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NC State wins one of Obama’s “100,000 Strong” innovation grants

Representatives of parties involved in the NC State 100,000 Strong grant

North Carolina State University is one of nine universities from throughout the U.S., Canada and Latin America to win a “100,000 Strong in the Americas” innovation grant in the amount of $25,000, given by the U.S. Department of State; Partners of the Americas; and NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

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Ristaino, Hanley-Bowdoin lead Bellagio Center conference on dangerous plant pathogens

Conference participants gather in Bellagio, Italy. Ristaino is second from right, front row, and Hanley-Bowdoin is center in doorway, back row.

Participants at the international conference worked to develop a strategy to mitigate impacts of emerging plant diseases in sub-Saharan Africa.

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CALS Dean’s Enrichment Grants awardees announced

Dean Richard Linton

Developed as part of CALS’ strategic planning process, the Dean’s Enrichment Grants Program is an internal request for proposals to support people, programs and partnerships in the College.

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Partnerships between CALS and commodity groups celebrated at ‘essential check-in’ meeting

Dr. John Dole (left), head of the CALS Department of Horticultural Science, and Dr. Tom Monaco, CALS Commodity Relations director, get together with Jim Saylor, president of the N.C. Apple Growers Association, at the March 11 meeting.

Leaders representing 50 of the state’s commodity groups and agriculturally related organizations were in attendance March 11 at a meeting hosted by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. One of the main objectives for the meeting was to strengthen relationships and identify collaborative ways to meet the needs of the state, nation and world.

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Noteworthy News

JCEP recognizes N.C. Cooperative Extension Facilitation Team

People talking at a table.

The Joint Council of Extension Professionals (JCEP) has selected the N.C. Cooperative Extension Facilitation Team as one of two recipients for the JCEP Excellence in Teamwork Award and as a presenter for the 2015 JCEP Conference in Las Vegas.

New director named for Lincoln County Cooperative Extension

Tom Dyson, new director of Cooperative Extension in Lincoln County

Thomas L. Dyson has been named to direct the North Carolina Cooperative Extension program in Lincoln County. Dyson’s appointment as Lincoln extension director was announced by Dr. Joe Zublena, director of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service at North Carolina State University, and Tracy Jackson, Lincoln County manager.

National 4-H Salute to Excellence names Micki Earp Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer

Micki Earp

Earp of Taylorsville has been a North Carolina 4-H volunteer for nearly 40 years.

CALS announces new department heads

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at N.C. State University has announced leadership changes in six of its departments, with the appointments of three new department heads and three interim department heads.

North Carolina 4-H Congress delegates come to Raleigh on Saturday

NC 4-H candlelight clover

State 4-H Congress will be in Raleigh June 21-24, attracting 541 youth and their adult leaders for activities including presentations on a variety of subjects, leadership and citizenship training, service opportunities, officer elections and more. At State 4-H Congress, youth will choose between traditional 4-H Congress activities and two learning tracks on citizenship and leadership.

CALS graduate students earn top honors at national scientific meeting

Animal science doctoral student Yihang Li was honored as a finalist in the graduate student paper competition at the ASN event in San Diego.

The students were among winners at the 2014 Experimental Biology meetings, in conjunction with the American Society for Nutrition’s 78th Scientific Sessions and Annual Meeting.

N.C. State scientists create food ingredient to combat peanut allergies

Dr. Mary Ann Lila

A team of scientists from the Plants for Human Health Institute has developed a food ingredient from peanut flour and cranberry extracts, among other plants, that has the potential to lessen the life-threatening allergic reactions brought on by peanut consumption.

N.C. Cooperative Extension celebrates centennial birthday with bash, proclamation

Cooperative Extension, and North Carolina, have changed a lot over the years. But Extension’s educational mission has not. We focus on helping businesses, communities and individuals gain knowledge and skills that allow them to thrive.

North Carolina Cooperative Extension has been changing lives for 100 years, and it’s time to celebrate. Extension personnel from throughout the state will converge in Raleigh on May 19 and 20 for festivities that will kick off with a celebratory dinner and culminate with a proclamation by Gov. Pat McCrory. Media are invited to attend both events.

NCARS partnership increases access to technology

Administrators view GPS-equipped Case International tractor

Local agricultural equipment dealer Ronnie Jackson of Clinton Truck and Tractor in Clinton, N.C. — a long-time supporter of the college’s agricultural research — recently provided the college with specialty equipment to enhance instruction of innovative technology in real-world settings.

Future of Food lecturers share perspectives on agriculture, food

Four people standing together

The Future of Food lecture series, which started last fall, included four speakers on a variety of food-related topics. Dr. Sam Pardue, associate dean and director of Academic Programs for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, developed the series to “stimulate discussion surrounding the important food issues of the day.”

