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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.

N.C. Cooperative Extension shines in JOE

A number of North Carolina Cooperative Extension professionals authored articles that appear in the February 2014 issue of the Journal of Extension.

Extension Centennial Celebrations to be held in May

Centennial Extension logo

Mark your calendars now to join N.C. Cooperative Extension for two centennial celebrations May 19 and 20. Extension employees, as well as county stakeholders and partners are invited to attend.

Horse Bowl trots into N.C. State University

North Carolina 4-H'ers pose with their 2013 National 4-H Horse Roudup competition awards.

North Carolina State University is hosting the 2014 State 4-H Horse Bowl and Hippology Contest on Sat., March 1, in SAS Hall on the university’s campus. Coordinated by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service’s 4-H Horse Program, the annual event invites youth from across the state to test their knowledge of all things horse.

Raulston Blooms & Birds: a garden festival for all ages

JC Raulston Arboretum entry

Featuring the JC Raulston Arboretum’s annual plant sale, bird house competition displays, gardening demonstrations, children’s activities, local arts and crafts vendors, gourmet food trucks and more, the Raulston Blooms & Birds Garden Festival will be held Sat., April 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the JC Raulston Arboretum (JRCA).

Research to focus on redhorse, Pee Dee River

Dr. Ryan Heise (right) and wildlife biologist Michael Fisk hold a robust redhorse.

Scientists from N.C. State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will lead an effort to better understand the impact that changes in habitat and water quality are having on fish, mussels and crayfish in the Pee Dee River in North and South Carolina. Research will focus on the robust redhorse, a large and rare freshwater [...]

Brevard high school students’ research wins accolades

Brevard sophomores Abby Williams and Carly Onnink conducted a study of kudzu bug pheromones.

Through a 4-H-public schools partnership in Transylvania County, Brevard High School sophomores Abby Williams and Carly Onnink conducted the type of research that professors says they expect to find in a university laboratory. Their topic: kudzu bug pheromones.

‘A rebirth of agriculture’: Extension helps unemployed veteran launch sustainable business, giving new life to an old family farm

Robert Elliott started his Cypress Hall Farm operation in 2012.

When Robert Elliott imagines his future as a farmer, he sees a large operation with a nice market where customers can buy affordable, sustainably produced vegetables, fruit, chickens, turkeys and more. While it’s just a dream right now, Elliott is making fast progress since the day when he found himself an unemployed veteran with no job prospects. He credits the support and knowledge he’s gotten from North Carolina Cooperative Extension.

Piedmont Farm School helps small farmers get started

Lee Menius (left) conducts a tour of his poultry and livestock operation for a Piedmont Farm School group.

Through farm tours, business planning workshops and other sessions that are part of Cooperative Extension’s popular Piedmont Farm School, new and aspiring farmers gain the knowledge and skills they need to be successful.

Hands-on Nursery provides a profitable and educational partnership

New growing facilities and a winter protection house are among the production structures that have been added since Hands-on Nursery began in 2004.

What began as an innovative new teaching model nearly 10 years ago has evolved into the Hands-on Nursery, a full-fledged operation run almost entirely by students in Dr. Helen Kraus’ nursery management and nursery production classes in N.C. State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

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