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Pollenizer research should help seedless watermelon farmers

Pollenizer research should help seedless watermelon farmers | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Research on flower production and disease resistance in watermelon varieties should help bolster seedless watermelon harvests for farmers.

 

Dr. Chris Gunter discusses his research with Purdue partners, on how to select the best pollenizer melons for breeding, and the critical role of Fusarium disease resistance.

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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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$10 Million Gift Names NC State’s Poultry Science Department for Prestage Family - Prestage Farms, Inc.

$10 Million Gift Names NC State’s Poultry Science Department for Prestage Family - Prestage Farms, Inc. | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Press release from the Prestage Farms web site.

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Clinton farmer gives NCSU $10M for poultry research, teaching :: WRAL.com

Clinton farmer gives NCSU $10M for poultry research, teaching :: WRAL.com | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
The owners of a Sampson County poultry and pork operation have donated $10 million to North Carolina State University for poultry research and education and extension programs, officials said Wednesday.
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$10 M Gift For Poultry Research At NC State —

$10 M Gift For Poultry Research At NC State — | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
The N.C. State University Department of Poultry Science will use a $10 million gift to recruit students and hire a professor.

 

The Department will look for someone with expertise in turkey physiology, immunology, and other poultry-related areas.

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NC State News :: Poultry Science Receives Transformational $10 Million Naming Gift From Prestage Family

NC State News ::  Poultry Science Receives Transformational $10 Million Naming Gift From Prestage Family | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Chancellor Woodson, Poultry Science Dept. Head Mike Williams (above) and donor Bill Prestage discuss the importance of the gift in video interviews.

 

"A $10 million naming gift will help transform NC State’s Department of Poultry Science, a department that supports an important North Carolina – and national – industry.

 

"The new Prestage Family Department of Poultry Science is named in honor of Bill and Marsha Prestage and their family, who are longtime supporters of NC State and owners of Prestage Farms, a poultry and pork production company headquartered in Clinton, N.C.

 

"The gift comprises two endowments that will provide income in perpetuity to support a strategic combination of teaching, research and extension programs."

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Year-round weed control may now be cost effective | Grains content from Southeast Farm Press

Year-round weed control may now be cost effective | Grains content from Southeast Farm Press | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
One of the warmest winters on record in the Upper Southeast played havoc with virtually every crop grown in the region, and often not in ways clearly visible to growers or understandable to the experts.

 

Weed specialist, Wes Everman, explains which weeds may be controlled efficiently, which ones are difficult, and which compounds and mixtures work the best. He discusses horseweed, and palmer amaranth control in several crops.

 

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2011-2012 College Research Impacts from Our Report to the Chancellor of NCSU

2011-2012 College Research Impacts from Our Report to the Chancellor of NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

A dynamic threshold for controlling stink bugs, thermal processing of foods & biomaterials, modeling crop risks for federal crop insurance, advancing hybrid striped bass production and protecting animal health with strategies for improved food and health care -- just some of our activities for this year.

 

http://tinyurl.com/8r2xkhr

 

 

 

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CALS Research, NCSU (CALSResearch) on Twitter

CALS Research, NCSU (CALSResearch) on Twitter | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

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Dr. Blake Brown, NC State Univ at Ag Impact Forum, Elizabeth City, NC

Dr. Blake Brown of NC State University discusses the impact that agriculture has on the North Carolina economy at the NC Farm Bureau/NC Animal Ag Coalition A...

 

Dr. Brown, who raises beef cattle, discusses the importance of animal agriculture in NC and the nation -- NC is number 2 nationally in hog & pork production. That accomplishment has come about in the alst 25 years as a result of North Carolina research and innovative production practices.

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Wheat behind sorghum may cause yield drag | NCSU grains specialist advises

Wheat behind sorghum may cause yield drag | NCSU grains specialist advises | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Grain sorghum acreage is up an estimated five times more than last year in North Carolina and interest in growing the crop in other Southeastern states is increasing.

 

Dr. Randy Weisz, grain specialist, says growers may want to think twice about double cropping wheat & sorghum, since sorghum root compounds may inhibit wheat yield. This phenomenon is called allelopathy.

 

Read more of his extensive cultivation  & cropping system suggestions.

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NC State News & Information » New Fish Species Offers Literal Take on ‘Hooking Up’

NC State News & Information » New Fish Species Offers Literal Take on ‘Hooking Up’ | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Dr. Brian Langerhans discovers a new Gambusia (mosquitofish) with unusual morphology in Mexico.

