Commodity leaders and elected officials gather for annual CALS updates and to meet Chancellor Woodson
When North Carolina’s commodity leaders gathered for their annual meeting at N.C. State University on May 7, the event drew more than 250 attendees, its largest meeting ever.
Tractor known as a ‘multipurpose workhorse’ made available for field lab use
Ronnie Jackson has donated a six-month lease of a Maxxum ® 125 farm/agricultural tractor for use in the teaching and research activities at the field lab.
State action guide on local foods now available
“From Farm to Fork: A Guide to Building North Carolina’s Sustainable Local Food Economy” has just been issued by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems.
Gamma Sigma Delta honors exceptional leadership and service to agriculture
On April 22, the N.C. State University chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta (GSD), the Honor Society of Agriculture, honored new inductees and recognized alumni and faculty of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for distinguished service and leadership.
AgBiz Planner program helps farmers learn how to grow their business
A group of young, small, beginning and minority farmers from throughout the state have successfully completed a new AgBiz Planner program.
A berry good experience
Eight teens and tweens wandered beneath and between the branches of blueberry bushes under a sweltering July sun in Moore County's Cameron community. Some mentioned the careers they'd like to pursue when they grow up: One said a hockey player. Another, an auto mechanic. And yet another, a veterinarian. Whatever careers they ultimately choose, all of the 4-H'ers were gaining skills that will help prepare them. They were learning what it means to work hard, develop a business plan, put it into action and move on to new strategies when things don't work out as planned.
CEFS launches campaign to build North Carolina’s local food economy
The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) has launched a new statewide effort to build North Carolina's local food economy. The 10% Campaign encourages consumers to spend 10 percent of their existing food dollars to support local food producers and related businesses. Doing so will create jobs, boost the viability of North Carolina farms and fisheries and promote healthy communities statewide.
Ties That Bind
Partnerships forged between the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and commodity groups benefit both. Some 70 organizations that represent either various agricultural commodities produced in North Carolina or the state’s agriculture generally will hold annual meetings in 2010. College […]
Work continues on managing the weed Palmer amaranth
In hopes of learning more about the genetic adaptation that has allowed a so-called monster weed to resist herbicides, Dr. Jim Burton is studying the weed's genome. Learning more about Palmer amaranth's resistance could lead to the creation of crops that can adapt to other hardships, including drought, and could ultimately help farmers better deal with resistant weeds.
N.C. State scientist searches the world for plants that help human health
From Bhutan’s rugged Himalayas to Ecuador’s cloud forest to Alaska’s frozen tundra, Dr. Mary Ann Lila searches high and low for what could be called pharmaceutical plants – and not the brick-and-mortar kind that make medicines. She seeks the leafy […]