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Why Are Honeybees Dying?

Why Are Honeybees Dying? | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
The past year has been a bad one for America's honeybees, with commercial beekeepers reporting hive losses of up to 50 percent. Some blame the mysterious
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CALS apiculturist, Dr. David Tarpy joins Dick Rogers, manager of Bayer CropScience's Bee Care Center (under construction in RTP) & Jeffrey Lee, who owns Lee's Bees in Mebane, NC, to discuss the issue. Read more | http://wunc.org/post/why-are-hon

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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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Ethanol Producer Magazine | EthanolProducer.com

Ethanol Producer Magazine | EthanolProducer.com | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
The Biofuels Center of North Carolina recently awarded $684,000 for six projects to accelerate the renewable fuels industry in western North Carolina. Awards were determined through a competitive, peer-reviewed process.
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Among the awards to NC State University were these, to
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- $143,787 to North Carolina State University for on-farm evaluation of perennial biofuel crops to educate farmers and cooperative extension agents through demonstrating the best economic and agronomic data for energy grasses.

- $125,375 to Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center to develop high-yield hybrids of cold-hardy sugarcanes that can be established with vegetative propagation.

- $124,628 to Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center to develop high-yield hybrids of giant miscanthus that can be established with vegetative propagation.

 

Read more | http://www.ethanolproducer.com/articles/9730/advanced-biofuel-feedstocks-targeted-in-n-c-research-awards

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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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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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Backyard Farming Gets Fancy

Backyard Farming Gets Fancy | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Williams-Sonoma, Fifth Season Gardening, Terrain Cater to Modern Homesteaders Who Demand Only the Best Equipment
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$1200 Chicken coops and more ... retailers target the upscale urban trend with high-end equipment.

 

Video:

http://live.wsj.com/video/chicken-coops-get-a-highend-makeover/FBC5E4F6-5B42-4737-AC8A-2943A3E8CA39.html#!FBC5E4F6-5B42-4737-AC8A-2943A3E8CA39

 

Slide show

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324329204578271980099505570.html?mod=#slide/1

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China: Government to boost seed industry

China: Government to boost seed industry | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
China has vowed to boost its seed industry over the next decade to ensure grain stocks grow, amid fears that limited arable land and water may become constraints for agricultural production.

Via CIMMYT, Int.
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WNC biofuels project receives $766,256 grant | Mountain Xpress | Asheville, NC

WNC biofuels project receives $766,256 grant | Mountain Xpress | Asheville, NC | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Press release from AdvantageWest January 16, 2012 – Officials with AdvantageWest and the Biofuels Center of North Carolina announced today that a consortium of Western North Carolina partners will receive a grant of $766,256 from the Biofuels...
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Among the consortium partners the Mountain Research Station, NC Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the NC State University Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center. The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at NC State University has research projects at both locations.

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

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Worms Produce Another Kind of Gold for Farmers

Worms Produce Another Kind of Gold for Farmers | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
New research suggests that vermicompost, a worm-created soil additive, helps plants grow with more vigor, and makes them more resistant to disease and insects, than those grown with other types of composts and fertilizers.
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Rhonda Sherman, vermicomposting specialist in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State University, comments in this article on the special properties of worm-generated compost and the suitability of certain types of vermicompost for certain plants.

 

Ms. Sherman also runs the only annual training vermicomposting in the world. The next Vermicomposting Conference is in Fall 2013.

http://www.bae.ncsu.edu/people/professionals/sherman/

 

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Havlin speaks at Farm-City Breakfast | The Daily Southerner

Havlin speaks at Farm-City Breakfast | The Daily Southerner | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
As the world's population continues to grow and cropland continues to be taken from production, the demand on farmers to increase crop yields will increase.
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Havlin is an N.C. State University professor of soil science. He was keynote speaker at a Farm-City Week breakfast held in Tarboro.

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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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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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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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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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NCSU's Dunphy, Koenning Involved In Award Winning Crop Protection

NCSU's Dunphy, Koenning Involved In Award Winning Crop Protection | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
These two NCSU CALS professors have striven to have an impact on the ASR threat.
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Crop scientist, Dr. Jim Dunphy & plant pathologist, Dr. Steve Koenning, have for years partnered to combat Asian Soybean Rust, which in some countries caused 80% crop loss. They helped develop an Integrated Pest Management system for the disease, the Soybean Rust PIPE, which can be found here:

http://sbr.ipmpipe.org/cgi-bin/sbr/public.cgi

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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.
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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

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Chasing down germplasm information (with tweets) · agrobiodiverse

How Twitter can help (@Seeds4Needs @IItta There's interest from Ghana too http://t.co/rnb4T93n)

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NCSU Research Explains How Vermicompost-Amended Soils Ward Off Crop Pests / Press Releases / News and Media / Southern SARE - SARE

NCSU Research Explains How Vermicompost-Amended Soils Ward Off Crop Pests / Press Releases / News and Media / Southern SARE - SARE | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Grants and outreach to advance sustainable innovations to the whole of American agriculture.
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Dr. Yasmin Cardoza and grad student, Amos Little, studied how compost helps plants resist insect pests such as corn earworm, cabbage worm, green peach aphid and cabbage aphid. The research was funded by the Southern SARE program.

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Cornell Chronicle: Major crop gene breakthrough

Cornell Chronicle: Major crop gene breakthrough | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

With projections of 9.5 billion people by 2050, humankind faces the challenge of feeding modern diets to additional mouths while using the same amounts of water, fertilizer and arable land as today.


Via Stéphane Bisaillon
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What If God Were a Maggot? | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network

What If God Were a Maggot? | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
“Brother of the blowfly… no one gets to heaven without going through you first.” –Yusef Komunyakaa

Sixteen years ago, my wife and I, along with our friend ...
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Biologist, Dr. Rob Dunn, blogs in Scientific American on the role of natural recyclers, such as blowflies and scarabs, in ecology and recycling in nature.

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Plant pathology department and Bayer CropScience team to create new graduate student fellowship | CALS News Center, NCSU

Plant pathology department and Bayer CropScience team to create new graduate student fellowship | CALS News Center, NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

The Department of Plant Pathology and Bayer CropScience have partnered to establish the Bayer CropScience Fellowship for Graduate Students, a training program designed to prepare students for success in private industry.

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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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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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