Posts Tagged ‘Commercial Horticulture’

NC State receives grant to improve African sweet potatoes

Grant will help researchers improve sweetpotatoes, a staple crop in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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.

Advisory leaders meet and tour sites in Watauga County

people looking at Wendy

Extension’s State Advisory Council toured two sites in Boone, following its fall meeting there in November 2013. SAC members toured a constructed that Extension had been involved in creating. They also toured a choose-and-cut Christmas tree farm in Foscoe, near Boone.

Scientists lay groundwork for cabbage breeding program

Fresh cabbage at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh, N.C.

KANNAPOLIS, NC – Two scientists with the N.C. State University Plants for Human Health Institute at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis are studying more than 300 cabbage varieties as part of the initial phase in a cabbage breeding program.

Researchers seek new treatments for strawberry diseases

Researchers at North Carolina State University will use funding from a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to help southern strawberry growers battle some common plant diseases.

Public poinsettia open house set for Sunday

Pink poinsettias being tested by NCSU

Nearly 100 different cultivars of poinsettias will be on display from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday Dec. 4 at N.C. State University’s JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh. Stop by to see the 9′ tall poinsettia tree, enjoy poinsettia gardens and decorated poinsettias and help decide which poinsettias are North Carolina’s favorites.

Blackberry and raspberry workshop set for Aug. 31

raspberry

N.C. State University will hold a blackberry and raspberry workshop at the Upper Mountain Research Station on Aug. 31. The event starts with registration at 9 a.m. and concludes with a noon lunch.

May Day arboretum gala celebrates spring in Raleigh

Susan Woodson

The annual Gala in the Garden fund-raiser at JC Raulston Arboretum is traditionally a beautiful herald of the spring season in Raleigh, whether the weather is fine, rainy, sweltering or windy. For this year’s May 1 festivities, it was more than fine.

In Lee County, Extension supports tornado recovery

Sen. Richard Burr with extension staff

On April 16, Seth Holt was working on his farm in Lee County, when he saw a dark cloud headed his way. Holt, a Lee County agricultural Extension agent, took shelter from what turned out to be a major thunderstorm on his farm. But later he realized how lucky he had been when he saw the devastation that tornadoes had done to his county.

‘Bee Informed’ to inform beekeepers

Picture of honeybees

North Carolina State University will play a central role in a 5-year, $5 million U.S. Department of Agriculture effort to compile a nationwide honey bee database designed to make beekeepers more productive.

N.C. State gets boost for cabbage research

Fresh cabbage at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh, N.C.

Using an extensive cabbage germplasm collection given to N.C. State University by Monsanto Co., scientists expect to develop new and improved varieties to increase demand for cabbage and expand production in North Carolina.

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