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One corner of the Centennial Gateway against a cloud-filled sky

Dec 17, 2021

Silliman to Retire After 20 Years of Service With NC Cooperative Extension

After 20 years of service to NC Cooperative Extension, Ben Silliman is retiring. He talks about his experiences with NC State and how he hopes to look for additional opportunities to teach, encourage and grow during his retirement. 

The official 2021 White House Christmas tree on display in the the Blue Room

Dec 1, 2021

How to Produce a Grand Champion Christmas Tree

Over the years, the White House has selected a North Carolina Fraser fir for its annual Christmas Tree. But what does it take to produce a Grand Champion Christmas Tree? The secret comes from NC State. 

freshly picked apples in a crate

Nov 26, 2021

How Sweet It Is: North Carolina’s Apple Economy

New York City might be the Big Apple, but North Carolina is big apple business. From seed to supermarket, NC State Extension explores how the state helps supply America’s favorite fruit. 

Christmas trees growing in North Carolina.

Nov 18, 2021

Expert: Demand for NC-Grown Christmas Trees Will Remain High

N.C. Christmas tree growers are hustling to meet an expected high demand this year, according to an NC State expert in Ashe County, North Carolina. 

Mark Hoffmann, assistant professor and small fruits extension specialist

Oct 29, 2021

Propagating Grower Success

Mark Hoffmann will lead a $5.3 million project to develop new indoor and outdoor propagation technologies for America’s strawberry nursery industry. 

Luke Gatiboni views his soil fertility research plot at the Tidewater Research Station

Sep 18, 2021

STEPping Up Phosphorus Research

Luke Gatiboni took over a longtime study relying on traditional research technologies and methods. That work is about to get amplified at nearly every level. 

Richard and Marcia Reich celebrate their support of the N.C. Plant Sciences Initiative

Sep 14, 2021

Deeply Rooted

The concept of extension struck a chord with Richard Reich early on. Now Reich and his wife, Marcia, honor NC State Extension - and their family - by supporting N.C. PSI. 

Socially distanced men with masks in a barn.

May 13, 2021

Extension Educates Farmworkers on Vaccination

NC State Extension has trained some 600 farmworkers in North Carolina about vaccination, especially related to COVID-19, and new federal funding will enhance the effort. 

Members of the Debnam family at the seed library

Apr 19, 2021

Master Gardener Volunteers Tend to the Community

Pandemic limitations were no match for the fertile imaginations of Master Gardener volunteers, who delivered fresh food to seniors, built a seed library and found new ways to help the hungry. 

Three bags of dried apples

Apr 9, 2021

Grants Support Farm Innovation

For family farmers wanting to increase their profits and sustain their farms, an NC State Extension grant gives them a boost.