August 11, 2010

Extension News has moved!

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For the latest news from N.C. Cooperative Extension, visit the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' brand new news center. We hope you'll update your bookmarks and visit the new site.

Posted by Natalie at 01:36 PM

July 02, 2010

Going mobile: Extension IT offers site for smartphones

North Carolina Cooperative Extension has gone mobile with the launch of a new website designed specifically for smartphones such as the iPhone, Palm, BlackBerry and Android. The site, at, features staff directories for NCCE and N.C. State University and maps to county centers. Users can also reach news feeds from Extension Online News and eXtension.

Ray Kimsey, senior information strategist with Extension Information Technology, developed the site. "It didn't make sense to duplicate the whole site. The goal was to make a site that was useful for someone using a phone," he said.

From the field, users can call up a county center map and get directions via GPS. And from the employee directory, they can automatically call or email staff members.

Kimsey said the site is a work in progress. He's currently turning the so-called mail label program that county staff members use to keep track of their clients into a password-protected contact database that agents could reach from a smartphone. And he wants to hear ideas from Extension staff members on what other things they think would be useful for the mobile site. Email your ideas to EIT at

-D. Shore

Posted by deeshore at 09:07 AM

June 07, 2010

Extension publications now available

Several new and reprinted publications for Cooperative Extension are now available.

A new publication, Keeping Garden Chickens in North Carolina, is now available online. This 16-page publication gives information on choosing breeds for raising chickens at home, coop design, basic care, feeding and more. The publication was prepared by Anne D. Edwards and Donna K. Carver. Available online:

These new Extension publications are also available online:

AG-439-75W, Starter Phosphorus Fertilizer and Additives in NC Soils: Use, Placement and Plant Response
Prepared by Sheri Cahill, Deanna Osmond, Ronald Gehl, D. Hardy and Carl Crozier, Department of Soil Science
Decades of fertilizer application have led to phosphorus enrichment of most N.C. agricultural soils. Maintaining adequate soil P levels for crop growth can reduce P runoff, save money and protect the environment. Based on research with different N.C. crops and soils, the authors discuss plant response to starter P fertilizer, additives (such as AVAIL) and fertilizer placement. Available online:

AG-728-W, Optimizing Palmer Amaranth Control with Postemergence Herbicides
Prepared by David Jordan and Alan York, Department of Crop Science
Palmer amaranth pigweed can quickly dominate a field. Its control has become a major issue in many areas of North Carolina. Widespread resistance to ALS-inhibiting herbicides and to glyphosate has further increased the difficulty of control. This guide describes ways to optimize control of Palmer amaranth and other weeds when using postemergence herbicides. Available online:

These popular publications in the Estate Planning series have been reprinted. Send your order for copies to Jeanne Marie Wallace via fax (919.515.6938) or e-mail:

AG-688-01, How Do You Own Your Property?
Forms of property ownership can affect how and when property passes to your heirs and others with an interest in your estate. This four-page guide describes the different forms of property ownership and the property rights each form conveys.

AG-688-04, Your Estate Plan--Where to Begin
Estate planning begins with a series of questions that must be considered. This four-page guide includes those questions and tips on beginning the dialogue about your estate, developing objectives, compiling information and choosing a professional adviser.

Posted by Natalie at 10:05 AM

May 13, 2010

Program prepares county agents for local leadership

The latest leadership program graduates pose in Raleigh after graduation.
The latest leadership program graduates pose in Raleigh after graduation.(Photo by Becky Kirkland)

In late April, 17 Extension agents added their names to the growing roster of graduates of North Carolina Cooperative Extension's New and Aspiring County Extension Director Leadership Development Program. The program is designed to help position employees for success as they become county directors or as they consider next steps in their careers.

The leadership program was the brainchild of Extension's County Operations Team, and it was developed and carried out by Personal and Organizational Development, or POD. Now-retired District Extension Director Dr. Wanda Sykes had offered a training program for Southeast District county Extension directors before the statewide program began about four years ago.

Interim POD Director Lanny Hass said the program fills a need for local Extension leadership at a time when many county directors have retired. Extension has recently had as many as 30 CED vacancies at the same time.

Clearly, a succession planning strategy was needed, said Interim State Extension Director Joe Zublena.

"We realized the Baby Boomers were getting closer to retirement and the organization hasn't had a consistent training related to leadership development," he said. "The County Operations Team began much of the conversation, then worked with POD to develop the program's outline and the corresponding teaching modules.

"One of the key outcomes has been that most candidates for vacant CED positions have participated in the training, and thus have a better understanding of the role and responsibilities and have training in several of these," he added.

Since the program began about four years ago, about 60 agents have completed the training. Offered as a graduate-level Agricultural and Extension Education (AEE) course through N.C. State University, the program is organized into four training modules held over about five months.

The modules focus on understanding self and others, understanding the role of managing, moving from manager to leader and leading through others. Topics include policies and procedures, conflict management, performance appraisal, staffing, recruiting, hiring, customer service and more.

Marshall Stewart participates in fireside chat
State Program Leader Marshall Stewart was among administrators who took questions from the institute participants following their graduation. (Photo by Becky Kirkland)

Participants not only take part in the one- to three-day sessions, they also complete reading and writing assignments and make presentations related to management or leadership topics during the final session.

POD Organizational Development Leader Eleanor Stell runs the program with the help of administrative assistant Jo Yarley. Instructors include the district Extension directors; Sheri Schwab, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' interim assistant dean for personnel; Dr. Jim Flowers, AEE department head; and Joy Staton, Mary Lou Addor and Hass from POD.

The program has been successful not only in teaching participants new skills but also in building what Hass calls a learning community -– a group of people who come "to count on each other, bounce ideas off each other and grow together," he said. "We have seen the loss of the old guard, and now we are in a time of newness a change. This presents the challenge of rebuilding the community and a new culture in Extension."

Participants seem to agree.

While Union County Extension Director Richard Melton said he's already put to use many of the strategies he's learned in the class –- strategies ranging from financial management to listening to staff members, county government officials and advisory leadership volunteers – "the most important thing I've gained has been relationships. I've gotten to know people who are on the same path I'm on and to share ideas and experiences with them," he said. "That's definitely been a big help."

Barbara Dunn Swanson, one of the April graduates, concurs. The program gave her a greater understanding of what's involved in being a county director as well as skills she can use in her current position as Randolph County 4-H agent, she said. But the best thing about the program was getting to know others in the class.

"They brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the class," she said. "It was great to get to see things through different eyes."

-D. Shore

Posted by deeshore at 08:19 AM

January 08, 2010

Bazemore case plaintiffs reunite with Extension administrators

Bazemore group
Plaintiffs and attorneys in the Bazemore case pose for a reunion photo. P.E. Bazemore is in the center, front row. (Becky Kirkland photos)

In the early 1970s, a group of employees of the N.C. Agricultural Extension Service sued the organization over unequal pay for employees of color and over segregated 4-H and Extension Homemaker clubs. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled for the Bazemore v. Friday plaintiffs in 1986, setting an important precedent on the burden of proof in work place discrimination cases.

In October, many of the original plaintiffs in the case returned to the JC Raulston Arboretum for a reunion and to hear Cooperative Extension and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences administrators describe efforts to improve diversity. The plaintiffs left saying they were impressed with efforts increase diversity among employees and students in the College.

Judge Ed Reibman of Pennsylvania, one of the plaintiffs’ attorneys from the Bazemore case, opened the reunion meeting by describing a document he had read recounting the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Civil War’s battle of Gettysburg. At that reunion, former Union and Confederate soldiers put aside differences and embraced their common history. “When people have differences of opinion, why do we have to wait 50 years?” Reibman said. “It takes so long for us to shake hands and move on.”

Reibman began to consider bringing the Bazemore plaintiffs together with Cooperative Extension administrators, whom they had challenged in their historic court case. He approached Dr. Jon Ort of the Cooperative Extension Service at N.C. State University, who enthusiastically supported the idea. “We always considered the case to be a family affair,” Reibman said. “It was a difference of opinion among family.”

The Bazemore case was originally filed in 1971, when Extension employees, clients, Homemaker Club members and parents of 4-H’ers sued the University of North Carolina system, other school officials and county commissioners from three counties. The plaintiffs alleged racial discrimination in Extension’s employment and in the way it provided services to the public.

Though black and white factions of the Extension Service had merged in 1965, the plaintiffs presented statistical evidence showing salary disparities between black and white employees. The Supreme Court found that the statistical analysis of the salaries proved discrimination, though the court found that Extension had acted according to law regarding desegregation of the clubs. The Bazemore precedent still stands today and has been used to prove salary discrimination in other cases, most noteably in the case of Lilly Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.

Ledbetter, whose case received attention from presidential candidate Barack Obama, proved that she was paid less than men at the same company. However, the statute of limitations in the case did not allow her to collect back pay from Goodyear. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, passed by Congress earlier this year, overturned the statute of limitations.

The reunion in October brought together the Bazemore plaintiffs, Extension administrators from both N.C. State and N.C. A&T State universities and attorneys for both the plaintiffs and the state. Judge Howard Manning Jr., son of the late Howard Manning Sr. who represented the state, appeared briefly at the reunion and urged participants to get involved with Futures for Kids, a non-profit group focused on dropout prevention.

Schwab and Bazemore
CALS Personnel Director Sheri Schwab talks with P.E. Bazemore, one of the original plaintiffs in the case.

During the meeting, various administrators shared different diversity initiatives of the college and Extension. Again and again, presenters noted, “We’re not there yet, but we’re trying.”
Dr. Joe Zublena, head of county operations, described Extension’s (2005?) legislative initiative to achieve salary equity for employees. Sheri Schwab, head of personnel for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, gave an overview of Extension’s employee demographics. She pointed out that Extension has 108 current vacancies that offer opportunities to increase the organization’s diversity.

Chiquita McAllister of N.C. A&T State University described the efforts of Extension’s Diversity Catalyst Team. The team, which includes employees from both universities, has worked to promote acceptance of diversity among all Cooperative Extension employees.
Lisa Guion, assistant dean for diversity in N.C. State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, described numerous efforts the college has made to increase its ranks of minority students by introducing high school students to agricultural and life sciences.

In closing the meeting, Reibman offered the plaintiffs a personal challenge to help improve the Extension Service. “Some of the speakers here today gave you some specific suggestions of you can get involved to make the Extension Service better,” he said. “And I’m going to give you one more, which is very easy and it won’t cost you anything and I think you’ll get tremendous personal satisfaction out of it.

“Go back to your community and Identify one or two kids who you think have the potential to be agents in the Extension Service. Take that person under your wings, encourage that kid, be a mentor. Not for a day, not for a week, but for three or four or five years. Get that kid through middle school, high school and college. Get that kid on a program that’s going to make him eligible to apply for one of the 108 current vacancies in this operation. That’s how you can really make a difference.

“We’ve left a legacy – a legacy in this state, a legacy in the Extension Service and a legacy in the law, in terms of the Bazemore litigation. Life is short for all of us. But you still have something else to give – so that all of us will have a better future.”

The original plaintiff, P.E. Bazemore, a former Monroe city councilman and an Extension retiree, said he was very pleased with the progress that was described during the reunion. Looking back on the case, he said it was a hard but necessary step for the plaintiffs to take.

“I think we achieved what was seriously needed at the time. You have another group of (administrators) here now who really want to do the thing right. It isn’t a matter of them being pressured. They’re looking for ways they can make the Extension Service better. And I think that everyone in here is going to be ready to volunteer to do more than they’ve done before.

“I’m overly impressed with what I’ve heard. And it isn’t just what people said, it’s how they said it. You know they were speaking truthfully.

“This is a beautiful day, and I’m alive to see the Extension Service moving in this direction. I’ll be grinning about this for a long time. It tells you that the thing we went through was not wasted, and we’re reaping the benefits now.”

-N. Hampton

Posted by Natalie at 08:47 AM

December 18, 2009

Retirement reception to honor Extension trio

Dr. Jean Baldwin, Extension family life and human development specialist, and Dr. Ellen Smoak, The Cooperative Extension at A&T’s regional coordinator for the western third of the state, both officially retire on Jan. 1, 2010. On Friday, Feb. 12, 2010, there will be a reception to honor Baldwin, Smoak, and Marcie Kirkpatrick from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Stallings Ballroom in the Memorial Student Union. Kirkpatrick was an Extension associate coordinating the Farmers Adopting Computer Training (FACT) Project until her retirement in October 2009. Smoak retires with 35 years of service to Cooperative Extension; Baldwin leaves with 32 years of service; and Kirkpatrick retired with 20 years of service.

