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College Profile: Amy McLean

Dr. Amy McLean, an expert in the behavior of donkeys and mules, travelled to Mexico in October to assist the Equitarian Initiative.

CALS equine specialist Dr. Amy McLean plays a key role in an international initiative to improve the health, welfare and productivity of working equids.

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Visioning initiative to help map Extension’s future

The N.C. Cooperative Extension Service held a listening session for its employees and others during the State Extension Conference in Raleigh Nov. 6, 2013.

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service has launched a strategic visioning and planning initiative to evaluate the organization’s business model, adapt accordingly to the current economic environment and devise a strategy going forward.

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2013-2014 CALS Distinguished Alumni, Outstanding Alumni honored

Dr. E. Carroll Joyner stands next to a display honoring his and Dr. Ram Badan Singh's selection as CALS Distinguished Alumni.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has announced Dr. Edward Carroll Joyner and Dr. Ram Badan Singh as its 2013-2014 Distinguished Alumni.

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SCIBLS offers unique opportunities to college-bound students

SCIBLS students displayed research posters.

Sponsored by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the four-week Summer College in Biotechnology and Life Sciences gives high-school juniors and seniors opportunities to take college-level courses and work in state-of-the-art laboratories.

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Student Perspectives: Diane Silcox

Diane Silcox examines turfgrass for hunting billbug damage.

National award-winning Ph.D. student Diane Silcox is developing biological solutions with economic savings for managing damage from the hunting billbug, a relatively new pest in North Carolina’s warm-season turf.

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Noteworthy News

Advisory leaders meet and tour sites in Watauga County

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Extension’s State Advisory Council toured two sites in Boone, following its fall meeting there in November 2013. SAC members toured a constructed that Extension had been involved in creating. They also toured a choose-and-cut Christmas tree farm in Foscoe, near Boone.

Two CALS leaders named to new positions

Two long-time College of Agriculture and Life Sciences administrators have been named to new positions. Dr. Marshall Stewart has been named special assistant to the dean and director of college strategy and leadership effective Jan. 1. Dr. Harry Daniels’s appointment as head of the newly created CALS Department of Applied Ecology was effective Nov. 1.

Retired communication leader dies

Woody Upchurch at his Fuquay-Varina home in October 2013.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences lost a longtime communications leader and advocate Saturday, when Woody Upchurch, retired, died from cancer. Upchurch was known for his outstanding writing and photography, rapport with news media, commitment to team work and ability to connect with farmers.

SARE recognizes Franklin County agricultural agent

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Martha Mobley, Franklin County agricultural agent with N.C. Cooperative Extension has been named the North Carolina Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Extension Educator of the Year.

CALS faculty member on FDA Science Board

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Dr. Barbara Kowalcyk, research assistant professor in the Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, has been named to the Science Board to the Food and Drug Administration.

Faculty, students honored at joint society meetings

Dr. Charles W. Stuber

Two College of Agriculture and Life Sciences faculty members were among award winners while three CALS students were scholarship winners at the joint annual meetings of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America.

CALS is part of award-winning research project

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College of Agriculture and Life Sciences faculty members play a major role in a multistate research project that focuses on sweet potatoes.

David Jones receives APLU teaching award

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In celebration of his scholarship and dedication to teaching, Dr. David Jones of North Carolina State University, Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, was named the 2013 recipient of the Excellence in College and University Teaching Award in the Food and Agricultural Sciences New Teacher Division.

Entomologist is State Fair’s giant pumpkin king

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As an Extension entomologist at N.C. State University, Dr. Jack Bacheler helps folks grow crops without giving up too much to insects that feast on plants. This year, Bacheler himself has a gardening success story – he is the proud producer of the State Fair’s biggest pumpkin.

Come to the Fair!

Welcoming visitors to the CALS exhibit is Carlos Moses, Durham County 4-H agent.

A showcase of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences programs is on display at the 2013 North Carolina State Fair. Among other attractions, CALS is a prominent part of the fair’s Agriculture Today exhibit, with a focus on accessibility in agriculture.

4-H science day inspires would-be map makers

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A group of Johnston County 4-H’ers turned out at the county livestock arena last week, but they weren’t showing cattle or goats. The group was one of many across the country that gathered for 4-H National Youth Science Day activities.

N.C. Cooperative Extension is ‘go-to’ agency for disaster information

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N.C. Cooperative Extension has a long history of helping citizens prepare for and recover from natural disasters. And recently the organization was recognized as one of five go-to extension organizations when it comes to disaster preparation.

Chapman requests photos for citizen food safety project

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What can we learn about food safety, through the eyes of people fixing dinner at home, shopping at the farmers market or dining in a restaurant? That’s what Dr. Ben Chapman, assistant professor and food safety extension specialist at N.C. State University, set out to find out with a new citizen food safety project.

Hello Cherry Brick Road

CALS Dean Richard Linton and student Eanas Alia serve up Cherry Brick Road ice cream.

Dean Richard Linton played host to hundreds of students and staff members who lined up to try the dean’s signature flavor of Howling Cow ice cream and hear the announcement of its name.

