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City of Raleigh honors JC Raulston Arboretum | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU

City of Raleigh honors JC Raulston Arboretum | CALS News Center  | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"The JC Raulston Arboretum at N.C. State University has been recognized for its outstanding appearance by the City of Raleigh. The arboretum received a 2012 Sir Walter Raleigh Award in the category of Maintained Outstanding Appearance. Awards in this category are for projects that are more than five years old and have consistently maintained a high quality appearance contributing to Raleigh’s image. ...

"The JC Raulston Arboretum, part of N.C. State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, is home to the most diverse plant collection in the Southeast. “Getting the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Community Appearance was a big honor for us,” said Dr. Ted Bilderback, JCRA director."

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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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Fund Helps Innovation Reach the Marketplace

Fund Helps Innovation Reach the Marketplace | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
The Chancellor’s Innovation Fund is used for the development and advancement of ideas and discoveries at NC State.

 

Food scientists & food safety specialist, Dr. Lee-Ann Jaykus, is among the winners of the Channelor's Innovation Fund competition for 2012.

 

Her multidisciplinary team is currently researching foodborne noroviruses, funded by the largest food safety grant USDA has ever awarded -- $25 million.

 

They hope to improve understanding of the pathogen, develop better diagnostic tools, and improve prevention of norovirus infection and the human health risk it poses, among other goals.

 

You can read more here:

http://www.ncsu.edu/faculty-and-staff/bulletin/2011/08/nullifying-norovirus/

 

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SFNToday.com: Two Ag Research Centers in NC Turn 100 This Tear

SFNToday.com: Two Ag Research Centers in NC Turn 100 This Tear | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

NC Commissioner of Agriculture, Steve Troxler, explains in an interview with the Southern Farm Network that the Oxford Tobacco Research Station and the Tidewater Research Station in Plymouth, NC celebrate 100 years of agricultural research this year.

 

He also explains the unusual partnership of the NC Department of Agriculture and the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences (CALS) at NCSU in the organization and operation of the stations and their research programs. Both of the birthday stations are owned by NCSU.

 

You can see web sites for all of our experiment stations here:

http://harvest.cals.ncsu.edu/ncars/index.cfm?pageID=2276

 

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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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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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Initiative to support modernization of field research launched to honor Dr. David Smith | CALS News Center, NCSU

Initiative to support modernization of field research launched to honor Dr. David Smith | CALS News Center, NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"The Smith Initiative will fund needed equipment and services to help ensure that the state’s field research facilities have the 21st-century infrastructure required for emerging agricultural challenges, help farmers utilize technology to meet good agricultural practice standards and deliver new solutions to feed the world. Inviting ongoing support, Dr. Sylvia Blankenship, CALS dean in the interim, announced at the reception that, thanks to more than 40 lead contributors, the initiative had already accrued more than $35,000. Smith himself is among the lead donors to the initiative."

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A look at the economic impact of honeybees - Triangle Business Journal

A look at the economic impact of honeybees - Triangle Business Journal | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Not everyone associates honeybees directly with the economy, but honeybee pollination...
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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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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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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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Is Norovirus, a food borne pathogen? Conversation with Lee-Ann Jaykus, Ph.D.

"Is Norovirus, a food borne pathogen? with Lee-Ann Jaykus, Ph.D., Professor, Food Science, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, NCState University, Raleigh, NC"

 

In this YouTube audio interview on the AME Food Testing Show (about 38 minutes long), Dr. Jaykus explains the research goals of her team, funded by a $25 million USDA grant --  USDA's largest ever for food safety.

 

Dr. Jaykus leads the USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture Food Virology Collaborative, which consists of more than 30 collaborators from academia, industry and government who will focus on enhanced understanding, surveillance and control of food-borne human noroviruses, with the ultimate goal of reducing the burden of food-borne disease and the human suffering it causes.

 

Dr. Jaykus explains that Norovirus biology differs from that of bacteria, presenting unique challenges in detection, deactivation, and infection prevention.

 

Find more here:

http://www.ncsu.edu/faculty-and-staff/bulletin/2011/08/nullifying-norovirus/

 

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Small Flock Egg Production Field Day Sept. 19, 2012

Small Flock Egg Production Field Day Sept. 19, 2012 | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

The Small Flock Field Day, which focuses on small scale egg production in range setting, will be held Sept. 19, 2012, at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CDFS), Cherry Research Farm, Goldsboro, NC.

 

Everyone is welcome. Join us!

 

The program is here:

http://tinyurl.com/8bkmtyu

 

 

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Wheat weed control topic of North Carolina meeting | Grains content from Southeast Farm Press

Wheat weed control topic of North Carolina meeting | Grains content from Southeast Farm Press | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Based on last year’s success and the ongoing high prices for soybeans for double-cropping, North Carolina growers are expected to plant another record crop of wheat this fall.

 

On Sept. 17, CALS weed scientist & researcher, Dr. Wes Everman, will discuss the most recent research-based wheat weed control methods, chemicals & recommendations.

 

Image: USDA

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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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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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Cotton Field Day is Sept. 12 | CALS News Center

Cotton Field Day is Sept. 12 | CALS News Center | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

N.C. State University’s Cotton Field Day will take place Sept. 12 at the Upper Coastal Plain Research Station in Rocky Mount. The bi-annual event, co-sponsored by the N.C. Cotton Producers Association, will focus on latest research into cotton tillage, variety trials, disease and insect management and rotational considerations.


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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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