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Posted by Natalie at 08:13 AM

December 03, 2009

Members of A&T Extension staff make headlines

The Nov. 24 Greensboro News & Record headlined a story "Children make a turkey offer to the Obamas" that went on to describe an idealistic quest by two Browns Summit children, Mariama and Anwar Ibrahim, to donate a turkey from their family's small farm to the president's family for Thanksgiving dinner.

According to the News & Record, "The Ibrahim children … are active in 4-H and have competed in turkey-raising at the State Fair for four years," and also that their father, who assisted them in getting their offer to President Obama, is Dr. Jimo Ibrahim, farm safety, energy and environmental specialist for The Cooperative Extension Program at A&T."

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Posted by Natalie at 08:33 AM

October 06, 2009

ESP to hold annual meeting Nov. 19

Save the date -- Nov. 19, 10 a.m. til 2 p.m. -- for Epsilon Sigma Chi's annual meeting at the JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh. The program will include an awards luncheon and motivational speaker. More information will be shared in the near future.

Posted by Natalie at 02:30 PM

August 05, 2009

SAC conference brings 62 to Charlotte

SAC conference photo
Noland Ramsey, left, CARET representative for N.C. Cooperative Extension, and Jeff Christie, coordinator of Georgia Cooperative Extension Leadership System, clarify new material. (Photo by Joy Staton)

A feeling of anticipation was in the air as 62 Extension specialists and advisory leaders met on in May in Charlotte for the 4th Southeast Region “Strengthening Extension Advisory Leaders (SEAL) Conference.”

The conference was started in 2000 by a small group of dedicated professionals from six southeastern states who saw the value of maximizing the dedication of advisory leadership.

They organized a venue where collaboration among the southeastern states could occur biannually, working as a team to share resources, with the goal of enhancing the capabilities of advisory leaders’ skills and support.

Under the direction of N.C. Cooperative Extension’s Advisory System Leader Joy Staton, the SEAL planning team and a writing team representing seven states hosted the conference. These teams developed objectives that would identify critical needs in advisory systems and pooled resources to develop curriculum, materials, and training to address those needs.

Staton showcased the successful use of advisory leaders’ skills by enlisting ten members of the NCSAC to help with hosting, assessing, setting up technology, introducing speakers and reporting.

The conference opened on Tuesday with a welcome from N.C. Cooperative Extension, a history of the objectives of SEAL by Dr. Paul Warner from Kentucky Cooperative Extension and comments about the value of volunteer leaders to Cooperative Extension by Dr. Jon Ort, director of N.C. Cooperative Extension.

Dr. James H. Johnson Jr., director of Urban Investment Strategies Center, Kenan Institute at the University of North Carolina, challenged the group with comprehensive and precise statistics showing the changing demographics of volunteers.

During the following day, participants were offered a choice of concurrent sessions covering: 1) Orienting New Advisory Board Members and New Faculty, 2) Teaching Extension Volunteers How to Advocate and Market Cooperative Extension, 3) New Methods in Extension Volunteerism and How They Impact Advisory Leaders, 4) Maximizing Impact Through Advisory Leader Involvement.

The conference was wrapped up Thursday by Dr. Chris Boleman, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, and Noland Ramsey, past chair of NC SAC. The two challenged advisors to discern why people volunteer and how to engage their passions.

Group sessions, moderated by Dr. Eric Kaufman from Virginia Tech & Virginia Cooperative Extension and Eddie Hannah from Appalachian School of Law, gave advisors the opportunity to share with one another those ideas that had been ignited and what we planned to do with them when we returned home.

The conference was well organized, fast paced and filled with information and new ideas. This is a must training session for both volunteers and professionals. To view the curricula developed for this conference and those in previous years, go to

-S. Churchill

Posted by Natalie at 10:17 AM

December 08, 2008

James Pearce says goodbye to Extension

James Pearce spoke in a solemn tone when he reflected on his 31 years with the N.C. Cooperative Extension, thanking coworkers for years of dedication and area farmers for their commitment to working the land.

Read more in The Rocky Mount Telegram

Posted by Dave at 08:55 AM

November 13, 2008

News from NC A&T State University

On Tuesday, Nov. 18, the two finalists to fill the position of natural resources specialist with The Cooperative Extension Program at N.C. A&T State University will be presenting seminars, and all interested SAES faculty and staff are invited to sit in. Both candidates will discuss “A Design of a Program on Environmental Stewardship Issues in Rural North Carolina.” Dr. James Hamilton’s presentation will begin at 9:15 a.m. and Dr. Joshua Idassi’s presentation will begin at noon. Both candidates will be making their seminar presentations in the Daniel D. Godfrey Multipurpose Room at Coltrane.

Hamilton received his master’s in forestry from Auburn University and his doctorate in forestry from N.C. State. Idassi, who received his doctorate in forest resources from Mississippi State University, is currently Extension Forester at Tennessee State University

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Posted by Natalie at 09:31 AM

September 30, 2008

Congressman Etheridge visits Harnett County

Harnett County visit
From left, George Quigley and Jon Ort greet Rep. Bob Etheridge, along with Lisa Childers. Etheridge visited the Extension center in Harnett County recently. (Photo courtesy of Lisa Childers)

Rep. Bob Etheridge, second congressional district, visited his home county and Harnett County Extension Center recently to learn about the impacts the local Cooperative Extension program is having on the county and its residents. Cooperative Extension Advisory Board members, along with Extension customers and administrators, were among those who attended this event.

“Back Home” visits are held annually for U.S. congressional representatives in order to showcase quality Extension programs and provide a forum for Extension Advisory Leaders to interact with members of Congress.

Harnett Advisory Leadership Chair Leon McKoy and County Extension Director Lisa Childers welcomed Etheridge, and Extension agents and volunteers shared impacts and accomplishments. Some of the highlights are listed below.
• 4-H members Rossie Blinson and Veronica Campbell shared how 4-H had impacted their lives through public speaking opportunities and life skills trainings.
• Mason Poe and Johnny Barefoot described how they had worked with Extension agents and participated in agricultural programs offered including the pesticide certification program.
• Eugene Gonzales of Central Carolina Community College spoke of how the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) had enabled the college to expand efforts to reach more Hispanic and Latinos in the county.
• To highlight programs addressing families, Mr. and Mrs. Brian Dinges, parents of three children, described how the Parents As Teachers and Incredible Years parenting programs have helped their family.
• Trinity Faucett, director of human resources for Harnett County, spoke of the benefits her family has reaped as a result of her involvement in Cooperative Extension’s Parents As Teachers program. She emphasized the importance of parenting and the need for parenting information being available to parents of all educational and income backgrounds.

Dr. Jon Ort, associate dean and director of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, and George Quigley, State Extension Advisory Leadership Chair, made closing remarks.

Before the 2008 “Back Home” visit to Harnett County came to a close, Etheridge was invited to speak to the group. “Extension has really changed over the years. It’s not just food safety and preparation, and soil testing anymore,” he said.

“Today’s Extension Service assists families in nutritional awareness, health and well-being, community development and environmental issues, like conservation and water usage. North Carolina has one of the top Extension Services in the nation, second only to Texas. We have Extension offices in all 100 counties, and we still do soil testing and food safety. Just like your old Extension Service, only better," Etheridge said.

Posted by Natalie at 09:39 AM

July 24, 2008

News from N.C. A&T State University

Family and Consumer Sciences has new chair
Dr. Valerie Giddings has assumed responsibility as chair of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. Giddings comes to the SAES from Winston-Salem State University, where her administrative experience included the position of associate vice chancellor for lifelong learning. Giddings' resume also includes experience in administration at Virginia Tech., where she served as an associate dean in the College of Human Resources. Her background also includes experience as a member of the art department faculty at Winston-Salem State, and as an associate professor in clothing and textiles at Virginia Tech.

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Posted by Natalie at 11:42 AM

May 16, 2008

Wilson County secures Hunt endowment

Hunt endowment signing
Pictured at the March endowment signing are: Front, from left,Michael Martin, Carolyn Hunt, Gov. James B. Hunt Jr., and Tanya Heath; back row, from left, Sharon Rowland, Dennis Vick, Pender Sharp, Marshall Stewart and Walter Earle. (Photo courtesy of Cooperative Extension in Wilson County)

Walter Earle, Wilson County Extension director, coordinated a fundraiser to endow the Governor James B. and Carolyn Hunt 4-H Scholarship Fund. A benefit concert was held in January at the Cultural Center in Wilson. The endowment will fund college scholarships.

Betty McCain was mistress of ceremonies for the concert, which featured the Wells Family Band and local 4-H talent. Governor Hunt attended the event and was honored. The past recipients of the scholarship were also present and received recognition. There were two signature sponsors, Time Warner Cable and Bridgestone Firestone, along with other sponsorship levels supported by local businesses and individuals.

As a result of the efforts by the Wilson County Extension staff, a $34,000 4-H Scholarship Endowment for the Governor James B. and Carolyn Hunt 4-H Scholarship Fund was signed at the Wilson County 4-H Livestock Show and Sale on March 27. Participating in the endowment signing were Gov. and Mrs. Hunt, Walter Earle, Tanya Heath, 4-H agent; Michael Martin, executive director of the N.C. 4-H Development Fund; Sharon Rowland, executive director of development for the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service; Marshall Stewart, N.C. 4-H program leader; Pender Sharp, chairman of the Gov. Hunt Scholarship fund-raising committee; and Dennis Vick, president of the Wilson County Livestock Association.

Posted by Natalie at 08:44 AM

May 08, 2008

North Carolina group attends leadership conference

SAC members at PILD
Attending PILD in Washington were SAC members, from left, front row, B.A. Smith, Jo Ann Stroud, Lynn Yokley; and back row, from left, Charles Boyd, Pete Miller, Jack Parker and George Quigley. (Photo courtesy of SAC)

In April, a delegation from North Carolina, including seven North Carolina Cooperative Extension State Advisory Council members and two Strategic Planning Council members from N.C. A&T State University, attended the Public Issues Leadership Development conference in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Jon Ort, associate dean and director of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, accompanied the group, along with Dr. Marshall Stewart, associate director, department head and state program leader for 4-H and family and consumer sciences, and Dr. Ed Jones, associate director and state program leader, agriculture and natural resources and community and rural development, both from N.C. State University; Joy Staton, N.C. Cooperative Extension state advisory leader; Sheilda Sutton and Anita Wright, both of N.C. A&T State University.

This year’s theme was "Connectivity: Community to the Capitol." The seven State Advisory Council members attending PILD were: George Quigley, council chair; Pete Miller, Jo Ann Stroud, B.A. Smith, Charles Boyd, Lynn Yokley and Jack Parker. The two members from A&T’s Strategic Planning Council were Perry Graves, council chair; and David Autrey.

Extension agents attending PILD included 4-H agents Barbara Dunn Swanson, Randolph County and Danelle Barco, Tyrell County; Epsilon Sigma Phi members Christine Barrier and Debbie Bost, Cabarrus County; family and consumer sciences agents Sue Counts, Watauga County, and Debra Stroud, Johnston County; agricultural agents Kelly Groves, Catawba County, and Stanley Holloway, Yancey County.

This three-day conference provides the opportunity for interaction with federal decision makers and local volunteers. The Joint Council of Extension professionals sponsors this annual conference to keep Extension professionals and advisory leaders abreast of changing public issues that impact our communities and affect Extension programming.

Posted by Natalie at 03:27 PM

May 06, 2008

Sherman wins campus EarthWise Award

Rhonda Sherman, Cooperative Extension specialist for solid waste management in the Biological & Agricultural Engineering Department, was one of three individuals receiving EarthWise Awards at N.C. State University during Earth Week. Each year, the Campus Environmental Sustainability Team recognizes a student, faculty member and staff member for sustainability efforts during Earth Week.

Sherman has worked with people and organizations around the state and helped them rethink and reorganize their means of handling solid wastes. This alone has had a major impact on our community. Sherman is known for is the Cooperative extension publication, "Worms Can Recycle Your Garbage." She is known affectionately on campus and around the world as the "Worm Queen."

Sherman has served on numerous campus committees that have focused on the sustainability of our campus management. She has always been willing and eager to lend a hand to faculty who teach about sustainability. She does so by being a guest lecturer, running workshops and working one-on-one with students to give them a hands-on experience with vermicomposting (using worms to recycled garbage).

Sherman's enthusiasm and her willingness to speak out on issues concerning sustainability have increased public awareness on an international-level and helped N.C. State move in a positive direction toward more environmentally friendly practices.

Posted by Natalie at 09:17 AM

April 10, 2008

Currituck County opens new Extension center

ribbon cutting photo
Margaret Painter, sister of Elizabeth P. Sanderlin, was present to cut the ribbon and open the Sanderlin Auditorium to the public.

