Dr. Mike Boyette (right) and BAE research engineer Justin Macialek have collaborated on the technologies to be used in the new sweet potato processing facility near Nashville.

Orange Gold

The ongoing efforts of College researchers soon will yield a huge financial harvest for sweet potato growers and processors: The ground has been broken for a future $20 million sweet potato processing facility in eastern North Carolina.

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A preschooler uses the assessment tool developed by Drs. Goodell and Carraway-Stage, to indicate her liking of particular fruits and vegetables.

Yucky or yummy? New method developed by N.C. State researchers gauges kids’ liking of fruits and vegetables

Drs. Suzie Goodell and Virginia Carraway-Stage developed an innovative pictorial method to assess preschoolers’ liking of familiar fruits and vegetables. The project was featured in the journal Appetite in April 2014. In the months following publication, it has garnered national and international attention.

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The N.C. Cooperative Extension Service held a listening session for its employees and others during the State Extension Conference in Raleigh Nov. 6, 2013.

N.C. Cooperative Extension Service announces strategic plan

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service at N.C. State University announced a strategic plan for restructuring the century-old organization by targeting its strengths, improving access to services across the state and refocusing resources to support its refined core areas. Dr. Joe Zublena, director of the Extension Service at N.C. State, presented the plan to Extension employees across the state via a webinar on August 12.

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Dr. John Dole (left), Bobby G. Wilder and Dr. David Monks cut the ribbon at the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center dedication, July 13.

Wilder Visitor Center dedicated, donors honored at midsummer JCRA event

Friends of JC Raulston Arboretum assembled July13 to honor those who have consistently supported the work of N.C. State University’s nationally renowned teaching and research garden. Specifically, they came to dedicate the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center and the Legacy Brick Circle Entrance. Wilder, a longtime benefactor of the JCRA, was honored for his many hours of volunteer service, years of financial commitment and generous planned gifts.

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Representatives of parties involved in the NC State 100,000 Strong grant

NC State wins one of Obama’s “100,000 Strong” innovation grants

North Carolina State University is one of nine universities from throughout the U.S., Canada and Latin America to win a “100,000 Strong in the Americas” innovation grant in the amount of $25,000, given by the U.S. Department of State; Partners of the Americas; and NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

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You Decide: What are the tradeoffs where we live?

Dr. Michael Walden is William Neal Reynolds professor of agricultural and resource economics at N.C. State University.

Economics, often called the science of choice, wouldn’t exist unless we were confronted with choices about how to use our limited resources.

Ancient history and science come to life as Jefferson Scholars explore Italy

Thomas Jefferson Scholars and their advisers visited the Colosseum in Rome as part of their week-long tour of Italy in May.

The Vatican, the Roman Colosseum, the Sistine chapel, the Roman Forum: These were among the wonders beheld this past May by group of Thomas Jefferson Scholars and their N.C. State University faculty advisers.

CALS students are winners at HOSA national conference

Crystal Cain (left) and Erin Beasley wear the medals they won in the Veterinary Science competition at the HOSA National Leadership Conference.

Erin Beasley and Crystal Cain were among medalists at the HOSA: Future Health Professionals National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla. Beasley won first place and Cain took second in the Veterinary Science competition at the week-long conference.

Zublena named “Friend of the Counties” by NC Association of County Commissioners

Dr. Joe Zublena, left, receives the "Friend of the Counties" award at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners.

Dr. Joe Zublena, director of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service at N.C. State University, recently received the Friend of the Counties Award from the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners.

JCEP recognizes N.C. Cooperative Extension Facilitation Team

People talking at a table.

The Joint Council of Extension Professionals (JCEP) has selected the N.C. Cooperative Extension Facilitation Team as one of two recipients for the JCEP Excellence in Teamwork Award and as a presenter for the 2015 JCEP Conference in Las Vegas.

Dalton Proctor, former State 4-H Leader, National 4-H Hall of Fame member, has died

Dr. Dalton R. Proctor

Active in 4-H from childhood, Proctor held several leadership positions in the organization, culminating in his tenure as State Program Leader from 1984 until his retirement in 1995.

Economic Perspectives

Too tight?

Some argue that one of the reasons for the relative slow economic recovery is that banks and other lenders still have very high standards that simply prohibit many from getting a loan. Since our economy revolves around credit, if borrowing is limited so will be economic improvement. Is this a valid issue? Host Mary Walden asks her husband, NC State Economist Dr. Mike Walden.

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