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2012 CALS Dean’s Tour

On the road with Dean Richard Linton

Dean Richard Linton hit the road in October and November to get to know North Carolina and how the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences makes a difference in the lives of the state’s people. Over six days, he met with North Carolinians and explored communities across the state.

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JCRA celebrates special anniversary, new Lath House, leadership award

Touring the newly dedicated Lath House, Dr. Richard Linton (right), CALS dean, hears from JCRA donor Chuck Friedrich about the renovation of the facility.

New College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean Richard H. Linton joined the festivities Sept. 21 as more than 200 gardening enthusiasts and supporters of the JC Raulston Arboretum gathered for an evening of special arboretum celebrations.

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Conference helps ag agents hone skills

heifer evaluation

For Cooperative Extension agricultural agents, keeping skills current and being informed about the industry issues of the day are key to doing the job well. This summer, 64 agricultural agents from around the state came to Raleigh for N.C. Cooperative Extension’s seventh Livestock/Forage/Field Crop Agent Training Conference.

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Student Perspectives: Becky Dobosy

Becky Dobosy

When it comes to addressing issues related to hunger in developing nations, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences nutrition major Becky Dobosy is not sitting still. While she’s been at N.C. State, the junior has traveled near and far to grow her knowledge of nutrition and sustainable agriculture and to put it to work.

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Program teaches participants to ‘Shop Smart’

Shop Smart class at Food Lion

With just $10 to spend on food, a mother and her teenage daughter came away from a Durham Food Lion recently with quite a bit of food: two yogurts, bananas, lettuce, strawberries, cucumbers, salad dressing and bread. The two were among a group participating in Durham County Cooperative Extension’s “Shop Smart, Eat Smart and Move More” program.

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VetCAMP 2012 expands to accommodate popular demand

At N.C. State's Equine Unit, VetCAMP participants learned about muscles by painting them on horses.

The annual summer camp designed for youngsters who are interested in becoming veterinary healthcare professionals drew more than 172 applications for 36 available spots, so the camp provided a second session.

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Inaugural Horticultural Science Summer Institute is an activity-packed success

In a class at the Horticulture Field Lab, HSSI campers explore the layering effects of water movement and organic matter incorporation in rain gardens.

This summer, 15 high-school sophomores and juniors found out what it’s like to study horticultural science at N.C. State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

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Noteworthy News

Young agricultural entrepreneur gets start through 4-H

Taylor Farley and one of her roosters

For Taylor Farley, the chickens definitely came first, then the eggs. Hundreds of them. Then thousands of them. Enough for the 14-year-old budding agricultural entrepreneur to pay for piano lessons and to begin saving for college.

Small Fruits Consortium receives NIFA award

small fruits webpage

The Southern Region Small Fruits Consortium – a six-member group of land-grant universities including N.C. State – has received the 2012 Partnership Award for Multi-State Efforts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture. The award recognizes exemplary work impacting agriculture, environment, communities or people from a team at a land-grant university, cooperating institution or organization supported by the NIFA.

More than 380 attend meat conference

Karie Underly

More than 380 meat producers, butchers, Extension agents and chefs turned out Dec. 3-4 for NC Choices’ second Carolina Meat Conference held at the WinMock Dairy Barn and Event Center in Bermuda Run.

Morrill Act celebrated as part of N.C. State’s 125th anniversary

Arden and Woteki

As N.C. State University celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, all land-grants around the country are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act that led to the creation of land-grant institutions. Last month, N.C. State looked back at the Morrill Act and how it helped shape this institution.

Union County 4-H’ers light up lives of area seniors

Jordan Purser and William Alt

Union County 4-H’ers have been spending time off from school installing water-saving aerators and energy-saving light bulbs and water-heater blankets in the homes of area senior citizens. In return, they’ve gotten plenty of hugs, as well as lessons in community service, leadership and energy conservation.