A large crowd of residents, elected officials, county staff and invited guests enjoyed a behind-the-scenes look at Currituck County's new Cooperative Extension Center during the facility's "Grand Opening Celebration" on Monday, April 7.

Extension Director Rodney Sawyer Jr. presided over a dual ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate the main Extension building and the Elizabeth P. Sanderlin Auditorium. The $6.6 million facility was completed in March.

During the initial ribbon cutting, County Commissioners Barry Nelms, Owen Etheridge, Gene Gregory and Janet Taylor joined Cooperative Extension officials to officially open the center. Immediately afterwards, Sawyer introduced a special guest to dedicate the Sanderlin Auditorium.

Read more from the Currituck County Web site

Posted by Natalie at 02:16 PM

March 31, 2008

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 05, 2008

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

February 12, 2008

Publications update from Communication Services

The following publications are now available:

Weed Management on Organic Farms (AG-659-7W) is now online at

Organic farmers cite weed management as their number one research priority. This 34-page publication, part of the Organic Production series, describes weed control strategies for organic farms based on weed characteristics and an integrated cropping system approach. A special section on cultivation practices that limit emerged and future weeds is based on research by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems.

Other titles available in the online Organic Production series include:
Composting on Organic Farms (AG-659-01W)
Conservation Tillage on Organic Farms (AG-659-02W)
Cover Crops for Organic Farms (AG-659-03W)
Crop Rotations on Organic Farms (AG-659-05W)
Soil Fertility on Organic Farms(AG-659-06W)
Soil Quality Considerations for Organic Farmers (AG-659-04W)
You will find links to all titles in the series at

Posted by Natalie at 03:20 PM

N.C. to host national technology conference in April

North Carolina Cooperative Extension is hosting the 2008 National Extension Technology Conference (NETC) on April 27 - May 1 at the Raleigh-Durham/Research Triangle Embassy Suites in Cary.

For over 20 years, decision makers and information technology professionals from the nation's land-grant university system have held a national conference for the directors, managers, staff and users of rIT within the Cooperative Extension system. NETC is an opportunity for sharing and learning about innovative types and uses of information technology. NETC welcomes anyone with an interest in information technology and its use in extension programming, higher and continuing education and organization management.

We'll be meeting "In the Pines" just minutes from two very different kinds of parks. One is the famous Research Triangle Park (RTP), the largest research park in the world and home to over 130 research and development-related organizations and companies. The other, Umstead State Park, is nestled between the conference site, RTP, Raleigh and Durham. This peaceful haven offers more than 20 miles of hiking trails and other activities.

Past attendees will tell you that learning and networking with their land-grant peers is the highlight of any NETC. We're going the extra mile at NETC08 to enhance that experience. Our schedule and proposal descriptions are posted on the eXtension Collaborate Wiki to promote interaction between presenters and attendees before, during and after the conference. Open space sessions, last-minute "lightening talks" for those topics that didn't exist when proposals were due, and corporate exhibitors will provide additional opportunities for onsite interaction. We've also engaged compelling keynote speakers and we have a line up of exciting technology tours planned.

Visit the conference Web site,, for registration, schedule, program and hotel details. If you're planning to attend, we want to encourage you to book your hotel room promptly, as the hotel typically sells out.

Posted by Natalie at 09:25 AM

January 22, 2008

Publications update from Communication Services

The following publications are now available:

Managing Herbicide-Resistant Weeds in Peanuts in the United States, AG-692, a six-page full-color publication by peanut specialists at NC State and across the Southeast, helps farmers understand how some members of a weed species and survive and reproduce after exposure to a rate of herbicide that kills other weeds of the same species. Herbicides’ susceptibility to develop resistance is given, as are detection and approaches to management of herbicide resistance. And finally, herbicide application programs are suggested to minimize the development of resistant weeds. This publication is being distributed to agents with peanut responsibilities and to growers in other states. It is also being reproduced in the February issue of Peanut Grower magazine. It is also on the Web at, which uses color screening in the tables, and at, which has no color screening in the tables.

Stormwater Wetland Design Update: Zones, Vegetation, Soil, and Outlet Guidance, AGW-588-12, is now on the Web at The publication gives new design guidelines for stormwater wetlands that focus on four design points: internal wetland zones, herbaceous plants that thrive in stormwater wetlands, a proper growing medium, and the importance of a flexible outlet structure and its construction. This Web-only, 12-page publication updates information in AG-588-2 in the Urban Waterways series and is a companion to AG-588-13.

2008 Cotton Information,
AG-417. This 227-page publication is a comprehensive guide to production of cotton in North Carolina. It is revised annually. To order, contact Crop Science Department, Box 7620, NC State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7620. It is also available on the Web at

2008 Flue-cured Tobacco Guide,
AG-187. This 256-page in-depth guide summarizes recommended practices for all phases of flue-cured tobacco production and describes the latest findings on varieties and pest management. The guide, which is revised annually, is available from the Department of Crop Science, Box 7620, NC State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7620. It is also available on the Web at

2008 Peanut Information, AG-331. This 132-page annual guide provides updated material on all production and pest management practices applicable to growing peanuts in North Carolina. To order, contact Crop Science, Box 7620, Raleigh, NC 27695-7620. It is also available on the Web at

2008 Pest Control Recommendations for Professional Turfgrass Managers, AG-408. This 48-page book, which is updated annually, contains tables that will help the professional use pesticides to control pests in turfgrasses. Copies are being mailed out to county agents who preordered the publication. It is also available on the Web at

Posted by Natalie at 10:58 AM

October 29, 2007

Growers invited to Small Farms Conference, Nov. 17

Growers are invited to the Successful Small Farms Opportunities Conference on Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Vance-Granville Community College, Franklin County Campus in Louisburg. One workshop will focus focus on starting a Community Supported Agriculture system.

Theresa Nartea, Extension farm marketing specialist at N.C. A&T State University, will teach a session entitled, "Community Supported Agriculture: Beginning Tips and Tools for the Curious Farmer" at the conference. Nartea actively engages the audience as she delivers a quality, vibrant program in a simple, easy to understand, practical and in a light, upbeat manner.

The conference was organized by Carl Cantaluppi, Granville and Person horticulture agent, along with Cooperative Extension agents in Franklin, Vance and Warren counties. This session is in response to the first conference offered last November, which drew 115 participants.

Other breakout sessions will relate to the following topics: Managing Your Woodland Portfolio, Mark Megalos, NCCES; Pastured Pork Production, Mike Jones, NC A&T; Leasing Land for Wildlife, Steve Harris, Modux; Hobby Farms vs. Part-Time Farming for Profit and the IRS Rules; Guido van der Hoeven, NCSU; Direct Marketing, Dorothea Booth, The Angel’s Nest Farm and Bakery; Beekeeping, Will Hicks, NCDA&CS; Effectively Listing Your Farm Business at and Other Popular Websites, Theresa Nartea, NC A&T; Organic Production; Farm Financing, Roy Robertson, East Carolina Farm Credit.

To register, contact Franklin County Extension Center, 919.496.3344 or visit the Web site:

Posted by Natalie at 02:02 PM

October 18, 2007

Neighborhood of sisterhood gets national Extension attention

Patricia Lynch, an assistant professor with the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, is part of a trio of authors that has published an article on a program that increased fruit and vegetable consumption among women in an African American community in the Midwest in the August issue of the Journal of Extension.

Lynch was joined in putting the article together by two colleagues with the University of Nebraska, Marilyn Schnepf and Georgia Jones. The article gives an overview of a program, “Sisters Together,” that worked through a church in Lincoln, Neb., to get participants on board for nutrition education classes, and guidance on health issues and the benefits of physical activity.

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Posted by Natalie at 08:45 AM

September 12, 2007

Chancellor to offer 'State of N.C. State' address, Sept. 27

State of State logo

Please join Chancellor James Oblinger as he shares North Carolina State University's vision of how the university will meet the needs of a rapidly changing world through education, dedication, and continued collaboration, Sept. 27, 3 p.m., in N.C. State's Stewart Theatre.

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Posted by Natalie at 09:58 AM

September 07, 2007

Publications update from Communication Services

Construction and Tree Protection, AG-685, by Robert Bardon, Mark Megalos, Kevin Miller, and Amy Graul, has been reprinted. This six-page publication describes tree protection strategies that builders and developers can use before, during, and after construction to conserve healthy trees. Communication action to encourage tree protection and reduce the risk of injuring or losing valuable trees is highlighted. It is available on the Web at To order printed copies, contact or write Extension Forestry, Box 8003, Raleigh, NC 27695-8003.

Hay or Pasture: Instructor’s Guide for Teaching Economics of Forage Management, a 68-page Web-only guide by Geoff Benson, is now on the Web at AG-684-W explains how you can conduct a workshop that will help livestock producers and others evaluate the costs and benefits of alternative forages and forage management strategies. It consists of an instructor's guide, PowerPoint slides to use in presenting the workshop, handouts for workshop activities, and other resource materials. A limited number of CDs were also produced. Contact if you require a CD.

Posted by Natalie at 12:39 PM

August 07, 2007

Publications update from Communication Services

New publications are now available include the following:

· Conservation Tillage on Organic Farms, AGW-659-02, by Nancy Creamer. This 22-page online publication describes how cover crops affect the soil, how to establish cover crops, and how to manage their residue. It includes a review of the winter and summer cover crops recommended for North Carolina. The authors also discuss the economics of planting cover crops and some concerns to consider when planting cover crops. It is available only online at

· Additives for Improving Hog Farm Air Quality, AG-686W, by Sanjay Shaw. North Carolina is the second largest producer of hogs in the United States, with an on-farm inventory of 9.5 million animals in December 2006. As the population grows and homes are built close to hog farms, homeowners complain about the air quality associated with hog production. In addition to smelling bad, high concentrations of some manure gases can also affect the health of the animals and workers. This publication focuses on additives used in shallow pits and lagoons to improve air quality by reducing emissions of ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, and VOCs. These additives include pH modifiers and acidifiers, digestive additives, oxidizing agents, disinfectants, adsorbents, enzyme inhibitors, saponins from yucca, and masking agents and counteractants. The eight-page publication is only available online at

· Potential Nitrogen Contributions from Septic Systems to North Carolina River Basins, TB-324, by Mike Hoover. This 52-page full-color bulletin describes research that investigated cumulative potential nitrogen loadings from septic systems in North Carolina's river basins based on 1990 census data. The findings include a data table and maps for each river basin indicating septic system density and potential nitrogen loadings by sub-basin. To receive a copy, contact

· An Introduction to Forest Certification, WON-42, by Susan Moore. Forest certification is a third-party evaluation of the management of a forest. Certification systems assure the consumer that the product they are purchasing meets certain standards as verified by an independent evaluation. This eight-page publication describes forest certification systems, procedures and potential for landowners. Certification identifies land that is managed with a goal of sustainability. Like all Woodland Owner Notes, it is available through the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources. It is online at To order copies, contact

· Three of Godfrey Nalyanya’s brochures explaining the benefits of using IPM in schools have been reprinted and are again available through Communication Services. To order Get Tough on Pests in School Facilities, AG-631-3; Get Tough on Pests in Classrooms, AG-631-4; or Get Tough on Pests in Food Service Areas, AG-631-5, go to Extension’s online publications catalog at

Posted by Natalie at 02:53 PM

May 30, 2007

Walter Jones visits Pitt County Extension

Walter Jones
Mitch Smith, left, Pitt County Extension director, stands with guest Congressman Walter Jones.(Photo courtesy of Pitt County Cooperative Extension)

Congressman Walter Jones of North Carolina's third congressional district visited the Pitt County Extension Center recently to learn about the impacts of the local Cooperative Extension program. Thirty advisory members along with Extension customers and administrators were among those who attended this event.

“Back Home” visits are held annually for U.S. congressional representatives in order to showcase quality Extension programs and provide a forum for Extension advisory leaders to interact with congressional leaders.

Read more from the Pitt County Cooperative Extension page.

Posted by Natalie at 01:16 PM

April 24, 2007

eXtension launches imported fire ants Web site

Fire ants

One of America’s most important exotic insect pests has a new enemy — an online resource dedicated to providing information on the control and eradication of the imported fire ant.

eXtension’s Imported Fire Ants Web site puts a wealth of research-based information directly on consumers’ computer screens. It’s an excellent resource for anyone needing information about imported fire ants and how to control them. To take full advantage of the site, register at and choose Imported Fire Ants.

This new tool is being launched April 24-26 at the Annual Imported Fire Ant Conference in Gainesville, Fla. Entomologists from throughout the world will gather to discuss the latest research and management advances to help combat this pest ant.

