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Agricultural Institute

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Feb 18, 2021

Golden LEAF Awards Ag Institute Nearly $1M

NC State’s Agricultural Institute will use the funds from the Golden LEAF Foundation to support the animal industry by expanding the pipeline of available talent for jobs. 

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Dec 16, 2019

Great Grads

Leadership and adventure were part of the package for two outstanding Agricultural Institute students who’ll be graduating soon. 

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May 15, 2019

NASA Internship For AGI Student (And Aspiring Astronaut) Lane Diesa

NC State Agricultural Institute student Lane Diesa has her sights set on the sky: Through a NASA internship, she had the chance to work on projects with the potential to change life outside of our own planet. 

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Sep 4, 2018

Student Spotlight: AGI Entrepreneur Andrew Emanuels

Andrew Emanuels got his first job cutting grass at age 8. By the time he was a high school senior, he was managing 32 landscaping accounts and two crews. Today, Andrew studies agribusiness in the NC State Agricultural Institute and serves as a U.S. Coast Guard reservist. 

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Jul 17, 2018

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. 

Mark Sorrells (left) of Golden LEAF presents a check to Robert Elliott and Beth Wilson for the Soldier to Agriculture program.

May 23, 2018

Golden LEAF Grant Bolsters Soldier to Agriculture Program

A recent $150,000 grant from Golden LEAF breathed new life into the Soldier to Agriculture Program, an intensive five-week course that is the first of its kind to provide agricultural training for transitioning veterans on a military base. 

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. 

Man in ball cap in front of tractor.

Dec 29, 2017

AgPack Strong: Steve Valencsin Helps Farmers Put Data, Tech to Work

An agricultural entrepreneur and graduate of NC State’s Agricultural Institute recently made Forbes’ annual 30 Under 30 list for enterprise technology. 

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Oct 25, 2017

AGI Alum Is International Award-Winning Ice Sculptor

Landscape architect turned self-taught ice sculptor Todd Dawson has won international awards for his designs — and it all started at CALS. 

CALS students Harrison Walker, Luke Stancil and Victoria Pender standing on steps

Oct 25, 2017

Not Your Ordinary Summer Internships

Whether on Capitol Hill or at the North Carolina General Assembly, three exceptional CALS students had once-in-a-lifetime experiences.