The emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle that has already devastated millions of trees in Michigan since 2002, has now been confirmed to be present in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park of North Carolina and Tennessee.
The bill has pitted farmer against farmer as North Carolina, Georgia and other southern peanut and rice growers charge they’ve been left out of a Senate proposal skewed in favor of Midwest corn and wheat growers.
The Ag Biotech Summit will convene national and statewide leaders who are making a solid commitment to ensure shared thinking, coordinated activities and goals to continue growing North Carolina’s agricultural industry through biotechnology.
The pork industry has been very successful in significantly reducing its environmental impact and use of natural resources by nearly 50 percent across the board per 1,000 pounds of pork produced, which is quite an accomplishment.
How do you keep destructive insects from developing resistance to the toxins in genetically modified plants? In the case of corn plants and the western corn rootworm beetle, you need to more than double the amount of non-toxic corn that is planted around the genetically modified corn, according to a new study.
For the first time in its 15-year history, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Farm to School program broke the $1 million-sales mark, posting more than $1.2 million in sales of fresh fruits and vegetables during the 2011-12 school year.
Agriculture and agribusiness— food, fiber, and forestry — account for almost one-fifth of the state’s income and employees. Almost 17 percent, or $71.6 billion, of the $425 billion gross state product is contributed by food, fiber, and forestry industries. These industries account for 638,000 of the state’s 3.8 million employees. This new PDF from N.C. State University economist Mike Walden provides the value-added incomes derived from the state’s agricultural sector for 2010.
Though he is definitely a plant on time, manage on time proponent, N.C. State University's Ron Heiniger says there are some interesting opportunities for planting corn on a totally different program than what has been recommended over the past 50 years or more.
Dr. Johnny Wynne, who will retire this month as dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, was honored June 12 at a gala celebration at N.C. State University’s McKimmon Center. More than 400 well-wishers – including Wynne’s family and N.C. State faculty, students, alumni and friends – gathered at the reception and dinner event, hosted by the College.
Spring is the busy season for apiaries like the Busy Bee, and for the bees themselves: During the spring, honeybees emerge from their winter slumbers and begin collecting pollen from North Carolina’s blossoms. And the Busy Bee Apirary, founded in 1998 by Jack Tapp, has been as industrious as ever this month. Most of the hives are in farmer’s fields right now, pollinating North Carolina’s summer crop of melons, strawberries, squashes, peppers, cotton and soybeans.
The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services helps promote exports of N.C. agricultural products through its International Marketing office. Through these efforts, North Carolina now exports about $3 billion in agricultural products each year.
NEW YORK, NY, June 11, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The green movement is no longer a new initiative in most states across the country, and that includes the southern state of North Carolina. Associate Director of the Local Economies Project at the New World Foundation, Jerry Cosgrove, hopes that North Carolina will see the long-term impact that land protection could determine.
THUMBS UP to the concept of promoting agriculture in Catawba County. The county’s Cooperative Extension office wants to recruit young farmers to focus on the economic development component of agriculture. County officials want the public’s ideas on how to incorporate and sustain such a program. And, recruiting young people into agriculture is a natural part of the effort.
NC Farmers: Please take a short survey to help N.C. State University's Tourism Extension program and the North Carolina Agritourism Networking Association create an accurate portrait of agritourism in our state.
Fusarium graminearum is a notorious fungus that infects major crops, such as wheat, barley and corn, causing significant economic hardship for the agricultural industry, often with catastrophic losses. It also can be toxic to animals, including humans. A Coker College professor -- with help from research partners at Purdue University, the University of Arkansas, Southern Illinois University and North Carolina State University --is looking to discover specific genes in the fungus that control reproduction, and understand exactly how they function.
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