Corn http://wunc.org en Hurricane Arthur Damaged Hyde County Corn Crops http://wunc.org/post/hurricane-arthur-damaged-hyde-county-corn-crops <p></p><p>The path that Hurricane Arthur took last week hit an area of the state where a lot of corn is grown.&nbsp; And several farmers will be affected.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>State Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler and staff traveled by Forest Service plane to see the crop damage first hand.&nbsp; Ag spokesman Brian Long says a lot of the damage was in Hyde County, known for growing corn.</p><p>“There are parts of Hyde County where you can just look and you would almost think you were somewhere in the Midwest, because it’s just is corn, and corn, and corn," said Long.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:48:15 +0000 Leoneda Inge 38648 at http://wunc.org Hurricane Arthur Damaged Hyde County Corn Crops NC State Researchers Develop Cheap Biofuel Production Without Touching Food Supply http://wunc.org/post/nc-state-researchers-develop-cheap-biofuel-production-without-touching-food-supply <p></p><p>As corn prices rise and ethanol production competes with food sources, the energy industry is looking for other ways to produce biofuels.</p><p></p><p>Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a simple, efficient and inexpensive way to extract energy-rich cellulose from non-edible plant matter, like corn husks, grasses, and wood chips.</p><p></p><p>PhD student Ezinne Achinivu &nbsp;says labs often run into trouble trying to remove a protective material called lignin. It's bonded to the cellulose, but hinders its efficiency.</p><p></p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 13:47:46 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 28599 at http://wunc.org NC State Researchers Develop Cheap Biofuel Production Without Touching Food Supply