Two species of imported fire ants, the red imported fire ant and the black imported fire ant, and their sexually reproductive hybrids infest southern states from Florida to California.

"Fire ants arrived in Mobile, Ala., between 1910 and 1940, and have since spread over 320 million acres in 14 states and territories. They cause an estimated $6 billion in annual losses," said Kathy Flanders, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System entomologist and associate professor of entomology and plant pathology at Auburn University.

People and animals are also susceptible to fire ant bites and stings. Those who are sensitive to their venom may have severe medical problems or may even die. Healthy individuals can be seriously affected because the ants can sting many times when defending their colonies.

The eXtension Imported Fire Ants Web site features the following:

· Frequently Asked Questions allows users to submit queries about imported fire ants. If an answer is not already available in the FAQ section, the question is directed to Ask the Expert where local contacts provide requested information.
· Learning Sessions titled "Managing Imported Fire Ants in Urban Areas" and "Managing Imported Fire Ants in Cattle Production Systems" target unique situations facing homeowners and livestock producers.
· News & Upcoming Events keeps the news and calendar of events current at the local, state and national levels.
· Imported Fire Ant Management Decision Module, to be added soon, asks users a series of questions and then offers suggestions to help them decide what to do about fire ants in their urban landscapes or cattle operations.

The eXtension Imported Fire Ants Web site has been developed through the collaboration of experts in entomology and pest management at land grant universities, federal, state, county, and municipal employees, and communications and information technology specialists, who formed a Community of Practice to develop a nationwide, Web-based site on imported fire ant management.

"This site will be regularly maintained and kept current with new features and dates of events. For homeowners and producers needing fire ant information, this site will be a valuable resource," said Bart Drees, Extension entomologist and professor with Texas Cooperative Extension.

eXtension is an educational partnership of more than 70 land-grant universities helping Americans improve their lives with access to timely, objective, research-based information and educational opportunities. eXtension's interactive Web site, at is customized with links to local Cooperative Extension Web sites. Land-grant universities were founded on the ideals that higher education should be accessible to all, that the university should teach liberal and practical subjects and share the university's knowledge with people throughout their states.

Posted by Natalie at 11:07 AM

April 13, 2007

NC Choices schedules workshops

NC Choices, a program that links consumers with local hog farmers using alternative production practices, is sponsoring a continuing series of workshops April through June. Workshops are held twice, once in Orange County and once in Duplin County at centers of North Carolina Cooperative Extension.

· A workshop on Risk Management and Taxes will be held April 26 in Orange County. (The Duplin County workshop was April 10.)

· The May workshop will focus on Farm Safety and a farm tour and demonstration. It will be May 8 in Duplin County and May 24 in Orange County.

· In June, the workshop will be about General Herd Health and Biosecurity. It will be held June 12 in Duplin County and June 28 in Orange County.

Buying straight from local farmers guarantees fresher, less traveled meat. These farmers provide a healthy alternative to store-bought pork. More and more consumers are looking for meats raised without the use of antibiotics and hormones. Knowing local farmers and their practices gives consumers confidence that the meat they purchase is good for their families.

NC Choices was developed by N.C. State University, N.C. A&T State University, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and others to help small and mid-sized hog farms find local markets for niche pork products. The program, funded through the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, is administered by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems.

Posted by Natalie at 01:15 PM

April 10, 2007

Alexander County fruit grower is Small Farmer of the Year

Gary Morrell
(James Parker photo)

Visit N.C. A&T State University's ag e-dispatch to learn more about Small Farms Week and the innovations in agriculture that helped Alexander County fruit grower Gary Morrell win the 2007 Dudley Small Farmer of the Year award. The School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Web page also has links to the Small Farmer of the Year video and slideshow.

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Posted by Natalie at 11:32 AM

February 27, 2007

Publications update from Communication Services

The following FCS publications are now out of stock and will be reprinted. Cusotmer Services is in the process of soliciting pre-orders.
· FCS-384-1, How Heart Healthy Are You?
· FCS-384-2, Become More Healthy in the Foods You Eat...Sodium
· FCS-384-3, Become More Healthy in the Foods You Eat...Fat
· FCS-384-4, Become More Healthy in the Foods You Eat...Saturated Fat
· FCS-384-5, Become More Healthy in the Foods You Eat...Cholesterol
· FCS-384-6, Become More Healthy in the Foods You Eat...Fiber
· FCS-384-7, Become More Healthy in the Foods You Eat...Be at Your Best Weight
· FCS-384-8, Become More Healthy in the Foods You Eat...Exercise

Posted by Natalie at 07:30 AM

February 12, 2007

Publications update from Communication Services

The following publications were delivered this week, and we are filling county preorders:

· Carolina Lawns, AG-69, by Art Bruneau and others, revised. The publication is also available on the Web at
· Appropriate Limits for Children, FCS-455, by Karen DeBord, revised. The publication is also available on the Web at
· Toilet Learning, FCS-472, by Karen DeBord, reprinted. The publication is also available on the Web at
Counties have already placed your orders for these publications. Please do not duplicate that order by placing a new order.

2007 Burley Tobacco Information by Loren Fisher and others has been delivered. To order copies, contact The book is also available on the Web at This book is not available through Communication Services.

Posted by Natalie at 02:48 PM

February 08, 2007

Extension photo contest deadline is near

Calling all shutterbugs! Don’t miss your chance to enter the first-ever Cooperative Extension photo contest!

With just two photographers on staff in Communication Services (and no time-travel machine), we simply can’t be present to photograph all of the Extension programs and activities taking place across the state. We need you! Now is your opportunity to contribute to this effort and be recognized for your creativity and photographic talents.

This year’s photo contest theme is "People Helping People Put Knowledge to Work." Top prize is $50 in each of the eight categories, and the deadline is March 1. For more details, including categories, rules and entry forms, please visit the contest Web site.

Posted by Suzanne at 04:17 PM

February 02, 2007

Publications update from Communication Services

The following publications are now available:
2007 Burley Tobacco Information, AG-376, has been delivered. Order copies of this free book from Loren Fisher. This book is also available on line at

2007 Flue-Cured Tobacco Information, AG-187, has been delivered. Order copies of this free book from Loren Fisher.
The book is also online at

2007 Peanut Information, AG-331, is online at Order printed copies of this free publication from David Jordan .

2007 Pest Control for Professional Turfgrass Managers, AG-408, is online at Counties have preordered this free book, and a limited number of copies are also available from Communication Services.

While most Extension publications are free, two for-sale publications have been printed recently. For details about ordering a for-sale publication, please contact Rhonda Thrower.

· 2007 Agriculturaul Chemicals Manual, AG-1, is $23 per book. It is also available online at

· The North Carolina Winegrape Grower’s Guide, AG-535, has been delivered. This 200-page full-color book costs $20.

Posted by Natalie at 04:20 PM

January 17, 2007

'Families Eating Smart and Moving More' offers training

Those who missed 'EFNEP's Families Eating Smart and MovingMore' curriculum training last August are welcome to attend a repeat training on Friday, Feb. 16, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Onslow County Extension Center in Jacksonville. By attending the training, you will receive the curriculum CD and a copy of the new EFNEP cookbook. Please register for the training using the LMS system. Note that you do not have to have EFNEP in your county to attend.

Posted by Natalie at 09:38 AM

January 12, 2007

Wake County establishes endowment to honor Turner

In honor and in celebration of her retirement, friends, family and colleagues of Frances Turner, family and consumer sciences agent in Wake County, have established the Frances Turner Family and Consumer Sciences Endowment to support Wake County FCS programs.

Turner retired Jan. 1, after working 27 years for North Carolina Cooperative Extension's Wake County Center. She had served a total of 31 years, eight months with Cooperative Extension.

When fully funded, the Frances Turner Family and Consumer Sciences Program Endowment will provide funding in perpetuity for FCS programs conducted by Wake County Cooperative Extension, which include energy conservation and family economics education. Additionally, priority will be given to funding educational programs for FCS volunteers and staff or other leadership development programs.

"This is wonderful recognition, which is greatly deserved," said Brent Henry, Wake County Extension director. "Frances has had a long and productive career and has been a dedicated and exemplary public servant. She truly deserves this honor." He added.

Turner began her Cooperative Extension career in 1973 as a trainee agent in Gaston County. In 1978, she was appointed as assistant Extension agent for home economics in Pasquotank County, before moving to Wake County in 1979 where she served in a split position in 4-H and clothing/textiles, and as a family and consumer sciences educator since 1983. Turner also served as interim county Extension director on three occasions.

Those interested in contributing to the endowment fund should make checks payable to Frances Turner FCS Endowment and mail contributions to N.C. Family and Consumer Sciences Foundation, PO Box 7645, N.C. State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7645. All contributions are tax-deductible.

Posted by Natalie at 08:36 AM

January 11, 2007

Awards program announced for Master Gardeners

North Carolina Cooperative Extension, in cooperation with Southern Shows Inc., will kick off a Search for Excellence Awards program for Extension Master Gardeners. The awards to recognize 2006 efforts will be presented at the Southern Spring Home & Garden Show at the Charlotte Merchandise Mart on March 2. (The show runs from Feb. 28 through March 4.) The deadline, Jan. 16, is fast approaching.

Southern Shows has long been a champion of the volunteer work of Extension Master Gardeners and for the past 10 years has held a Master Gardener Luncheon to celebrate and recognize the contributions Master Gardeners make to communities across the state. This year, instead of the luncheon, March 2 will be Extension's Successful Gardener and Master Gardener Day and will feature the Search for Excellence winners, a container gardening contest, Extension's Successful Gardener Learning Center (open throughout the show) and seminars.

This is a great opportunity for Master Gardeners to receive much-deserved recognition.

The winning applicants will be encouraged to attend the Southern Spring Home & Garden Show where information about their award-winning work will be part of a special awards ceremony on March. 2. Please help support this new awards program by encouraging your Master Gardeners to apply. For more information, contact David Goforth, Cabarrus County.

In addition, the day of the awards ceremony, we will have a Container Gardening Contest. Participants will be selected from among the EMGs who register at the show that morning.

Posted by Natalie at 04:09 PM

December 21, 2006

Oldest agent passes away

Sanderlin at groundbreaking
Elizabeth Poyner Sanderlin, center, breaks ground in August on the new Currituck County Extension center.

Elizabeth Poyner Sanderlin, the retired North Carolina Cooperative Extension agent for whom the auditorium of Extension’s new $6.6 million Currituck center will be named, passed away Dec. 20, 2006 at her home. She was 102.

Sanderlin, “Miss Liz” to her many friends, spent much of her working life helping her community grow from a rural, swamp-dotted backwater to a major agriculture- and tourism-supported county.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, at Moyock United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the Moyock Cemetery. The family will receive visitors from 6-7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 22, at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to either the Currituck County Library or the Elizabeth P. Sanderlin Auditorium fundraiser by making a check payable to Currituck 4-H Foundation, c/o NCCE Currituck County, P.O. Box 10, Currituck, NC 27929.

To sign the online guest register, visit

In August, Cooperative Extension employees and residents joined Sanderlin and county officials at the 28,262-square-foot education and outreach center’s groundbreaking. The 500-seat Elizabeth P. Sanderlin Auditorium named in her honor and the new center will be available to the public when they open in late 2007.

Sanderlin smiled throughout the groundbreaking ceremony and stepped up to a shovel to have her photo taken with commissioners and others.

The new building, on U.S. 158 at Barco, will include four classrooms, two conference rooms, a demonstration kitchen, an Extension library and offices, which will allow Extension to concentrate many services and programs now offered by 14 full-time staffers from the county courthouse.

Landscaping will include water quality best management practice demonstration ponds and botanical gardens.

At the groundbreaking, Rodney Sawyer, Currituck Cooperative Extension director, noted that Extension’s Currituck operations began in the 1920s. He also recounted events in the life of Sanderlin, Currituck's home demonstration agent from 1951 to 1969.

“Miss Liz is an 'Extension icon,'” he said. “Her contributions to the citizens of Currituck County and North Carolina exemplify the Extension philosophy of helping people put knowledge to work to improve the quality of life.”

”During my career, her words of encouragement and support for our current efforts have fueled a desire to live up to her accomplishments,” Sawyer said. “She is like a guardian angel who looks over our programs and staff to herald the efforts and sing our praises. Miss Liz has inspired me to greater heights and gives credence to continuing the cause. She truly is a beloved citizen of Currituck.”

When Currituck County commissioners in 2004 declared Sept. 27 “Elizabeth Poyner Sanderlin Day,” speakers noted her longtime efforts to help rural women. One commissioner said he learned from her about 4-H, Extension's youth development program.

