Archive for the ‘Noteworthy News’ Category

Important implications: CALS team studies the distinct inflorescence structure of the dogwood

Qing Ma, Xiang Liu, Jenny Xiang and Deya Xie

Dr. Bob Franks of NC State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has a bone to pick with those who determined that the dogwood is the state flower of North Carolina.

“It actually should be called the ‘state inflorescence,’” Franks, associate professor of plant and microbial biology, said with a laugh. And Franks would know, having spent the past five years working on a National Science Foundation-funded grant to study the inflorescence architecture, or variation in the arrangement of flowers, of the dogwood.

Extension farmworkers health and safety education program connects growers, immigrant farm workers and communities

Luis Cruz Santiago

Thanks to the first two years of a $125,198 Philip Morris International pilot project grant, Cooperative Extension is helping migrant workers avoid agricultural health and safety dangers, such as pesticide poisoning, heat stroke and green tobacco sickness.

CALS research sheds light on toxic arsenic problem in Southeast Asian well water

Courtesy Matt Polizzotto

Every day, more than 100 million people throughout South and Southeast Asia drink well water contaminated by toxic levels of arsenic. But two NC State University scientists are conducting fundamental research aimed at changing that.

Extension’s facilitation team adds value to communities

Lori Ivey

Fa.cil.i.tate: to make easy or easier. Thanks to the efforts of N.C. Cooperative Extension’s facilitation team, planning, implementing and collaborating have become easier for groups and counties across the state.

Reunion, Soilbration bring alumni, friends back to CEFS

Paul Mueller, Susan Perry-Cole, Roger Crickenberger, Shorlette Ammons and Alex Hitt

What do Firsthand Foods CEO Jennifer Curtis, University of Georgia faculty member Suzanne O’Connell and Western Illinois University Organic Research Director Joel Gruver have in common? All developed a passion for what they do now through earlier work with the Center for Environmental Farming Systems.

NC-VA Hops Conference brings together growers, brewers

Hops growing on bines

Hop growers and brewers in North Carolina and Virginia are invited to attend the first NC-VA Hops Conference and Beginning Hop Farmer Conference, March 13-14 at North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s Forsyth County Center, Winston-Salem.

‘In the Garden’ wins third EMMY

Simone Keith, Bryce Lane, Sonya Williams Harris

North Carolina State University’s “In the Garden with Bryce Lane” was named top instructional/informational TV series in the mid-South, winning its third regional EMMY® Award in Nashville, Tennessee. The award capped an 11-season run for the show on North Carolina’s public television network, UNC-TV.

Edible flowers: New guide for choosing and using flowers in food

Redbud salad

Today there is a renewed interest in edible flowers for their taste, color and fragrance. But not all flowers are edible. For guidance on how to select, grow, harvest and preserve flowers for food use, check out this new North Carolina Cooperative Extension online publication, Choosing and Using Edible Flowers (PDF).

Currituck wins national honor for green initiative

A stormwater pond constructed as part of the Currituck Goes Green initative

Currituck County has won a national award for its efforts to maintain healthy coastal and ocean resources through a green initiative spearheaded in part by North Carolina Cooperative Extension.

Avid apiculture students, master beekeepers are among late professor’s legacies

Dr. John Ambrose with student

Dr. John Thomas Ambrose — a popular College of Agriculture and Life Sciences professor, NC State University administrator and bee authority – passed away in January after a short battle with brain cancer. He was 70.

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