Garden delights and highlights
A new garden calendar from N.C. State University's urban horticulture program highlights events, tours, workshops and conferences for beginners and pros taking place at Cooperative Extension centers, gardens, arboretums and other sites throughout the state.
Study sheds light on invasive fruit pest
Humans aren’t the only species with a sweet tooth. N.C. State University researchers and Extension specialists have found that the invasive spotted-wing vinegar fly (Drosophila suzukii) also prefers sweet, soft fruit. Their study sheds new light on a species that has spread across the United States over the past four years and threatens to cause hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to U.S. fruit crops.
2013 Arb Gala is an elegant Asian Reflection
The April 28 Gala in the Garden, the annual garden party and fund-raiser at JC Raulston Arboretum, came with cool temperatures and April showers, yet it was as magical and beautiful as ever.
Are you lookin’ over a four-leaf clover?
Are four-leaf clovers becoming more common? N.C. State News Services' Matt Shipman asks John Dole, head of the Horticultural Science Department in The Abstract today.
Strawberry breeding program receives national grants
Dr. Jeremy Pattison, strawberry breeder and geneticist with the N.C. State University Plants for Human Health Institute at the N.C. Research Campus, is working on two grant-funded projects to support work in transferring the latest research to strawberry growers in North and South Carolina and Virginia to maximize yields and profitability.
Speaking of Extension
North Carolina Cooperative Extension clients statewide tell how Extension is empowering them and providing solutions that have improved their lives.
Huffmans and Extension: A reliable partnership
A good deal has changed in the 40 years, give or take, since Conlee Huffman first asked an Extension agent about Christmas trees. Over the years, from Extension, the Huffmans have gained valuable knowledge. In the Huffmans, Extension has found a reliable partner for on-farm demonstrations and other activities.
Modernizing Food Safety
It’s been called the biggest change to food safety and farming practices in modern history. And though it’s been more two and a half years since the Food Safety Modernization Act was signed into law, there is still much work to be done. The good news is that in North Carolina, organizations that support agriculture haven’t been sitting on their hands. Groups like CALS, the N.C. Farm Bureau and the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services have been active in helping to shape regulations and educate growers on how the Food Safety Modernization Act will affect the way they do business.
CALS came to the fair
A showcase of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences programs was on view at the 2013 North Carolina State Fair. Prominent in the fair’s Agriculture Today tent was a CALS exhibit focused on accessibility in agriculture, with displays from the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Research Shop, the North Carolina AgrAbility Partnership and Extension therapeutic horticulture programs.
Rising phoenix is professor’s swan song
As Professor Will Hooker, of horticultural science, prepared to retire, he led his students in one more experience of designing and building. They crafted an appropriately avian-themed sculpture as the swan song project under Hooker’s direction.