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Super-sized restoration projects begin in Hyde

Super-sized restoration projects begin in Hyde | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

By Catherine Kozak, Coastal Review Online | With numerous bureaucratic hurdles finally cleared, an innovative wetlands restoration project led by the N.C. Coastal Federation is about to begin on thousa...

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Dr. Mike Burchell & engineers in the CALS Department of Biological & Agricultural Engineering are designing a canal complex intersecting with farmland in Hyde County. Pumps & weirs will redirect rain stormwater into a created wetland, protecting the Albemarle & Pamlico Sounds of North Carolina. Read more | http://tinyurl.com/kgb7ucg

 

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CALS Sustainability Office hosts Leadership Triangle program | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

CALS Sustainability Office hosts Leadership Triangle program | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State
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Dr. Danesha Seth Carley, Director of Sustainability Development for the Collete of Agriculture & Life Sciences at North Carolina State University,  talks small solutions, with big impact. Read more | http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/agcomm/news-center/perspectives/cals-sustainability-office-hosts-leadership-triangle-program/

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Three Honored for Global Efforts

Three Honored for Global Efforts | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Three NC State educators were honored with the Outstanding Global Engagement Award from the Office of International Affairs last week.
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Three educators received the Outstanding Global Engagement Award from the NCSU Office of International Affairs last week. CALS faculty Dr. Siddhartha Thakur, Asst. Prof. of swine health & reproduction, and Dr. Qiuyun “Jenny” Xiang, Prof. of plant biology, were honored for their efforts to promote international research, teaching, extension and economic  development. Among the other nominees was Dr. Tomislav Vukina, Prof. of agricultural and resource economics. In photo: Dr. Xiang appears on the left and Dr. Thakur, on the right.

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Taylor Named ACE Fellow

Taylor Named ACE Fellow | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Laura Taylor, professor of agricultural and resource economics, has been selected as one of 50 American Council on Education Fellows for the 2013-14 academic year.
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Dr. Taylor directs the Center for Environmental & Resource Economic Policy, which provides leadership in economics research & outreach programs to develop forward-thinking environmental policy in NC. Her research focuses on policy evaluation & valuation of natural resources & environment.

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Taylor Awarded Leopold Fellowship

Taylor Awarded Leopold Fellowship | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Laura Taylor is one of just 20 environmental researchers in North America to receive the prestigious Leopold Leadership Fellowship for 2013.
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Dr. Laura Taylor' research focuses on policy evaluation and valuation of natural resources & the environment.

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http://bulletin.ncsu.edu/2013/01/fellow/

 

Leopold Leadership Program

http://leopoldleadership.stanford.edu/

 

Center for Environmental & Resource Policy at NCSU

http://www.ncsu.edu/cenrep/

 

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Public meeting will consider hydrilla infestation at Lake Waccamaw State Park | WWAY NewsChannel 3 | Wilmington NC News

Public meeting will consider hydrilla infestation at Lake Waccamaw State Park | WWAY NewsChannel 3 | Wilmington NC News | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"Hydrilla is a submerged aquatic plant that can create nearly impenetrable mats of stems and leaves on a lake’s surface."

 

CALS aquatic weed specialist, Dr. Rob Richardson, will meet with citizens Dec. 11 to discuss the hydrilla infestation in Lake Waccamaw.

 

Dr. Richardson has worked for several years on the exotic weed, which is difficult to eradicate, affects water ecology, water quality, and recreational activities and hopes to help control the problem to preserve the lake's unique qualities.

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Fewer dams can mean better fishing in N.C.

Fewer dams can mean better fishing in N.C. | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Beginning next spring, American shad will jump up a natural-looking "rock arch rapids," a 200-foot slope of rock added to the downstream side of the Cape Fear Lock and Dam No. 1. The fish will swim to their ancestral spawning grounds.

 

CALS Biologist, Dr. Joseph Hightower says when lifted by locks, 35% of the migrating shad succeeded in getting past the dams.

 

CALS Biology grad student, Joshua Raabe has been tagging the shad, bass and other fish making the trip, to monitor their success.

