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

Announcing Ms. Rhonda Sherman

Ms. Rhonda Sherman, leader in vermicompostingThe Department of Horticultural Science is pleased to announce that Ms. Rhonda Sherman, Extension Specialist from the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, will become a member of our department on September 1, 2016. Rhonda holds a 100% Extension appointment and her areas of expertise are vermicomposting, composting, recycling and waste reduction. You may also be familiar with the annual NC State Vermiculture Conference coordinated and run by Rhonda. Many thanks to Anne Spafford for arranging a seminar and “meet and greet” opportunity for us in Kilgore Hall to become acquainted with Rhonda and her work. To read more about Rhonda and her program visit: Continue reading

Inaugural Graduate Student Fellowships Recipients

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) has announced the first recipients of its Graduate Student Fellowships. The CEFS NC State University Graduate Fellows Program was developed to provide financial support and recognition for the future leaders, researchers and contributors to sustainable agriculture and local food systems while they pursue academic research to further their field of study. The Fellowship offers a one-year, $5,000 stipend for Master’s students and a two-year, $5,000-per-year stipend for Doctoral students. Stipend awards can be used at the student’s discretion.