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Partnering for Progress

Farmers looking for new income sources - from melons to medicinal herbs - are finding help from Dr. Jeanine Davis, horticulture Extension specialist and coordinator of the N.C. Specialty Crops Program. The program is a partnership between N.C. State University, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and growers. It helps identify high-value crops that grow well here, teaches farmers how to grow them and develops new markets.

Discovering Intestinal Fortitude

According to Dr. Todd Klaenhammer, Department of Food Science,the probiotic cultures often found in yogurt, milk and cheese hold undiscovered benefits to our intestinal health. From his team's genomic research,we hope to learn which genes are turned on by cultures like acidophilus, when in milk, and how they might strengthen our immune systems. Klaenhammer was elected to the National Academy of Sciences for work in the genetics of lactic acid bacteria found in dairy foods.

Teaching Over the Airwaves

Among students at N.C. State University, Dr. Bryce Lane of the Depart-ment of Horticultural Science has been a favorite instructor, earning numerous awards for teaching. Last year, Lane brought his lessons to a larger classroom as host of UNC-TV's "In the Garden With Bryce Lane." The half-hour program brings knowledge directly to home gardeners, who can take Lane's course for credit through the university's Distance Education program.

Delivering Timely Information

When North Carolinians struggle with natural disasters - floods, hurricanes, drought or ice storms - they turn to North Carolina Cooperative Extension for help. Extension agents like Suzzette Goldmon of Durham County provide information on disaster preparation and recovery. After a severe ice storm, she reached out through local news media and Web sites to help Piedmont residents prepare food safely without power.