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N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Grant to CALS Engineers

N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Grant to CALS Engineers | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

CALS Biological & Agricultural Engineers at NC State University have received $267,173 from the NC Department of Environment & Natural Resources to implement stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) for the Roberson Creek Watershed near Pittsboro, NC.

 

Engineers for this project are Drs. Karen Hall; William Hunt, III; Daniel Line; Kristopher Bass; Jean Spooner; James Blackwell; and Ryan Winston.

 

Here's how the authors describe their project:

 

"The Robeson Creek Watershed is impaired for Total Phosphorus and Habitat Degradation. This project will implement stormwater BMPs recommended by both the 2003 TMDL implementation plan and the 2010 Robeson Creek Watershed Restoration Plan to help meet goals of reducing peak stormwater flows,

 

"Total Phosphorus (TP), Total Nitrogen (TN), total suspended solids (TSS), and improve and maintain aquatic habitat. Focus will be primarily on the Little Creek subwatershed. A stormwater wetland, a bioretention area, buffer plantings, and cisterns will be installed along a critical continuous segment of Little Creek tributary 1A that captures stormwater from urban development and a large parking lot in Pittsboro.

 

"Water quality sampling will be placed upstream and downstream of BMPs to determine effectiveness. An innovative upflow filter that targets Phosphorus removal will be installed on a farm pond that drains to Robeson Creek. Water quality monitoring will also occur upstream and downstream of this BMP to determine nutrient removal effectiveness. As recommended in the restoration plan, the ongoing educational campaign of the Robeson Creek Watershed council will be continued with quarterly stakeholder meetings, tours, workshops, newsletters, and informational signs at BMP locations."

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13th Annual NCSU Vermiculture Conference | Biological & Agricultural Engineering, NC State University

13th Annual NCSU Vermiculture Conference | Biological & Agricultural Engineering, NC State University | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"This event will provide the tools you need to start or expand an earthworm and vermicompost production operation. You will also learn the latest research on the effects of vermicompost and extracts (tea) on plant growth and disease suppression, how growers are effectively marketing earthworms and vermicompost, the different technologies being utilized, and how a large greenhouse grower is using vermicompost with remarkable results. At this conference there will be ample opportunities to get answers to your questions from industry experts and other growers."

 

Event runs Nov. 5-6, Friday Center, UNC-Chapel Hill

 

Who should attend?

Earthworm Growers  | Farmers | Composters | Nursery Owners | Greenhouse Growers | Soil Blenders | Orchard Owners | Entrepreneurs | Livestock Operators | Extension Agents | Solid Waste Managers | Landscapers | Consultants | Food Service Managers

 

Click title above for registration.

Contact Information:

Rhonda Sherman
Conference Chairperson
and Extension Specialist,
NC State University
Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering
Phone:(919) 515-6770
Email: sherman@ncsu.edu

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The Weekly: August 29, 2012 - IFT.org

The Weekly: August 29, 2012 - IFT.org | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

National Resources Defense Council Report: US food waste is on the rise, possible solutions proposed.

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CALS 2012 Soybean & Tillage Field Day, Sept. 5, 2012

Soybean & Tillage Field Day, Upper Piedmont Research Station, Reidsville, NC, Sept. 5, 2012

 

Please RSVP & Join us! Everyone is welcome to register, visit the station, and hear about new CALS research in soybean and tillage methods.

 

Highlights: Soybean production information; long-term tillage trials
including yield, soil compaction, controlled traffic; soil organic matter;
insect pest management; erosion measurements using ground-based
lidar; remote sensing technologies for soil and crop management.
3 hours CCA (2 SW, 0.5 PM, 0.5 CM), 0.5 hours pesticide credits available

 

See the link above for more information & a map.

 

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Poole Golf Course receives Audubon International certification | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Scie...

Poole Golf Course receives Audubon International certification | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Scie... | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State
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Only one other university course is Audubon cerfified; and there are only 92 other Signature certified sanctuaries. The designation is awarded for environmental sustainability.

Dr. Danesha Seth Carley, Dr. Charles Peacock, & Dr. Tom Rufty Fostered the Certification Effort.

