Archive for the ‘Media Releases’ Category

New arboretum director named

Mark Weathington

Mark Weathington, a horticulturist with more than two decades of experience, has been named director of the acclaimed JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University.

Changing nighttime temperatures present new crop production challenge

Rice field

As nighttime temperatures rise faster than daytime temperatures, agricultural production faces a new challenge being explored by NC State University’s Dr. Colleen Doherty. Doherty, an assistant professor of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry, studies how plants perceive and respond to changing temperatures and other stressors that keep them from attaining optimal yields.

You Decide: What’s happening to the middle class?

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

Mike Walden discusses why saving, protecting and even expanding the middle class may be the issue of the century.

Warmer temps limit parasites’ impact, boost pest populations

Metaphycus wasp

Climate change is expected to disrupt ecosystems by changing insects’ and other organisms’ life cycles in unpredictable ways -– and scientists are getting a preview of these changes in cities. NC State University research shows that some insect pests are thriving in warm, urban environments and developing earlier, limiting the impact of parasitoid wasps that normally help keep those pest populations in check.

Jonesville farmer elected chair of the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board

Zach Myers

Zach Myers is the co-owner of Myers Dairy Inc., a commercial dairy farming operation that milks more than 900 cows daily.

USDA NIFA’s Sonny Ramaswamy to speak at NC State

Sonny Ramaswamy

Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture will speak Nov. 20 at North Carolina State University on the future of agriculture and meeting the needs of a growing world population.

You Decide: How are farming and manufacturing alike?

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

Today’s farm and factory are quite different from their predecessors. Mike Walden analyzes the economic significance of current production trends in manufacturing and farming.

CEFS receives $2.5 million in new grants

Cows

Researchers at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems have received three grants totaling more than $2.5 million since July to support research and education at the center’s 2,000-acre research farm in Goldsboro and on farms across the state.

New name announced: CALS Business Operations

three standing under new name

It’s a new day and a new name for the business arm of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Last week, the new name for CALS Business Operations was announced to employees. The Business Operations staff was actively involved in selecting the new name, first suggesting names for the organization and then voting on the top three name choices.

You Decide: What industries will lead growth?

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

Many forward thinkers believe we are on the cusp of another transformation in the economy. Mike Walden considers the possible areas of future economic growth that could take North Carolina along for the ride.

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