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CALS students are winners at HOSA national conference

Crystal Cain (left) and Erin Beasley wear the medals they won in the Veterinary Science competition at the HOSA National Leadership Conference.

Erin Beasley and Crystal Cain were among medalists at the HOSA: Future Health Professionals National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla. Beasley won first place and Cain took second in the Veterinary Science competition at the week-long conference.

National floral industry trade association honors Dr. John Dole

Dr. John Dole

Dole, head of the CALS Horticultural Science Department, is the 2014 recipient of the Society of American Florists’ Alex Laurie Award.

CALS’ Odle wins New Frontiers in Animal Nutrition Award

Dr. Jack Odle

The award is sponsored by the American Feed Industry Association and the Federation of Animal Science Societies. Odle is William Neal Reynolds Professor of Nutritional Biochemistry in the Department of Animal Science.

Yucky or yummy? New method developed by N.C. State researchers gauges kids’ liking of fruits and vegetables

A preschooler uses the assessment tool developed by Drs. Goodell and Carraway-Stage, to indicate her liking of particular fruits and vegetables.

Drs. Suzie Goodell and Virginia Carraway-Stage developed an innovative pictorial method to assess preschoolers’ liking of familiar fruits and vegetables. The project was featured in the journal Appetite in April 2014. In the months following publication, it has garnered national and international attention.

Pack football celebrates NC agriculture during second annual “Ag Day”

NC State Ag Day

For a second consecutive year, NC State Athletics and its multimedia rights partner, Wolfpack Sports Properties, will pay tribute to agriculture in the state of North Carolina by hosting “Ag Day” festivities Sept. 5-6, 2014. The event culminates with Pack football taking on Old Dominion at 6 p.m. at Carter-Finley Stadium.

Agroecology educators come to NC State to learn

Michelle and three other people

Nearly 150 educators from sustainable agriculture programs and student farms were in Raleigh earlier this month for the sixth annual Sustainable Agriculture Education Association Conference. Conference participants from around the country came to NC State University for panel discussions, farm and community garden tours and a kickoff dinner at the Agroecology Education Farm at the Lake Wheeler Road Education Unit.

N.C. Cooperative Extension Service announces strategic plan

The N.C. Cooperative Extension Service held a listening session for its employees and others during the State Extension Conference in Raleigh Nov. 6, 2013.

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service at N.C. State University announced a strategic plan for restructuring the century-old organization by targeting its strengths, improving access to services across the state and refocusing resources to support its refined core areas. Dr. Joe Zublena, director of the Extension Service at N.C. State, presented the plan to Extension employees across the state via a webinar on August 12.

Nancy Creamer appointed to new USDA foundation board

Dr. Nancy Creamer is now a distinguished professor of sustainable and community-based food systems, a position that is one of two endowed chairs made possible with an endowment established by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Nancy Creamer, horticulture professor and director of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, has been named to a 15-member board of directors for the newly created Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR).

JCEP recognizes N.C. Cooperative Extension Facilitation Team

People talking at a table.

The Joint Council of Extension Professionals (JCEP) has selected the N.C. Cooperative Extension Facilitation Team as one of two recipients for the JCEP Excellence in Teamwork Award and as a presenter for the 2015 JCEP Conference in Las Vegas.

New director named for Lincoln County Cooperative Extension

Tom Dyson, new director of Cooperative Extension in Lincoln County

Thomas L. Dyson has been named to direct the North Carolina Cooperative Extension program in Lincoln County. Dyson’s appointment as Lincoln extension director was announced by Dr. Joe Zublena, director of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service at North Carolina State University, and Tracy Jackson, Lincoln County manager.

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