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Nov 23, 2020

A Fruitful Family Legacy

The Underwoods’ story has it all. World War II drama and romance. Agriculture and art. David Thompson. And memories preserved in fruit. 

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. 

Aug 26, 2020

Seminar: Dr. Hamid Ashrafi – Helping Producers and Training of the Next-Generation Blueberry and Plant Breeders

Breeding Blueberries Along with Other Specialty Crops through Conventional and Modern Techniques: Helping Producers and Training of the Next-Generation Plant Breeders: Dr. Hamid Ashrafi, Assistant Professor with the Department of Horticultural Science 

The new greenhouse at Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in western North Carolina.

May 26, 2020

Topping-off for Tomato Breeding

NC State’s tomato breeding efforts, led by Dilip Panthee, just got a boost in the form of a new 1440-square-foot greenhouse at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center. 

Carlos Iglesias with a wolf sculpture

Feb 17, 2020

Carlos Iglesias: New Director of the Plant Breeding Consortium

In January the Plant Breeding Consortium welcomed Carlos Iglesias as its new director. He comes with decades of experience leading plant breeding programs in the public and private sectors and has worked with many different crops. 

Rolling field planted with Christmas trees

Dec 23, 2019

Oh, Christmas Tree

NC State Extension, the College of Natural Resources and the state agriculture department work together to literally seed the future of North Carolina’s Christmas tree farms. 

Brandon Huber, showing off his 151-pound watermelon at the NC State Fair.

Oct 23, 2019

A Different Kind of Gardening: Ph.D. Student Brandon Huber

Brandon Huber, a Ph.D. student in Horticultural Sciences grows large plants competitively and will placing his plants in the upcoming NC State Fair horticulture competition. 

Man standing in rows of plants with glossy purple foliage.

Sep 27, 2019

Rutgers Gardens’ Hamilton Award Goes to Dennis Werner

NC State University plant breeder Dennis Werner is on a roll: In August, he won both judges' and people's awards at a large annual garden show in Oregon, and in late September, he picked up Rutgers Gardens' prestigious 2019 Hamilton Award. 

Scientist in a greenhouse with soybeans in a greenhouse

Aug 5, 2019

Routing Drought

USDA-ARS plant breeder and geneticist at NC State helps soybean farmers overcome drought as they push for higher yields. 

man squatting in strawberry research plot, holding a large strawberry

May 1, 2019

Ready for New Strawberry Choices? Meet ‘Liz’ And ‘Rocco’

NC State’s strawberry breeding team is developing new varieties suited for our state’s climate and growing conditions. One is named for CALS alumnus and long-time research specialist Rocco Schiavone.