An unprecedented partnership of academic and industry organizations at the North Carolina Research Campus has launched a groundbreaking $1.5 million program to engage college students from across the state in a first-of-its-kind education and research endeavor. Called the Plant Pathways Elucidation Project (P2EP), the program teams up university scientists, industry leaders and college students to explore how fruits and vegetables benefit human health.
This summer’s tomato season got off to a slow start, with cooler spring temperatures and heavier-than-normal rainfall. But that didn’t stop tomato lovers from turning out for the fourth annual Great Tomato Festival in Greensboro, organized by N.C. Cooperative Extension in Guilford County and N.C. A&T State University.
Seven agricultural agents with North Carolina Cooperative Extension have received awards from the North Carolina Association of County Agricultural Agents. All of the state winners will be recognized as national winners in September.
On Wednesday, July 17, WRAL-TV featured a story about how three Harnett County farms are working with N.C. Cooperative Extension to develop various on-farm systems of alternative energy. Agent Gary Pierce described how alternative energy benefits farmers.
Late blight, a serious disease of tomatoes and potatoes, has been confirmed in North Carolina, according to N.C. State University’s Plant Disease and Insect Clinic and two Cooperative Extension plant pathology specialists.
Will Cramer is the successful farm manager behind Ever Laughter Farm just north of Hillsborough. He and his business partner Sam Hummel, are among those who got their start at Orange County’s Breeze Farm enterprise incubator. New farmer programs will benefit from support of the 2013 Farm to Fork Picnic June 9.
For the first time, N.C. State’s Agroecology Education Farm will provide fresh produce to campus dining facilities. As part of the university’s Earth Day celebration, community members, students and more gathered to plant the plants that will feed the campus.
Frances Seymour, a long-time advocate for forest preservation, will deliver the 2013 Borlaug Lecture April 16, 3 p.m., at N.C. State University’s Hunt Library Auditorium. Her speech topic is “Forests for Thought – The Dynamic Politics of Tropical Forests, Food Security and Climate Change.”
CALS Dean Richard Linton stepped up and kissed a pig during the 2013 Ag Awareness Week activities on N.C. State’s Brickyard this week, all in the interest of good, clean fun and finding a cure for cancer.
Guilford County native Kristen Glosson is creating new options for dairy farmers through her nutrition and animal science research at a newly enhanced dairy unit that’s part of N.C. State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. As she pursues her master’s degree, Glosson focuses on increasing the nutrient density of pasteurized whole milk for calves.