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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.

YOU DECIDE: What’s the best way to count jobs?

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

N.C. State University economist Dr. Mike Walden explains the different surveys measuring employment rates.

Prestage family donates 200 turkeys as part of N.C. State fundraising challenge

Four of the 200 turkeys donated by the Prestage family to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina as part of the N.C. State Recent Grad Holiday Turkey Challenge are ready to be unloaded.

The second annual “Recent Grad Holiday Turkey Challenge,” a fundraising campaign led by the North Carolina State University Annual Giving Program, brought in $28,056 for the university, as well as 200 turkeys for those in need.

N.C. Cooperative Extension Service makes progress with reorganization

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The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service has wrapped up a series of 14 public listening sessions and is moving forward on schedule with its system-wide reorganization effort in 2014. Nearly 2,000 employees, volunteers, elected officials, agricultural producers and others participated in listening sessions in November and December. A new plan for Extension is expected by spring.

YOU DECIDE: Up, down or sideways — what direction for the economy in 2014?

North Carolina economy 2014

N.C. State University economist Mike Walden looks into his economic crystal ball to tell us what to expect in 2014.

CALS donors and retirees celebrated at December reception

William D. Toussaint Agricultural and Resource Economics Scholar Evan Chappell (right) of Candor sits with scholarship donor Eunice Toussaint at the Dec. 8 reception.

The Retiree and Donor Appreciation Event, celebrating the contributions of donors and retirees to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, this year included an opportunity for the guests of honor to participate in a special Cooperative Extension Visioning Initiative.

YOU DECIDE: Should we revive apprenticeships?

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

N.C. State University economist Mike Walden discusses apprentice programs, which many experts think can play in important role in today’s labor market.

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