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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CEFS to hold 20-year anniversary events, Oct. 17-18

people at farm stand

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS), one of the nation’s foremost centers for research, extension and education in sustainable agriculture and local food systems, is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2014 with a SOILbration in Goldsboro on Oct. 17 and speakers and a reunion dinner in Raleigh Oct. 18.

T. Carlton Blalock, former CES director and National 4-H Hall of Fame laureate, has died

Dr. T. Carlton Blalock

An N.C. State alumnus, Blalock served as director of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Cooperative Extension Service and as North Carolina’s State 4-H Leader.

You Decide: Will they still come?

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

The “people magnet” that North Carolina has become is largely responsible for its rapid population and economic expansion. But will this growth continue?

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.

Economic Perspectives

Tradeoffs in where we live

The television program House Hunters on HGTV follows first-time homebuyers in their quest to find the perfect home. Host Mary Walden asks her husband NC State economist Mike Walden, “Besides being entertaining, are there some good economic lessons in this show?”

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