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NIFA chief delivers wide-sweeping seminar on challenges facing 21st century agriculture

Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy spoke at a agbiotechnology summit before deliving a Cooperative Extension seminar at NC State University.

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.

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

Frank Jeter pioneered communications efforts at NC State, editing publications, writing newspaper and magazine articles and frequently hosting and speaking on radio news programs.

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.

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.

N.C. Cooperative Extension Service announces strategic plan

The N.C. Cooperative Extension Service held a listening session for its employees and others during the State Extension Conference in Raleigh Nov. 6, 2013.

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.

JCEP recognizes N.C. Cooperative Extension Facilitation Team

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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.

N.C. Cooperative Extension celebrates 100th birthday

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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.

Cooperative Extension’s history featured on UNC-TV

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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.

N.C. Cooperative Extension shines in JOE

A number of North Carolina Cooperative Extension professionals authored articles that appear in the February 2014 issue of the Journal of Extension.

Extension Centennial Celebrations to be held in May

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Mark your calendars now to join N.C. Cooperative Extension for two centennial celebrations May 19 and 20. Extension employees, as well as county stakeholders and partners are invited to attend.

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