Sanderlin was born in Moyock, a village along the as-yet-unnamed Intracoastal Waterway, then edged by marsh-laced fields and woods. A 1926 Louisburg College graduate, she returned to Currituck, where she taught home economics, then worked for the Depression-era Works Progress Administration and later, the Farmers Home Administration.

She joined the then-North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering’s Agricultural Extension Service (now Cooperative Extension at North Carolina State University) as a home extension agent in the 1950s and ’60s.

When David Cecelski profiled Miss Liz for The News and Observer (Raleigh) in December 2002, she recalled her childhood one-room schoolhouse, socializing with friends at the Northern & Southern railway station at Moyock when trains came in, roads so horrible that people “stayed stuck,” closing the gate against free-ranging cattle between Moyock and Snowden, and families raising what they ate (although her father owned a grocery store).

She remembered the excitement of “company coming in and church meetings.

“You never knew who was going to eat at our house because people would come from up the creek and other places to shop, and there weren't any restaurants over yonder,”
she said in the N&O story.

Such sociability served her well in her generations of Extension and other public-spirited work in the county. Sanderlin, with other county ag extension agents and the Works Progress Administration, developed the idea of farmer-supplied and operated roadside stands on U.S. 158/N.C. 168, Currituck County’s linear main thoroughfare, to snare the ever-increasing Outer Banks-bound tourist trade. For most of Miss Liz’s career, that five-lane asphalt highway was at best a narrow, yet critically important concrete strip. But as the county grew, so did its Extension programs, and Sanderlin remained a critical component of that growth.

-A. Latham

Posted by Art at 01:37 PM

December 20, 2006

News from N.C. A&T State

The Cooperative Extension Program at A&T is one of nine 1890 land-grants that recently received funding from USDA’s Cooperative States Research Education and Extension Service to bring delegations to the 2007 National 4-H Conference March 24-29.

The conference is held annually at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Md., and the recommendations from youth, volunteers and 4-H youth development professionals attending the conference play a major role in shaping 4-H programs and activities. Five 4-H’ers from Forsyth County have been selected for the A&T Extension delegation to the National 4-H Conference.

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Posted by Natalie at 01:28 PM

December 05, 2006

Call for nominations to Diversity Catalyst Team

TO: All NC Cooperative Extension Employees
FROM: Dr. Jon F. Ort Assistant Vice Chancellor, Associate Dean and Director
Dr. M. Ray McKinnie Administrator/Associate Dean for Extension
DATE: December 5, 2006
SUBJECT: Diversity Catalyst Team – Call for Nominations

The Diversity Catalyst Team is seeking nominations for new members. The Diversity Catalyst Team is a representative group from every sector of the organization. This team is comprised of members of all group identities across the range of differences that include but are not limited to gender, race, sexual orientation, spiritual beliefs, abilities, class, rank, tenure and age. This group is supported by the organization to work together to design the implementation strategies that create the climate for change. They work in partnership with the administrative leadership to actualize the strategies as well as serve as a resource to the system on diversity and multicultural organizational development.

Please take a few moments to consider those individuals who would be a good fit for this team. The team members must embrace the commitment toward all aspects of open and participatory diversity and pluralism and further develop the skills necessary to lead the organization in the process. Please nominate yourself or a co-worker for this awesome opportunity. The Diversity Catalyst Team will receive ongoing training to develop a common language and to learn more about managing diversity for organizational change. There will also be system recognition and support for participation. This will not just be a committee; it is a group of individuals that have a passion about helping our organization be all that it can be…the best in the country.

The nomination form for Diversity Catalyst Team members was sent to all Extension employees in a Dec. 5 email memorandum. You may contact either of the individuals listed below for other details or questions you may have.

Chiquita McAllister
NC A&T Personnel
P.O Box 21928
Greensboro, N.C. 27420

Harvey Lineberry, II
NC State University
CALS Personnel
Campus Box 7917
Raleigh, NC 27695

We are requesting that nominations be submitted by December 15, but will accept nominations after this date. Please consider nominating yourself or a coworker for this team.

Posted by Natalie at 10:45 AM

December 04, 2006

New publications available from Communication Services

Chemical Treatments to Control Turbidity on Construction Sites, AG-439-62, has been delivered. This Soil Facts publication by Rich McLaughlin describes several chemical treatment options for reducing turbidity in impounded water. To order copies, use the online ordering system available through the online publications catalog at or contact Jeanne Marie Wallace in Communication Services.

Practicing Forestry Under Local Regulations, WON-41, has been delivered. This Woodland Owner Note provides guidance on practicing forestry under local government regulations. To order copies, contact the author, Robert Bardon.

Level Spreaders: Overview, Design, and Maintenance,
AG-588-9W, is now on the Web at Level spreaders are stormwater structures that can support the filtering action of riparian buffers if designed and installed properly. This publication presents the latest research findings on level spreaders in North Carolina and describes recommended practices for designing, installing, and maintaining these structures. This publication by Bill Hunt and Jon Hathaway is part of the Urban Waterways series. It is only available on the Web; please do not order print copies from Communication Services.

Posted by Natalie at 04:28 PM

November 27, 2006

'Financial Security for All' is eXtension's newest site

Americans struggling to make good money management decisions in a complex marketplace now have a new tool at their disposal. eXtension's "Financial Security for All" brings the wealth of research-based university information on all aspects of attaining personal financial security.

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Posted by Natalie at 07:51 AM

November 01, 2006

First Cooperative Extension photo contest announced

The Department of Communications Services is pleased to announce the first Cooperative Extension Photo Contest. Over the past year, Communication Services photographers have been taking photos of Extension activities around the state. But with only two staff photographers, we can’t cover everything. This is your opportunity to contribute to that effort and be recognized for your creativity and photographic talents. Winning entries will be displayed at the 2007 Extension Conference and added to the Communication Services On-Line Image Gallery.

If this initial effort is successful, we hope to make this an annual or biannual event. This year’s overall theme is People Helping People Put Knowledge to Work.

Read more from the contest Web site

Posted by Natalie at 08:58 AM

Publications update from Communication Services

Four new publications have been delivered and are available from Communication Services. Click on a publication title or go through to reach Cooperative Extension’s online catalog and order copies.

If you’d rather, you can still fax orders to Jeanne Marie Wallace at 919.515.6938. Please note that these publications are free to county centers. The price shown in the online catalog is for public orders.

Grafting for Disease Resistance in Heirloom Tomatoes (AG-675)
This eight-page publication by Frank Louws and Cary Rivard describes grafting techniques that growers can use to unite the disease resistance and enhanced vigor of hybrid tomato cultivars with the high fruit quality of heirloom varieties. It describes the benefits of grafting and provides a step-by-step guide to grafting tomato transplants, healing and acclimating them to growing conditions and planting them in the field.

Godfrey Nalyanya has added three Spanish brochures to the titles in his Campana MIP en las Escuelas (School IPM Campaign):
· Combata las Plagas en las Escuelas (Get Tough on Pests in Schools) (AG-631-02S) tells how to use IPM in schools to prevent and solve pest problems by using safe, effective strategies.
· Como deshacerse de las Plagas en las instalaciones escolares (Get Tough on Pests in School Facilities) (AG-631-03S) tells how to use IPM to prevent and solve pest problems in school facilities from cafeterias to boiler rooms by using safe, effective strategies.
· Elimine las plagas en las areas de servicios alimenticios (Get Tough on Pests in Food Service Areas) (AG-631-05S) tells how to use IPM in school food service areas to prevent and solve pest problems by using safe, effective strategies.

Posted by Natalie at 08:45 AM

October 30, 2006

Plant Disease and Insect Clinic has new home

Tom Creswell
Tom Creswell, Plant Disease and Insect Clinic manager, examines a sample with the new Olympus microscope in the clinic.

An open house is planned Nov. 6, 2-4 p.m., for the new Plant Disease and Insect Clinic at North Carolina State University. The clinic, which identifies diseases and insect pests that threaten the state's crops and other plants, moved over the summer to renovated laboratories and office space in 1227 Gardner Hall on campus. Come enjoy refreshments and a brief program at 2:30 p.m. before the weekly Plant Pathology Seminar.

Posted by Natalie at 12:41 PM

October 20, 2006

Prawn culture to be featured on NC Now!

North Carolina Cooperative Extension will be featured on UNC-TV's NC Now! Area Specialized Agent Mike Frinsko is working area farmers who want to raise freshwater prawn as an alternative crop. This story produced by the video team in Communication Services shows how Frinsko is working with former tobacco farmers Doug and Johnny Barbee and their partner Gene Wiseman to put North Carolina on the map as a prawn-producing state.

Barring any last-minute changes due to fair coverage, the feature will air Friday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m. on UNC-TV.

Look for more Extension stories on UNC-TV in the coming months. If you have a story idea, please contact Sonya Williams Harris at

Posted by Natalie at 08:36 AM

October 13, 2006

ESP annual meeting is Nov. 8

Extension professionals are invited to register for the upcoming Epsilon Sigma Phi XI Chapter State meeting to be held Nov. 8 at the Johnston County center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension in Smithfield.

The annual meeting will include professional development, award recognition of our Extension peers, a silent auction and installation of new ESP members.

Morning educational panels will focus on viticulture, agritourism, Extension and Engagement Grants, and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems.

The ESP Web site includes meeting details, location and registration information:

Registration information, as well as dues for 2007 can be mailed to Art Bradley, ESP Treasurer at the following address:
Art Bradley, Treasurer
Xi Chapter, Epsilon Sigma Phi
P.O. Box 129
Tarboro, NC 27886

Posted by Natalie at 10:10 AM

October 12, 2006

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

To read the latest issue of ag e-dispatch, visit

Posted by Natalie at 09:30 AM

October 05, 2006

CEFS publications available

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) has six new Web-only publications in its Web site at Titles in the new Organic Production series (AG-659-W) include:
· Composting on Organic Farms by Keith Baldwin
· Cover Crops for Organic Farms by Keith R. Baldwin and Nancy G. Creamer
· Crop Rotations on Organic Farms by Keith Baldwin
· Conservation Tillage on Organic Farms by Keith Baldwin
· Soil Quality Considerations by Keith Baldwin
· Soil Fertility on Organic Farms by Keith Baldwin

Each publication discusses recommended practices as they relate to National Organic Program standards.

You can reach titles in the series by visiting the CEFS Web site at Click on the link for resources and publications. Or go directly to the resources page at

Posted by Natalie at 09:22 AM

September 28, 2006

Obituary: Dr. David Ronald Burnette

Retired county Extension director, district director

Dr. David Ronald Burnette
died Mon., Sept. 25, after a decade of courageously fighting cancer. He was born on Nov. 19, 1940, in the Brush Creek Community of Swain County, North Carolina, to Don and Jessie Howard Burnette.

Following in the steps of mentoring professionals who visited the small mountain farm where he grew up, Burnette graduated from Berry College in 1963 with a degree in business agriculture. After spending a year on active duty with the Army Reserve, he took a job with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service in Mitchell County and later moved to Burke County.

Upon completing a master's degree in 1972, he worked as a state 4-H specialist in bicycle and traffic safety. While living in Raleigh, he completed work toward a Doctor of Adult Education degree at N.C. State University and came to Buncombe County to serve as county Extension chairman in 1975. In 1980, David was appointed Western district Extension director. He retired from that position in 1995. He achieved much success as district director. He received many awards including election into the Western North Carolina Agricultural Hall of Fame in 1999. After retirement, he started Wildcat Fraser Fir Christmas Tree Farm in Swain County.

He retired from the Army Reserves in 2000 with a rank of Lt. Colonel. Until recently he volunteered with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve program, assuring that men and women who have served their country on active duty are treated fairly when re-entering their civilian jobs as well as educating employers of the federal rules.

Burnette was a supporter of the Red Cross, giving many gallons of blood through the years. When cancer prevented him from donating blood, he worked in their canteens and drove blood products to and from Charlotte for testing.

Burnette was an enthusiastic member of the Kiwanis Club of Asheville, serving for two terms as a Distinguished President. He went on to serve as District 1-A Lt. Governor. In 1999, he completed a term as Distinguished Governor of the Carolinas District.

In 1964, he married Carol Winfrey of Tobaccoville, N.C. Perhaps his greatest achievement was that of wonderful father to their beloved daughter, Rebecca Caroline Burnette of Enka, N.C. His wife and daughter as well as three brothers and four sisters, their spouses, and numerous nieces and nephews whom he loved survive him. His brothers are Richard Burnette of Franklin, Roy Burnette, and Arnold Burnette of Brush Creek. His sisters are Revena Cook of Franklin, Dorothy Marr of Brush Creek, Bonnie Lawrence of Ohio, and Rachel Perdue of Virginia.

