Sweetpotatoes

NC State receives grant to improve African sweet potatoes

North Carolina State University will receive $12.4 million over the next four years from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve a crop that is an important food staple in sub-Saharan Africa – the sweet potato.

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Bill Collins (left) and Windell Talley stand by the CALS Distinguished Alumni display.

Collins, Talley named 2014 CALS Distinguished Alumni

Also honored by CALS were Outstanding Alumni Award winners and recipients of the Young Alumni Award.

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Dunn family and CALS administrators at the endowment signing event

$2 million gift from Gail and Joe Dunn to N.C. State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences funds new student leadership program

The late Adolph Warren of Sampson County’s Midway community, who served as a high-school agriculture teacher in the county for 30 years, was a 1952 graduate of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University. Warren’s legacy is being honored through a $2 million gift to the college from his daughter and son-in-law, Gail and Joe Dunn of Raleigh, to establish the Adolph Warren Leadership Program Fund and Endowment.

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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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NC State named “green giant” for leading the way in sustainable energy

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Winds of Change, the journal of the American Indian Society for Engineering and Science, named NC State — and the college’s Dr. Heike Sederoff in particular — as a leader in academic programs focused on sustainable energy.

CALS Business Center Update for September

Greg and Andrew at white board

Throughout the summer, the Business Center Implementation Team and CALS Business employees have been hard at work, honing their skills and developing new processes for the new Business Center model.

NC State scientists crack mysteries of walnuts

Mary Grace

Walnuts are known to be a rich source of disease-fighting nutrients; they are often labeled a “superfood” and are key components of the Mediterranean diet. Yet as much as science has revealed about the health benefits of walnuts, their phytochemical makeup in large has remained a mystery to this point.

Safety counts: Become a Certified Safe Farm

Tim Britton, Ray Boswell and Dan Wells discuss farm health and safety

Sept. 21-27 is officially National Farm Safety & Health Week, but Certified Safe Farm offers North Carolina farmers in 18 counties the opportunity to learn ways to take steps every day toward on-farm safety and health.

Lee County corn maze honors Extension centennial

Corn maze from aerial view

Gross Farms in Lee County will join N.C. Cooperative Extension’s centennial celebration this fall. Guests to their agritourism operation make their way through a 15-acre corn maze cut in the shape of Extension’s centennial logo beginning Sept. 20.

CALS department has new name, focus

photo of child holding apple

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has announced that the Department of 4-H Youth Development and Family and Consumer Sciences has a new name: the Department of Youth, Family, and Community Sciences.

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