 

Full paper may require subscription:

"Gambusia quadruncus (Cyprinodontiformes: Poeciliidae): A new species of mosquitofish from east-central Mexico published online ahead of print in September 2012 issue of Journal of Fish Biology

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1095-8649.2012.03397.x

 

 

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Why We Rarely Feed Animals Food Scraps, Even In A Drought : NPR

Why We Rarely Feed Animals Food Scraps, Even In A Drought : NPR | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Getting local restaurants or food factory to donate food scraps to farmers can be complicated. So most livestock producers buy their feed on the open market, and suffer the higher prices caused by the drought in the Midwest.

 

CALS' Rhonda Sherman explains the complex business, health and environmental issues surrounding the practice, and why it's rarely done.

 

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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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$10 million gift names Poultry Science Department for Prestage family | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, NCSU

$10 million gift names Poultry Science Department for Prestage family | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

North Carolina State University’s Poultry Science Department has been renamed for the Prestage Family. Chancellor Randy Woodson announced a $10 million gift that will name and endow the department in N.C. State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

 

The Prestage Family Department of Poultry Science was renamed in honor of Bill and Marsha Prestage and their family, longtime supporters of N.C. State and owners of Prestage Farms, a poultry and pork production company headquartered in Clinton. Home to one of only six poultry science departments in the nation, N.C. State produces job-ready graduates in an important domestic industry.

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NCSU receives $10M gift - Triangle Business Journal

NCSU receives $10M gift  - Triangle Business Journal | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
N.C. State University received one of the largest donations in the school’s history...
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Prestage gives NCSU's poultry science department $10 million

Prestage gives NCSU's poultry science department $10 million | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
N.C State University officials announced Tuesday that the Department of Poultry Science, which has only 17 faculty members and about 75 undergraduate students, will get a $10 million donation from Clinton-based Prestage Farms, one of the largest...
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Farm gives North Carolina State $10 million

Farm gives North Carolina State $10 million | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"Farm gives North Carolina State $10 million..."

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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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The Abstract :: North Carolina State University :: Bringing Bugs into the Classroom

The Abstract :: North Carolina State University :: Bringing Bugs into the Classroom | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Dr. David Buchwalter, of our Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, blogs about his most recent classroom outreach program. He writes:

 

"Last month, I teamed up with other biological researchers to conduct a workshop for high school teachers and science educators in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Titled “The Ecophysiology and Evolution of Aquatic Insects:  A Workshop for High School Teachers,” the workshop was designed to give educators the scientific background and physical tools/supplies needed to bring interdisciplinary and inquiry-based study into the classroom with a focus on aquatic insects. The workshop was funded by a grant I received from the National Science Foundation.

 

"Aquatic insects provide a great springboard into various scientific topics because they are ecologically important and widely used as ecological indicators. They also have fascinating adaptations for aquatic life. Also, they are everywhere and very easy to collect out in nature, providing an opportunity for students to learn more about their immediate environment. My primary goal for the workshop was to stimulate curricular development that combined both field based collections and hands on activities in high school classrooms."

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John Dole named Horticultural Science head | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU

John Dole named Horticultural Science head | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"Dole developed the only comprehensive research program on greenhouse & field-cut flowers in the US, with work ranging from new crop development to postharvest handling and marketing.

 

"He serves as executive advisor for the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers and is a frequent speaker nationally and internationally on cut flowers.

 

"In addition, his research includes the physiology and handling of propagative plant materials & potted flowering plants, especially poinsettias."

 

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Establishing energy grasses in sprayfields

Establishing energy grasses in sprayfields | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
The Biofuels Center of North Carolina - creating North Carolina's large-scale, advanced biofuels, biorefining and bioproducts industry sector.

 

The Biofuels Center is working with NCSU scientists on this project.

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Breeders break loose with new blackberry, table grape varieties | Orchard Crops content from Western Farm Press

Breeders break loose with new blackberry, table grape varieties | Orchard Crops content from Western Farm Press | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

NCSU plant breeders, Dr. Gina Fernandez & Dr. Jim Ballington have released a new blackberry, called Von. And Nantahalla, a NCSU raspberry released in 2009 (photo above) is also coming to market now.

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Megatrends to Assets: Shaping Ag Biotech Strategies At October 10 Summit | North Carolina Biotech Center

The Ag Biotech Summit 2012 is only days away. There’s still time to register, however, to join state and national leaders in agriculture, business, science, education and government October 10 at the McKimmon Center at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.


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The Glory of Leaves - Rob R. Dunn in National Geographic Magazine

The Glory of Leaves - Rob R. Dunn in National Geographic Magazine | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Sometimes a masterwork hangs in a museum. Other times it hangs from the branch of a tree or rounds out a slender stem.

 

Ecologist, Dr. Rob Dunn, contemplates the diversity of leaf morphology, color & anatomy, and the consistent marvel of photosynthesis, in the October National Geographic.

 

Language to do them justice!

 

http://www.YourWildlife.org

 

https://twitter.com/RobRDunn

 

 

 

 

 

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