Visitation will be held on Thursday evening, Sept. 28 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church of which he was a member, 789 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville, 828.254.3274. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 29, at Grace Covenant. Interment will be at 4 p.m. at Tabor Cemetery in the Brush Creek community of Swain County, about one mile off Highway 28. Morris Funeral Home, 304 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville, 828.252.1821, is in charge of the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Presbyterian Home for Children, 90 Lake Eden Road, Black Mountain, N.C. 28711. Donations may also be made to the following college scholarship endowed by David and Carol. Dr. David and Mrs. Carol Burnette 4-H Scholarship for the Western Region, N.C. 4-H Development Fund, 512 Brickhaven, Raleigh, N.C. 27695.

Cards can be sent to: 25 Griffing Circle, Asheville, NC 28804

Posted by Natalie at 08:54 AM

September 27, 2006

eXtension community of practice to focus on cotton

A group of cotton specialists from the Southern, Midwestern and Western United States have been accepted as eXtension’s newest volunteer Community of Practice (CoP). The Cotton community of practice comes to eXtension with broad support from the cotton industry, a large and diverse group with an interest in the production and manufacturing of raw cotton fiber and its by-products.

In 2003, over 170,000 U.S. cotton farms in 17 states produced over 18 million bales of cotton. Nationwide, the economic impact of cotton resulted in over $40 billion in revenue when considering the associated ginning, warehousing, and textile industries.

(Note: Randy Wells at N.C. State has temporarily taken resonsibility for cotton.)

Read more from the eXtension site

Posted by Natalie at 01:04 PM

September 19, 2006

Community Forums to be held across state

Over the next couple months, the Institute for Emerging Issues is hitting the road to hold Community Forums from Asheville to Manteo as part of its program of work to modernize the state's system of tax and finance.

The Institute wants your input! Community Forums offer local, community leaders across the state the opportunity to identify and offer ideas for financial modernization in their communities.

This program, following the Institute's 2006 Emerging Issues Forum, contemplates an agenda for reform in 2009.

There is no charge to attend Community Forums. To register, or for more information about the Charlotte, Fayetteville and Winston Salem Community Forums, please visit or call 919.515.7741.

The Institute for Emerging Issues, based at N.C. State University, is a think-and-do tank that turns ideas into action. The institute helps new combinations of leaders adopt innovative public policies to prepare North Carolina for the future.

Posted by Natalie at 01:49 PM

September 14, 2006

CEFS to hold Fall Festival

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) near Goldsboro is celebrating its 10th anniversary with an open-to-the-public Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 16. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be entertainment, music, and refreshments in addition to tours of CEFS facilities and research demonstrations.

CEFS is a partnership of N.C. State's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, N.C. A&T State's School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences and the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Read more in ag e-dispatch

Posted by Natalie at 01:30 PM

September 11, 2006

eXtension launches HorseQuest site


eXtension is pleased to announce the launch of its first Community of Practice Web site: HorseQuest. Available at, this is the first of many communities of practice to go public in 2006 and throughout 2007.

"We are very excited to launch HorseQuest today and to demonstrate the capacity that eXtension brings to America's Cooperative Extension System," said Dan Cotton, eXtension Director.

HorseQuest provides Internet visitors with reliable and up-to-date horse information through a knowledge base of commonly asked questions that have science-based, per-reviewed answers. In addition, online lessons use self-paced learning objects to help users learn more about specialized areas of equine science. The newest lesson being introduced is a module for new and prospective horse owners.

Read more at the "About eXtension" Web site

Posted by Natalie at 02:58 PM

August 22, 2006

Publications update from Communication Services

The following publications have been discontinued.
FCS-345, Making a Budget and Making It Work
FCS-370, Identifying and Correcting Moisture Problems in North Carolina Homes
FCS-387, Health Care Power of Attorney
FCS-363, Legal Authority
FCS-364, The Living Will
FCS-323-4, Set Priorities for Spending
FCS-348-4, Money Matters
FCS-361-8, Simple Home Repairs
FCS-453, Women's Nutrition
FCS-362-6, Death-Related Decisions

Posted by Natalie at 10:00 AM

August 21, 2006

News from N.C. A&T State

Dr. John O’Sullivan of the Cooperative Extension Program received release time in July to lend some expertise in agricultural economics to west Africa. He was joined by his wife, Dr. Rita O’Sullivan, an associate professor of Evaluation and Assessment at UNC-Chapel Hill, on a trip devoted to compiling a directory of agricultural commodity wholesalers and transporters in southern Sudan, where decades of civil war finally came to an end with a peace agreement in 2005.

Read more of this story and other news from N.C. A&T at ag e-dispatch

Posted by Natalie at 10:30 AM

August 11, 2006

New publications available from Communication Services

Three new publications are now available from Communication Services.

They are:

· The Best Pet For You, AG-668, can help you select the pet best for your personality and lifestyle. It summarizes some of the positives and negatives of owning different companion animals based on the level of commitment required, time and space needs, behavior and health considerations, and budget. The animals discussed include dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, rats and mice, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, reptiles, and fish. Kimberly Ange wrote the eight-page publication.

· Cow Herd Management Calendar, AG-655-1, offers timelines for both spring (January through March) and fall (October through December) calving. Profitability of your cow herd depends on good planning and appropriate timing of major herd activities, and planning activities based on the appropriate timeline will help prevent a prolonged calving season, decreased conception rates, and lowered profitability. Jim Turner and Matt Poore wrote this eight-page publication.

· Beef and Goat Forage Management Calendar for North Carolina Operations, AG-655-3, provides a timeline you can use in scheduling forage management procedures. The profitability of most beef and goat operations depends on proper forage management. Jim Turner and Jim Green wrote this six-page publication.

Posted by Natalie at 04:01 PM

July 18, 2006

Submit questions to eXtension's FAQ database

We here in North Carolina have a special opportunity--a sneak preview of the eXtension Frequently Asked Questions database!

This is our opportunity to make eXtension a real time resource for everyone in your office! We know that all those phone calls and office visits bring lots of questions every day. And we know the same questions are often asked over and over again. eXtension can make your job easier by providing a quick and easy way to answer those routine questions.

It's as simple as 1, 2, 3...

1.Get an eXtension ID! Just go to and pick a username and password. Then,

2.Submit frequently asked questions! We know you get and answer the same questions over and over, month after month, and year after year. And we know that you've got those questions and answers stashed somewhere in your files. eXtension wants them! Just go to and check out the places where you can submit your favorite questions and answers. Then,

3.Weigh-in with your own comments! Look at the almost 5,000 questions
that are already there. Can you provide better answers? We want to know and we want the answers!

Help us GROW eXtension! We need your ideas, your questions, your answers and your help to make eXtension the best online resource for Americans. Help eXtension by submitting those questions AND your answers to the eXtension Frequently Asked Questions database.

Finally, eXtension also needs your feedback on how this system is operating. If you have suggestions, please email them to

Posted by Natalie at 08:30 AM | Comments (0)

July 17, 2006

Photo gallery available for Extension use

Communication Services has updated its photo gallery with new images. The gallery is available on the Web at

The photo gallery includes a small sample of the images taken by our staff photographers that are available at no cost for use by NC State faculty and staff. Users will need to log in with your Unity ID and password.

The images are jpg files, appropriate for Web use. You may request a high-resolution copy of any of these images by sending an email to that includes the file name of the image you wish to use. There is a $5 per image charge for one-time use of high-resolution files.

New images will be added on a regular basis, so check back often for additional images. Current categories of images that may be useful for Extension include those from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cooperative Extension, campus scenes, agricultural crops and animals, and nature. We welcome your suggestions on photos that would be helpful.

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June 30, 2006

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

July 4 holiday doesn't stop the timely distribution of ag e dispatch. Click below for the latest issue. and don't forget Small Farm Field Day on July 6 at the University Farm in Greensboro.

Posted by Natalie at 03:34 PM

June 20, 2006

Ed Jones speaks in Washington

Ed Jones in Washington
Ed Jones, right, is pictured with Bob Stallman, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation. (Photo courtesy of Ed Jones)

Dr. Ed Jones, associate director for agricultural programs, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, spoke in Washington in May to the National Council for Food and Agricultural Research. Jones, who is chairman of the Extension Distaster Education Network, spoke about Extension disaster education.

Posted by Natalie at 11:12 AM

June 16, 2006

Publications update from Communication Services

The following free publication is available through Communication Services. To order, contact

Using Polyacrylamide (PAM) to Reduce Erosion on Construction Sites, AG-439-61. This new three-page fact sheet describes a method that reduces construction site erosion. Sediment and turbidity have the widest impact on water quality of any pollutants. PAM is a chemical treatment used to augment seeding and mulching.

The following new publications are free and available through Communication Services:
* Using Polyacrylamide (PAM) to Control Erosion on Construction Sites, AG-439-61, by Richard McLaughlin, four pages
* Impact of Increasing Fertilizer Prices on Optimum Nitrogen Rates, AG-439-60, by John Havlin and Geoff Benson, four pages
* Permeable Pavements, Green Roofs, and Cisterns, AG-588-6, an eight-page publication by Bill Hunt and Laura Szpir, describes structural stormwater practices that filter and reduce stormwater runoff. It is also online at
* The Small Hive Beetle: A Pest of Honey Bee Colonies, AG-663, by David Tarpy, 4 pages. It is also online at
* The Best Pet for You, AG-668, by Kimberly Ange, four pages
* Learning to Handle Cat Behaviors, AG-669, by Kimberly Ange and Brynn Seabolt, four pages

Posted by Natalie at 08:00 AM

June 15, 2006

Pamlico County 4-H agent auctions 'pride' to send kids to camp

An article in today's New Bern Sun Journal highlights the efforts of Extension 4-H agent Pete Anderson to raise money for children to attend Camp BJP in Reidsville. Dubbed "Shameless Pete," Anderson is auctioning off the opportunity to pick his outfit for the Croaker Festival parade in Oriental on July 1.

As he says in the article, "If they are an individual, or a local business, their name will be promoted on the float as buying my pride to raise money for kids for camp. I will wear that outfit all around Oriental. And, the donations are tax deductible."

Among the most popular costume ideas floating around town: cheerleader outfit, tutu, tropical dress and clown suit.

Read more from the Sun Journal

Posted by Suzanne at 02:00 PM

May 19, 2006

Advisory cluster group meets in Guilford County

County Extension directors from Rockingham, Alamance and Guilford counties recently kicked off meetings of their advisory leaders’ cluster with a meeting and tour in Guilford County. Advisory councils in the Northwest District are divided into county clusters. The directors from this cluster met with Steva Allgood, a former Guilford advisory council member, who is now on the State Advisory Council, and Perry Graves, a citizens’ advisor for the Cooperative Extension Program at N.C. A&T State University.

The three county directors reported on a hot topic from their individual counties. Rett Davis of Alamance County talked about diminishing farmland in his county. Rockingham County Extension Director Scott Schoulars described efforts to develop a local equine center.

Two Guilford County 4-H’ers described their new “Pet Pals” program, in which youth bring companion animals to visit nursing home residents. The group also toured the Cam-Too Nursery, a large Guilford County camellia producer that works closely with Guilford agent Garry Bradley. The advisory cluster plans to meet again soon and bring in all county advisors.

-N. Hampton

Posted by Natalie at 02:30 PM

May 15, 2006

Endowment established in Sanders' name

An endowment in Doug Sanders’ name is being established. Sanders, professor and Extension horticulture specialist, died last month after a brief illness.

Contributions may be mailed to:
North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc.
Box 7645, NCSU
Raleigh, NC 27695-7645

To contribute to this endowment, please make your check payable to the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc., and write "Doug Sanders Endowment" on the memo line of checks. The Foundations Office will issue receipts.

