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College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

an aerial photo of the NC State Dairy Farm with the Raleigh skyline in the background

Feb 1, 2023

Growing Our Future Begins Now

Growing Our Future, the new CALS Strategic Plan, is an employee-driven plan that charts the course for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences through 2030. 

Patterson Hall on a spring day. Photo by Becky Kirkland.

Oct 26, 2022

Search Underway for Next CALS Dean

Provost Warwick Arden announced Wednesday, Oct. 26, that an open search is underway for the dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State. 

Patterson Hall on a spring day. Photo by Becky Kirkland.

Aug 5, 2022

Update on College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean Search

Through extensive conversations with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences nomination committee and internal and external stakeholders, it has been determined that the search for the college’s next dean will be relaunched this fall. 

a brick building on a spring day

Jun 28, 2022

NC State CALS Moves Up in World Rankings

NC State's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences was recently named No. 22 in the QS World University rankings, thanks in part to an intentional focus on interdisciplinary collaboration, diversity and excellence. 

Dr. Jean Ristaino stands next to a potato plot in the backyard of Down House, Charles Darwin's home.

Mar 29, 2022

Plant Science Pioneer Fights Late Blight of the Past and Future

Jean Ristaino has made history by tracking late blight’s origins, and she is making history again by fighting future late blight outbreaks as a scientist with the N.C. Plant Sciences Initiative. 

Goodnight Distinguished Professor Cranos Williams

Mar 22, 2022

Cranos Williams Named Goodnight Distinguished Professor

NC State faculty member Cranos Williams was recently named a Goodnight Distinguished Professor in Agricultural Analytics by the College of Engineering and CALS. 

From left to right: Vern Hawkins, Janis McFarland, Richard Linton, and Steve Lommel

Dec 21, 2021

Syngenta Internship Endowment to Strengthen Students’ Regulatory Knowledge and Leadership

Janis McFarland was both surprised and honored as leaders from NC State and Syngenta named an internship endowment in her honor during a recent celebration. 

Randy Canady, Founder and CEO of Atticus

Dec 3, 2021

Forever Forward

Leading entrepreneur and NC State alum Randy Canady was born to move forward. True to form, he is helping advance the N.C. Plant Sciences Initiative. 

Ph.D. student Shana McDowell

Nov 14, 2021

Exploring New Avenues

Shana McDowell was using data science to fight COVID-19 and HIV. Now she’s fighting hunger and food waste as a Ph.D. student enrolled in the Ag Data Science certificate program. 

Craig Yencho gives a presentation at a recent field day

Oct 29, 2021

Protecting Our State’s New Rural Cash Crop

The true profit potential of sweetpotatoes has been held back by an aggressive and invasive pest. NC State’s Craig Yencho will lead a $5 million grant-funded project to fight it.