Research Events

Field Days

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University sponsors field days on agricultural commodities ranging from apples and cotton to tomatoes, turf and sweet potatoes. We will list field day information as it becomes available throughout the year. Information is tentative and subject to change.

Please Note: If you wish to participate in a field day and have a disability or desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate, please contact 919.515.2717 during business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at least two weeks before the event to request accommodations.

Field Day Date Location Information
Tree Fruit Pruning and Training Workshop Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, starting at 10 a.m. Central Crops Research Station,
13223 U.S. 70 Bus Hwy West,
Mike Parker,
Small Grain Field Day, Washington County Friday, Feb 10, 2017, starting at 8:30 a.m. Vernon James Center,
Tidewater Research Station,
Plymouth, NC
Angela Post,
Northeast Small Grain Field Day, Perquimans County Thursday, Feb 23, 2017, starting at 9:30 a.m.
White Hat Seed Co.,
102 White Hat Road,
Hertford, NC
Al Wood,
Small Grain Field Day, Robeson County Thursday, March 9, 2017, starting at 10 a.m. TBA
Bioenergy Research and Industry Day Thursday, March 23, 2017,
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Jim Martin Building,
NC State Fairgrounds,
Raleigh, NC
Allison Medlin,
Farm Animal Days March 29-31, 2017, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Beef Unit,
Lake Wheeler Road Field Lab,
4505 Mid Pines Road,
Raleigh, NC
Brent Jennings,
Wolfpack Roundup, Student Livestock Sale Saturday, April 8, 2017, starting at 11 a.m. Beef Unit,
Lake Wheeler Road Field Lab,
4505 Mid Pines Road,
Raleigh, NC
Gary Gregory,
Small Grain Field Day, Union County Wednesday, April 10, 2017, starting at 8 a.m. (Please note a change of date.) 7612 Haigler Gin Road,
Monroe, NC 28110
Angela Post, 919-515-5824
Malting Barley Field Day Friday, April 21, 2017, starting at 10 a.m. Umstead Research Farm,
650 Roberts Chapel Road,
Stem, NC
Gary Cross,
NC Angus Association Spring Fever Sale Saturday, May 6, 2017 Upper Piedmont Research Station,
1944 Wentworth Road,
Reidsville, NC
Joe French,
Farm Safety Day Thursday, May 11, 2017, from 8:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Register by calling 336-846-5850 Upper Mountain Research Station,
8004 NC Hwy 88 East,
Laurel Springs, NC
Ashe County Extension,
Small Grain Field Day, Rowan County Thursday, May 11, 2017, registration at 9 a.m. Piedmont Research Station,
8350 Sherrills Ford Road,
Salisbury, NC
Angela Post,
Western N.C. Malting Barley Field Day Wednesday, May 31, tentatively starting at 10 am Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center,
Mills River, NC
Angela Post, 919-515-5824



Sandhills Turfgrass Field Day and Conference Wednesday, June 14, 2017, starting at 8:15 a.m. Sandhills Research Station,
2148 Windblow Road,
Jackson Springs, NC
Susana Mila-Lewis,
NC A&T Small Farm Field Day Thursday, June 15, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Registration information coming soon.
NC A&T University Farm, 3136 McConnell Road, Greensboro, NC
Landscape Color and Professional Field Day Wednesday, June 28, 2017,
from 9 a.m. to 4:40 p.m.
Advanced registration encouraged.
JC Raulston Arboretum,
Raleigh, NC
Chris Glenn, 919-513-7005
Dairy Field Day Wednesday, July 12, 2017,
starting at 10 a.m.
Piedmont Research Station,
8350 Sherills Ford Road,
Salisbury, NC
Teresa Herman,
Mountain Research Station Field Day Tuesday, July 18, 2017,
registration at 1:30 and program starting at 2:30 p.m.
Mountain Research Station,
265 Test Farm Road,
Waynesville, NC
Kaleb Rathbone,
Organic Grain Crops Field Day Thursday, July 21, 2017, starting at 1 pm (note this is a change from the previously announced date of July 20) Upper Coastal Plain Research Station,
2811 Nobles Mill Pond Road,
Rocky Mount, NC
Molly Hamilton,
Northeast Ag Expo Thursday, July 27, 2017,
from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
R&R Farms,
106 Riddick Grove Road,
Belvidere, NC
Dylan Lilley,
Blackland Farm Managers Tour Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017 Green Valley Farms,
7014 NC 94
Columbia, NC
Rod Gurganus,
Apple Field Day Thursday Aug. 3, 2017 Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center,
Mills River, NC
Jeff Chandler,
Turfgrass Field Day Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017 Lake Wheeler Road Field Lab,
Raleigh, NC
Rick Brandenburg,
Tomato Field Day Thursday morning, Aug. 10, 2017 Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center,
Mills River, NC
Jeff Chandler,
Peanut Field Day Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 Peanut Belt Research Station,
112 Research Station Lane,
Lewiston-Woodville, NC
David Jordan, 919-515-4068
Southeast Peanut Field Day Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 Border Belt Research Station,
86 Border Belt Drive,
Whiteville, NC
David Jordan,
Beef Cattle Field Day Saturday, Oct 28, 2017, starting at 9 a.m. Upper Piedmont Research Station,
1944 Wentworth St.,
Reidsville, NC
Joe French,

Faculty Candidate Cluster Hire Seminars

Phylodynamic insights into the African HIV epidemic and the evolution of newly emerging pathogens

  • Candidate: David Rasmussen, candidate for the Global Food Security cluster
  • Date: Monday, April 24, 2017
  • Time: 10:00 am
  • Venue: Stephens Room, 3503 Thomas
  • Hosted by: Entomology and Plant Pathology and Bioinformatics Research Center


Phylodynamics combines epidemiological modeling with phylogenetic methods to track infectious disease dynamics. This approach has proven especially useful for studying emerging infectious diseases where sequence data is often the first and most abundant data available on these pathogens. At the same time, most phylodynamic methods assume that both host and pathogen populations are homogenous. I will discuss how relaxing these assumptions can greatly increase the applicability of phylodynamics to many of the most important human and agricultural pathogens. Using recent work on the African HIV epidemic as an example, I will show how considering human population structure and mobility can provide insights into the source of new infections and therefore aid prevention efforts. I will also present new work on how phylodynamic models can be extended to track fitness variation within pathogen populations and therefore non-neutral evolutionary dynamics. By recoupling phylogenetics with adaptive molecular evolution, these methods allow the fitness of different pathogen genotypes and mutations to be directly estimated from phylogenies. Most importantly for emerging pathogens, this approach can be extended to quantify the fitness effects of mutations in different host backgrounds – providing insights into the molecular mechanisms by which pathogens rapidly adapt to new host environments.