Posted by Natalie at 02:47 PM

May 11, 2006

Publications update from Communication Services

2006 Agricultural Chemicals Manual Spring Updates CD is available. The CD costs $12 per copy. To order, contact

The following free publications are available through Communication Services. To order, contact,
· Your Checkbook for Drug Safety, FCS-423, revised
· Sprayer Calibration, AG-601-3, reprint
· 128th Acre Calibration Method, AG-601-2, reprint
· Management of Varroa Mites in Honey Bee Colonies, AG-662, new
· North Carolina Organic Grain Production Guide, AG-660, new,

The following publications are new or revised and are available only on the Web:
· Agricultural Riparian Buffers, AG-439-38,
· Eat Right For Life - How Heart Healthy Are You? FCS 384-1
· Become More Healthy in the Foods You Eat...Sodium, FCS-384-2
· Become More Healthy in the Foods You Eat...Fat, FCS-384-3,
· Become More Heaflthy in the Foods You Eat...Saturated Fats, FCS-384-4,
· Become More Healthy in the Foods You Eat...Cholesterol, FCS-384-5,
· Become More Healthy in the Foods You Eat...Fiber, FCS-384-6,
· Become More Healthy...Be At Your Best Weight, FCS 384-7, FCS-384-8
· Become More Healthy...Exercise
· Poultry Litter Amendments, AG-657,
· 2006 Southeast Regional Strawberry Integrated Management and Cultural Guide,

Posted by Natalie at 02:12 PM

May 10, 2006

A&T will host sign-making workshop May 26

Theresa Nartea, agribusiness and farm marketing specialist with the Cooperative Extension Program at A&T, has a sign-making workshop for farmers selling their produce at farmer’s markets and roadside stands that she will be offering at the Davidson County Extension Center in Lexington from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, May 26.

Signage students will all take home 10 small signs that can be used to indicate the price of produce or other merchandise. Nartea also has lettering tools and painting supplies for participants who want to bring along material for larger signs for roadside advertising. There is a $10 registration fee, and class size is limited to 30. Amy-Lynn Albertson, a Davidson County Extension agent, is coordinating registration. She can be reached at or 336.242.2080.

Keep up with all the information you need about SAES activities, click below for the latest edition of ag e-dispatch:

Posted by Natalie at 02:00 PM

April 25, 2006

Douglas Sanders dies April 17

Douglas Charles Sanders, professor of Horticultural Science at North Carolina State University, died after a brief illness on Monday, April 17. Sanders was internationally recognized for his expertise in vegetable production. He developed his love of plants and horticulture at a young age, growing up on a family farm in Mason, Michigan.

Sanders received his bachelor’s degree in vegetable crops in 1965 from Michigan State University. He earned his master’s degree and doctorate in horticulture in 1967 and 1970, respectively, from the University of Minnesota. He began his professional career at North Carolina State University in 1970 as an assistant professor specializing in vegetable production and was promoted to full professor in 1982.

Sanders was committed to the teaching and research of vegetable production systems and their application worldwide. His life was filled with numerous accomplishments and recognitions as he provided leadership in many facets of the vegetable industry. He worked closely with North Carolina farmers and county extension agents to improve their vegetable production knowledge.

His advice was sought after by all who worked with vegetables not only in North Carolina, but in the U.S and around the world as well. His accomplishments included the establishing the N.C. Vegetable Growers Association, introducing numerous new vegetable technologies (drip irrigation, plasticulture, precision seeding) and introducing new crops to North Caorlina, including asparagus, broccoli, sweet onions and leaf lettuce.

Sanders served as vice president of the Extension Division of the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) in 1992-93. In 1992 he was named a Fellow of ASHS, and he will receive the 2006 Outstanding International Horticulturist Award posthumously at the ASHS Annual Conference in New Orleans in August. He served as president of the Southern Region ASHS in 2000.

Sanders distinguished himself as an international horticulturist with 38 trips abroad in the last two decades, working with and mentoring many students from Uruguay, Venezuela, Peru, Chile, China and Thailand.

Sanders taught undergraduate and graduate courses and utilized new distance education technologies to reach audiences across North Carolina. He was a tireless worker with a passion for horticultural science and seemingly boundless amounts of energy. All who knew him benefited from his innovative ideas, unselfish encouragement and thoughtfulness. Doug will be missed not only professionally, but by all of his many friends for whom he was an inspiration and a great counselor. Doug is survived by his wife, Ellen, and sister, Mary Sanders.

An endowment in Doug Sanders’ name is being established. Contributions can be sent to the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc., Box 7645, NC State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7645.

Posted by Natalie at 11:41 AM

April 13, 2006

Extension poster available

Cooperative Extension poster

Posters of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension mural that were done several years ago are available from Jeanne Marie Wallace in the Department of Communication Services. The posters, pictured left, are 37 X 20 inches on glossy paper and will not be shipped. Email to schedule pickup of your free posters. They are available while supplies last.

Posted by Natalie at 04:51 PM

March 22, 2006

Enroll now for April 18 Symposium

N.C. State University's fourth annual Symposium on the Engaged University will be held April 18 at McKimmon Center, beginning at 1 p.m. The focus of this year's symposium is "Economic Development: The Broad Perspective."

The afternoon program is open to all members of the university community, who must register for the event by March 28. For more information, contact Susan Bennett.

The program begins with remarks from Chancellor James Oblinger and Provost Larry Nielson. Keynote speaker is Charles Hayes, president and CEO of the Research Triangle Regional Partnership.

Topical dialogue sessions will be held from 2-3 p.m. Discussion topics include the N.C. Economy, Innovation and Job Creation, and Community Development.

A think tank and panel discussion will be held from 3-4:30 p.m., moderated by North Carolina's First Lady Mary Easley. Dr. Jim Zuiches, vice chancellor for Extension, Engagement and Economic Development, will present concluding remarks.

A reception and poster sesion from 4:45-6 p.m. will conclude the afternoon program.

Posted by Natalie at 09:55 AM

February 21, 2006

Bowles, Oblinger visit Eastern NC

Bowles and Oblinger photo
President Erskine Bowles, left, and Chancellor Jim Oblinger visit the lab at CMAST in Morehead City. (Photos by Becky Kirkland)

“I’d really like to listen today.”

From Morehead City to Kenansville, Erskine Bowles carried this message forth – and repeated it intently – throughout his Jan. 31 tour of Eastern North Carolina. The new University of North Carolina system president visited four cities that day, to learn more about how N.C. State’s research, extension and economic development programs serve the needs of North Carolinians.

“What are your priorities?” he asked throughout the tour, making clear his priority for the day: get the word straight from the horse’s mouth.

Bowles was accompanied by N.C. State Chancellor James L. Oblinger, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean Johnny Wynne and North Carolina Cooperative Extension Director John Ort, among other campus leaders.

Three of the four stops on Bowles’ tour showcased research, teaching and extension programs of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. And, he wasted no time getting down to business at each stop.

After a visit to the Naval Air Depot at Cherry Point to learn about programs in the N.C. State College of Engineering, Bowles headed to Morehead City and the Center for Marine Sciences and Technology (CMAST). The 51,000 square-foot marine laboratory, situated just along the banks of the Bogue Sound, strives to make North Carolina’s seafood industry safer and more competitive. Bowles toured toxicology and fisheries resources labs, visited Carteret County Extension offices and held a town-hall style meeting with the center’s faculty and staff, community leaders and other stakeholders.

“I have a great love and appreciation for this part of North Carolina,” Bowles said. “[The marine sciences] industry presents such a great growth opportunity for our state and our people. It has tremendous potential.”

Bowles took time to speak with nearly every researcher in each of the labs, chatted with Extension agents about their programs, and even passed on a sit-down lunch to extend his tour and focus on the issues being presented to him. (It should be noted, however, that Bowles enjoyed the homemade seafood lunch prepared by Family and Consumer Sciences agents once he had a moment to sit down during the meeting).

Next stop: the Cunningham Agriculture Research Station in Kinston, where research is conducted on major North Carolina field crops such as tobacco, corn, soybeans and cotton. The station also serves as headquarters for the North Carolina Specialty Crops Program, a unique partnership between N.C. State, North Carolina Cooperative Extension and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to develop alternative crops and marketing systems for farmers wishing to expand into niche markets.

Bowles listened intently as Extension personnel and researchers described their programs, from aquaculture to storm water practices. And, just as he’d done in Morehead City, Bowles asked the group for their priorities and ideas on how the university system could play a role.

“I’ve learned that the best ideas come from those working in the field,” he said. “Agriculture is such a big part of North Carolina and its economy. I want to make sure that I understand your priorities and how I can help you.”

He also stressed the importance of securing a solid future for North Carolina agriculture by embracing change and capitalizing on opportunities to expand into new markets.

“I believe we are looking at a bright agricultural future here in North Carolina. There are huge markets and the potential is here,” he said. “But there are enormous changes taking place in the economy. With the loss of tobacco, we have to move toward new crops, opportunities and markets. If we’re going to be competitive globally, we need to make investments in agriculture.”

Bowles ended his day at a reception in Duplin County with members of Cooperative Extension’s State Advisory Council, held at the new Duplin County Agriculture Center. The former chairman of North Carolina’s Rural Prosperity Task Force opened his remarks saying, “I am so thrilled to see this facility. It is about time rural North Carolina got something nice.”

Erskine Bowles

State Advisory Council Chairman Wanda Denning opened the meeting with Bowles by describing how SAC’s 31 members provide leadership for the state’s 20,000-member advisory leadership system. In every county, advisory leaders help Cooperative Extension design, implement and plan programs to meet identified local needs. Denning also pointed out that Extension’s advisors were instrumental in advocating for the state’s $3.1 billion higher education bonds approved by voters in 2000.

Bowles described his six priorities for the UNC System. They include preparing K-12 teachers, developing relationships with the state’s community colleges, keeping universities accessible and affordable, retaining and graduating students, ensuring quality education and recruiting and retaining great faculty.

Bowles recently spent nine months in Asia, overseeing tsunami relief. He described seeing classrooms of Chinese first graders studying mathematics on computers – in English. Contrast that with the reality that only 18 of 100 eighth graders in North Carolina today will earn a four-year college degree.

“That was okay in my era when there were plenty of low-skilled, moderate income jobs,” he said. “We have to get more people better educated in America in order to compete.”

Bowles outlined some of the strengths and challenges that lie before the university system. He described the state’s strong support for higher education at the rate of $2 billion per year, but added that the state’s budget faces enormous pressures from rising Medicaid costs. The state universities’ $1 billion research budget comes mainly from federal resources, which also face tremendous pressures, he said.

“What are your priorities?” he asked throughout the tour, making clear his priority for the day: get the word straight from the horse’s mouth.

He also wants to keep the state universities’ tuition as low as possible. “Here we face an enormous challenge at a time when we have fewer and fewer resources,” he said.

What did Bowles learn about Cooperative Extension during his tour? “I have been living in the past of what Extension does today. I didn’t know you were in urban counties,” he said. “You are doing a zillion different things to make a difference in your communities.

Bowles said he would like to meet with Extension’s state advisors on a regular basis. “Let me know how I can make your job better,” he told the advisors. “I want to see those resources get to where they are needed. Thank you very much for all you do.”

--S. Stanard and N. Hampton

Posted by Natalie at 02:03 PM

February 17, 2006

4-H, FCS departments to merge July 1

In keeping with the spirit of Cooperative Extension’s change management and marketing initiative, the departments of 4-H Youth Development and Family and Consumer Sciences will become one department within N.C. State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences on July 1.

The merger was announced Feb. 16 by Dr. Jon Ort, director of North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. (Dr. Ort's message -- opens in PDF) Dr. Marshall Stewart, head of the 4-H Youth Development Department, and Dr. Sandy Zaslow, head of the Family and Consumer Sciences Department, announced the change to their staffs that morning. County agents in both programs received the announcement by email.

Stewart and Zaslow said their faculty and staff members had reacted well to the news. Stewart will head the new department, which will retain both department names. Zaslow, who also announced on Feb. 16 her intention of retiring from the university in October, will serve as Extension’s associate director of family and youth programs. When she retires, the title will be added to the title of department head and state program leader for the combined department.

“We began strategic dialogue about the future of CALS departments at the dean’s retreat in October 2005,” Ort said in his announcement to Extension. “When Dr. Sandy Zaslow notified me of her retirement this fall, it made sense strategically to think about how we might move ahead with bringing these two departments under one administrative umbrella.”

Stewart read Ort’s prepared statement to his faculty and staff. “They were positive,” he said. “This had been in some people’s minds for a number years and so seeing it was not a total surprise.”

Zaslow and Stewart praised Ort and Dean Johnny Wynne for their efforts to move the merger along and address concerns that employees would likely have, including leadership, department name and titles. Employees of both departments will retain their rank and titles. And both disciplines will continue to have their distinct identities on campus and in county centers.

Zaslow said the merger news, coupled with the news of her retirement, came as a double
surprize for campus and field faculty and staffs. She shared with them that “when they wake up on July 2, their world will seem very much like it was on July 1 – and that was the intent of both department heads.

“Marshall and I have a very strong commitment to making this a positive transition for all our employees. We are very aware of the strong program identities and brands that agents, their associations and their foundations have worked to develop. Each program has many assets and resources to bring to the table,” Zaslow said.

“We believe there will be a synergistic effect that will occur from new opportunities to collaborate and be advocates for youth and family issues,” she said.

