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BAE head Robert Evans named to the International Drainage Hall of Fame

Dr. Robert Evans of the NC State Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering receives the International Drainage Hall of Fame Award

Dr. Robert Evans, head of the college’s Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, recently was named to the International Drainage Hall of Fame.

Raulston Arboretum’s “Gala in the Garden” to celebrate North Carolina

Guests enjoying the Raulston Arboretum'sGala in the Garden

Delectable food, musical entertainment and a silent auction featuring unusual plants and an eclectic array of gift items will be showcased at the annual Gala in the Garden at the JC Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University. The public event will take place May 4 from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Second annual Wolfpack Roundup auction exceeds success of inaugural year

CALS student Keith Kornegay shows one of the horses up for sale at the Wolfpack Roundup livestock auction, April 12.

The livestock merchandising class gives students the opportunity to learn about and handle livestock and gain hands-on experience planning for, promoting and conducting a livestock auction.

New NC State app helps sports turf managers

screenshot of NCSU sports turf app

With outdoor sports like baseball and soccer cranking up – and football on the not-so-distant horizon – the North Carolina State University Turfgrass Program has launched a new app to help the folks who maintain those athletic fields.

N.C. State University leads research into kudzu bug host preferences

Kudzu bugs on a plant.

N.C. State University Extension Specialist Dominic Reisig wants to find a way to keep growers with kudzu bug problems out of the “spray continuum.” So he and his colleagues from South Carolina and Georgia will use a $168,644 U.S. Department of Agriculture Southern Regional IPM grant to find out why kudzu bugs leave their home in kudzu patches to move to soybean fields.

Strawberry fields forever

Strawberry in field

North Carolina is the nation’s No. 3 strawberry producer, but many of the state’s berries grow on small plots lacking the acreage to carry out sustainable growing practices like crop rotation. That, combined with constant concerns about soil pathogens and reliance on chemicals to rid plants of ubiquitous pests like spider mites, puts immense pressure on these farms’ long-term health.

Almanac Gardener begins 31st season

Almanac Gardener, a weekly horticulture program of UNC-TV, began its 31st season on April 5. The weekly show features long-time host Mike Gray and N.C. Cooperative Extension horticulture agents sharing information and tips for home gardeners.

Farm to Fork Picnic tickets now on sale

chef preparing plates

Tickets are now on sale for the annual Farm to Fork Picnic, June 8, 4-7 p.m., at the Breeze Farm in Orange County. The picnic, which pairs some of the area’s best chefs with local farmers, has been called the “the best country’s best all you can eat feast” by Bon Appetit magazine.

Study shows blueberries reduce risk of Parkinson’s

Lila holds juice and blueberries.

A recent study has shown that consumption of blueberries, long considered a “super food,” may protect human brain performance and reduce the risk of contracting Parkinson’s disease. In the United States, it is estimated that one million people suffer from Parkinson’s, which is the 14th leading cause of death in the country, according to the National Parkinson Foundation.

Partnerships between CALS and commodity groups celebrated at ‘essential check-in’ meeting

Dr. John Dole (left), head of the CALS Department of Horticultural Science, and Dr. Tom Monaco, CALS Commodity Relations director, get together with Jim Saylor, president of the N.C. Apple Growers Association, at the March 11 meeting.

Leaders representing 50 of the state’s commodity groups and agriculturally related organizations were in attendance March 11 at a meeting hosted by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. One of the main objectives for the meeting was to strengthen relationships and identify collaborative ways to meet the needs of the state, nation and world.

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