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Proud Heritage

Chet Black, center, is named a Legend of Extension. With Fletcher Barber, left, and Joe Zublena.

N.C. Cooperative Extension celebrates its centennial birthday.

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Floating Classroom

students in front of the RV Humphries

It’s time for a cool change as a CAAE outreach program takes youngsters out on the water for lessons in aquatic ecology.

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Priceless Experience

Working in the free stall at the Dairy Education Unit are (front to back) students Devan Schreiber and Connor Reynolds, herd manager Alli Davis and student Danielle Pierce.

The Dairy Education Unit prepares tomorrow’s dairy leaders in a real-world environment.

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Fulfilling the Mission

Six William Neal Reynolds Professors uphold the College’s strategic vision and goals through impactful research endeavors.

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Meeting of Minds

Dr. John Russ (seated front) and the CALS ARE 306 class pose in real time along with their transatlantic counterparts, shown on screens in Croatia (including the white-bearded Dr. Ron Campbell).

CALS and Croatian students attend ag law class together via transatlantic connections.

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College Profile: Travis Burke

Travis Burke

Northeast District Director Travis Burke can’t wait to see what unfolds as Extension’s next century begins.

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Noteworthy News

CEFS celebrates two decades of transforming North Carolina’s food system

Kicking off the CEFS 20th anniversary celebration are Dr. Nancy Creamer, CEFS director from N.C. State; event speaker Dr. Ricardo Salvador; Dr. John O’Sullivan, CEFS director from N.C. A&T; and Dr. William Randle, dean of N.C. A&T’s School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.

In April, CEFS kicked off its 20th anniversary celebration, which continues this fall with a SOILbration and reunion for past faculty, interns and apprentices.

Nurturing a new venture: CALS animal scientist assists in sustainable swine operation start-up

Silvana Pietrosemoli (center), a CALS animal science research associate, helps Bobby and Suzanne Irwin with their new commercial venture, a pastured pork production system.

The College’s Silvana Pietrosemoli works with Alleghany County farmers to set up a pastured pork operation.

With rye harvest, N.C. State students will participate in commemoration of Berlin Wall end

Dr. Bob Patterson (left) joins CALS students for the late June harvesting of the rye. The harvested seed will be part of the November Peace Bread project, marking the 25th anniversary of the destruction of the Berlin Wall.

Students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, along with some Park Scholars, planted and harvested rye seed that will be part of an international celebration marking 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Expanded study-abroad opportunities: CALS partners with U.K.’s Harper Adams University

main building at Harper Adams University

A new agreement between N.C. State and England’s Harper Adams University brings excitement for the possibilities this partnership may create for faculty and students from both institutions.

Nash named first N.C. State student to win Beacon of Enlightenment scholarship

CALS’ Colt Nash (center) is congratulated by the University of Adelaide’s Mike Brooks (left), deputy vice chancellor and vice president (research), and Sandy McConachy, director of Global Research and Engagement.

As N.C. State’s first Beacon of Enlightenment scholar, Colt Nash will work toward his Ph.D. in immunology/infectious disease.

Research stations receive new equipment

Three men standing before tractors

Agricultural research in North Carolina got a boost this year from $2.5 million in state funds allocated to upgrade equipment at the state’s network of research stations. Recently, state and university officials gathered at Clayton’s Central Crops Research Station to demonstrate some of the new equipment that will help modernize agricultural experiments across the state.

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.

N.C. State’s Farm Animal Days draws multitudes

Youngsters meet a dairy calf at the Lake Wheeler Road Field Laboratory's Beef Educational Unit. In background, a line of vehicles brings more eager visitors to 2014 Farm Animal Days.

The annual opportunity to meet and greet farm animals is hosted by N.C. State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and its departments of Animal Science, Prestage Poultry Science, and Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences.

Noteworthy Alumni

Jim Hunt reflects on Extension’s century of service: ‘Thank goodness for Cooperative Extension’

Former N.C. Gov. Jim Hunt

Having lived three-quarters of North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s history, former four-term N.C. Gov. James B. Hunt has plenty to say about the agency’s value and positive influence on communities and people across the state.

Evans, BAE head and CALS alumnus, named to international hall of fame

Dr. Robert Evans (right) was accompanied by his colleague Dr. Wayne Skaggs at the International Drainage Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Dr. Robert O. Evans was honored at the International Drainage Hall of Fame award dinner and ceremony, held at The Ohio State University.

$3 million gift to CALS from alumni couple will seed rural student access initiative at N.C. State University

Dr. Joe and Deborah Gordon (seated, front) sign the agreement creating the Gordon Family Farm-to-Philanthropy Program, Endowment and Challenge. Joining them are (from left) De Teague of CALS Advancement, CALS Dean Richard Linton, N.C. State Chancellor Randy Woodson and Dr. Sam Pardue, director of CALS Academic Programs.

The gift from Dr. Joseph K. and Deborah Kapp Gordon of Raleigh to the university’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will support a number of initiatives to better prepare rural North Carolinians for acceptance to – and then the rigors of – N.C. State.

Noteworthy Giving

Gifts from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Universal Leaf Tobacco Co. and Alliance One bring Collins endowment closer to $10 million goal

Dean Rich Linton (top photo, second left), Chancellor Randy Woodson (back, center) and Ann and Bill Collins (right) accept the donation presented by the team from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco.

Sizeable donations from tobacco companies R.J. Reynolds, Universal Leaf and Alliance One have brought a recently established tobacco program endowment in N.C. State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences closer to its funding goal.

2014 Gala in the Garden is a special celebration of North Carolina

A '53 Chevy truck, filled with North Carolina products, was the centerpiece of the gala.

Forget the vernal equinox. For multitudes of gardening enthusiasts, the true first day of spring is the day of the annual Gala in the Garden at N.C. State University’s JC Raulston Arboretum. This year the theme of the May 4 gala was “Celebrating North Carolina,” so the emphasis was on the state’s finest food, botanicals, products and people.

‘Apostle for horticulture’ Bryce Lane creates student travel endowment

Bryce and Susanna Lane are joined at the signing table by their grandsons (from left), Tate, Ellis and Lane, and, behind them, daughters Meghan Newkirk and Sarah Ivy, holding granddaughters, Daphne and Paige.

During his 32-year career, Bryce Lane led students on many national field trips and competitions, as well as international excursions, where he introduced students to world horticulture practices. Creating a fund to support travel opportunities for horticulture students seemed a natural choice as his parting gift to the Department of Horticultural Science when he retired.

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