The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service has launched a strategic visioning and planning initiative to evaluate the organization’s business model, adapt accordingly to the current economic environment and devise a strategy going forward.
Pam Martin’s organic vegetable farm is her livelihood. But a respiratory disease and diabetes make it difficult for the Macon County farmer to work for longer than 15 minutes at a time. One of her biggest struggles? Dragging a hose 50 to 100 yards from her house to water the garden and nourish her chickens and horses. Enter the North Carolina AgrAbility Partnership.
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that North Carolinians aren’t eating enough fruits or vegetables, but a growing number of farmers markets and other projects, some led by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and North Carolina Cooperative Extension, give us a chance to reverse the pattern.
Two long-time College of Agriculture and Life Sciences administrators have been named to new positions. Dr. Marshall Stewart has been named special assistant to the dean and director of college strategy and leadership effective Jan. 1. Dr. Harry Daniels’s appointment as head of the newly created CALS Department of Applied Ecology was effective Nov. 1.
Should we celebrate of condemn the Federal Reserve? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden discusses the often controversial federal agency.
The North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission has awarded $180,000 to the North Carolina FFA Foundation to improve high school agricultural education programs throughout the state.
Extension’s State Advisory Council toured two sites in Boone, following its fall meeting there in November 2013. SAC members toured a constructed that Extension had been involved in creating. They also toured a choose-and-cut Christmas tree farm in Foscoe, near Boone.
As the holidays approach, Franklin County farmer Robert Elliott sends his thanks, in the form of an audio slideshow, to Cooperative Extension and agricultural agent Martha Mobley, this year’s winner of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association’s Educator of the Year Award.
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences lost a longtime communications leader and advocate Saturday, when Woody Upchurch, retired, died from cancer. Upchurch was known for his outstanding writing and photography, rapport with news media, commitment to team work and ability to connect with farmers.
People who travel across the United States may notice that some of our cities are vibrant and growing, but also costly, while others are shrinking and struggling, yet very inexpensive. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden discusses new research into those differences.
- Economist: Developing N.C. energy resources promises benefits and costs (WRALTechWire)
- Growers should like two new high oleic peanut varieties (Southeast Farm Press)
- Holiday food safety (WRAZ-TV)
- NCSU study to focus on redhorse, Pee Dee River (Stanly News & Press)
- Weed seed contamination could cripple U.S. tobacco exports (Southeast Farm Press)
- Wine: Drinking in the mother vine (Washington Post)