Archive for the ‘Noteworthy News’ Category

CALS celebrates outstanding faculty, students at year-end awards ceremony

winners of CALS awards, with Dr. Sam Pardue

Members of the CALS faculty and student body gathered in Riddick Atrium on April 24 to celebrate a year of achievement. Awards were given for outstanding teaching and advising, as well as student success.

Functional Aesthetics: CALS students create green roof at retirement community

Shown at the April 14 Undergraduate Research Symposium are BAE students Kyle Halchin (left), Kathleen Bell, Taylor Barto and Tiffany Preddy.

At the 23rd Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, a project from four students in the CALS Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering conveyed the symposium’s message of how research at N.C. State contributes to the greater good of North Carolina and areas beyond.

Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Center celebrates 50 years, looks ahead to the next 50

bjp-50th

Fifty years to the day after the Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Educational Center was dedicated, the center is throwing a party, and all are invited to attend. The celebration and open house will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 17 at the center, which is located in Reidsville, N.C.

Reaping a healthy harvest

Mary Ann Lila

Nearly 8,000 miles, an ocean and seven time zones separate the small town of Kannapolis, N.C. from the heartland of southern Africa. Food scientist Mary Ann Lila knows the distance all too well. She’s visited 17 African countries in the past eight years.

BAE head Robert Evans named to the International Drainage Hall of Fame

Dr. Robert Evans of the NC State Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering receives the International Drainage Hall of Fame Award

Dr. Robert Evans, head of the college’s Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, recently was named to the International Drainage Hall of Fame.

Raulston Arboretum’s “Gala in the Garden” to celebrate North Carolina

Guests enjoying the Raulston Arboretum'sGala in the Garden

Delectable food, musical entertainment and a silent auction featuring unusual plants and an eclectic array of gift items will be showcased at the annual Gala in the Garden at the JC Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University. The public event will take place May 4 from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Second annual Wolfpack Roundup auction exceeds success of inaugural year

CALS student Keith Kornegay shows one of the horses up for sale at the Wolfpack Roundup livestock auction, April 12.

The livestock merchandising class gives students the opportunity to learn about and handle livestock and gain hands-on experience planning for, promoting and conducting a livestock auction.

New NC State app helps sports turf managers

screenshot of NCSU sports turf app

With outdoor sports like baseball and soccer cranking up – and football on the not-so-distant horizon – the North Carolina State University Turfgrass Program has launched a new app to help the folks who maintain those athletic fields.

N.C. State University leads research into kudzu bug host preferences

Kudzu bugs on a plant.

N.C. State University Extension Specialist Dominic Reisig wants to find a way to keep growers with kudzu bug problems out of the “spray continuum.” So he and his colleagues from South Carolina and Georgia will use a $168,644 U.S. Department of Agriculture Southern Regional IPM grant to find out why kudzu bugs leave their home in kudzu patches to move to soybean fields.

Strawberry fields forever

Strawberry in field

North Carolina is the nation’s No. 3 strawberry producer, but many of the state’s berries grow on small plots lacking the acreage to carry out sustainable growing practices like crop rotation. That, combined with constant concerns about soil pathogens and reliance on chemicals to rid plants of ubiquitous pests like spider mites, puts immense pressure on these farms’ long-term health.

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