Cisneros on CALS’ International Impact

Mr. Jose Cisneros

Visit CALS International Programs online, and you’ll get an idea of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ presence around the globe. You’ll see our students visiting the Czech Republic, our researchers working in farm fields in Peru and Kenya, and delegations of scientists and agriculturists from all over the world visiting our college. Continue reading

Wehner Honored with Career Award

Dr. Todd C. WehnerDr. Todd Wehner was presented with the career award at the international meeting of EUCARPIA VI, the European plant breeding organization, in Warsaw, Poland.

Dr. Todd C. Wehner is leader of the cucumber and watermelon breeding project at North Carolina State University-Raleigh. He also does research on melon and Asian gourds. His research has emphasized improved selection methods; recurrent selection for fruit yield, earliness and quality; resistance to chilling, nematodes, anthracnose, belly rot, gummy stem blight, powdery mildew, downy mildew and potyviruses; and germplasm evaluation. His objectives are to provide industry with new traits for the development of improved cultivars, research information, and graduate students who can run field plant breeding programs. Continue reading

Sweet Potato Sequencing Effort Aims to Improve Food Security

Dr. Bode Olukolu

Craig Yencho and Bode Olukolu Win 2017 Agricultural Greater Good Initiative Grant

Since 2011, the Agricultural Greater Good Initiative has awarded grants of Illumina products to researchers using Illumina technology to tackle diverse genomics-oriented projects aimed at alleviating global hunger, malnutrition, and poverty in the developing world. Supported research projects have spanned the globe and the spectrum of scientific discovery improving studies of agriculturally important plants and animals that are commonly consumed by food insecure populations. Continue reading

Recovering from Hurricane Matthew

Flooding from Matthew in Kinston. (Photo by Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA)It is now the beginning of November and North Carolinians are still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Matthew. More than a foot of rain was dumped across central and eastern N.C., breaking levees and several flood records from past hurricanes. Authorities estimate that the cost from Hurricane Matthew will exceed $1.5 billion. Continue reading

NC Extension Disaster Recovery Relief

In partnership with the N.C. Agricultural Foundation, Inc. and the N.C. Cooperative Extension Ag Programs Foundation, Extension has established the N.C. Cooperative Extension Disaster Relief Fund. Donations will be distributed to Extension employees and those who have sustained significant losses as a result of this storm, and the fund will remain open for responding to future disasters. Secure online donations can be made at: Continue reading