Increased drought portends lower future Midwest crop yields

corn

Increasingly harsh drought conditions in the U.S. Midwest’s Corn Belt may take a serious toll on corn and soybean yields over the next half-century, according to research published today in the journal Science. Corn yields could drop by 15 to 30 percent, according to the paper’s estimates; soybean yield losses would be less severe.

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.

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

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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.

Almanac Gardener begins 31st season

Almanac Gardener, a weekly horticulture program of UNC-TV, began its 31st season on April 5. The weekly show features long-time host Mike Gray and N.C. Cooperative Extension horticulture agents sharing information and tips for home gardeners.

Farm to Fork Picnic tickets now on sale

chef preparing plates

Tickets are now on sale for the annual Farm to Fork Picnic, June 8, 4-7 p.m., at the Breeze Farm in Orange County. The picnic, which pairs some of the area’s best chefs with local farmers, has been called the “the best country’s best all you can eat feast” by Bon Appetit magazine.

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).

Ada Dalla Pozza, groundbreaking Cooperative Extension educator, dies at 91

Ada Dalla Pozza was a pioneering Cooperative Extension agent, faculty member, administrator, mentor and volunteer for seven decades. In this 2011 photo, she celebrates the launch of the Extension & Community Association Foundation.

A pioneering educator who devoted decades to improving the lives of North Carolinians, especially its women and children, passed away Jan. 31 at the age of 91. Ada Braswell Dalla Pozza of Cary served North Carolina Cooperative Extension at N.C. State University for more than 70 years as an agent, faculty member, mentor and volunteer.

100 Days, 100 Tweets from Cooperative Extension

100 Tweets, 100 Days

As Cooperative Extension approaches the centennial of the Smith-Lever Act signing on May 8, 1914, Extension professionals and their clients nationwide are using social media to share their insights into the organization’s history and its impact.

Lindbo honored for mentoring Wake County Envirothon teams

2013 Envirothon Mentor of the Year David Lindbo (left) is congratulated by Wake District Supervisor Marshall Harvey.

Dr. David L. Lindbo, professor and Extension specialist in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Department of Soil Science, was named 2013 Envirothon Mentor of the Year by the Wake Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors.

Centennial website provides news, information on Extension’s 100 years

men in a cornfield

Throughout 2014 as North Carolina Cooperative Extension celebrates its 100th birthday, watch for news and learn more about the organization through Extension’s centennial website: ncce100years.ces.ncsu.edu.

Prestage family donates 200 turkeys as part of N.C. State fundraising challenge

Four of the 200 turkeys donated by the Prestage family to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina as part of the N.C. State Recent Grad Holiday Turkey Challenge are ready to be unloaded.

The second annual “Recent Grad Holiday Turkey Challenge,” a fundraising campaign led by the North Carolina State University Annual Giving Program, brought in $28,056 for the university, as well as 200 turkeys for those in need.

N.C. Cooperative Extension Service makes progress with reorganization

people working at table

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service has wrapped up a series of 14 public listening sessions and is moving forward on schedule with its system-wide reorganization effort in 2014. Nearly 2,000 employees, volunteers, elected officials, agricultural producers and others participated in listening sessions in November and December. A new plan for Extension is expected by spring.

Noteworthy Alumni

Dalton Proctor, former State 4-H Leader, National 4-H Hall of Fame member, has died

Dr. Dalton R. Proctor

Active in 4-H from childhood, Proctor held several leadership positions in the organization, culminating in his tenure as State Program Leader from 1984 until his retirement in 1995.

Tobacco program endowment honoring Collins announced at CALS foundations spring meeting

Dr. William K. and Ann T. Collins

The April 23 joint meeting of the N.C. Agricultural, Dairy and Tobacco foundations in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences brought good news for the CALS tobacco program. During the groups’ luncheon at the N.C. State University Club, a memorandum of understanding was signed between Dr. William K. Collins Sr. and Ann T. Collins and the N.C. Tobacco Foundation Inc. to create the Dr. William K. Collins Tobacco Agronomist Position in Research, Teaching and Extension Endowment.

Noteworthy Giving

CALS benefactors recognized for their support

group photo

The Ruby C. McSwain NAADA Outstanding Philanthropist Award was given to Bill and Marsha Prestage and the Prestage family. Dr. William K. Collins was named a 2014 recipient of the NAADA Volunteer Service Award.

4-H scholarship endowment created by Wilson couple

Kathy and Ellis Williford speak to the audience as they prepare to sign the endowment agreement.

The endowment will be used to provide scholarships for Wilson County 4-H’ers enrolled in an agriculture, business or health sciences undergraduate or two-year curriculum in any school in the UNC system or N.C. Community College system — including the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and its Agricultural Institute.

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