Growing green

Madison County Christmas tree farm

The loss of burley tobacco production and a glut in the Christmas tree market delivered a one-two punch to rural Madison County in recent years, but North Carolina Cooperative Extension and partner Madison Family Farms are helping the agricultural industry rebound through a grant-funded project aimed at opening up retail markets for locally produced Christmas trees and wreaths.

N.C. State scientists work to stop the spread of boxwood blight

Boxwood blight defoliation

Since colonial days, the boxwood has been an important part of American gardens and landscapes. Research from N.C. State University is designed to help keep it that way, in spite of the threat to the plant posed by a disease new to the United States.

13th worm conference attracts 120

worm_conference

Rhonda Sherman’s vermiculture conference attracted 120 people this year from around the U.S. and five other countries.

CALS students enhance State Fair gardens

State Fair gardens

For the second year, Barbara Fair’s landscape students from N.C. State University’s horticultural science department have played a role enhancing the State Fair’s flower and garden area, while learning valuable skills that will help them professionally.

Student gives top presentation

Picture of Jennifer Kimball

Jennifer A. Kimball, a doctoral student in the turfgrass breeding and genetics program, gave a first place presentation during the joint annual meeting of the Agronomy Society of America, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America in late October in Cincinnati.

Jon Brandt, Agricultural and Resource Economics head, dies unexpectedly

picture of Dr. Jon Brandt

Dr. Jon Brandt, head of the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, died unexpectedly at his home Monday, Nov. 26. He was 65.

White House Christmas tree is from Ashe County

Picture of Beau Estes, Travis Birdsell and Rusty Estes baling tree for shipment to Washington.

While Rusty and Beau Estes certainly deserve all the credit for producing a Fraser fir suitable to grace the White House at Christmas, a bit of North Carolina Cooperative Extension traveled with the tree to the nation’s capital.

TV show nominated for two regional EMMYs

Simone Keith and Bryce Lane

N.C. State University’s television show, In the Garden with Bryce Lane, has been nominated for two regional EMMY® Awards. This is the third straight year of nominations for the show and brings the total number of the show’s Emmy nominations to five.

‘From crops to cows to cream’: Milking center dedication highlights N.C. State’s innovative approach to dairy science and education

Milking parlor

A new N.C. State University milking center was cause for celebration for North Carolina’s dairy industry Friday Nov. 9. More than 100 people came out to view the new building designed to enhance the university’s teaching, research and extension programs in both food and animal sciences.

Shellie Pfohl to visit with young food justice leaders in Goldsboro

produce pedlers logo

Shellie Pfohl, executive director of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, will visit Goldsboro on Thursday, Nov. 1, to learn about community food systems efforts and youth-led food justice initiatives. News media are invited to cover any events and are encouraged to contact Shorlette Ammons to let her know where they plan to join the tour.

Lisa Guion Jones elected to Hall of Fame

Picture of Dr. Lisa Guion Jones

Dr. Lisa Guion Jones, professor of Agricultural and Extension Education and Assistant Dean for Diversity, Outreach and Engagement, is a 2012 inductee into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame.

Students suggest ideas to study abroad in Croatia

Students visiting WWII memorial

Two graduate students from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences who visited the University of Zagreb in Croatia have developed ideas for study abroad programs that would introduce American students to Croatian agriculture and culture.

City of Raleigh honors JC Raulston Arboretum

Raleigh City Councilman Russ Stephenson (left) presents the Sir Walter Raleigh Award to Dr. Ted Bilderback, JCRA director.

The JC Raulston Arboretum at N.C. State University has been recognized for its outstanding appearance by the City of Raleigh. The arboretum received a 2012 Sir Walter Raleigh Award in the category of Maintained Outstanding Appearance. Awards in this category are for projects that are more than five years old and have consistently maintained a high quality appearance contributing to Raleigh’s image.

N.C. 10% Campaign reaches $25 million mark

10% Campaign logo

Break out a bottle of your favorite North Carolina wine and raise a toast: the N.C. 10% Campaign has hit a big milestone. The 10% Campaign, a Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) initiative, encourages all North Carolinians to spend 10 percent of their food dollars on locally grown and produced foods. The campaign has now recorded more than $25 million in local food purchases since its launch in July 2010.

