Archive for the ‘Extension News’ Category

Beef tour attracts large crowd to Franklin County

Farmers look at test plots

More than 110 people came out to a Cooperative Extension beef tour that’s become a summer tradition in the North Carolina’s Piedmont. Held in southern Franklin County this year, the Five-County Beef Tour took visitors to farms representing the diversified nature of North Carolina cattle operations.

4-H’ers focus on civic engagement

Group shot of participants

For North Carolina’s state 4-H president Oshė Pittman, 4-H Citizenship North Carolina Focus has become an important stop on his journey toward becoming a judge. “I’ve always had a big voice, but this event has helped me further develop my leadership skills and helped me gain skills as a follower as well,” Pittman explained, “because it’s important to be a team player if you want to get things done.” And getting things done was what the three-day event was all about.

Entomologists combat fruit-damaging fly

Spotted-wing vinegar fly on raspberry.

From the first swelling of fruit in a blueberry field to the moment a consumer savors the finished product, the quality of that berry should remain high. North Carolina’s $66 million blueberry industry is determined to keep it that way, and farmers spent an extra $36-54 per acre on pesticides alone in 2012. An emerging threat to the state’s $104.6 million small fruit industry, including raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries, is a tiny fly from Asia known as spotted wing drosophila. NC State University’s Dr. Hannah J. Burrack spoke about her research on SWD detection and management in a recent webinar hosted by Marron Bio Innovations.

Funding supports digitization of transformative Extension documents

Men in a farm field, with Extension agent using a hoe.

The North Carolina State University Libraries has been awarded a $98,997 grant to support the digitization project “Better Living in North Carolina: Bringing Science and Technology to the People,” a collaboration with North Carolina A&T State University’s F. D. Bluford Library.

Extension Master Gardeners blaze virtual trail with radio show

Host Harold Johnson behind the microphone.

The first radio show in the nation to be produced solely by Cooperative Extension Master Gardener volunteers celebrates its one-year anniversary this month. The show, also available online, is produced by Durham County Master Gardeners.

State Advisory Council honors Zublena

Dr. Joe Zublena

There were gifts signifying agriculture and North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s influence across the state: bottles of wine and honey, jams and jellies, pickles and candies, a beautifully handmade Cherokee basket and more, all given by members of Extension’s State Advisory Council (SAC) in recognition of retiring state Extension director Dr. Joe Zublena’s service and dedication.

$2 million grant will allow 4-H to support more Hispanic youth

Youth holding trophy

National 4-H Council has received a three-year, $2 million grant from the New York Life Foundation to empower more Hispanic youth to succeed in high school, graduate on time and pursue a college education. The funds will support the successful Juntos 4-H program developed by N.C. Cooperative Extension.

Burke accepts position as interim director

Travis Burke

Dr. Travis Burke has been named as interim associate dean of NC State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and director of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service beginning July 1.

Study finds guidance improves food safety practices at school, community gardens

Community produce garden

People managing and working in school and community gardens are often unfamiliar with food safety practices that reduce the risk of foodborne illness. Now researchers have developed guidelines that address how to limit risk in these gardens – and a pilot study shows that the guidelines make a difference.

Industry advances sweet potato research and extension

Covington endowment signing

NC State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ research and extension work on sweet potatoes got a big boost April 15, as leaders in the sweet potato industry and associated endeavors gathered to celebrate reaching their $1.3 million goal for the Henry M. Covington Endowment.

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