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NC State scientists crack mysteries of walnuts

Mary Grace

Walnuts are known to be a rich source of disease-fighting nutrients; they are often labeled a “superfood” and are key components of the Mediterranean diet. Yet as much as science has revealed about the health benefits of walnuts, their phytochemical makeup in large has remained a mystery to this point.

CALS dean guides team through North Carolina

two women look at cotton bolls

Dean Richard Linton of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State and his department heads will explore North Carolina’s piedmont region on Sept. 25 and 26, including stops in Rowan and Montgomery counties. This is Linton’s second annual tour, taking faculty from the College to visit research stations, Extension offices and various agriculture and life science industry partners.

Bilderbacks launch endowment to support JCRA programs for children

Ted and Linda Bilberback

The Linda and Theodore (Ted) Bilderback Endowment for the JC Raulston Arboretum Children’s Program will be a “legacy to future generations of budding horticulturists.”

CEFS to hold 20-year anniversary events, Oct. 17-18

people at farm stand

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS), one of the nation’s foremost centers for research, extension and education in sustainable agriculture and local food systems, is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2014 with a SOILbration in Goldsboro on Oct. 17 and speakers and a reunion dinner in Raleigh Oct. 18.

T. Carlton Blalock, former CES director and National 4-H Hall of Fame laureate, has died

Dr. T. Carlton Blalock

An N.C. State alumnus, Blalock served as director of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Cooperative Extension Service and as North Carolina’s State 4-H Leader.

NC State receives grant to improve African sweet potatoes

Sweetpotatoes

North Carolina State University will receive $12.4 million over the next four years from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve a crop that is an important food staple in sub-Saharan Africa – the sweet potato.

Lee County corn maze honors Extension centennial

Corn maze from aerial view

Gross Farms in Lee County will join N.C. Cooperative Extension’s centennial celebration this fall. Guests to their agritourism operation make their way through a 15-acre corn maze cut in the shape of Extension’s centennial logo beginning Sept. 20.

NC Agriculture & Biotechnology Summit examines industry innovations, challenges and the future of food

Joel Bourne

Food and agricultural experts from around the nation will join North Carolina peers at the McKimmon Conference Center in Raleigh Nov. 18 and 19 for a wide-ranging discussion of technologies and policies affecting food production. Joel Bourne, Jr., contributing writer with National Geographic, will deliver one of the keynote addresses, “The End of Plenty.”

Collins, Talley named 2014 CALS Distinguished Alumni

Bill Collins (left) and Windell Talley stand by the CALS Distinguished Alumni display.

Also honored by CALS were Outstanding Alumni Award winners and recipients of the Young Alumni Award.

Culpepper honored by GSD during CALS Alumni Awards celebration

contributions as an agribusiness executive, entrepreneur, philanthropist and volunteer leader

SePRO CEO recognized for contributions as an agribusiness executive, entrepreneur, philanthropist and volunteer leader.

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