Posts Tagged ‘agriculture’

Beef tour attracts large crowd to Franklin County

Farmers look at test plots

More than 110 people came out to a Cooperative Extension beef tour that’s become a summer tradition in the North Carolina’s Piedmont. Held in southern Franklin County this year, the Five-County Beef Tour took visitors to farms representing the diversified nature of North Carolina cattle operations.

Hundreds turn out to celebrate Ag Awareness Day

Podium shot with five people

March 18 was an historic day, as an estimated 1,600 people turned out at the state capital in downtown Raleigh to celebrate and raise awareness of agriculture in North Carolina, a $78 billion business, and new efforts to grow N.C. agriculture to a $100 billion industry.

Vilsack charges stakeholders at workshop on coexistence

Vilsack at podium

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack was among the speakers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Stakeholder’s Workshop on Coexistence held at NC State last week.

The Green Revolution Legacy

Dean Linton, Jim Blome, Wayne Holden, Nevin McDougall and Warden Arden

Food production is the world’s most critical grand challenge. The time is now, and the college is positioned to help find the answers to the big questions surrounding food production.

Of Waste and Want

Beth Foster at podium

Meeting the looming global food crisis is the issue at hand as CALS co-hosts the 2014 North Carolina Agriculture and Biotechnology Summit.

NC-VA Hops Conference brings together growers, brewers

Hops growing on bines

Hop growers and brewers in North Carolina and Virginia are invited to attend the first NC-VA Hops Conference and Beginning Hop Farmer Conference, March 13-14 at North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s Forsyth County Center, Winston-Salem.

NIFA chief delivers wide-sweeping seminar on challenges facing 21st century agriculture

Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy spoke at a agbiotechnology summit before deliving a Cooperative Extension seminar at NC State University.

Calling a booming world population “the mother of all wicked problems,” National Institute of Food and Agriculture Director Sonny Ramaswamy called upon an NC State University audience to press forward in their attempts to deliver on the promise of biophysical and social sciences in ensuring food security for a population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050.

Something resistant this way comes: an insect mystery

Fall armyworm on a corn leaf.

In fall 2013, Dr. Dominic Reisig got a phone call from a farmer in rural Hyde County. The farmer was growing corn, and it was literally falling apart in the field. What was going on? Reisig, an entomologist at NC State University, is a sort of science detective who specializes in insects that pose a threat to crops. And the farmer had presented him with a mystery.

Safety counts: Become a Certified Safe Farm

Tim Britton, Ray Boswell and Dan Wells discuss farm health and safety

Sept. 21-27 is officially National Farm Safety & Health Week, but Certified Safe Farm offers North Carolina farmers in 18 counties the opportunity to learn ways to take steps every day toward on-farm safety and health.

Nancy Creamer appointed to new USDA foundation board

Dr. Nancy Creamer is now a distinguished professor of sustainable and community-based food systems, a position that is one of two endowed chairs made possible with an endowment established by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Nancy Creamer, horticulture professor and director of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, has been named to a 15-member board of directors for the newly created Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR).

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