Archive for the ‘Extension News’ Category

Zublena, Cooperative Extension Service director, retires July 1

Dr. Joe Zublena describes himself as a "product of Extension."

Dr. Joseph P. Zublena, director of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service and associate dean for NC State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, is retiring effective July 1.

New website links new and transitioning growers to farm schools 

Neil Shore shows Piedmont Farm School participants his winegrape vineyards.

Beginning farmers and growers considering new enterprises now have a new place to start: the NC Farm School website.

Officials break ground for new 4-H camp building

Artists Rendition

An unconventional indoor groundbreaking ceremony Feb. 13 marked the start of construction for a camp auditorium and learning center that an NC State University official said would be the crowning jewel of Millstone 4-H Camp, in North Carolina’s Sandhills region.

Retired Extension administrator, long-time agricultural advocate dies at 84

Studio Portrait of Dr. Paul Dew

Dr. Paul Dew, retired North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension administrator and a leader in the state’s agricultural community for four decades, passed away Feb. 10. A memorial service is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, in Raleigh. Dew worked for the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service for 32 years, serving at all levels, from agricultural agent to interim director.

Extension’s facilitation team adds value to communities

Lori Ivey

Fa.cil.i.tate: to make easy or easier. Thanks to the efforts of N.C. Cooperative Extension’s facilitation team, planning, implementing and collaborating have become easier for groups and counties across the state.

Publication provides overview of biomass fuels for heating in NC

Forage chopping cotton stalks

Both agricultural and forestry biomass can provide adequate sources of renewable fuels for a wide array of heating applications in North Carolina, according to a new publication from the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service at NC State University.

Garden ready!

Betty Moseley

Looking forward to the 2015 gardening season? Check out the NC State University Department of Horticultural Science’s latest newsletter. It’s packed with Cooperative Extension stories on topics such as January garden chores, soil sampling, selecting vegetable varieties and producing tree fruit: http://horticulture.wordpress.ncsu.edu/2015/01/

Edible flowers: New guide for choosing and using flowers in food

Redbud salad

Today there is a renewed interest in edible flowers for their taste, color and fragrance. But not all flowers are edible. For guidance on how to select, grow, harvest and preserve flowers for food use, check out this new North Carolina Cooperative Extension online publication, Choosing and Using Edible Flowers (PDF).

Currituck wins national honor for green initiative

A stormwater pond constructed as part of the Currituck Goes Green initative

Currituck County has won a national award for its efforts to maintain healthy coastal and ocean resources through a green initiative spearheaded in part by North Carolina Cooperative Extension.

Collins, Edmisten win national cotton awards

Guy Collins (left) and Keith Edmisten

NC State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences faculty members won two of the top awards given last week at the national Beltwide Cotton Conferences in San Antonio, Texas.

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