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February 2019

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

Feb 27, 2019

Economic Perspective: College Debt and Homeownership

Student debt has skyrocketed in recent years. What implications has that had on other markets like home-ownership? 

CALS Poultry Science Extension's Dannica Wall and Marissa Herchler

Feb 25, 2019

Non-Traditional: Full-Time Student. And Parent. And Extension Employee. And…

National statistics show that "non-traditional" is increasingly the norm for students across the United States – in just one example, 75 percent of graduate students also work at least 30 hours a week. Over the next few months, we're highlighting some of our own amazing multi-taskers across CALS. 

Drs. Charles and Marilyn Stuber

Feb 25, 2019

Stuber Retiring as Director of the Plant Breeding Consortium

Eminent scientist Charles Stuber is stepping down after 13 years as director of the consortium he helped to create at NC State. 

CALS first-year student and state FFA officer Ty Meyer

Feb 19, 2019

From Shy Guy To Public Speaking Champ: FFA State Officer Ty Meyer

"I used to always be the one to sit in the corner, not say a whole lot...FFA has done a lot for me," says Ty Meyer, now a state FFA officer, first-year CALS student and Jefferson Scholar. 

Is hemp the same as marajuana

Feb 19, 2019

Is Hemp The Same Thing As Marijuana?

There are still quite a few restrictions and regulations associated with growing hemp, but the fact that hemp is now legal – while marijuana is not – has raised a lot of questions. 

Woman in protective gear and holding a shovel looks at fire and smoke from a controlled burn.

Feb 18, 2019

Burning Desire: Rejuvenating A Rare Longleaf Pine Ecosystem

NC State scientists work to restore a rare longleaf pine stand for research, education and outreach. Among their first steps: setting fire to the site. 

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

Feb 18, 2019

Economic Perspective: Some Employers Helping With College Costs

Some employers are offering to help cover back-to-school costs for employees upfront. What are benefits for benefits for both in this arrangement? 

Two women eating and laughing in a kitchen.

Feb 18, 2019

Blue Cross NC Invests $5 Million to Combat Diabetes

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina's investment in Diabetes Free NC will cut diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes by expanding free access to diabetes prevention programs throughout the state. 

Sun rise silhouettes the Raleigh skyline

Feb 15, 2019

You Decide: Can We Fix Social Security?

Questions about whether Social Security will run out of it's surplus in the future have been around for decades. What can be done in the future to prevent that outcome? 

Close up of a hemp plant

Feb 14, 2019

Is Hemp the Same Thing as Marijuana?

Industrial hemp farming has taken off in North Carolina, and many people have questions about it. NC State's Abstract provides answers from Tom Melton, deputy director of NC State Extension and chair of the North Carolina Industrial Hemp Commission.