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Aaron Fox and Suzanne O'Connell: Exploring Partnerships Abroad

N.C. State University Ph.D. students Suzanne O'Connell and Aaron Fox immersed themselves in Croatian agriculture, cuisine and culture as they spent a month e...
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NCSU Ph.D. students Suzanne O'Connell & Aaron Fox immersed themselves in Croatian agriculture, cuisine and culture, spending month exploring study abroad options with the University of Zagreb's Faculty of Agriculture. The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences has a long history of agricultural partnership with Croatia, whose agricultural history is rich with crops such as olives, grapes, herbs, and more.

video | http://tinyurl.com/a59our2 | story | http://tinyurl.com/ao5hd42

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Parasitic fly spotted in honeybees, causes workers to abandon colonies : Not Exactly Rocket Science

Parasitic fly spotted in honeybees, causes workers to abandon colonies : Not Exactly Rocket Science | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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Andrew Core of San Francisco State Univ. has discovered another possible contributor to honeybee Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), which threatens crop pollination and food security: a tiny parasitic fly, Apocephalus borealis, which oviposits in the bee's abdomen where the eggs hatch and the larvae eventually kill the host bee. The parasitic fly usually attacks bumblebees; but Dr. Core has found it also reproduces in honeybees, causing them to become confused and wander from the hive at abnormal times, such during the night.

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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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Plants for Human Health Institute - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Coordinates: 35°30′05″N 80°37′26″W / 35.501486°N 80.6240119°W / 35.501486; -80.6240119

The Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) is a North Carolina State University research and education organization located at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, North Carolina, USA. The institute is devoted to research involving food crops, like fruits and vegetables, and the potential health-promoting properties they convey when consumed.

PHHI is part of the North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, which staffs the institute with faculty from the departments of horticultural science; food, bioprocessing and nutrition sciences; plant biology; genetics; and agricultural and resource economics.[1] The institute has both research and Cooperative Extension components. Dr. Mary Ann Lila, a world-renowned blueberry researcher,[2] is director of the Plants for Human Health Institute.[3]

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Among the crops studied are blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, and strawberries.

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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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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.


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Using Satellites, Researchers Pinpoint Chicago's Urban Gardens: Scientific American

Using Satellites, Researchers Pinpoint Chicago's Urban Gardens: Scientific American | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Chicago produces more of its own food thanks to an abundance of backyard gardens
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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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North Carolina All Commodities Conference set for Jan. 17-18 | Markets content from Southeast Farm Press

North Carolina All Commodities Conference set for Jan. 17-18 | Markets content from Southeast Farm Press | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
North Carolina’s agriculture community will meet in Durham on Jan. 17-18 for the annual All Commodities Conference.
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The annual All Commodities Conference, will showcase the latest information on cotton, corn, small grain and soybean production in the state.

 

"This year’s conference will be hosted by the North Carolina Soybean Growers Association. Charles Hall, executive director of the association says planners have tweaked the meeting a bit this year to make it easier for growers to see all the professional presentations."

 

Dr. Jim Dunphy, corn specialist; Dr. Ron Heiniger, soybean specialist; Dr. Randy Weisz, small grain specialist; & Dr. Alan York, weed specialist will speak.

New CALS Dean, Dr. Richard Linton, will help present awards.

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N.C. State researchers win $2.5 million grant to combat salmonella | News from the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, NCSU

N.C. State researchers win $2.5 million grant to combat salmonella | News from the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, NCSU | 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. Hosni Hassan, NCSU professor of microbiology, and Dr. Matt Koci, associate professor of poultry science, are leading the charge on a new five-year, $2.5 million grant from the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA)  to stamp out salmonella.

 

“Our research is aimed at trying to develop new ways of preventing poultry from getting colonized by salmonella, so then the poultry products the consumer comes in contact with are less likely to be capable of causing foodborne illness,” Koci said. “But educating the public on safe food handling practices is an equally important piece of the puzzle. This grant will allow us to attack salmonella from both angles.”

 

Hassan and Koci will work with partners from UNC-Chapel Hill, the Kenan Fellows program and North Carolina 4-H to develop an educational program based on their salmonella research that eventually will be made available to youth statewide.

 

Through the Kenan Fellows program, select North Carolina K-12 teachers will spend time in Hassan’s and Koci’s labs this summer learning the researchers’ respective areas of science. From that experience, the teachers will develop lessons on everything from safe food handling practices to the science behind salmonella. ..."

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Small Fruits Consortium receives NIFA award | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU

Small Fruits Consortium receives NIFA award | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU | 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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"The Southern Region Small Fruits Consortium – a six-member group of land-grant universities including N.C. State – has received the 2012 Partnership Award for Multi-State Efforts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture. The award recognizes exemplary work impacting agriculture, environment, communities or people from a team at a land-grant university, cooperating institution or organization supported by the NIFA."

