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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Noteworthy News

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.

Hands-on Nursery provides a profitable and educational partnership

New growing facilities and a winter protection house are among the production structures that have been added since Hands-on Nursery began in 2004.

What began as an innovative new teaching model nearly 10 years ago has evolved into the Hands-on Nursery, a full-fledged operation run almost entirely by students in Dr. Helen Kraus’ nursery management and nursery production classes in N.C. State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Golden Corral partners with North Carolina 4-H to give military kids a free week of camping fun

Camp Corral focuses on traditional activities and skill-building.

‘The week of a lifetime,” “A blessing,” and “A 100 on a scale of 1 to 10”: These are just a few of the things that young campers are saying about a unique experience born in North Carolina, with help of 4-H specialists at N.C. State University.

Seek, and you will find: Online horticulture portals provide for focused searches that users can trust

Dr. John Dole came up with the idea for the portals, and Extension IT brought it to life.

With more than 2 billion websites indexed by popular search engines, the internet can be a daunting place to go to look for trustworthy information. But for growers, researchers, consumers and others interested in horticultural science information, handy new tools that the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences developed help them focus the hunt on reliable, research-based sources.

Global connections: CALS team promotes international youth program partnerships

CALS’ Dr. Marshall Stewart is greeted by Honduran school children.

North Carolina youth from FFA, 4-H and N.C. State University’s Shelton Leadership Initiative plan to travel to Honduras this summer, thanks to the efforts of N.C. State leaders.

North Carolina 4-H gets students charged up about bioenergy

Wilson County middle-schoolers follow the 4-H curriculum in conducting hands-on experiments on biofuel sources.

Interest in bioenergy has soared as concerns about petroleum’s limited resources and its environmental impact have risen. But what exactly is bioenergy, and what does it mean for America today and in the future? With its latest science-based curriculum, North Carolina 4-H is helping middle-school students answer these and other timely questions.

Rising phoenix is professor’s swan song

A vibrant phoenix, the latest bamboo sculpture created by students in CALS’ horticultural science landscape design studio, soars in front of the new home of the Gregg Museum of Art & Design at N.C. State University.

As Professor Will Hooker, of horticultural science, prepared to retire, he led his students in one more experience of designing and building. They crafted an appropriately avian-themed sculpture as the swan song project under Hooker’s direction.

CALS came to the fair

Giant produce

A showcase of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences programs was on view at the 2013 North Carolina State Fair. Prominent in the fair’s Agriculture Today tent was a CALS exhibit focused on accessibility in agriculture, with displays from the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Research Shop, the North Carolina AgrAbility Partnership and Extension therapeutic horticulture programs.

Noteworthy Alumni

Scenes from CALS Tailgate 2013

Fabulous food was just one feature of a successful CALS Tailgate.

Fabulous food. N.C. State ice cream. Face painting. The (food) science of beer-making. These were all part of the howling good time enjoyed by alumni, faculty, students and friends at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ annual tailgate, Aug. 31.

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.

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

Paving the way: CALS alumna Margaret Carter

Carter was one of the first women to earn a degree from CALS.

Hanging among the family photos and memorabilia that line the front hallway of Margaret Carter’s home is a framed letter from late N.C. Agriculture Commissioner Jim Graham, thanking Carter for her many years of service. The letter serves as a testament to her career, but it’s Graham’s handwritten note at the page’s bottom, signed “your friend,” that speaks volumes.

Duong, Green and FBNS alumni create Gharst Food Science Leadership Award Endowment

Duong, Gharst and Green enjoy a reunion near the N.C. State campus.

At the heart of the Duong, Green and Gharst Food Science Leadership Award Endowment is this simple principle: Being successful in college is about more than just making good grades. The leadership award, which recently attained endowment status, was established in 2009 by Drs. Tri Duong, Greg Gharst and Rodney Green — all alumni of [...]

Noteworthy Giving

Bruneau Golf Tournament sponsor gives back to turfgrass program

Teamed as a foursome at the tournament are (from left) Art Bruneau, Ken Heltemes, Paul Brooks and John Roberts.

When Ken Heltemes moved to Raleigh from Ohio in 1987 to start a new Barefoot Grass Lawn Service franchise, he didn’t know much about turfgrass. That changed when he crossed paths with Dr. Art Bruneau, namesake for an annual golf tournament that raises funds for CALS’ turfgrass program.

TTFC funds expansion of AgriSafe and Certified Safe Farm programs

CALS Dean Richard Linton (left) and Dr. Joe Zublena accept the contribution from TTFC's William Upchurch (right).

Through a recent grant to the N.C. Agricultural Foundation Inc., the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission (TTFC) is providing funds to expand and continue the work of the AgriSafe and Certified Safe Farm programs in North Carolina.

Gentry honored, new Pullen Society initiative launched at CALS fall joint foundations luncheon

Deborah Johnson (left) and CALS Dean Rich Linton (right) present the Distinguished Service Award to Jimmy Gentry.

“Preparing the Way,” a campaign initiative for the foundation boards of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to join N.C. State University’s Pullen Society, was launched Nov. 7. The foundations also presented the annual Distinguished Service Award to Jimmy Gentry, president of the State Grange.

New scholarship honors J.C. Whitehurst Jr., visionary agribusinessman

Participating in the ceremony to establish the annual scholarship are (seated from left) Jim Whitehurst and Tony Griffin; (standing) Dean Richard Linton, Ann Whitehurst, Helen Kirven and Sam Pardue.

The late J.C. Whitehurst Jr. of Greenville was honored Nov. 1 with the creation of an annual scholarship in his name by Coastal AgroBusiness Inc., the company he founded.

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