Extension answers questions at State Fair

state fair logo

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is sharing information about education and jobs in agriculture during the 2012 N.C. State Fair, Oct. 11-21. CALS is a partner in the fair’s Cultivate a Career exhibit, located near the fair’s Gate 11 and Kerr Scott Building.

Workshop for women focuses on handling cattle

Picture of April Shaeffer talking with workshop participants.

North Carolina Cooperative Extension provides workshops for women on low-stress cattle handling techniques and other topics related to beef cattle.

Internship aids defense plant workers

picture of Michael Schulman and Mary Kathryn Fletcher

For people Mary Kathryn Fletcher’s age, the cold war is a somewhat abstract historical term, but Fletcher came face-to-face with an element of that period of American history during a summer internship.

Career Expo 2012 gives students a head start in job market connections

A representative (right) of BioResource International Inc. tells a CALS student about job opportunities with BRI.

“Make a Life–Make a Living–Make a Difference” was the theme as CALS Career Expo 2012 welcomed more than 1,000 students to its annual career fair Sept. 27 at N.C. State University.

“In the Garden with Bryce Lane” enters 10th season

Simone Keith and Bryce Lane

“In the Garden with Bryce Lane,” an award-winning TV show from N.C. State University, kicks off its 10th season Saturday, Sept. 22, at noon on UNC-TV.

Butterfly bushes, redbud recognized

picture of Dr. Dennis Werner and Ruby Falls, the weeping redbud Werner Developed

New types of butterfly bushes and redbuds developed by a North Carolina State University plant breeder are attracting attention around the world.

CALS students awarded first N.C. Soybean Research Scholarships

The awards, recently announced by the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association, are presented to students studying soybean production and involved in soybean research.

David Monks named research service interim director

picture of Dr. David Monks

Dr. David Monks has been named interim associate dean and director of the North Carolina Agricultural Research Service following the Sept. 1 retirement of Dr. W. David Smith.

Initiative to support modernization of field research launched to honor Dr. David Smith

More than 200 friends and colleagues gathered at the University Club to congratulate Dr. David Smith (center) and thank him for his years as faculty member, Extension specialist and administrator in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Smith, CALS associate dean and director of the N.C. Agricultural Research Service, retired September 1 after 31 years of service to the College and the university.

Report: Animal production can grow sustainably

pigs eating

As the world’s middle class nearly triples in number, demand for meat, dairy products and eggs is expected to rise by as much as 100 percent by 2050. The question is, can agricultural production meet that demand without causing extensive environmental damage?

N.C. State’s ‘Pack ‘N Cool’ provides farmers with mobile refrigeration solution

Picture of Dr. Penelope Perkins-Veazie and the Pack 'N Cool trailer.

N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) has developed a new mobile cooling unit for farmers. The five-by-eight-feet refrigerated trailer – called the “Pack ‘N Cool” – is designed to keep fruits and vegetables at ideal temperatures during transport to and from farmers markets or as they’re harvested in farm fields.

Horn of Plenty is Extension’s big ‘thank you’ to counties

Joe welcomes visitors

Amidst dinosaurs, whales and science of all descriptions, more than 500 guests – county commissioners and their families – enjoyed all the features of Raleigh’s newest museum at N.C. Cooperative Extension’s annual Horn of Plenty dinner Aug. 17. The appreciation dinner is held during the N.C. Association of County Commissioners’ annual meeting.

The world of water

Picture of panel discussion. Pictured are Garry Grabow, Maeneed Klein, performance manager for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utility District, Mike Hoover and Barbara Fair

A symposium sponsored by the North Carolina Green Industry Council and featuring presentations by four CALS faculty members looks at ‘The Future of Water in a Green World.’

