An unprecedented partnership of academic and industry organizations at the North Carolina Research Campus has launched a groundbreaking $1.5 million program to engage college students from across the state in a first-of-its-kind education and research endeavor. Called the Plant Pathways Elucidation Project (P2EP), the program teams up university scientists, industry leaders and college students to explore how fruits and vegetables benefit human health.
This summer’s tomato season got off to a slow start, with cooler spring temperatures and heavier-than-normal rainfall. But that didn’t stop tomato lovers from turning out for the fourth annual Great Tomato Festival in Greensboro, organized by N.C. Cooperative Extension in Guilford County and N.C. A&T State University.
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that North Carolinians aren’t eating enough fruits or vegetables, but a growing number of farmers markets and other projects, some led by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and North Carolina Cooperative Extension, give us a chance to reverse the pattern.
The North Carolina Cooperative Extension component of N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI), in partnership with the university’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, has secured more than $400,000 in funding through two major grant programs to assist the state’s growers and agricultural operations in 2013.
During 4-H Congress last month, 4-H’ers worked with the Sacrificial Poets of Chapel Hill to read and perform poems about their lives. Read and hear more about the 4-H poetry slam.
The Thomas Jefferson Scholars recently traveled to Bermuda, as part of the program’s inaugural international learning trip. The participants are N.C. State University students seeking dual degrees in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
During 4-H Congress this year, the outdoor cookery competitions — which included grilling pork, beef, chicken and turkey — were held on N.C. State University’s Court of North Carolina, right in the middle of main campus and just a stone’s throw from the university’s bell tower. All morning, the smells of barbecue rolled along Hillsborough Street.
State 4-H Congress will be in Raleigh June 22-26, attracting 521 youth and their adult leaders for activities including presentations on a variety of subjects, leadership and citizenship training, service opportunities, officer elections and more.
The Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering’s Pack Pullers team finished 7th overall out of 29 colleges and universities competing in the International ¼-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition, sponsored by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.
Dr. Jeremy Pattison, strawberry breeder and geneticist with the N.C. State University Plants for Human Health Institute at the N.C. Research Campus, is working on two grant-funded projects to support work in transferring the latest research to strawberry growers in North and South Carolina and Virginia to maximize yields and profitability.