Extension and Community Association celebrates 100 years Oct. 27

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North Carolina Cooperative Extension will hold a centennial gala Oct. 27 in Raleigh to celebrate 100 years of home demonstration programs in North Carolina, now know as Extension and Community Associations. Extension invites former Extension Homemaker Club members, current members of ECA and those involved with Extension’s family and consumer sciences program to attend this historic event at N.C. State University’s McKimmon Center.

North Carolina 4-H’ers are world champions in summer competition

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The 4-H horse judging team won a World Championship at the American Quarter Horse Youth Association World Show in Oklahoma City.

National Farm Safety & Health Week: NC celebrates with new safety grant

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As fall harvest gathers momentum, the N.C. Agromedicine Institute encourages North Carolina farm families to focus on farm health and safety during National Farm Safety and Health Week, Sept. 15-21. The institute’s mission is to develop solutions for agricultural hazards, collaborate on strategies for preventing injury and illness, and work with communities to promote health and safety through its research, education and intervention programs.

N.C. 4-H’ers awarded more than $117,000 in scholarships

As college and university students return to campus this month, a number of them have received scholarship assistance from the North Carolina 4-H Development Fund. The foundation has awarded $117,075 scholarships to students from 40 of North Carolina’s 100 counties.

Steve Lommel named to lead CALS research

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Dr. Steven Lommel has been named associate dean and director for the N.C. Agricultural Research Service in N.C. State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, effective Sept. 1.

Searching for Salmonella

Pictrue of Diane Ducharme sampling tomatoes.

A team of North Carolina State University scientists is looking for Salmonella on tomatoes and around tomato production areas. What they find could help farmers grow tomatoes that have a decreased likelihood of carrying Salmonella.

CALS enters new research partnership with multinational animal health company

Sergio Gamio, Mike Williams, Antonio Armejo, Richard Linton, Peter Ferket and William Serna.

As agribusiness professionals from Latin America gathered in Raleigh in early August for the first Symposium on Emerging Issues in Poultry Nutrition and Meat Production, N.C. State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences officially entered a groundbreaking research partnership with a multinational animal health company.

N.C. 10% Campaign records $40 million in local food purchases

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In just three years, the N.C. 10% Campaign, which encourages all North Carolinians and businesses to spend 10 percent of their food dollars on locally produced foods, has logged more than $40 million in expenditures. The campaign, which kicked off in July 2010, now counts more than 6,500 individuals and 850 businesses among its supporters.

Bringing CALS to counselors

Picture of CALS Dean Richard Linton, Norris Tolson, president and CEO of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center; Dr. Sam Pardue, CALS associate dean and director of Academic Programs; and Dr. Lisa Guion Jones, CALS assistant dean for diversity.

A summer program raises awareness of CALS among high school and community college students by reaching out to their guidance and college transition counselors.

Research Campus launches effort to engage students in science

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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.

Guilford’s Great Tomato Festival offers 33 varieties for tasting

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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.

Report: North Carolinians should eat more fruits and vegetables

Eggplant, tomatoes, apples and squash at a market

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.

PHHI Extension partnership lands $425,000 in grants

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.

4-H’ers try their hands at spoken word poetry

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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.

Where there’s smoke, there’s barbecue

Tents in the court.

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.

Noteworthy Alumni

Hightower receives NCSU Libraries Faculty Award

Picture of Dr. Joseph Hightower and Dr. Susan Nutter.

Dr. Joseph E. Hightower, professor of applied ecology and assistant leader of the NC Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, is a 2013 recipient of the NCSU Libraries Faculty Award.

Swartzel retirement, FSLI anniversary, APLU endowment are celebrated

Dr. Ken Swartzel, who recently retired as FSLI director, speaks at the Oct. 2 celebration.

The APLU FSLI Endowment will support the APLU Food Systems Leadership Award and future enhancements. Swartzel directed the FSLI from its founding until his recent retirement.

Alumnus Kendall Hill wins national volunteer award

Pictured at the NAADA awards ceremony are (left to right): Jillian Stevenson, NAADA president; Kendall Hill; David Monks, assistant director of the North Carolina Agricultural Research Service; and Catherine Maxwell, director of development for the North Carolina Agricultural Research Service.

Kendall Hill, a 1962 graduate of the college’s Department of Horticultural Science and co-owner of Tull Hill Farms, recently won a Volunteer Service Award from the National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association.

Noteworthy Giving

CALS donors and retirees celebrated at December reception

William D. Toussaint Agricultural and Resource Economics Scholar Evan Chappell (right) of Candor sits with scholarship donor Eunice Toussaint at the Dec. 8 reception.

The Retiree and Donor Appreciation Event, celebrating the contributions of donors and retirees to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, this year included an opportunity for the guests of honor to participate in a special Cooperative Extension Visioning Initiative.

North Carolina FFA gets grant to improve ag education programs

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The North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission has awarded $180,000 to the North Carolina FFA Foundation to improve high school agricultural education programs throughout the state.

Bruneau golf tournament funds scholarships

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Golfers can play a round on North Carolina State University’s Lonnie Poole Golf Course and raise money for N.C. State scholarships Monday, Sept. 24 during the annual Dr. Art Bruneau Golf Tournament and Scholarship Fundraiser.

Berryhill endowment will support CALS students from Person County

Eugene C. Berryhill Sr.

The Eugene C. Berryhill Sr. Scholarship endowment was established in the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation Inc. in May.

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