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March 31, 2008

Youth win wool contest

Maria Mallner and Marisa Linton represented North Carolina 4-H well as specialty award winners in the 60th annual national Make It With Wool (MIWW) competition.

Mallner, a senior in nuclear engineering at N.C. State University, is a former 4-H'er from Wilmington who serves as a volunteer 4-H sewing teacher. She presented a 100 percent black wool knit formal gown embellished with embroidery and Swarovski crystals. She received the Embroidery Award of $500 from Creative Machine Embroidery Magazine and received Honorable Mention recognition.

Linton, a 4-H’er from Mt. Olive, is a high school sophomore. She competed in a 100 percent wool rust and black boucle fitted jacket and rust wool flannel slacks. She received a $250 award for Exemplary Construction by Claire Shaeffer for use of a Claire Shaeffer Pattern. She also received Honorable Mention recognition.

Mallner and Linton were winners in the senior and junior divisions respectively of the North Carolina MIWW competition held in September in Concord. This competition was sponsored by the North Carolina Sheep Producers Association Inc. and supported by the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service. The purpose of the competition is to promote the use of wool fabric and yarns and encourage personal creativity in sewing, knitting, crocheting and spinning.

The national MIWW program, directed by the American Sheep Industry Women, provides scholarships, sewing equipment and a variety of specialty awards to participants. National awards were announced in January during the American Sheep Industry Convention in Las Vegas.

Posted by Natalie at 09:54 AM

Publications update from Communication Services

Propagating Muscadine Grapes, AG-698W, by Connie Fisk, Benny Bloodworth, Bill Cline, Whit Jones, is now available on the Web at
This eight-page step-by-step guide with full-color photographs shows the reader how to propagate "true-to-type" vines from cuttings or from layering. It is only available on the Web.

Posted by Natalie at 09:28 AM

March 07, 2008

N.C. State takes center stage at Charlotte garden show

Liz Driscoll
Extension Associate Liz Driscoll shares her knowledge on how to get kids excited about gardening.

For one day at the Southern Spring Home and Garden Show in Charlotte, professionals from N.C. State University took center stage. On Feb. 29, three professors from the university and one faculty member from the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service, shared their knowledge of plants with participants of the show.

Will Hooker, N.C. State professor of horticultural science; Mark Weathington, assistant director of the JC Raulston Arboretum; Liz Driscoll, Extension associate in horticultural science; and David Goforth, Cabarrus County agricultural agent, each took their place on center stage at the Merchandise Mart in the Queen City. All speakers were participating in Extension's Successful Gardener & Master Gardener Day, dedicated to the volunteer efforts of the state's Master Gardener volunteers.

The presentations were open to the nearly 12,000 daily attendees at the show. In addition, Extension agents and Master Gardener volunteers from Alexander, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Polk and Union counties, helped answer questions from those visitors to the home and garden show. The MGs volunteered at the show's Successful Gardener Learning Center.

Posted by Natalie at 09:59 AM

March 06, 2008

Bearon named Gerontology and Geriatics Fellow

Dr. Lucille B. Bearon, adult development/aging specialist and associate professor in the Department of 4-H Youth Development and Family and Consumer Sciences is among seven 2007-2008 Fellows in Gerontology and Geriatrics Education, named by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE). The group was honored in February during the 34th annual AGHE meeting in Baltimore, Md.

AGHE confers Fellowship status in recognition of outstanding leadership in gerontology and geriatrics education by established scholars and educators. Fellowship status is open to individuals with well-established careers of achievement in gerontology/geriatrics education who are employed by an AGHE member institution.

Qualifications include outstanding achievement in teaching, scholarship and research on educational issues, influential research publications or theoretical contributions used in gerontology/geriatric education and training, or leadership in administration and funding of gerontology/geriatrics educational programs, including development of new programs.

Posted by Natalie at 11:14 AM

March 05, 2008

Ort discusses drought with state climatologist

Weather experts say the current drought is the worst on record. As this historic drought continues, there is growing concern about what extreme water shortages mean for residents and businesses across the state. In this Inside Extension interview, Dr. Jon Ort of North Carolina Cooperative Extension talks with State Climatologist Ryan Boyles about the drought.

Posted by Natalie at 10:27 AM

Nalyanya is guest on radio program

Tune in the the N.C. News Network March 8-9 to hear Cooperative Extension's Dr. Godfrey Nalyanya discuss integrated pest management with host Bruce Ferrell. Learn how to tame the insect pests in your home, yard and garden with fewer chemicals and potential savings. The show will air at different times on the different stations, so contact the station nearest you for the local air time. For station information, or to hear a recording of the show, visit the NCNN Web site.

A recording of the interview will be available for one week on this page.

Posted by Natalie at 09:14 AM