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Tractor gives students access to latest technology | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Tractor gives students access to latest technology | 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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NCSU College of Agriculture & Life Sciences students will be able to learn on the latest equipment thanks to the generosity of a farm equipment manufacturer and a farm machinery dealer. AGCO, a farm machinery designer, manufacturer and distributer, has provided the Lake Wheeler Road Field Laboratory with a new Massey Ferguson tractor through a no-cost lease agreement, said Curtis Powell, field lab superintendent. The Massey Ferguson 7620 tractor was provided by C&R Implement Company in Williamston.

 

The tractor will be used for classes and demonstrations and normal work around the field lab, which is just south of the Raleigh city limits on Lake Wheeler Road.

 

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

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New CAST Issue Paper Examines the Important Connections Between the World's Needs for Food and Fuel and the Thoughtful Use of Nutrients

New CAST Issue Paper Examines the Important Connections Between the World's Needs for Food and Fuel and the Thoughtful Use of Nutrients | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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Food, Fuel, and Plant Nutrient Use in the Future: CALS Soil Scientist, Dr. John Havlin, is a Member of the Task Force for a New CAST Report. | News story here | www.ipni.net/... | Download free report here | http://www.cast-science.org/publications/?food_fuel_and_plant_nutrient_use_in_the_future&show=product&productID=271532

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Ag Research Needs More Funding, Say Experts | Food Safety News

Ag Research Needs More Funding, Say Experts | Food Safety News | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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Two CALS professors, crop scientist, Dr. Tom Sinclair, and economist, Michael Roberts, were among the advisors on the President's Council of

Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).

 

Their new "Report to the President on Agricultural Preparedness and the Agricultural Enterprise," recommends a an additional $700 million per year for agricultural research, and outlines how the money should be spent.

 

The full report is here:

http://tinyurl.com/bemnsn4

 

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North Carolina presents specialty crops grants | Vegetables content from Southeast Farm Press

North Carolina presents specialty crops grants | Vegetables content from Southeast Farm Press | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
North Carolina has awarded $1.2 million in specialty crops grants, some of which targets organic production.

 

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North Carolina State University received five of the grants, some geared directly toward improving the states already thriving organic farming enterprise. The state is one of few in the Southeast with an ongoing organic crops research and outreach program.

 

"Chris Reberg-Horton, who heads the North Carolina State organic crops program, says these crops are growing in size and economic importance to North Carolina and the Carolina-Virginia region.  ... "

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2012 Fall Agroecology Education Farm: Farm to Fork Reception! | Facebook

Check out these great photos from our 2012 Fall Agroecology Education Farm: Farm to Fork Reception!

 

The Agroecology Farm is part of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS), part of the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at NC State University

http://www.cefs.ncsu.edu/whatwedo/academic.html

 

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Register & Join Us for the New State-of-the-Art Milking Center Dedication, Nov. 9, 2012!

Register & Join Us for the New State-of-the-Art Milking Center Dedication, Nov. 9, 2012! | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Please join us for the:

NC State University
MILKING CENTER DEDICATION
Friday, November 9, 2012

On November 9th, NC State will dedicate its new milking center, a state-of-the-art facility designed to support dairy research, hands-on student training and continued education for members of the dairy industry.  The milking center and surrounding dairy will also be a destination where families, schoolchildren and the general public will get an insider’s view of where milk, ice cream and other favorite dairy products begin.
 
Join leaders from North Carolina’s dairy industry and the NC State community to celebrate the dedication of this new facility, and to learn about plans for the future Dairy History Museum and other upcoming components of the farm of the future.

To register and for more event details visit the following website:
go.ncsu.edu/milking_dedication
 
The event is open to everyone, but please register.

Register no later than November 1.
 
*Come as you are. Walking shoes recommended.

Questions? Please contact:
Jennifer Bernabi
Phone: 919.515.6212
Email: jennifer_bernabi@ncsu.edu

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Students learn where pizza comes from

Students learn where pizza comes from | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
The fifth-graders of Davidson County will never be able to look at a pizza the same way after a day trip Thursday to the Davidson County Fairgrounds for Agriculture by the Slice, a program created by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension and...

