Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service
1.9K views | +0 today
Follow
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by CALS Research, NCSU
Scoop.it!

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
CALS Research, NCSU's insight:

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

 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by CALS Research, NCSU
Scoop.it!

Study Exposes Multi-generational Impacts of Pesticide Exposure - eNews Park Forest

Study Exposes Multi-generational Impacts of Pesticide Exposure - eNews Park Forest | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Using the aquatic species Daphnia, commonly referred to as “water fleas,” scientists at North Carolina State University (NC State) determined that exposure to the pesticide pyriproxyfen impacted multiple generations, ultimately resulting in more...
CALS Research, NCSU's insight:

The team of toxicologist, Dr. Gerald LeBlanc, found that in the model aquatic organism, exposure to the pesticide pyriproxyfen (an insecticide in the juvenile hormone analog (JHA) class) resulted in adverse reproductive effects in females, and production of more male offspring, skewing the sex ratio, with severe effects on future reproduction.  Read news article |  http://tinyurl.com/aou94bn | Paper appears in PLos One | http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0061715

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by CALS Research, NCSU
Scoop.it!

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
CALS Research, NCSU's insight:

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/

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by CALS Research, NCSU
Scoop.it!

USDA | Office of the Chief Economist | Climate Change | Effects | Climate Change and Agriculture Report

USDA | Office of the Chief Economist | Climate Change | Effects | Climate Change and Agriculture Report | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
CALS Research, NCSU's insight:

Climate Change and Agriculture in the US: Effects and Adaptation is the title of the new USDA report -- the first the agency has ever issued.

Fitzgerald Booker, Kent Burkey, Shuijin Hu, faculty in the College of AGriculture & Life Sciences at NC State, are among the distinguished contributing authors.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by CALS Research, NCSU
Scoop.it!

New Book Encourages Readers to “Know Soil Know Life”

New Book Encourages Readers to “Know Soil Know Life” | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Published by the Soil Science Society of America and targeted to high school students, "Know Soil Know Life" challenges readers to see soil not as inert "dirt" but as living material that carries out critical functions for people and the environment.
CALS Research, NCSU's insight:

CALS soil scientist, Dr. David Lindbo, co-edited the book, which includes a lengthy chapter on careers in soils.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by CALS Research, NCSU
Scoop.it!

Wayne and Judy Skaggs create endowment for water resources and hydrology research | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, NCSU

Wayne and Judy Skaggs create endowment for water resources and hydrology research | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"Dr. R. Wayne Skaggs, a National Academy of Engineering member and retiring William Neal Reynolds and Distinguished University Professor of biological and agricultural engineering, with his wife, Judy, has created an endowment to support the continued research in his field of water, soil and plant systems management. The Wayne and Judy Skaggs Endowment for Water Resources and the Hydrology of Poorly Drained Lands was created Nov. 9 at N.C. State University’s McKimmon Center. The endowment was signed as part of festivities in commemoration of Skaggs’ career. ..."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by CALS Research, NCSU
Scoop.it!

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."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by CALS Research, NCSU
Scoop.it!

Day two, dean’s tour: MARC & CMAST | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU

Day two, dean’s tour: MARC & CMAST | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

The Dean visited the Marine Aquaculture Research Center, Smyrna, and the Center for Marine Aquatic Science and Technology, Morehead City, NC, visiting with more than 30 alumni, supporters, and CALS faculty.

 

The Dean asked supporters “to help validate what we need to do as a college,” as CALS moves through its strategic planning process.

 

He learned about MARC, where researchers are exploring aquaculture with salt water species, such as blue crabs; environmentally friendly water handling in aquaculture; sturgeon aquaculture; hybrid striped bass feed research; wind energy self-sufficiency research; local seafood marketing efforts, and more.

 

Visit the CMAST web site:

http://www.cmast.ncsu.edu/

 

 

 

 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by CALS Research, NCSU
Scoop.it!

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

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by CALS Research, NCSU
Scoop.it!

Cut Down Rain Forests, Lose Your Rain | 80beats | Discover Magazine

Cut Down Rain Forests, Lose Your Rain | 80beats | Discover Magazine | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Ulva Island rain forest in New Zealand.

 

It's clear that cutting down rain forests to plant crops, however fulfilling in the short-term for a farmer, is a disaster..."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by CALS Research, NCSU
Scoop.it!

New publication: Vermicomposting: Worms Can Recycle Your Garbage

CALS Extension Solid Waste Specialist & researcher, Rhonda Sherman, explains how to compost food waste using environmentally-friendly earthworms. Color photos.

 

Advantages of vermicomposting:

• Reduces the amount of garbage that needs to be collected from your home, and thus, it may reduce your garbage collection bill;
• Produces less odor and attracts fewer pests than putting raw food scraps into a garbage container;
• Saves the water and electricity that kitchen sink garbage disposal units consume;
• Requires little space, labor, or maintenance;
• Allows you to compost food discards indoors year-round;
• Produces a free, high-quality soil amendment (vermicompost);
• Spawns free earthworms for fishing.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by CALS Research, NCSU
Scoop.it!

NC State News :: Unexpected Finding Shows Climate Change Complexities in Soil

NC State News :: Unexpected Finding Shows Climate Change Complexities in Soil | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Scientists have assumed that elevated CO2 would stimulate the beneficial plant root fungi, arbuscular mycorrhizae (AMF), to sequester carbon in the soil.

 

This study challenges that assumption, and predictions based upon it, of carbon balance in future climate change. USDA funded the study.

 

Drs. H. David Shew (Plant Pathology) & Thomas Rufty (Crop Science) co-authored with Drs. Fitz Booker & Kent Burkey, of CALS & the USDA Agriculture Research Service. The first author is former NC State graduate student, Lei Cheng; and postdoctoral researchers Cong Tu & Lishi Zhou also co-authored.

