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BRIDGE Symposium participants standing at the front of a room

Mar 4, 2024

Bridging Disciplines, Generating Solutions

Demonstrating the power of interdisciplinary collaboration, nine pairs of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from 12 NC State University departments recently presented their strategies for bringing different fields together for research… 

Large group standing outside a building.

Feb 19, 2024

Organizations Forge Communications Collaboration To Help Soybean Farmers

Collaboration and coordination were key themes of a recent meeting that brought together Extension faculty members from land-grant universities across the United States with representatives of state and national soybean… 


Feb 8, 2024

Leaders Named to N.C. PSI Commercialization Council

A commercialization advisory council is helping take the North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative to the next level when it comes to achieving the initiative’s vision of creating a healthier, sustainable… 

open area with desks and laboratory in the background

Feb 7, 2024

Incubator to Launch April 11

The North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative at NC State University will launch its startup company incubator in the Plant Sciences Building on Centennial Campus on Thursday April 11, 2024. The incubator,… 

Eli Hornstein in science lab in front of a computer.

Feb 7, 2024

Helping Startups Start Strong

The N.C. Plant Sciences Initiative’s Startup Program provides expertise and resources to help emerging companies bring problem-solving agricultural technologies and services to the marketplace. 

A blue heron waits for lunch in the marshland area next to Lake Raleigh on Centennial campus.

Feb 2, 2024

New Publication Provides PFAS Answers

PFAS chemicals, sometimes referred to as “forever chemicals,” have been a big topic in North Carolina and the rest of the country in recent years, and often, it seems, there are… 

Group standing in a field with machinery behind them.

Feb 2, 2024

Checking Out the Bench Bots

As part of their work to beta test technologies to accelerate their adoption on farms across the state, the North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative Agent Network got the chance to check out the Precision… 

Four researchers at a podium table.

Feb 2, 2024

Platform Directors Present at Commodity Conference

In the face of significant farmland loss in a fast-growing state, how will North Carolina agriculture and agribusiness continue to grow? Speaking at the 2024 North Carolina Commodity Conference in January,… 

Christmas tree in the Blue Room of the White House.

Dec 18, 2023

Extension Teams Up with NC Family to Grow White House Christmas Tree

The towering Fraser fir that heralds the holidays in the Blue Room of the White House this year is a prime example of what can happen when NC State’s Christmas Tree Extension Team partners with the growers. 

Craig Yencho and Mercy Kitavi work with sweet potato samples in a lab in Nairobi, Kenya.

Dec 12, 2023

A Patented Winner

The National Academy of Inventors named NC State University’s Craig Yencho a 2023 fellow for his contributions to improved sweetpotato and potato breeding and genetics, with an impact reaching from North Carolina to Sub-Saharan Africa.