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Author: Terri Leith

Dec 18, 2015

You Decide: Can We Make Sense of North Carolina’s Jobless Rate?

When it comes to interpreting apparently conflicting unemployment statistics, Mike Walden shows that the key is understanding how the statistics are derived. 

Dec 4, 2015

You Decide: Should We Modify or End the Fed?

Few institutions generate more mystery and controversy than the Federal Reserve, or the “Fed” for short. Mike Walden explains what the Fed is, what it does -- and what are the options. 

Nov 20, 2015

You Decide: How Can North Carolina Use Economic Trends?

Mike Walden shows why the economic future of North Carolina could be determined by how the state and its residents accommodate three forces of change and understand their impacts. 

Nov 6, 2015

You Decide: Can Efficiency Save Our Natural Resources?

Mike Walden considers how we could go about meeting the water and fuel needs of our future larger population – and the value of resource efficiency improvements in stretching what we have to accommodate more people. 

Oct 27, 2015

Craven County Faith Community receives Farmers’ Market Promotion grant

A New Bern faith community that worked with Cooperative Extension to establish a successful farmers’ market has had its efforts honored and rewarded. The Peletah Ministries received a $94,240 grant from the USDA Farmers’ Market Promotion program. 

Oct 23, 2015

You Decide: Will Medicaid Reform Work?

Mike Walden considers the efficacy of three alternative payment plans to tame Medicaid spending without compromising services to recipients. 

Oct 21, 2015

All-America Selections Breeders Cup Award presented to Dr. Randy Gardner

Gardner is a renowned tomato breeder, with more than 32 years’ experience at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills River. 

Oct 19, 2015

Tom Ranney named JC Raulston Distinguished Professor

The goal of the professorship is to enhance the global research, teaching and extension programs in the Department of Horticultural Science, with a special emphasis on the JC Raulston Arboretum. 

Oct 12, 2015

New Howling Cow flavor debuts alongside food concoctions at 2015 N.C. State Fair

The theme of the 2015 North Carolina State Fair is “Nothing Could Be Finer” – and that goes for the fair week roll out of a new flavor of NC State’s Howling Cow ice cream. 

Oct 9, 2015

You Decide: Can We Resolve Our Tax Issues?

Mike Walden outlines two alternative tax systems for North Carolina -- one based on taxing income, the other on taxing consumption (spending).