NC 4-H’ers compete in forestry invitational

NC forestry team at competition

Four North Carolina 4-H’ers and their coach were among youth from 15 states competing in the 33rd National 4-H Forestry Invitational, held July 22-26 in West Virginia. Teams from Tennessee, Alabama and New York placed first, second and third, respectively.

CAALS-3D provides summer research experience

Picture of Dr. Alexandria Graves and students in Dr. Graves' lab.

For 44 high school students, the summer of 2012 included a week in College of Agriculture and Life Sciences laboratories learning about subjects ranging from plant breeding to biofuels.

Ristaino named Jefferson Science Fellow

Jean Ristaino

Dr. Jean Beagle Ristaino, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Plant Pathology, has been named a 2012 Jefferson Science Fellow. Ristaino will spend the next year working as a science adviser to the U.S. Department of State in Washington D.C. and traveling to U. S. embassies and missions overseas. She will then serve in a consulting capacity to the State Department for an additional five years.

Dr. Richard Linton named College of Agriculture and Life Sciences dean

picture of Dr. Richard Linton

Dr. Richard Linton, a nationally recognized food-safety authority who serves as professor and chair of the Department of Food Science and Technology at The Ohio State University, has been named dean of North Carolina State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, effective Sept. 15.

Service activities highlight State 4-H Congress, July 16-19

4-H'ers compete with goats

During State 4-H Congress, held this week at North Carolina State University and around Raleigh, 4-H’ers will show compassion for their fellow North Carolinians by packing meals for the elderly, sewing teddy bears for chronically ill children and performing odd jobs at UNC-TV.

Juntos summit unites Latino students in quest for higher education and rewarding careers

Juntos Summer Summit

Seventeen-year-old Arely Vasquez may not know what college she is going to attend or what she’d like to major in, but a couple things are for certain: She will be going. And she credits the Juntos program and its summer summit for keeping her motivated to do what it takes to get accepted at a top-tier school.

Noteworthy Alumni

2012-2013 CALS Distinguished Alumni, Outstanding Alumni honored

CALS Distinguished Alumni Tommy Bunn (left) and Charles Stuber unveil the College's annual award display, on which they are featured.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has announced Dr. Charles W. Stuber and Jessie Thomas “Tommy” Bunn as its 2012-2013 Distinguished Alumni. The two were honored at the College’s annual Alumni Awards Reception Nov. 2, when the College’s Outstanding Alumni and Outstanding Young Alumni for 2012 were also announced.

Charles Stuber receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Picture of Dr. Charles Stuber

Dr. Charles Stuber, professor emeritus of genetics and director of the North Carolina State University Center for Plant Breeding and Applied Plant Genomics, has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Association of Plant Breeders.

CALS alumnus and wife create ROTC scholarship endowment

Maj. Gen. (USAF Ret.) Tim Peppe and Col. (USAF Ret.) R.J. Peppe

The Tim and R.J. Peppe Military Leadership Scholars Endowment will join the family of Gen. Hugh Shelton Leadership awards at N.C. State University.

Noteworthy Giving

Prestage family teams with NC State for holiday turkey challenge

Katie Prestage (in blue jacket) at the Food Bank with students and lecturer Lynn Worley-Davis (far right) of the Prestage Family Department of Poultry Science.

As part of a fundraising campaign through the North Carolina State University Annual Giving Program, the Prestage family – who recently made a $10 million gift to endow the Department of Poultry Science – donated 200 turkeys to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

$10 million gift names Poultry Science Department for Prestage family

Picture of Marsha and Bill Prestage, Chancellor Randy Woodson, Sam Pardue, Mike Williams and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean Richard Linton.

North Carolina State University’s Poultry Science Department has been renamed for the Prestage Family. Chancellor Randy Woodson announced a 10 million gift that will name and endow the department in N.C. State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

New scholarship endowment honors 4-H’s Thearon and Vanette McKinney

The contributions to 4-H of Vanette and Thearon McKinney were celebrated Sept. 7 at the JC Raulston Arboretum.

The endowment will provide opportunities for N.C. 4-H members to attend the American Youth Foundation Leadership Conference.

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