 

The article appears in Science for 31 August 2012: Vol. 337 no. 6098 pp. 1084-1087
http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1224304

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by CALS Research, NCSU
Scoop.it!

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
CALS Research, NCSU's insight:

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/

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by CALS Research, NCSU
Scoop.it!

NC State News and Information » New Algorithm Helps Evaluate, Rank Scientific Literature

NC State News and Information » New Algorithm Helps Evaluate, Rank Scientific Literature | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
CALS Research, NCSU's insight:

"Keeping up with current scientific literature is a daunting task," write Matt Shipman, "considering that hundreds to thousands of papers are published each day. Now researchers from NC State University have developed a computer program to help them evaluate and rank scientific articles in their field.

The researchers use a text-mining algorithm to prioritize research papers to read and include in their Comparative Toxicogenomics Database (CTD), a public database which manually curates and codes data from the scientific literature describing how environmental chemicals interact with genes to affect human health.

 

"Over 33,000 scientific papers have been published on heavy metal toxicity alone, going as far back as 1926,” explains Dr. Allan Peter Davis, a biocuration project manager for CTD at NC State who worked on the project and co-lead author of an article on the work.'“We simply can’t read and code them all. And, with the help of this new algorithm, we don’t have to'.”

 

CALS biologists Thomas Wiegers, Cynthia Grondin Murphy & Carolyn Mattingly worked with Dr. Davis and colleagues at The Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory on the NIEHS-funded project.

 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by CALS Research, NCSU
Scoop.it!

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.
CALS Research, NCSU's insight:

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.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by CALS Research, NCSU
Scoop.it!

What is “Sustainability in Agriculture: An Executive Course” at NC State?: Unique course

What is “Sustainability in Agriculture: An Executive Course” at NC State?: Unique course | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Agricultural sustainability is one of the key challenges for societies throughout the world.
CALS Research, NCSU's insight:

Faculty from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Poole College of Management at NC State have developed a unique Executive Course focused on agricultural sustainability. This science-based, 2-day course is the first in the U.S. that integrates science, economics, and business management. It informs corporate executives on the current factors driving changes in resource availability, environmental regulation, and climate change that are impacting North American & global agriculture.

 

The course also discusses successful business models emerging as corporations explore appropriate paths for a sustainable future. The initial series of courses is being presented to managers and executives of major agricultural corporations.  The purpose is to help prepare leaders in the private sector for the challenging times ahead.

 

To contact the CALS Office of Sustainability Programs to discuss designing an executive short course for your organization, please contact:

 

Dr. Danesha Seth Carley
Coordinator for CALS Sustainability Programs.
201 Patterson Hall Campus Box 7643
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695

Phone: 919-515-2717
Email: danesha_carley@ncsu.edu

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by CALS Research, NCSU
Scoop.it!

After 12 years of research, hog-waste disposal still reeks | Dr. Mike Williams, CALS Animal & Poultry Waste Management Center, comments on promising new technologies

After 12 years of research, hog-waste disposal still reeks | Dr. Mike Williams, CALS Animal & Poultry Waste Management Center, comments on promising new technologies | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Much has changed in the 15 years since state officials first got serious about finding a cleaner way to treat the waste from North Carolina’s 9 million-plus hogs. But much hasn’t.

 

But Dr. Williams, who is closely involved in the regulatory process, states that a new waste treatment system "seems to meet nearly every criterion to be named an official 'Environmentally Superior Technology' under the 2000 [Smithfield, NC] agreement"; and while the method may need tests for ammonia removal capacity, the technique is promising.

 

 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by CALS Research, NCSU
Scoop.it!

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."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by CALS Research, NCSU
Scoop.it!

Day four on the dean’s tour: Wilson, Greenville and Columbia | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU

Day four on the dean’s tour: Wilson, Greenville and Columbia | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

CALS Dean, Richard Linton, toured the Eastern 4-H Environmental Education Conference Center.

 

"The 250-acre facility, opened in 2001, is North Carolina’s newest 4-H camp and conference center. Lee Scripture, center director, explained to the dean that it “fulfilled a promise that was made to the people of North Carolina when they closed one on Roanoke Island in the 1960s. The promise was to open a new center to serve this part of the state.”

 

"And fulfill that promise, the center has: Extensive boardwalks and nature trails give visitors the chance to get close to nature as they explore woodlands, meadows, pocosin forests, wetlands, creeks and rivers.  The center operates year-round, serving both children and adults, Scripture added."

 

To learn more:

http://eastern4hcenter.org/

 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by CALS Research, NCSU
Scoop.it!

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)

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by CALS Research, NCSU
Scoop.it!

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/

 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by CALS Research, NCSU
Scoop.it!

US Extension Programs Are Model for Agricultural Management in Other Countries | NCSU Researchers Study Livestock Sustainability

US Extension Programs Are Model for Agricultural Management in Other Countries | NCSU Researchers Study Livestock Sustainability | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
A group of NC State researchers have studied whether livestock production can keep up with population growth.

 

Economist, Dr. Kelly Zering notes findings that modern agricultural animal production can be sustainable, with the right investments.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by CALS Research, NCSU
Scoop.it!

Report: Animal production can grow sustainably | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU

Report: Animal production can grow sustainably | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Economist, Dr. Kelly Zering chairs committee issuing new Cast report titled:

 

Water and Land Issues Associated with Animal Agriculture: A U.S. Perspective

 

Free full text download here:

 

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

 

 

 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by CALS Research, NCSU
Scoop.it!

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

 

 

more...
No comment yet.