North Carolina is the nation’s top sweetpotato producer. The state’s growers produce 600 million pounds of sweetpotatoes annually, nearly half the sweetpotatoes produced in the U.S. In 2010, sweetpotatoes were worth more than $173 million to the state’s growers. Agricultural research and extension programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at N.C. State [...]
Corn has emerged in recent years as one of North Carolina’s more important crops. Twenty years ago, North Carolina grew around half a million acres of corn each year; today that number is around a million acres. While the value of the crop obviously varies with the market, corn is typically worth well over $300 [...]
Together, agricultural research and extension programs spark economic activity and create jobs, making North Carolina agriculture and the state’s rural communities more prosperous.
CALS has long provided that grounding for those who wish to pursue post-graduate education for careers in human medicine, nursing, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy or physical therapy.
In addition to our work related to health, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences also has varied research and extension programs designed to improve people’s well-being in North Carolina and beyond. Because agriculture is one of the most dangerous occupations, we have a longstanding agromedicine partnership with East Carolina University. We also have specialists [...]
When it comes to the future of health care in North Carolina, nothing matters more than preparing the people who will lead the way. CALS’ efforts touch people even before they get to college: Our 4-H youth development program introduces children of all ages to the fourth H — health — through projects, workshops and [...]
Plants can serve as a source not only of nutrients but also of compounds that protect and enhance human health. These so-called secondary compounds — phytochemicals that aren’t directly involved in a plant’s normal growth, development or reproduction — help the plants protect and defend themselves and attract pollinators. When eaten, they can yield health [...]
North Carolina Cooperative Extension is the go-to source for educational programs helping people make good choices about nutrition and physical activity. Our extension educators reach all ages, from preschoolers to seniors, in all 100 North Carolina counties. Their local foods initiatives help connect consumers who need fruits, vegetables and other foods with local farmers who [...]
An estimated 76 million cases of foodborne disease occur each year in the United States, and while most are mild, 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths occur. At N.C. State, our researchers and extension educators work from farm to fork to reduce risk. Our programs reach the public, food servers, food preparers, food processors and farmers. [...]
CALS is North Carolina’s leading provider of knowledge, education and technology related to food and nutrition. Our scientists breed crops for greater nutrition and create healthier food products such as sweet acidophilus milk and lower-fat cheeses. They also lead the way when it comes to research giving us a better understanding of human nutritional needs [...]