A general cross-continent model to predict the effects of climate change on savanna vegetation isn’t as effective as examining individual savannas by continent, according to research published in Science this week.
Savannas – grasslands dotted with trees – cover about 20 percent of the earth’s land and play a critical role in storing atmospheric carbon, says Dr. William Hoffmann, associate professor of plant and microbial biology at North Carolina State University and co-author of the study. “We wanted to find out what controls savanna vegetation – essentially the density of trees within the savanna – and whether we can use a single global model to predict what will happen to savannas if global temperatures rise,” Hoffmann said.
Throughout 2014 as North Carolina Cooperative Extension celebrates its 100th birthday, watch for news and learn more about the organization through Extension’s centennial website: ncce100years.ces.ncsu.edu.
N.C. State University economist Mike Walden looks into his economic crystal ball to tell us what to expect in 2014.
$3 million gift to CALS from alumni couple will seed rural student access initiative at N.C. State University
The gift from Dr. Joseph K. and Deborah Kapp Gordon of Raleigh to the university’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will support a number of initiatives to better prepare rural North Carolinians for acceptance to – and then the rigors of – N.C. State.
Extension Economist Mike Walden discusses the process and pitfalls of trying to calculate the nation’s inflation rate.
Featuring the JC Raulston Arboretum’s annual plant sale, bird house competition displays, gardening demonstrations, children’s activities, local arts and crafts vendors, gourmet food trucks and more, the Raulston Blooms & Birds Garden Festival will be held Sat., April 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the JC Raulston Arboretum (JRCA).
A number of North Carolina Cooperative Extension professionals authored articles that appear in the February, 2014 issue of the Journal of Extension.
Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI) is offering a series of webinars on farm advocacy for family farmers beginning March 11. The first webinar, Farm Advocacy 101, will be held on March 11, at 3:00 – 3:45 pm EST.
Mark your calendars now to join N.C. Cooperative Extension for two centennial celebrations May 19 and 20. Extension employees, as well as county stakeholders and partners are invited to attend.
The traditional recommendation for the investment of a retiree’s money was to move away from riskier investments and focus on “save assets” to preserve their nest egg, says host Mary Walden. “But now I understand some financial experts say this might not be the best approach. What are they saying?” she asks her husband, N.C. State University economist Mike Walden.
- Ammonia pollution from farming may exact hefty health costs (Science Magazine)
- Bedbugs love a crowd, study finds (Health Day)
- Improving economy could mean slightly higher interest rates in 2014 (Fayetteville Observer)
- North Carolina Extension moving forward with reorganization (Southeast Farm Press)
- North Carolina: A laboratory for trickle-down economics (Huffington Post)