We Grow Economies

Jun 4, 2018  |  NC State Economist

Corn Basis Determines Impact of Out-of-state Corn on Animal Ag Profits

In this NC State Economist, we discuss using corn basis to calculate changes in the transportation cost of importing corn into North Carolina, and take a look forward at possible steps to preserve the vitality of North Carolina’s animal agriculture industry – the largest segment of our $84 billion agricultural economy.

May 23, 2018

Golden LEAF Grant Bolsters Soldier to Agriculture Program

A recent $150,000 grant from Golden LEAF breathed new life into the Soldier to Agriculture Program, an intensive five-week course that is the first of its kind to provide agricultural training for transitioning veterans on a military base.

May 22, 2018

Extension Launches Master Food Volunteer Program

North Carolina Cooperative Extension is actively recruiting volunteers to the new Extension Master Food Volunteer (EMFV) program. Once trained, EMFVs will play a much-needed role in supporting family and consumer sciences (FCS) Extension agents as they work in the community to help influence healthy behaviors.

May 16, 2018

Graze in the Shade: Silvopasture’s Benefits

How can a grower be more productive per acre while improving grassland ecosystems? How do we increase production to feed a growing population while sustaining available resources? Could silvopasture help? NC State's Miguel Castillo is finding answers.

May 1, 2018

“The Future of Dairy Education”: CALS Celebrates New Museum, Education Center and Creamery

The new Randleigh Dairy Heritage Museum will give visitors the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in a dairy farm and learn about the importance of the dairy industry in North Carolina, the history of Jersey cows and more.

Apr 20, 2018

Taking Aim at Destructive Weeds

Palmer amaranth is one of the biggest production challenges farmers in the Southeast face. At NC State, scientists and graduate students are making progress toward lessening the weed’s impact in a range of crops. Here, we highlight the work of soon-to-graduate students Nicholas Basinger and Cole Smith.

Apr 13, 2018

Extension Announces 2018 N.C. AgVentures Grant Winners

North Carolina AgVentures cost-share grants strengthen agriculturally dependent families and communities by supporting farm operators who have innovative plans to diversify, expand, or implement new production, marketing or distribution strategies.

Apr 12, 2018

Real-World Problems, Meet Your Solutions: CALS’ New Entrepreneurship Series

Aspiring agribusiness entrepreneurs now have three new CALS courses focused on bringing ideas from concept to commercialization. A serial agribusiness developer wanted to know whether an oyster farm on a North Carolina island could be profitable. A local nursery sought […]

Apr 4, 2018

Straight from the Kitchen, Garden and Farm: Homegrown Educates, Connects North Carolinians

Homegrown, a new educational video series from NC State Extension, aims to reconnect people to the food, landscapes and agriculture of North Carolina.

Mar 26, 2018

Breeding Success

Charles and Marilyn Stuber create new distinguished professorship in plant breeding to make a top college program even better.