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January 26, 2006

Program teaches respect for water resources

The first North Carolina State University 4-H20 program -- which helped youth learn about the importance of water resources by having them actually in and on local watercourses for five 2005 summer days -- created a big splash. Read more

Posted by Art at 04:37 PM

January 20, 2006

McRae named Richmond Extension director

Clinton McRae, county Extension director in Hoke County, has been named director of North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s Richmond County center.

McRae’s appointment was announced by Dr. Jon F. Ort, director of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service at N.C. State University, and Jim Haynes, Richmond County manager, following approval Dec. 20 by the Richmond County Commissioners. McRae succeeds Taylor Williams, who transferred to Moore County in May.

McRae has served as county Extension director in Hoke County since 2001. He also worked for North Carolina Cooperative Extension as a family and consumer sciences agent in Scotland and Cumberland counties. He earned a bachelor’s degree in foods and nutrition and a master’s degree in human development, both from N.C. Central University.

“Clinton brings to the county director's position a wealth of leadership skills and extension program successes,” said Danny Shaw, district extension director for the South Central District, which includes Richmond County. “He will position Cooperative Extension in Richmond County to allocate university and county resources to make significant impacts on local issues.”

Posted by Natalie at 03:32 PM

January 19, 2006

Libraries exhibit will focus on vegetable gardens

The NCSU Libraries will host the exhibit Feast Your Eyes: The Unexpected Beauty of Vegetable Gardens, developed by the Smithsonian Institution Horticulture Services Division in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). The exhibit will run from February 4 through April 2, 2006, in the D. H. Hill Library. Read more

Posted by Natalie at 03:15 PM

Latest news from N.C. A&T State University

To see who picked up a $1.2 million grant and what other events and activities are happening in the School of Agriculture and Environmental Science, visit ag e-dispatch at http://www.ag.ncat.edu/agedispatch/

Posted by Natalie at 08:03 AM

January 17, 2006

Zuiches chosen as extension vice chancellor

Dr. James Zuiches, professor in the Department of Community and Rural Sociology and project leader for the National Coalition for Rural Entrepreneuriship at Washington State University, has been named vice chancellor for extension, engagement and economic development at North Caroina State University. (N.C. State's News Services) Read more

Posted by Natalie at 08:33 AM

January 13, 2006

Universities host environmental workshop

Research Triangle universities will host a workshop on environmental conflict resolution Feb. 10 at McKimmon Center. The workshop, "Collaborating on Environmental Decisions: For Better? For Worse? For Whom?" will focus on collaborative decision making in environmental policy and natural resource management. The workshop is sponsored by North Carolina Cooperative Extension's Natural Resources Leadership Institute at N.C. State University, Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Read more

Posted by Natalie at 09:39 AM

January 12, 2006

Libraries to digitize 4-H, home demonstration records

The NCSU Libraries' Special Collections Research Center is involved in a new digitization project called "'Green 'N' Growing': The History of Home Demonstration and 4-H Youth Development in North Carolina." To read more, visit the libraries' Focus newsletter and select the article, "Digitizing 4-H and Home Demonstration."

Posted by Natalie at 09:26 AM

January 05, 2006

Interim department heads named

Two interim department heads have been named in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University. Dr. Michael Wagger, professor of soil science, been named interim head for the Soil Science Department. He succeeds Dr. Keith Cassel. Dr. George Barthalmus, director of undergraduate research for the college, has been named interim head of the Zoology Department. He succeeds Dr. Thurman Grove.

Posted by Natalie at 08:45 AM

Latest news from N.C. A&T State University

The latest edition of ag e-dispatch has been posted with news from the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at N.C. A&T State University. Read more

Posted by Natalie at 08:34 AM

January 04, 2006

Franklin equine group assists hurricane victims

Franklin group gives donation
Members of the Franklin County Extension Horse Advisory Committee raised funds to assist hurricane victims with horses. Pictured from left are Martha Mobley, John Daniels, Thomas Cofield and Irene Ayscue (Photo courtesy of The Wake Weekly)

The Franklin County Extension Horse Advisory Committee last month sent two $500 checks to Hancock County, Mississippi, to assist two Gulf Coast horse owner families affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The committee raised the donations at its 2nd Annual Educational Trail Ride in November at Double D Equestrian Center near Louisburg.

