores how and which microorganisms improve biogas production. She hopes to boost the stability of the bioreactors, allowing for more efficient and reliable production of renewable natural gas.

Jan 28, 2019

NC Food Innovation Lab Is Under Construction

The space on the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis that will become the N.C. Food Innovation Lab is being upfitted to support food processing and manufacturing of North Carolina commodities within the borders of our state.

Jan 28, 2019

Economic Perspective: Potential Elements of a China Trade Deal

With ongoing negotiations with China on trade, what could a potential agreement look like?

Jan 23, 2019

Economic Perspective: Energy Efficient Homes

What can the future look like for energy efficiency and homes?

Jan 22, 2019

Sporting Event Benefits NC FFA and 4-H

Farm Credit Associations of North Carolina raise $100,000+ for 4-H and FFA.