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You Decide: How important is innovation?

Dr. Michael Walden is William Neal Reynolds professor of agricultural and resource economics at N.C. State University.

Innovations are important to our personal well-being for two reasons. First, they allow us to do things we could never do before, like traveling faster, beating disease and illness, and talking to someone across the country or around the world. But perhaps more fundamentally, innovations allow us to do more with less.

$3 million gift to CALS from alumni couple will seed rural student access initiative at N.C. State University

Dr. Joe and Deborah Gordon (seated, front) sign the agreement creating the Gordon Family Farm-to-Philanthropy Program, Endowment and Challenge. Joining them are (from left) De Teague of CALS Advancement, CALS Dean Richard Linton, N.C. State Chancellor Randy Woodson and Dr. Sam Pardue, director of CALS Academic Programs.

The gift from Dr. Joseph K. and Deborah Kapp Gordon of Raleigh to the university’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will support a number of initiatives to better prepare rural North Carolinians for acceptance to – and then the rigors of – N.C. State.

You Decide: Is Inflation Measured Correctly?

Dr. Michael Walden is William Neal Reynolds professor of agricultural and resource economics at N.C. State University.

Extension Economist Mike Walden discusses the process and pitfalls of trying to calculate the nation’s inflation rate.

Raulston Blooms & Birds: a garden festival for all ages

JC Raulston Arboretum entry

Featuring the JC Raulston Arboretum’s annual plant sale, bird house competition displays, gardening demonstrations, children’s activities, local arts and crafts vendors, gourmet food trucks and more, the Raulston Blooms & Birds Garden Festival will be held Sat., April 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the JC Raulston Arboretum (JRCA).

You Decide: Why is unemployment still so high?

Dr. Michael Walden is William Neal Reynolds professor of agricultural and resource economics at N.C. State University.

Economist Mike Walden says there is good news and bad news about the North Carolina job market. More jobs have been created in recent years, but there are still thousands of North Carolinians who don’t have jobs and want to work.

Nominate faculty for Borlaug Award by March 7

Norman Borlaug

Award nominations are being accepted through March 7 for the Norman E. Borlaug Excellence in Service to Society and the Environment Award. This award, sponsored by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Natural Resources, is open to all tenure-track faculty of N.C. State University and is presented annually.

One size doesn’t fit all

A single global model can’t predict savanna tree density as well as continent-specific models, according to research published in Science this week. Photo of a South African savanna courtesy of Dr. William Hoffmann, a co-author of the study.

A general cross-continent model to predict the effects of climate change on savanna vegetation isn’t as effective as examining individual savannas by continent, according to research published in Science this week.

Savannas – grasslands dotted with trees – cover about 20 percent of the earth’s land and play a critical role in storing atmospheric carbon, says Dr. William Hoffmann, associate professor of plant and microbial biology at North Carolina State University and co-author of the study. “We wanted to find out what controls savanna vegetation – essentially the density of trees within the savanna – and whether we can use a single global model to predict what will happen to savannas if global temperatures rise,” Hoffmann said.

You Decide: Do unemployment benefits increase unemployment?

Dr. Michael Walden is William Neal Reynolds professor of agricultural and resource economics at N.C. State University.

Like most people, my grandparents struggled during the Great Depression of the 1930s. My maternal grandfather lost his life’s savings in a failed bank. Because he was a widower, his extended family wanted to take his children – including my mother – and raise them. He refused. My paternal grandfather constantly moved between part-time jobs, all the while trying to keep his small farm afloat.

Rocky Mount conference, Feb. 12, focuses on growing organic market

The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA), in partnership with North Carolina State University, will host the 5th annual Organic Commodities and Livestock Conference on Feb. 12. The one-day event will take place in Rocky Mount at Nash Community College’s Brown Auditorium Business & Industry Center.

Lindbo honored for mentoring Wake County Envirothon teams

2013 Envirothon Mentor of the Year David Lindbo (left) is congratulated by Wake District Supervisor Marshall Harvey.

Dr. David L. Lindbo, professor and Extension specialist in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Department of Soil Science, was named 2013 Envirothon Mentor of the Year by the Wake Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors.

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