Archive for the ‘Extension News’ Category

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.

Jeter’s home run: First outreach communications at NC State

Frank Jeter and others on NBC radio

By the time North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s first agricultural editor Frank Jeter died in 1955, his name was a household word, reflecting his success over four decades in helping people convert new knowledge into more productive farming and happier rural living. The NC State College of Agriculture and Life Science’s communications team celebrated Frank Jeter’s legacy this week, marking 100 years since his hiring in November 1914.

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.

Yoder named to lead 4-H, FCS programs

Portrait of Yoder

Dr. Mike Yoder, Extension assistant professor of animal science and coordinator of Extension disaster programs, has accepted the position of associate Extension director and state program leader for 4-H and family and consumer sciences, effective Dec.1.

Lee County corn maze honors Extension centennial

Corn maze from aerial view

Gross Farms in Lee County has joined N.C. Cooperative Extension’s centennial celebration this fall. Guests to their agritourism operation can make their way through a 15-acre corn maze cut in the shape of Extension’s centennial logo.

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.

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.

Zublena named “Friend of the Counties” by NC Association of County Commissioners

Dr. Joe Zublena, left, receives the "Friend of the Counties" award at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners.

Dr. Joe Zublena, director of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service at N.C. State University, recently received the Friend of the Counties Award from the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners.

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