Archive for the ‘Agriculture and Food’ Category

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.

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.

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).

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.

ESP tours environmental farming center during annual meeting

Group at the farm

Cows, calves and hoop houses were among the attractions at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, as North Carolina’s Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi toured the center last month. The tour was part of ESP Xi Chapter’s annual meeting, held over lunch at the extension center in nearby Johnston County.

Steward of the Future: David Tarpy

David Tarpy

“If it weren’t for honeybees and other pollinators, we wouldn’t have about a third of everything that we eat,” explains Dr. David Tarpy, a North Carolina State University entomologist. In this video, he explains his research on the genomics of honeybee queen development and their reproductive potential. It’s research with important implications for the future of food production.

Something resistant this way comes: an insect mystery

Fall armyworm on a corn leaf.

In fall 2013, Dr. Dominic Reisig got a phone call from a farmer in rural Hyde County. The farmer was growing corn, and it was literally falling apart in the field. What was going on? Reisig, an entomologist at NC State University, is a sort of science detective who specializes in insects that pose a threat to crops. And the farmer had presented him with a mystery.

Albertson named Agent of the Year

four people with award

Amy-Lynn Albertson has been named North Carolina Extension Agent of the Year by Carolina Farm Stewardship. The award was announced at the 2014 Sustainable Agriculture Conference held Nov. 10-12 in Greenville, S.C.

First county Extension agent hired 107 years ago

A highway marker notes the first demonstration supervised by North Carolina's first county Extension agent.

While North Carolina Cooperative Extension has been celebrating its official centennial with its national peers throughout 2014, the state agency’s roots go deeper than that. Its first county Extension agent was hired 107 years ago this week.

UNC-NC State partnership to focus on obesity prevention

Apples

The obesity prevention research expertise at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and the program expertise and community knowledge at NC State will drive the $856,250 project to build collaborative relationships between state and county teams in 13 southern states and two territories.

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