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Prestage Department of Poultry Science

two white broad-breasted turkeys on grass

Nov 29, 2022

Talk Turkey with Chocolate, the 2022 National Turkey

Chocolate, the National Thanksgiving Turkey, reminisces about the whirlwind week he and his brother, Chip, had before coming home to NC State. 

a roast turkey rests on a kitchen counter

Nov 15, 2022

Holiday Comfort Foods Made in North Carolina

As you glance around your holiday table, you may find it comforting to know that many of the traditional Thanksgiving foods were likely grown or raised in North Carolina. 

two white broad-breasted turkeys on grass

Nov 15, 2022

NC State Selected as Home for 2022 National Thanksgiving Turkeys

NC State CALS will be home to the official National Thanksgiving Turkey and its alternate following the annual National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation at the White House on Nov. 21. 

Caitlin Boon at the CALS Alumni Awards

Oct 28, 2022

Food Safety a ‘Labor of Love’ for CALS Alumna

Improving our food system is a priority for College of Agriculture and Life Sciences alumna Caitlin Boon. A former employee with the Food and Drug Administration, Boon is now ready to tackle new challenges as she continues to keep our food safe and healthy. 

Bill Prestage with his wife and three sons

Oct 13, 2022

Devoted CALS Philanthropist William Prestage Passes Away

William “Bill” Prestage, the patriarch and founder of Prestage Farms, passed away on Oct. 10. Not only was he a pioneer in the turkey and swine processing industry, he was a dear friend and devout philanthropist to the Prestage Department of Poultry Science and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. 

people of many races walk along a crowded street. some of them are wearing masks.

Sep 22, 2022

Why Are We Seeing So Many Public Health Challenges? And What Can We Do About It?

From polio to scarlet fever, the world is seeing an increase in public health challenges. Why? 

Aug 11, 2022

Should I Be Worried About Monkeypox? And What Exactly is Monkeypox Anyway?

How contagious is monkeypox? How dangerous is it? Experts answer your questions. 

Peter Ferket

Jun 20, 2022

Ferket Named Interim Department Head of Poultry Science

William Neal Reynolds professor Peter Ferket has been tapped to temporarily lead the Prestage Department of Poultry Science. 

Pat Curtis

May 20, 2022

Poultry Science’s Curtis Praised for Transformative Leadership

After more than 30 years working in higher education, 15 of those years at North Carolina State University, Patricia Curtis, department head for the Prestage Department of Poultry Science, is retiring beginning July 1. 

a man outside of a barn

Apr 25, 2022

Meet the Man Who Makes Feed for Howling Cow’s Dairy Cows

Sam Brown, a 2008 alumnus of the Prestage Department of Poultry Science, is now the supervisor of research operations at the Feed Mill Education Unit.