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.
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.
Calling a booming world population “the mother of all wicked problems,” National Institute of Food and Agriculture Director Sonny Ramaswamy called upon an NC State University audience to press forward in their attempts to deliver on the promise of biophysical and social sciences in ensuring food security for a population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050.
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.
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.
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.
The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service at N.C. State University announced a strategic plan for restructuring the century-old organization by targeting its strengths, improving access to services across the state and refocusing resources to support its refined core areas.
The Joint Council of Extension Professionals (JCEP) has selected the N.C. Cooperative Extension Facilitation Team as one of two recipients for the JCEP Excellence in Teamwork Award and as a presenter for the 2015 JCEP Conference in Las Vegas.
Friends and employees of North Carolina Cooperative Extension came to Raleigh May 19-20 to celebrate Extension’s centennial with a barbecue dinner, legislative advocacy and the signing of a proclamation declaring May 20 as N.C. Cooperative Extension Day. More than 1,000 people were on hand Monday evening at the N.C. State Fairgrounds Expo Center for dinner and a program celebrating Extension’s past, present and future. This month marks 100 years since the signing of the Smith-Lever Act that created Extension programs across the country.
UNC-TV’s North Carolina NOW has aired the first in a series of stories about the history and programs of N.C. Cooperative Extension’s centennial.