Agriculture http://wunc.org en NC Cooperative Extension Celebrates Its 100th Birthday http://wunc.org/post/nc-cooperative-extension-celebrates-its-100th-birthday <p></p><p>Employees from the North Carolina Cooperative Extension will travel from across the state to Raleigh today and tomorrow to celebrate the organization's 100th anniversary.</p><p></p><p>The Cooperative Extension is based out of North Carolina State University and NC A&amp;T State University. Their personnel work in every county to connect farmers with new research and technology. But the organization, which runs 4-H, is also invested in helping families in general.</p><p></p><p>Sheri Schwab is an associate director of the Cooperative Extension at NC State.</p><p></p> Mon, 19 May 2014 11:37:00 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 35738 at http://wunc.org NC Cooperative Extension Celebrates Its 100th Birthday NC State University Expands Efforts To Attract Rural Students http://wunc.org/post/nc-state-university-expands-efforts-attract-rural-students <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many studies show that students in rural counties are less likely to go to college, especially four-year or private institutions. Faced with that reality, some university leaders are reconsidering how to attract students from rural communities.</span></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 09 May 2014 12:49:17 +0000 Reema Khrais 35180 at http://wunc.org NC State University Expands Efforts To Attract Rural Students Why NC Lawmakers Want To Bring Fresh Apples And Broccoli To 400,000 People http://wunc.org/post/why-nc-lawmakers-want-bring-fresh-apples-and-broccoli-400000-people <p></p><p></p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:57:41 +0000 Jorge Valencia 31044 at http://wunc.org Why NC Lawmakers Want To Bring Fresh Apples And Broccoli To 400,000 People Chemicals In Human Waste Can Harm Crop Land http://wunc.org/post/chemicals-human-waste-can-harm-crop-land <p></p><p>Many farms spread human waste on cropland to fertilize it. In this case, the waste is called "biosolids". It can carry household chemicals that affect important bacteria, and that can hurt soil health.</p><p></p><p>The government has had a hard time regulating chemicals in biosolids, because the equipment that measured bacterial gases was very expensive.</p><p></p><p>But a new report from Duke University's school of engineering shows that bacterial reactions to chemicals can be assessed by changes in color. That's a cheaper test to administer.</p><p></p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:50:56 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 31055 at http://wunc.org Chemicals In Human Waste Can Harm Crop Land Exploring Gaps In America's Food System From The Farm To The Table http://wunc.org/post/exploring-gaps-americas-food-system-farm-table-0 <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Starvation is often considered a problem distant from the American experience.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">But for many United States citizens, hunger is a way of life. And many of them live right here in North Carolina.</p><p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 27689 at http://wunc.org Exploring Gaps In America's Food System From The Farm To The Table New Business Model For NC Cooperative Extension http://wunc.org/post/new-business-model-nc-cooperative-extension <p></p><p>The North Carolina Cooperative Extension wants communities across the state to help the organization change its business strategy.&nbsp;</p><p>The Cooperative Extension is in the middle of a series of 12 meetings to adjust to budget cuts.&nbsp; The group funds agricultural, nutrition and youth education programs like 4-H camps.&nbsp; Four of those camps are shutting down by the end of the year.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 16:34:47 +0000 Will Michaels 25998 at http://wunc.org New Business Model For NC Cooperative Extension Record Rains Delay NC's Sweet Potato Crop http://wunc.org/post/record-rains-delay-ncs-sweet-potato-crop <p>Buyers of sweet potatoes grown in North Carolina will likely pay more for them at the market this year. North Carolina sweet potato growers have led the nation for years in producing the root crop.&nbsp; State agriculture estimates are that Tar Heels last year produced about 47 percent of the crop nationally.</p> Sat, 19 Oct 2013 11:59:12 +0000 Gurnal Scott 24386 at http://wunc.org Record Rains Delay NC's Sweet Potato Crop Preserving Old Time Southern Apples http://wunc.org/post/preserving-old-time-southern-apples <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the supermarket today, you can find about a dozen kinds of apples. But years ago, there were hundreds and hundreds of varieties grown all over the South. North Carolina native Lee Calhoun </span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">once had 3,000 apple trees growing in his backyard in </span>Pittsboro<span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">. I visited him there recently and he showed what was left.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-3accf29a-09b5-48d2-506d-958cbf2651b9"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">“This is a remnant of an old orchard I used to have,” he said. “Most of them are gone now. This is an Orange Cauley, a little bit different from a regular Cauley, and this is a Green River --that’s a Kentucky apple.”</span></span></p><p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Laura Candler 22263 at http://wunc.org Preserving Old Time Southern Apples Insecticide Producer BASF Expands Research Facility In RTP http://wunc.org/post/insecticide-producer-basf-expands-research-facility-rtp <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Officials with a leading plant sciences company have expanded their presence in Research Triangle Park.&nbsp; </span><a href="http://www.basf.com/group/corporate/en/" style="line-height: 1.5;">BASF</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> cut the ribbon today on new lab, office and greenhouse space.&nbsp; The expansion cost $33 million.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The new addition includes an insect production facility, or an "insect zoo," to aid in testing bug-killing agents.&nbsp; Nigel </span>Armes<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is </span>BASF's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> director of research and development.&nbsp; He says the facility is key in establishing the company as a leader in insecticide production.</span><br><br> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 20:28:36 +0000 Gurnal Scott 21944 at http://wunc.org Insecticide Producer BASF Expands Research Facility In RTP New Agritourism Website Launched For Triangle Farms http://wunc.org/post/new-agritourism-website-launched-triangle-farms <p>The Triangle foodie scene is growing its digital footprint. A new website called <a href="http://www.trianglegrown.com/">TriangleGrown</a> launched by the Destination Marketing Organizations for Orange, Durham, Johnston, Chatham and Wake Counties aims to promote agritourism by being a go-to resource for people interested in exploring the local farming community.</p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 16:16:55 +0000 Laura Candler 21143 at http://wunc.org New Agritourism Website Launched For Triangle Farms