Posts Tagged ‘Extension’

You Decide: Is Small the New Big?

Dr. Michael Walden is William Neal Reynolds professor of agricultural and resource economics at N.C. State University.

The advantages of bigness in companies may be changing, says Dr. Mike Walden. And the most significant game-changer helping small firms today may be technology.

Resource revolution

Economists wonder where the “next big thing” will be. That is, what will be the next industry that will employ people and create growth? I understand some people say it may be an industry that creates a positive out of a negative, says host Mary WaIden. She asks her husband, NC State economist Mike Walden, “What is it?”

Voting with their feet

There’s a theory in economics that says if residents are unhappy with their local taxes, they will be more likely to move. Host Mary Walden asks her husband, NC State economist Mike Walden, “Is there any evidence supporting this idea?”

Can gray become green in rural regions?

Many older adults move when they retire, while many rural areas are lagging in economic growth. Host Mary Walden asks her husband, NC State University economist Mike Walden, “Can these two facts be put together to create economic improvement?”

Why have gas prices jumped?

Gas prices rose about 40 cents a gallon between last November and this spring. There are always many theories explaining movements in gas prices, says host Mary Walden. Which one makes most sense to you, she asks her husband, NC State University economist Dr. Mike Walden.

N.C. State scientists create food ingredient to combat peanut allergies

Dr. Mary Ann Lila

A team of scientists from the Plants for Human Health Institute has developed a food ingredient from peanut flour and cranberry extracts, among other plants, that has the potential to lessen the life-threatening allergic reactions brought on by peanut consumption.

N.C. Cooperative Extension celebrates 100th birthday

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Friends and employees of North Carolina Cooperative Extension came to Raleigh May 19-20 to celebrate Extension’s centennial with a barbecue dinner, legislative advocacy and the signing of a proclamation declaring May 20 as N.C. Cooperative Extension Day. More than 1,000 people were on hand Monday evening at the N.C. State Fairgrounds Expo Center for dinner and a program celebrating Extension’s past, present and future. This month marks 100 years since the signing of the Smith-Lever Act that created Extension programs across the country.

The most innovative times?

We’ve seen many changes in everyday living during the past two decades, with computers, the Internet and smart phones, says host Mary Walden. And more changes appear to be coming in information technology, robotics and even driverless cars. She asks her husband, NC State economist Dr. Mike Walden, “Have we ever seen so much dramatic change before in our history?”

You Decide: Do we live in the most interesting times?

Dr. Michael Walden is William Neal Reynolds professor of agricultural and resource economics at N.C. State University.

It’s popular to say we live in a fast-paced, highly connected, ever-shifting world. But a strong case can be made for that world actually occurring 90 years ago.

The Keynesian prescription

Though most people are unfamiliar with the names of economists, the name John Maynard Keynes may generate some interest, says host Mary Walden. Keynes is associated with government stimulus programs, which are very controversial. She asks her husband, N.C. State economist Mike Walden to give a thumbnail summary of Keynes’ ideas.

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