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Food Science team places in top three at national competition

Food Science graduate students (from left to right) Erin McMutrie, Clare Svendsen and Kyle McLean placed in the top three teams in the National Dairy Council New Product Competition for their product, "Shake and Go Kefir."

A team of graduate students from the NC State Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences has been selected as one of the top three teams in the National Dairy Council New Product Competition for their product, “Shake and Go Kefir.”

Pack Pullers place high in international competition

Team members with the Alpha Wolf tractor

They called it the Alpha Wolf, and rightfully so: Out of all the NC State University Pack Pullers’ team entries in the annual International ¼-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition, it was perhaps the top one yet.

N.C. Food Manufacturing Task Force takes shape

swearing-in of members of NC Food Manufacturing Task Force

Seated around a large table anchored by North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, members of the state’s new Food Manufacturing Task Force convened for the first time on June 18. The task force, created by executive order this spring, is made up of 30 representatives of all aspects of food manufacturing, from farming to transportation to economic development.

Walter A. Skroch Inducted into Western N.C. Agricultural Hall of Fame

Dr. Walter Skroch (left) receives his award from Dr. Doug Worsham, CALS Professor Emeritus of Crop Science, who nominated Skroch for induction into the Western N.C. Agricultural Hall of Fame.

As professor of Horticultural Science, Skroch developed management programs that have saved millions of tons of soil, reduced vegetation management costs, reduced pesticide use, increased wildlife habitat and increased species biodiversity throughout North Carolina and beyond.

SAVE THE DATE: ‘Stewards of the Future’ to focus on water

irrigation system on row crop

Stewards of the Future: Water for a Growing World, hosted by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, will provide international, national and state level perspectives on issues of water quantity and quality. Participants will explore how North Carolina and its global partners can provide leadership toward the goal of ensuring water resiliency for North Carolina and a growing world.

CALS Proud initiative kicks off with staff workshop

Dean Richard Linton talks with participants of the inaugural CALS Proud staff workshop.

Have you ever run a marathon? Do you like spicy food? Can you name all the members of the Beatles? These questions, among many others that reverberated throughout a crowded room in the Witherspoon Student Center, helped break the ice – and set the tone – for the college’s inaugural “CALS Proud” staff workshop.

Barbecue camp brings university meat science to consumers

Travis Tenant and BBQ Camp Participants

A first-of-its-kind workshop series may have been called North Carolina Barbecue Camp, but its topics went beyond the state’s traditional Eastern and Lexington styles as presenters delved into the cuisine of other national barbecue hot spots such as Memphis, Kansas City and Texas.

State Advisory Council honors Zublena

Dr. Joe Zublena

There were gifts signifying agriculture and North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s influence across the state: bottles of wine and honey, jams and jellies, pickles and candies, a beautifully handmade Cherokee basket and more, all given by members of Extension’s State Advisory Council (SAC) in recognition of retiring state Extension director Dr. Joe Zublena’s service and dedication.

$2 million grant will allow 4-H to support more Hispanic youth

Youth holding trophy

National 4-H Council has received a three-year, $2 million grant from the New York Life Foundation to empower more Hispanic youth to succeed in high school, graduate on time and pursue a college education. The funds will support the successful Juntos 4-H program developed by N.C. Cooperative Extension.

For the dirt on soils, check out “Dig It!”

Boys at an interactive Dig It! display.

Soil: It’s much more than dirt. It’s a dynamic resource that supports nearly every form of life on Earth, and an exhibit at a Raleigh museum is aimed at raising the public’s awareness of its value and complexity. CALS scientists have been heavily involved.

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