 

Read more: http://tinyurl.com/lf5xmna

 

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Researchers trying to identify, catalog every species in Moore County preserve

Researchers trying to identify, catalog every species in Moore County preserve | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
SOUTHERN PINES - Jamie Sasser cradled a tiny woodpecker in his hands. The bird quivered slightly as Sasser peered intently at it.
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Researchers trying to identify, catalog every species in Moore County preserve | Entomologist, Dr. Clyde Sorenson, of the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at NC State University took several of his students to scout for insects in the 24-hour Weymouth Woods bio-blitz last weekend. Read more about their adventure in this special wildlife refuge here | http://www.fayobserver.com/articles/2013/05/27/1256089

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NC State News :: NC State News and Information » Researchers Devise Hidden Dune Filters To Treat Coastal Stormwater Runoff

NC State News :: NC State News and Information » Researchers Devise Hidden Dune Filters To Treat Coastal Stormwater Runoff | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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Rain means untreated stormwater can sweep pollutants into coastal waters, potentially endangering public health. NC State University researchers have developed low-cost filtration systems concealed beneath sand dunes to filter out most of the bacteria that can lead to beach closures. Read more: http://news.ncsu.edu/releases/wms-burchell-dune-filters/

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Scientists See Insect Outbreaks From Space

Scientists See Insect Outbreaks From Space | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
A new tool uses satellite imagery to help researchers track small disturbances such as bug infestations, which may increase in scope as climate changes
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Watch the stunning video of a LandTrendr visualization of the Pacific Northwest and see the colors change as the mountain pine beetle infestation encroaches on the healthy forest.

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Buildings Have Biology Too | The Daily Scan | GenomeWeb

Buildings Have Biology Too | The Daily Scan | GenomeWeb | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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"Applications are being accepted for a working group called the Evolutionary Biology of the Built Environment, according to Your Wild Life, an ecological website hosted by North Carolina State University."

 

The Your Wild Life team leader is ecologist Dr. Rob Dunn. Here's his call to practitioners & professionals:

"The Basics: We need your help. We are organizing the first working group aimed at understanding the evolutionary biology of the built environment—our bedrooms, our houses, our backyards and our cities. This working group will occur June 10 – 14, 2013, in Durham, North Carolina. We are now inviting applications for participants in the working group."

 

Interested in participating? Visit

http://www.yourwildlife.org/2013/01/evolutionary-biology-of-the-built-environment-working-group-call-for-participants/

 

Dr. Dunn also blogs at Scientific American -- here's one of his latest posts:

http://www.robrdunn.com/2013/01/11-ways-to-avoid-answering-a-question-a-year-in-review/

 

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UNC-TV -- Life-changing television - A Visit to the Eno River

UNC-TV -- Life-changing television - A Visit to the Eno River | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

WUNC-TV/NPR interviews Dr. Rob Richardson, an aquatic weed researcher in the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at NC State University, about the infestation of the invasive exotic weed, Hydrilla, in the popular scenic Eno River in Durham, NC.

 

The River is part of the local water supply; and the weed affects not only water quality but the ecology of the river and its plants and animals, such as fish, herons, and turtles. It also interfers with popular recreational activities, such as paddling and fishing.

 

Click on the December 4 program, "A Visit to the Eno River" to watch.

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N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Grant to CALS Engineers

N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Grant to CALS Engineers | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

CALS Biological & Agricultural Engineers and Agricultural Economists have received a grant of $203,775 from the NC Department of Environment & Natural Resources (DNER) for Phase II of a project in Cary, NC. Phase I created rain gardens and other rainwater harvesting systems at schools. The next phase of the project will focus on stormwater controls along greenways and in community parks.

 

Project researchers are economists, Dr. Christy Perrin, Dr. Patrick Beggs & Dr. Layra Taylor, and engineers, Dr. Kristopher Bass & Dr. William Hunt, III.

 

Here's how the researchers describe their project:

 

"The Black Creek Watershed Association (BCWA), coordinated by NC State University with technical assistance from the Town of Cary since 2006, has achieved several milestones in its pursuit of delisting Black Creek from the 303(d) list of impaired waters.

 

"An initial watershed assessment and restoration plan was completed in 2009, followed by acceptance of the plan by EPA in lieu of a TMDL. The assessment showed that the creek is impaired by high volume and velocity stormwater runoff flows that have altered the natural flow regime and negatively impacted biotic communities. The partnership created a residential outreach and engagement program that resulted in many residential practices that are reducing stormwater runoff through backyard raingardens, and wetlands.