 

Extension specialists & Master Gardeners used fave kids' food, pizza, to give them experience in gardens, cooking, and the food chain.

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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.

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Bee Economy: Honey, Mites & Diesel Drive Pollination Fees :: The Abstract :: North Carolina State University

Bee Economy: Honey, Mites & Diesel Drive Pollination Fees :: The Abstract :: North Carolina State University | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Dr. Wallace Thurman coauthors the first comprehensive North American survey of the economic forces which drive pollination services.

 

The study, titled "The Economics of Honeybee Pollination Markets," appears in the most recent issue of The American Journal of Agricultural Economics. The appears paper here (full text may require a subscription or payment):

http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajae/aas031


 

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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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N.C. agribusiness sprouting higher, study finds - Triangle Business Journal

N.C. agribusiness sprouting higher, study finds - Triangle Business Journal | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Agriculture and agribusiness contributed $77 billion, or 17 percent, to North Carolina’s...
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NC agribusiness sprouting higher, study finds: Economist, Dr. Mike Walden, ran the numbers to create a statistical snapshot of North Carolina agriculture & agribusiness, which contributed $ 77B, or 17%, to the state's $ 440B gross domestic product in 2011. You can find Dr. Walden's handy fact sheet here | http://www.ag-econ.ncsu.edu/faculty/walden/agribusiness-2013.pdf

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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
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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.

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Fruit, vegetable growers set for big Carolina expo | Southeast Farm Press

Fruit, vegetable growers set for big Carolina expo |  Southeast Farm Press | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
A crowd of 600-700 fruit and vegetable growers from the Carolinas will gather on Nov. 26-28 for the 27th annual Carolina Vegetable and Fruit Expo.

Via NCSU CALS
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Hessian fly in wheat: Should I spray? | Grains content from Southeast Farm Press

Hessian fly in wheat: Should I spray? | Grains content from Southeast Farm Press | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

The decision to spray for Hessian fly in a fall wheat crop is not an easy one."

 

CALS Entomologist, Dr. Dominic Reisig, explains.

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Day three on the dean’s tour: Goldsboro, Clinton | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU

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

"The third day of Dean Richard Linton’s cross-state trek took him to eastern North Carolina for a tour of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems [CEFS] in Goldsboro, bookended by stops in Clinton and Wallace."

 

"The CEFS is a partnership of N.C. State, N.C. A&T and the NCDA&CS. The 2,000-acre research farm in Goldsboro is one of the nation’s largest centers for the study of sustainable food and farming systems. Its mission is to develop and promote food and farming systems that protect the environment, strengthen local communities and provide economic opportunities in this state and beyond."

 

CEFS staff lead an information-rich tour of facilities for organic farming research which includes soil chemistry and emissions, relevant to climate change; pastured livestock; local food, including the 10% Campaign; forages; the dairy; the Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)-certified postharvest handling area; and more.

 

He also toured Prestage Farms, recent NCSU donor for whom the Department of Poultry Science was named, and visited with another NCSU supporter, Wendell Murphy.

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NC State News and Information » Pollenizer Research Should Help Seedless Watermelon Farmers

NC State News and Information » Pollenizer Research Should Help Seedless Watermelon Farmers | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

The pollenizers aren't bees ... they're plants!


Dr. Chris Gunter explains.

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Agriculture Brings Science & Math Alive in NC | Plants For Human Health Institute (PHHI), NCSU

Agriculture Brings Science & Math Alive in NC | Plants For Human Health Institute (PHHI), NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

The innovative project of strawberry breeder, Dr. Jeremy Pattison, & the PHHI team brings high school agriculture teachers and their students into the field for giving hands-on experience in cultivation, laboratory experiments, and statistical analysis of the field data, making STEM much more appealing and real-world to students.

 

The PHHI staff hope the project will become a national model for teaching agriculture in a way which shows students the relevance of science, technology and mathematics to everyday life, including berries!

 

Video is about 10 minutes long.

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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

 

 

 

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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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