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Faculty members attend Let’s Move event at White House

Sarah and Annie

Dr. Sarah Bowen and Dr. Annie Hardison-Moody of N.C. State University, partners in a project to identify the root causes of youth obesity, recently attended a Let’s Move Faith and Communities event at the White House to hear First Lady Michelle Obama speak.

Keeping beaches safe from runoff pollutants

The N.C. State engineers designed and built two hidden dune filtration systems in Kure Beach.

When it rains, untreated stormwater can sweep pollutants into coastal waters, potentially endangering public health. Now researchers and Cooperative Extension engineers from N.C. State University have developed low-cost filtration systems that are concealed beneath sand dunes and filter out most of the bacteria that can lead to beach closures.

Study sheds light on invasive fruit pest

Spotted-wing vinegar fly on raspberry.

Humans aren’t the only species with a sweet tooth. N.C. State University researchers and Extension specialists have found that the invasive spotted-wing vinegar fly (Drosophila suzukii) also prefers sweet, soft fruit. Their study sheds new light on a species that has spread across the United States over the past four years and threatens to cause hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to U.S. fruit crops.

Extension Administration connects with employees live online

N.C. Cooperative Extension administrators embarked on a new strategy to communicate directly with all Extension employees twice each year. On Monday, March 11, they held the first Extension-wide webinar on N.C. State University’s Blackboard Collaborate system, and the meeting recording is now available for employees who were not able to attend.

Pilot program focuses on food safety in cantaloupes

Cantaloupes at a packing plant

Fresh produce safety is the focus of a pilot cantaloupe program being offered by North Carolina Cooperative Extension and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

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