 

"Public stormwater retrofits have been installed at schools, a neighborhood clubhouse, and a private greenway. In-stream flow monitoring and modeling produced 3 years of data and a hydrologic model for assessing target runoff reductions. This proposal will leverage successes achieved to reach a new significant landowner audience- commercial and institutional landowners.

 

"BCWA is known through public outreach events and networking with members' organizations (Rotary clubs, homeowners' associations). The network will help to convene a commercial/institutional steering committee to develop and implement an outreach, sponsorship, and recognition program. A retrofit project will be identified and implemented on a commercial property, and retrofits that were previously identified within the project BMP Site Atlas will be constructed on Town of Cary and Wake County schools properties. Simple changes to existing bioretention will be installed and monitored to increase infiltration.

 

"Additional stream flow monitoring and modeling will further hone a retrofit target by testing pre-post BMP flows, and will test a new milestone of disconnecting 200 acres of imperviousness to reach effective 10% impervious cover in the watershed. Ultimately, this project will lead to a greater capacity of the community to fund and implement stormwater retrofit projects, and to better understand the type and cost of retrofits needed to move towards a more natural stream flow regime."

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CALS' Melanie McCaleb featured in Erosion Control March/April 2012 issue

CALS' Melanie McCaleb featured in Erosion Control March/April 2012 issue | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Uncovering solutions to construction erosion, sediment, and turbidity

 

Melanie McCaleb, researcher & Extension Associate in the Soil Science Department's  Erosion, Sediment and Turbidity Control Group (ES&TC) at NC State University discusses the unpredictability of erosion research and her group's impact on the addressing issue. (Starts p. 17)

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Ecologist, Dr. Susan White is New Director of NC Sea Grant & Water Resources Research Institute

Ecologist, Dr. Susan White is New Director of NC Sea Grant & Water Resources Research Institute | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Through dynamic research, education and outreach programs, North Carolina Sea Grant links university researchers to the people, businesses and governments that manage, use and enjoy coastal and marine resources.

 

"Ecologist Susan N. White, currently director of the Hollings Marine Laboratory in Charleston, S.C., will be the new executive director for North Carolina Sea Grant and the Water Resources Research Institute of the University of North Carolina upon the retirement of Michael P. Voiland in December.

 

"Susan brings a strong science background, as well as leadership working with a mix of partners and stakeholders," notes Vice Chancellor Terri L. Lomax of North Carolina State University, where the two state/federal partnership programs are headquartered.

 

"She will be a great leader for Sea Grant and WRRI programs here that have strong traditions of assisting and guiding communities, businesses, organizations and the public," Lomax adds. Sea Grant focuses on the ecosystems and economies of the coastal region, while WRRI supports research and training related to freshwater topics statewide."

 

NC Sea Grant web site

http://www.ncseagrant.org/

 

Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI), of the University of North Carolina System, at NC State web site

http://www.ncsu.edu/wrri/

 

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Animal production can grow sustainably | News from the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, NCSU

Animal production can grow sustainably |  News from the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

New report from the Council on Agricultural Science & Technology (CAST)

 

Excerpt from CALS news article by Natalie Hampton:

As the world’s middle class nearly triples in number, demand for meat, dairy products and eggs is expected to rise by as much as 100% by 2050. The question is, can agricultural production meet that demand without causing extensive environmental damage?

 

An NC State University professor was among a group of U.S. academics who addressed this question in the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology Issue Paper, Water and Land Issues Associated with Animal Agriculture: A U.S. Perspective.

 

Dr. Kelly Zering, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in Agricultural and Resource Economics in NCSU's College of Agriculture & Life Sciences (CALS), chaired a group of five university faculty and a consulting environmental engineer who explored the issue of increased livestock production and environmental impacts.

 

Their paper responded to a 2006 issue paper of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, Livestock’s Long Shadow.

 

Free download of report, here:

http://www.cast-science.org/publications/?water_and_land_issues_associated_with_animal_agriculture_a_us_perspective&show=product&productID=261302

 

 

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