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Department of Horticultural Science

Cattle on a pasture with mountains and trees in the background

Mar 16, 2021

Farmland Challenges in a Fast-Growing State

North Carolina is losing agricultural lands to development at a fast pace. What does this mean for our state? And what's being done about it? 

Swallowtail butterfly on flower

Feb 22, 2021

New Book: Gardening for Bees, Butterflies and More

A step-by-step book from NC State faculty members helps gardeners design and maintain beautiful habitats to support pollinators. 

Nancy Creamer

Feb 8, 2021

CEFS’ Creamer Retires After 25 Years of Service

For more than two decades, Nancy Creamer has been dedicated to sustainable agriculture and equitable food systems in North Carolina. She recently retired from the Center for Environmental Farming Systems. 

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Jan 15, 2021

Danesha Seth Carley to Lead IPM Center at NC State

Seth Carley will serve as director of the NSF Center for Integrated Pest Management at NC State. 

Tom Ranney

Dec 8, 2020

2 Named Fellows of Inventors Academy

Two NC State faculty members, including Department of Horticultural Sciences' Tom Ranney, have been honored for their innovative work at the forefront of their disciplines. 

Shelby Ferrel holding a sign explaining why agriculture is important.

Dec 4, 2020

Shelby Ferrell: From Oaks Leadership to Plant Progeny

While Shelby Ferrell graduates with a bachelor's degree in agricultural science during a pandemic, she reflects on many favorite experiences of in-person classes and adapting to an “unreal” year online. 

A row of potted plants. The pots have faces with mustaches.

Nov 20, 2020

Pi Alpha Xi Finds Success with Online Plant Sale

Despite cancelling their spring plant sale due to COVID-19, Pi Alpha Xi was determined to have their fall sale. With the help of N.C. Cooperative Extension’s Debbie Roos, the student fraternity moved their sale online. 

Hand holding vermicompost with worms.

Nov 10, 2020

Waste Solutions: Vermicomposting

When it comes to waste management, NC State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences helps deliver solutions. Learn how Rhonda Sherman helps others use worms to create valuable soil amendments from agricultural wastes. 

Seven-year-old boy poses with the container garden on his deck

Nov 6, 2020

Grow Box Gets Kids Growing — Fall Vegetables, That Is

The hectic pace that comes with children can make it hard to slow down, spend time with each other and celebrate cherished relationships. Enter the Grow Box. 

Todd Wehner

Oct 21, 2020

A Special Specialty Crops Breeder

Todd Wehner’s decades-long work as a plant breeder have earned him recognition as a valued teacher and mentor, researcher and contributor to agriculture and agribusiness.