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Spring 2010 Issue


VetPAC is the go-to guide for pre-veterinary students

Dr. Shweta Trivedi, VetPAC director (right), speaks with James Tyndall, a CALS senior in animal science. Tyndall recently was elected 2010-11 national president of the American Pre-Veterinary Medical Association.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ strong pre-veterinary program just got stronger -- with the launch of VetPAC, the Veterinary Professions Advising Center.

Commodity leaders and elected officials gather for annual CALS updates and to meet Chancellor Woodson

Chancellor Randy Woodson talks with many of the state’s commodity group leaders, who had come to McKimmon Center to meet him.

When North Carolina’s commodity leaders gathered for their annual meeting at N.C. State University on May 7, the event drew more than 250 attendees, its largest meeting ever.

Noteworthy News

300 hands join together to renovate school barn

The barn was one five in the United States selected to be renovated and preserved.

In 1946 the people of a Climax pulled together to put up a cattle barn on J.D. Cheek’s farm. And pull together they did again 64 years later when, on a bright April weekend, scores of them gathered to spiff up the barn and make it part of Providence Grove High School’s agricultural education program.

Dr. Nancy Creamer named distinguished professor

Dr. Nancy Creamer is now a distinguished professor of sustainable and community-based food systems, a position that is one of two endowed chairs made possible with an endowment established by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Dr. Nancy Creamer, N. C. State University horticulture professor and director of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, will occupy one of two endowed chairs made possible with a $3.15 million endowment established last year by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

AgBiz Planner program helps farmers learn how to grow their business

Dr. David Kohl (far right) talks with four N.C. State College of Agriulture and Life Sciences experts who appeared on a panel at the AgBiz Planner Conference. From left are Dr. Guido van der Hoeven, Dr. Nancy Creamer, Dr. Ted Feitshans and Dr. Arnie Oltmans. Kohl, a Virginia Tech professor emeritus of agricultural finance and small business management, developed the AgBiz Planner program that is now a part of AgFirst Farm Credit’s Farm Credit University.

A group of young, small, beginning and minority farmers from throughout the state have successfully completed a new AgBiz Planner program.

Tractor known as a ‘multipurpose workhorse’ made available for field lab use

Curtis Powell (above), operations superintendent at the Lake Wheeler Road Field Laboratory, checks out the Maxxum ® 125 tractor after its delivery from Clinton to the field laboratory office in Raleigh on April 30.

Ronnie Jackson has donated a six-month lease of a Maxxum ® 125 farm/agricultural tractor for use in the teaching and research activities at the field lab.

Trudy Mackay elected to National Academy of Sciences

Dr. Trudy Mackay is the ninth current N.C. State faculty member to be elected into the National Academy of Sciences, one of the world’s most important scientific societies.

Dr. Trudy F.C. Mackay has been elected into the National Academy of Sciences, one of the world’s most important scientific societies.

‘All in the golden afternoon’ at the 2010 Arb Gala

Two guests enjoy becoming a part of Wonderland at the JC Raulston Arboretum’s annual fund-raising gala.

It’s not unusual for guests at the JC Raulston Arboretum’s annual Gala in the Garden to feel they’ve been transported to an enchanted world of botanical beauty.

Getting enough calcium in early life could be key for optimal lifelong bone health

Chad Stahl

New research from N.C. State suggests that not getting enough calcium in the earliest days of life could have a more profound, lifelong impact on bone health and perhaps even obesity.

New pink hydrangea is Invincibelle®

A young lady enjoys the beauty of the Hydrangea arborescens Invincibelle Spirit®.

A new variety of hydrangea, developed by N.C. State University horticulturist Dr. Tom Ranney, will have gardeners thinking pink this year. Hydrangea arborescens ‘NCHA1’ Invincibelle® Spirit PPAF is a hybrid of the typically white-flowered Hydrangea arborescens mountain hydrangea – or white-flowering ‘Annabelle’ -- but with a significant difference: It has bright pink flowers.

Noteworthy Alumni

Gamma Sigma Delta honors exceptional leadership and service to agriculture

From left to right are Gamma Sigma Delta honorees Richard Reich, Dale Bone, Kendall Hill and Nick Hamon.

On April 22, the N.C. State University chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta (GSD), the Honor Society of Agriculture, honored new inductees and recognized alumni and faculty of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for distinguished service and leadership.

Noteworthy Giving

New foundation launched at joint Extension foundations event

Ada Dalla-Pozza (left), Maurene Rickards and Sylvia Churchwell unveil the new Extension and Community Association Foundation logo.

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Foundation, the 4-H Development Fund and the Family and Consumer Sciences Foundation welcomed a fourth foundation to the Extension family on April 22. The North Carolina Extension and Community Association (ECA) Foundation was officially launched at the joint luncheon that accompanies the foundations’ annual meeting. And as part of the […]