Posts Tagged ‘horticultural science’

Rising phoenix is professor’s swan song

A vibrant phoenix, the latest bamboo sculpture created by students in CALS’ horticultural science landscape design studio, soars in front of the new home of the Gregg Museum of Art & Design at N.C. State University.

As Professor Will Hooker, of horticultural science, prepared to retire, he led his students in one more experience of designing and building. They crafted an appropriately avian-themed sculpture as the swan song project under Hooker’s direction.

CALS came to the fair

Giant produce

A showcase of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences programs was on view at the 2013 North Carolina State Fair. Prominent in the fair’s Agriculture Today tent was a CALS exhibit focused on accessibility in agriculture, with displays from the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Research Shop, the North Carolina AgrAbility Partnership and Extension therapeutic horticulture programs.

Modernizing Food Safety

Farm Bureau's Debbie Hamrick, shown at the State Farmers Market in Raliegh, are part of the group that has helped guide the rules process for the food safety act.

It’s been called the biggest change to food safety and farming practices in modern history. And though it’s been more two and a half years since the Food Safety Modernization Act was signed into law, there is still much work to be done. The good news is that in North Carolina, organizations that support agriculture haven’t been sitting on their hands. Groups like CALS, the N.C. Farm Bureau and the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services have been active in helping to shape regulations and educate growers on how the Food Safety Modernization Act will affect the way they do business.

Speaking of Extension

Dreams, knowledge, education, skills, experience, expertise, solutions

North Carolina Cooperative Extension clients statewide tell how Extension is empowering them and providing solutions that have improved their lives.

Huffmans and Extension: A reliable partnership

Keith and Conlee Huffman run a diversified agricultural enterprise that includes Christmas trees and nursery crops.

A good deal has changed in the 40 years, give or take, since Conlee Huffman first asked an Extension agent about Christmas trees. Over the years, from Extension, the Huffmans have gained valuable knowledge. In the Huffmans, Extension has found a reliable partner for on-farm demonstrations and other activities.

Strawberry breeding program receives national grants

Strawberries in field

Dr. Jeremy Pattison, strawberry breeder and geneticist with the N.C. State University Plants for Human Health Institute at the N.C. Research Campus, is working on two grant-funded projects to support work in transferring the latest research to strawberry growers in North and South Carolina and Virginia to maximize yields and profitability.

Are you lookin’ over a four-leaf clover?

field of clover

Are four-leaf clovers becoming more common? N.C. State News Services’ Matt Shipman asks John Dole, head of the Horticultural Science Department in The Abstract today.

2013 Arb Gala is an elegant Asian Reflection

bamboo dragon centerpeice

The April 28 Gala in the Garden, the annual garden party and fund-raiser at JC Raulston Arboretum, came with cool temperatures and April showers, yet it was as magical and beautiful as ever.

Farming the forest: CALS expert helps landowners grow crops beneath the trees

Dr. Jeanine Davis

For property owners looking to find ways to earn money from their forested land, forest farming can be a promising alternative – or addition – to harvesting the trees. And for years, Dr. Jeanine Davis has been helping these landowners make the most of that promise.

Tradition meets innovation in CALS scientist’s tomato breeding efforts

Dr. Dilip Panthee

Using a combination of new tools and time-honored techniques, Dr. Dilip Panthee is carrying on N.C. State University’s strong tradition in plant breeding, developing hardier, higher-yielding plants for North Carolina’s $30-million-a-year tomato industry.

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