 

Visit the authoritative website for growers, Extension personnel and professionals at:

http://www.smallfruits.org

 

"N.C. State faculty members have been involved in the following SRSFC projects:

Dr. Frank Louws and Dr. Mahfuzur Rahman (N.C. State, entomology) have received grants for research and extension efforts related to foliar / fruit rot on strawberries.Dr. Hannah Burrack (N.C. State, entomology), Dr. Doug Pfeiffer (Virginia Tech) and Dr. Powell Smith (Clemson) received grants to develop a volunteer monitoring network for spotted wing drosophila, a recent invasive pest of soft-skinned small fruits. The monitoring network allows growers to apply pesticides in a timely manner to minimize losses to this pest.Dr. Gina Fernandez, (N.C. State, horticultural science) and colleagues have received grants since 2002 to develop raspberry and blackberry breeding programs. The program developed the red raspberry, “Nantahala,” which has resulted in commercial fruit sales of $16,000-$27,000 per acre."

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‘From crops to cows to cream’: Milking center dedication highlights N.C. State’s innovative approach to dairy science and education

‘From crops to cows to cream’: Milking center dedication highlights N.C. State’s innovative approach to dairy science and education | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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"A new N.C. State University milking center was cause for celebration for North Carolina’s dairy industry Friday Nov. 9. More than 100 people came out to view the new building designed to enhance the university’s teaching, research and extension programs in both food and animal sciences.

 

"The center includes milking stalls where about 150 cows are milked twice a day, producing 1,000 gallons a day of milk that’s trucked to Schaub Hall and used in Howling Cow ice cream and other dairy products.

 

"The center’s dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Lake Wheeler Road Field Laboratory’s Dairy Educational Unit mark an important milestone in the development of a vertically integrated dairy enterprise system that encompasses not just the dairy farm unit but also the Schaub Hall Dairy Pilot Plant."

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"A new N.C. State University milking center was cause for celebration for North Carolina’s dairy industry Friday Nov. 9. More than 100 people came out to view the new building designed to enhance the university’s teaching, research and extension programs in both food and animal sciences.

 

The center includes milking stalls where about 150 cows are milked twice a day, producing 1,000 gallons a day of milk that’s trucked to Schaub Hall and used in Howling Cow ice cream and other dairy products.

 

The center’s dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Lake Wheeler Road Field Laboratory’s Dairy Educational Unit mark an important milestone in the development of a vertically integrated dairy enterprise system that encompasses not just the dairy farm unit but also the Schaub Hall Dairy Pilot Plant."

 

 

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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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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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Innovative uses of nanotechnology in food and agriculture explored

Innovative uses of nanotechnology in food and agriculture explored | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Examples of current projects in development are presented in a Special Research Section published in Industrial Biotechnology.
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N.C. State researchers win $2.5 million grant to combat salmonella

N.C. State researchers win $2.5 million grant to combat salmonella | 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. Hosni Hassan & Dr. Matt Koci lead the USDA-NIFA funded effort to fight food poisoning caused by Salmonella.

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Two CALS faculty involved in award-winning crop protection efforts

Two CALS faculty involved in award-winning crop protection efforts | 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. Jim Dunphy & Dr. Matt Koenning were honored by USDA-NIFA for their research to protect soybean from Asian soybean rust. The Southern Region Integrated Pest Management Center, which is located at NC State University, organized what it called the Soybean Rust PIPE. PIPE stands for Pest Information Platform for Extension and Education....

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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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Ag Forum will offer economic and policy outlook Jan. 31

Ag Forum will offer economic and policy outlook Jan. 31 | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
The forum will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Holshouser Building. Dr. Nick Piggott, an agricultural economist at N.C. State Univers ...
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The keynote speaker, Dr. Nick Piggott, is a faculty member in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State University.

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Demand, interest in hops soaring in North Carolina | Management content from Southeast Farm Press

Demand, interest in hops soaring in North Carolina | Management content from Southeast Farm Press | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Demand and interest in hops is soaring in North Carolina, partly due to the re-location of three major beer breweries in the state.
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"Three large beer brewers are building their east coast breweries in North Carolina, combined with 60 or so craft beer brewers and a thriving number of amateur brewers and there has grown a significant demand for one of beer’s primary ingredients — hops.

 

"The crop is not native to the Tar Heel state, but has been grown in the past and can be grown now, but just how to do that has proven to be a perplexing challenge for North Carolina State University Horticulturist Jeanine Davis.

Davis and her research team at North Carolina State’s Mountain Horticultural Research Station in Mills River, N.C., and on the main campus in Raleigh, have taken up the challenge and are making progress in getting hops planted in the western and piedmont sections of North Carolina."

 

Davis and her team hope to benefit small and large breweries in the state.

 

 

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Is there a future for North Carolina hops farming?

Is there a future for North Carolina hops farming? | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
North Carolina brewers, growers, researchers and beer drinkers agree that with the right hops variety and the right investments, hops could be a robust niche industry in this region and in the mountains, where there are fledgling hops farms.
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Read about the work of N.C. State Extension Associate Scott King, who is helping with NC hops variety trials, run by Dr. Jeanine Davis, to try to identify hops varieties which will thrive in North Carolina's soils and climate. The effort targets small local breweries and complements Sierra Nevada's recent move to North Carolina, near the Mountain Crops Horticultural Research Station.

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How Google Earth Revealed Chicago's Hidden Farms : NPR

How Google Earth Revealed Chicago's Hidden Farms : NPR | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
When scientists scoured lists of the city's community gardens, they discovered they didn't tell the whole story of where food was being grown.
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