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butchered meat

Apr 13, 2020

Shoppers, Meat Your Local Farmer

A new web directory called MeatSuite.com connects consumers with more than 70 farmers across the state selling pasture-raised meat in bulk. 

Chris Reberg-Horton and Steven Mirsky, co-leaders of a $10M sustainability grant examine an autonomous ag data collection robot.

Nov 12, 2019

$10M Grant to NC State, USDA-ARS to Advance Cover Crops, Transform Agriculture

Chris Reberg-Horton, a professor in Crop and Soil Science, will co-lead a five-year, $10 million grant to improve the sustainability and profitability of agriculture by advancing the study and use of cover crops such as rye, clover and radishes. 

Photo of two NC State University scientists looking at a blade of grass in a cattle pasture.

Jul 4, 2019

CEFS Celebrates 25 Years

Twenty-five years ago, NC State joined with N.C. A&T State University and the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to set up the Center for Environmental Farming Systems. The center is now known internationally for its work on sustainable agriculture and food systems. 

Three cows grazing, with mountains in the background

Apr 5, 2019

New Project to Strengthen Local Food Systems in Western NC

The Appalachian Regional Commission has awarded the Center for Environmental Farming Systems $1.1 million to work on sustainable food systems in seven mountain counties in North Carolina. 

Grazing cattle on a mountain farm

Feb 1, 2019

New Project Supports Beginner Meat Producers in NC

NC Choices has launched a new project aimed at increasing the number of beginning farmers in North Carolina raising meat in either pasture-based or silvopasture systems. 

group of people enjoying a party in a barn with lights.

Aug 28, 2018

Celebrating Local Food, Local Farms

North Carolina has a year-round growing season for agriculture, and the Center for Environmental Farming System's Farm to Fork initiative is celebrating that fact by spreading out its 2018 activities over several seasons. 

Two women discussing a plan for seedlings.

Aug 20, 2018

CALS’ Newest Major: Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems

The start of a new academic year brings a new multidisciplinary major, the bachelor of science in agroecology and sustainable food systems, to CALS. 

People seated at tables on the grounds of Fearrington Village.

Mar 13, 2018

Year-Round Events Announced for Farm to Fork NC

This year’s Farm to Fork NC events celebrate the state's year-round growing season with events spread throughout the year. 

green rural scene

Oct 25, 2017

Extension to Take Part in Upcoming Rural Assembly

Rural leadership is the topic of next month’s Rural Assembly in Raleigh, and NC State Extension will be there, highlighting some of its top programs aimed at promoting prosperity in the state’s rural communities. 

Black Angus cattle grazing amid trees.

Jun 6, 2017

Made in the Shade: Research Focuses on Combining Forestry and Livestock Grazing

Silvopasture – the practice of combining forestry with forage and livestock production – is rare in North America, but the practice could bring both economic and environmental benefits on marginal lands where traditional row cropping hasn’t worked.