Blackhead disease can wipe out an entire turkey flock in weeks, causing millions of dollars in losses to farmers – but Associate Professor Robert Beckstead has a three-part research plan to figure out how to combat the disease. The last remaining legal treatment for the disease was taken off the market in January 2016, so Beckstead’s research is crucial to keep the flocks strong.
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New Plant Sciences Research Projects Taking Shape
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences researchers and their partners near and far ramp up interdisciplinary plant research. Case in point: Researchers from NC State and three Danish universities have been working together to better understand plant-microbe interactions.
AgPack Strong: A Family Affair
Ag Institute grad Jeremiah Jones raises Animal Welfare Approved free-range hogs; grows and processes his own feed; operates a non-GMO soybean processing facility for local farmers and is president of the North Carolina Natural Hog Growers Association. We caught up with Jeremiah and his wife Jessica (also a CALS grad) to learn more about their family farm and why they love what they do.