Archive for the ‘Perspectives’ Category

Closing the loop

From left, in the bioreactor system team’s lab are Dr. Jim Levis, engineering post-doctoral associate; Amanda Karram, engineering graduate student; and co-investigators Dr. Ranji Ranjithan, Dr. Amy Grunden, Dr. Heike Sederoff and Dr. Joel Ducoste.

Biologists team with engineers to develop economical system for producing biofuels from algae.

The A Team

Dean Rich Linton is front and center with his administrative team, (from left) Steve Lommel, Sylvia Blankenship, Joe Zublena and Sam Pardue.

The College’s newest administrative leaders share their visions of things to come for CALS.

Handling with CARE

CVM student Danielle Lindquist, with therapy dogs Birdie and JD, began working with CARE NC as a CALS undergrad, when she was Pre-Vet Club president.

The healing power of pets is shared by Pre-Vet Club students in an award-winning community service partnership with CARE NC.

Inspired by A.S.P.I.R.E.

Rachel Huffman (left), Mindy Herman and Dr. Ken Anderson lead the program, funded by Golden LEAF, Ag Carolina Farm Credit, Cape Fear Farm Credit, Carolina Farm Credit, N.C. Poultry Federation, N.C. Pork Council, N.C. Rural Economic Development Center and N.C. State Grange.

The pilot year is successful for a program developed to help improve rural students’ college entrance exam scores – and encourage their pursuit of majors in agriculture and life sciences.

A Legacy of Leadership

The Jane S. McKimmon FCS Hall of Fame inductees have given a combined 1,200 years of service to the state and their communities.

North Carolina’s Extension and Community Association celebrates 100 years of home demonstration programs.

College Profile: C. Michael Williams

Dr. Mike Williams is head of the Prestage Department of Poultry Science at N.C. State University.

This scientist brings research, teaching and private industry experience – plus a knack for diplomacy and a problem-solving approach – to his new job leading the Prestage Department of Poultry Science.

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.

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