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension staff in Franklin County worked with the Cooperative Extension center in Hancock County, also known as “Ground 0” County, to locate two families who needed assistance.

One family had 33 horses. Seven survived the hurricane, but three later died. Nine are still unaccounted for. This family has Federal Emergency Management Agency trailers to “call home.”

The other family had six horses, and four perished in the storm. They also lost part of their barn, and their home was destroyed. Through the Extension Service, the families thanked the Franklin County group, saying, “you don't know what blessings we have received through this donation,” especially before Christmas.

Members of the Franklin County Extension Horse Advisory Committee are John Daniels, Thomas Cofield, Karen Becerra, Irene Ayscue, Diane Hays, Don McKnight, Wilbert Perry, Yevette Rothgery and Henry Shearin. The advisor to the group is Martha Mobley, agricultural Extension agent, Franklin County. For more information on the Franklin County Extension Horse Advisory Committee, call 919.496.3344.

Posted by Natalie at 09:06 AM

Forestry Extension group receives national recognition

The Forestry Extension and Outreach Program at North Carolina State University was awarded the 2005 Family Farm Education Award from the National Association of University Forest Resources Programs and the National Woodland Owners Association. The prestigious award is given to one university program each year.

"I received many compliments from forestry deans, directors and department heads about the quality of the people and programs at N.C. State," said Barry Goldfarb, professor and head of the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources.

Members of the Forestry Extension and Outreach Program include: Rick Hamilton, Robert Bardon, Chris Deperno, John Frampton, Jim Gregory, Dennis Hazel, Mark Megalos, Susan Moore, Chris Moorman, Anne Napier, Jeff Owen, Jean Pittman, Jill Sidebottom, Renee Strnad and Becky Townsend.

Posted by Natalie at 09:00 AM

January 03, 2006

Agents join forces to teach food safety

Lisa Childers, left, and Molly Alexi answer food safety questions at a recent health fair.

"Step right up, and test your food safety knowledge" was the shout from Molly Alexi, Stanly County family and consumer sciences agent, and Lisa Childers, Harnett County family and consumer sciences agent, at the recent SandHills Mental Health Wellness Day held at the Carolina Hotel in Pinehurst. Taking over the display in the afternoon were Agnes Evans, Moore County FCS agent, and Susan Condlin, Lee County Extension director. The group presented food safety information using "the Wheel of Fortune" format. Prizes were awarded for correct answers. The agents answered questions about food safety and fighting bacteria during the event that reached more than 350 employees of SandHills Mental Health.

Posted by Natalie at 09:39 AM

Employees can contribute to remembrance fund

Extension Remembrance Fund is provides contributions to memorial funds and cards to bereaved Extension families. A contribution to a memorial fund and a card are sent in case of the death of an employee, employee's spouse, child or parent. A card is sent in case of the death of a sibling or in-law. The fund is maintained by voluntary contributions, on a call basis, from both EPA and SPA employees of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service.

Our last call for contributions was in January 2005, and we were honored to send 47 memorial contributions totaling $1,175 in calendar year 2005. Now the fund is almost exhausted. Please consider making a contribution. The suggested contribution per person is $2; however, any amount would be appreciated. Checks should be made payable to: The State Extension Remembrance Fund, and forwarded to:

Tom Mease
Box 7602 NCSU
Raleigh, NC 27695-7602

Notification of a death should be directed to Suzanne Tal in our office at suzanne_tal@ncsu.edu, and she will notify our employees via the Announce email alias.

Posted by Natalie at 09:28 AM