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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.

 

 

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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. ..."

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CALS Office of Sustainability promotes green initiatives

CALS Office of Sustainability promotes green initiatives | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences created its Office of Sustainability last year to encourage sustainable efforts within the college, and the office has recently developed tools to connect students and faculty to important sustainability...

 

CALS Sustainability Officer, Dr. Danesha Seth Carley, explains her program's new initiatives.

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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/

 

 

 

 

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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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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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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..."

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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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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.

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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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Gulf spill harmed small fish, studies indicate | Environment | Science News

Gulf spill harmed small fish, studies indicate | Environment | Science News | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Ecologist, Dr. Damian Shea, finds that weather oil is less toxic, as new chemical analyses show that weather reducing oil's propensity to shed polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) into water ...

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More researchers join effort to control stink bugs organically

More researchers join effort to control stink bugs organically | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"Multi-university project asks how organic farmers can control these pests and protect their crops."

 

Organic farmers are particularly challenged when faced with the destructive Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.

 

College of Agriculture & Life Sciences researchers at NC State University join the effort.

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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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Honeybees harbor antibiotic-resistance genes | ScienceBlog.com

Honeybees harbor antibiotic-resistance genes | ScienceBlog.com | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Bacteria in the guts of honeybees are highly resistant to the antibiotic tetracycline, probably as a result of decades of preventive antibiotic use in...

 

Yale University researchers find that routine oxytetracycline use to prevent foulbrood appears to have caused genetic adaptation in bacteria in the honeybee.

 

The resistant bacteria were not found in honey, however.

 

Check out our Apiculture site, also:

http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/entomology/apiculture/

 

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NC Choices' 2nd Annual Carolina Meat Conference, Temple Grandin kenote at CEFS event

NC Choices' 2nd Annual Carolina Meat Conference, Temple Grandin kenote at CEFS event | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

NC Choices' 2nd Annual Carolina Meat Conference

from The Center for Environmental Farming Systems CEFS

more about CEFS: http://www.cefs.ncsu.edu/index.htm


December 3 & 4 in Bermuda Run, NC
Online registration for the 2nd Annual Carolina Meat Conference is now open at http://www.carolinameatconference.com


The conference includes a special Monday night social, dinner with the Blind Pig Supper Club, welcome and comments with NC Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler and keynote address with Dr. Temple Grandin and features some of NC's best farmers, meat processors, educators and food professionals including:

    Acre Station Meat Farm
    Chop Shop Butchery
    Foothills Pilot Plant
    Mays Meats
    Proffitt Family Farm
    Rogers Cattle Company
    Rose's Meats and Sweets
    San Giusseppe Salami Company
    Weeping Radish Brewery and Butchery

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as well as:

    Animal Welfare Approved
    Kari Underly, Range, Inc, Chicago, IL
    Adam Tiberio, Tiberio Custom Meats, Brooklyn, NY
    Craig Deihl, Cypress, Charleston, SC
    Tanya Cauthen, Belmont Butchery, Richmond, VA
    T&E Meats, Harrisonburg, VA
    Arion Thiboumery, NMPAN and Lorentz Meats

 

More about the 10 Percent Campaign

@NC10Percent

http://www.cefs.ncsu.edu/whatwedo/foodsystems/10percent.html

 

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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

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Congratulations to Michael Simone-Finstrom for NIFA Postdoctoral Fellowship to study honey bees

Congratulations to Michael Simone-Finstrom for NIFA Postdoctoral Fellowship to study honey bees | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

The project integrates Dr. Simone-Finstrom's research paradigm with new experimental methods including instrumental insemination and RNAi technologies to explore "social immunity" in honey bees.

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Selecting optimum wheat seeding rate no easy task | Grains | Content from Southeast Farm Press

Selecting optimum wheat seeding rate no easy task | Grains | Content from Southeast Farm Press | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
North Carolina State University Small Grains Specialist Randy Weisz recently showed a group of grain growers a series of large wheat plots planted at seeding rates ranging from 1.1 million seed per acre all the way up to 2 million seed per acre.

 

He explains how growers can optimize yield by using an efficient planting density, which reduces unnecessary seed cost. He suggests using a simple new tool from The North Carolina Grain Growers Association. The recently developed tool is a simple calculator/slide rule that will make that conversion for the grower. “It’s a neat little tool that is easy to use to convert seed per acre to pounds of seed per acre,” Weisz says.

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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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Turf War :: North Carolina State University Bulletin

Turf War :: North Carolina State University Bulletin | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

CALS researhcers Casey Reynolds, Grady Miller & Tom Rufty find that turfgrass components can affect grass photosynthesis and health. Research may lead to paints which are safer for the plants.

 Read the new paper in Crop Science:
http://dx.doi.org/10.2135/cropsci2012.01.0059

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