Zaslow was pleased that an associate director’s position had been created for youth and family programs and that she will help set the direction for that position to benefit youth and family programs. In the Cooperative Extension Service at N.C. State, there has been an associate director’s position for agricultural programs.

“Adding an associate director’s position truly indicates the value that Dr. Ort and Dean Wynne place on youth and families and their relationship within agricultural programs,” Zaslow said.

She looks forward to working with Stewart in merging the two departments. “I really want Marshall to be successful and for the programs to be successful,” Zaslow said. “Our intent is to look for the best environment to support and sustain the programs.”

Both programs have traditionally shared some programming initiatives. The Expanded Foods and Nutrition Education Program includes youth and adult components and has faculty in both the 4-H and FCS departments. And with growing concern over the issue of child overweight/obesity, the two departments have discussed collaborating on the issue, bringing together their strengths in youth programming and nutrition education.

“This puts Extension, the college and the university in the strongest position to address families and youth,” Stewart said. “Statewide, no one has the network of paid staff and volunteers focused on these issues that Extension has.”

The combined department also will have a stronger academic component, Ort said in making the announcement. FCS and the Department of Human Environmental Science at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro are creating a master’s degree program in parenting education. Dr. Karen DeBord, FCS associate professor of child development, has been active in the initiative and serves as the department’s director of graduate programs.

In addition, 4-H Youth Development has created a youth development leadership specialization within N.C. State’s College of Education. Courses are taught by faculty in 4-H Youth Development.

“The degree programs that we bring to the table and the one that 4-H offers bring new opportunities for our agents to earn advanced degrees,” Zaslow said.

Stewart and Zaslow praised each other, as well as Extension and college administrators for creating a smooth plan for the merger. “Sandy has been a champion for this,” Stewart said. “She sold me on it. She wanted to create a structure that will endure, and this will endure.”

“Marshall is a perfect match, with his energy, enthusiasm and genuine commitment to both programs,” Zaslow said. “Our vision has been the same from the beginning.

“This is a very bold step forward, and I salute Dr. Ort’s leadership to support us and for the vision to create an associate director’s position for youth and families,” she added.

“I wanted to credit Jon (Ort) and administration for having the courage and foresight to put us in a stronger position,” Stewart said. “They led the charge, and I appreciate their vision.”

Questions or comments? Scroll down to post your response. Online News will work with Stewart and Zaslow to answer your questions.

--N. Hampton

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December 20, 2005

Robert S. Boal, Extension economist, dies

Robert Stuart Boal of Wake Forest was born March 24, 1912 in West Elizabeth (Pittsburgh), PA and passed away peacefully at Duke Health Raleigh Hospital, Dec. 18. He graduated from Penn State in 1934 and earned his MS degree from West Virginia University. He retired from the N.C. State University Extension Economics Department in 1975.

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December 02, 2005

New edition of CSREES Update available

The latest issue of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's CSREES Update includes links to a new avian influenza fact sheet, current requests for grant proposals, and more. Follow this link to read the issue.

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November 29, 2005

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November 04, 2005

Online newsletter highlights latest with USDA, CSREES

The latest edition of the CSREES update contains information on the calls for proposals for the 2006 National 4-H Conference and the 2006 CYFAR conference, the US Department of Agriculture's response to avian influenza, and more.

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October 28, 2005

Virginia Hyatt, wife of former Extension director, dies

VIRGINIA SMITH HYATT, 89, passed away on Oct. 26 in Raleigh. Born in Detroit, Michigan on July 1, 1916, Virginia graduated from Michigan State University. She married George Hyatt Jr., on Sept. 17, 1938. In 1951 she moved with her family to Raleigh after her husband accepted a professorship at N.C. State University, where he later became director of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. Virginia is predeceased by her husband of 55 years.

She is survived by her three sons, Charles Hyatt of Lexington, SC, Martin Hyatt of Charleston, SC, and William Hyatt of Yorktown, VA; three daughters-in law, Patricia, Sarah, Pamela; six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren and a fifth one on the way. She is also survived by one of her three brothers, Howard Smith of Buffalo Grove, near Chicago.

Virginia was very active with N.C. State University as a faculty spouse. She was an avid sports fan and strong supporter of N.C. State athletics for more than 40 years. She loved to play golf and bridge and was a member of the 1st Church of Christ, Scientist of Raleigh. Mother also loved to travel and did extensive traveling both in the USA and overseas. She will be surely missed by her family and friends.

A service of remembrance will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Brown- Wynne Funeral Home, 300 St. Mary's Street in Raleigh.

The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. Oct. 29 at the funeral home, prior to the service. Burial is at Raleigh Memorial Park, 7501 Glenwood Ave., US 70 immediately after the memorial.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the George and Virginia Hyatt Extension Award Endowment, NC Agricultural Foundation, Inc. Box 7645, NC State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7645.

Condolences and tributes may be made to the family at

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October 19, 2005

2006 National Urban Extension Conference set for Kansas City

The 2006 Urban Extension Conference will take place November 6-9, 2006, in Kansas City, MO. Participants will learn about and share extension programs, leadership and issues related to urban areas.

The conference is for extension educators, faculty, and staff who work in urban, suburban, and highly populated areas, who provide administrative and program leadership on the local, state, and federal level, or have responsibilities for urban programming.

The 12 North Central States are planning the conference, which will be hosted by University of Missouri Extension. Co-chairs for the conference are Jim Lindquist, assistant director, Extension Field Operations, Kansas State Research and Extension, Manhattan, KS, and Al Black, regional director, West Central Region, University of Missouri Extension, Blue Springs, MO.

More information will be available as the planning progresses. If you would like to join the mailing list for the conference, please send your contact information to Al Black at

-- Excerpted from USDA CSREES Update


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October 14, 2005

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September 27, 2005

New College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Web site opens 'Windows' to giving

In conjunction with North Carolina State University's announcement Sept. 23 of a $1 billion comprehensive fundraising campaign, the N.C. State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences launched its “Windows of Opportunity” campaign Web site. Read more

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New extension publications available

Two new extension publications, one on hosta diseases and pests and one on firewise landscaping, are now available.

Colleen Warfield has co-authored Hosta Diseases and Pests with other specialists from Iowa State, Clemson, and the University of Georgia. The 16-page publication is filled with full-color photographs that will help the homeowner or grower identify and treat hosta problems.
It is available on the Web at Printed copies cost $1.50 each and may be ordered from Iowa State’s online ordering system. Go to Iowa’s number for this publication is SUL 0014.

Firewise Landscaping in North Carolina is a new publication by Robert Bardon that is now available through Forestry Extension. This 12-page publication summarizes basic landscaping strategies that homeowners can use to reduce the risk of wildfire damage to their property. It also lists native plants by their flammability ratings. Contact Robert Bardon to order the printed version or check out the Web version at

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September 22, 2005

Candidates announced for N.C. State's vice chancellor of extension and engagement

Vice Chancellor John Gilligan has announced that five candidates for the position of Vice Chancellor for Extension, Engagement and Economic Development will be interviewed. The schedules for each interview are being developed, and the vitae and photographs will be posted as soon as possible. This information, along with the interview dates, will be available at the Web address:

An on-line evaluation form for each candidate also will be available at this site. The responses on these forms will go directly to Chancellor Jim Oblinger. The first interview schedule should be available on the Web by noon, Sept. 22.

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September 03, 2005

Ways to help displaced Louisiana colleagues

In storm-striken Louisiana, 585 displaced LSU AgCenter faculty and staff members and their families are living at 4-H camp "with only the clothes on their back," reports the center's communications and public affairs director Frankie Gould.

Others are in motels, with family or other temporary accommodations and "will not be able to go back to their offices for six to 12 months, so we are in the process of relocating them," she says.

A relief and donation center has been set up to help the LSU AgCenter families and others through the American Red Cross.

MONETARY DONATIONS: AgCenter Hurricane Relief Fund

To donate by mail, send a check payable to the Louisiana 4-H Foundation to Mr. Trey Williams, P.O. Box 25100, Baton Rouge, LA 70894-5100. In the memo field of the check, indicate "Relief Fund."

To donate by credit card, visit the Louisiana 4-H Foundation Web site at or call the 4-H Foundation office at 225-578-1172.

"Be assured that 100 percent of all monies collected will be distributed to AgCenter faculty and staff affected by Katrina," Gould says. "No part of your donation will be used for administrative expenses."

For more information, contact Trey Williams, executive director of the Louisiana 4-H Foundation, at 225-578-1172 or email

OTHER DONATIONS: AgCenter Hurricane Relief Drop-off Center

Nelson Memorial adjacent to Parker Coliseum on the LSU Campus is serving as a donation drop-off center for AgCenter employees and their families who have lost their homes.

The following items are being requested: Clothing, bedding, toys,
toiletries, art/school supplies and bottled water. Specifically there are needs for men's, women's, and children's shoes. Also, there is a need of men's pants, sizes 36 or larger, and men's shirts in sizes large and up.

Attn: Jamie Segar
Donation Drop-off Center
101 Efferson Hall - LSU AgCenter
Baton Rouge, La 70803

Here's what's urgently needed:

- small toys and games
- deodorant
- razors
- shaving cream
- shampoo
- bottled water
- baby formula
- diapers
- feminine hygiene products
- denture fastener
- toilet paper
- paper towels
- baby wipes
- pillows
- blankets
- sheets
- Depends
- Ensure
- 10-12 ounce cups
- paper napkins
- plastic spoons
- duffel/tote bags
- spray cleaners
- tissues
- portable lawn chairs
- detergent
- large garbage bags

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September 02, 2005

A Movable Feast

Celvia Stovall of N.C. A&T State University offers a 'Horn of Plenty to Go' bag to a county commissioner visiting Cooperative Extension's booth. (Becky Kirkland photos)

North Carolina Cooperative Extension's annual Horn of Plenty feast was transformed last week into a Horn of Plenty to Go, as North Carolina Extension county directors and administrators greeted funding partners at an annual county commissioners conference and showed them the problem-solving impact of their work in communities across the state.

This year's North Carolina Association of County Commissioners' conference agenda didn’t leave time for the feast. So a group of county Extension directors and administrators worked with Carolina PR and Communication Services at N.C. State University to develop an exhibit that conveyed Cooperative Extension’s impact on North Carolina’s economy, the environment and the quality of life.

Participants who visited Extension’s booth at the meeting (Aug. 25 and 26) in Charlotte received a Horn of Plenty to Go bag, filled with evidence of Cooperative Extension’s impact on the food, fiber and forestry industries.

The bag included apples, shrink-wrapped sweetpotatoes, roasted peanuts, Mt. Olive pickles, a nutraceutical made from muscadine grapes, discount coupons for wine, Christmas trees and a muscadine festival, a CD created by the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences to help families understand the impact of fast food on their diets, and a card of information about Extension’s role in delivering research-based knowledge from N.C. State University and N.C. A&T State University to producers, processors, food industry workers and consumers.

Deborah Crandall, Southwest District Extension director, talks with David Fogarty, Gaston County Extension director, at the display.

The booth contained banners highlighting Cooperative Extension’s role in delivering research-based knowledge to solve agricultural and environmental problems; a knowledge library of 20 four-page publications highlighting success stories across Extension’s program areas; and a multimedia presentation reinforcing the overall “Knowledge is Power” theme.

Booth visitors were encouraged to fill out cards requesting additional information about their areas of interest, and those cards will be given to county Extension directors for follow up, along with calculators provided by Extension administration.

Among those who helped gather Horn of Plenty to Go contributions and develop and staff the booth were Debbie Bost, Ed Emory, Stan Dixon, Howard Scott, Travis Burke, Sue Counts, Harvey Fouts, Deborah Crandall, Celvia Stovall, David Fogarty, Joe Zublena, Tracy Brown and Christine Barrier.

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Hurricane Katrina assistance

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Extension Disaster Education Network's Web site,, is serving as a resource to match assistance offers with needs. Also, the memo below outlines how Extension employees can assist colleagues in affected states.

"At the joint AEA/ASRED meeting held this week in Charleston, SC, Extension Directors and Administrators agreed whole heartedly to assist Extension faculty and staff, predominantly in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, who have suffered personal loss as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Many Extension employee families lost their homes and/or possessions.

People from numerous states have sent messages offering to provide any assistance possible. Given this outpouring of heart-felt wishes to help the Extension family from these states, we are providing a mechanism for voluntary personal cash donations from the Extension System faculty and staff. The funds collected will be distributed through Extension Directors and Administrators in the affected states, who will identify Extension faculty and staff who have suffered from Hurricane Katrina’s devastation.

A committee (James Wade, Clyde Chesney, Linda William-Willis, Joe Zublena and Bernadette Hinkle) has been appointed to help facilitate the acceptance and distribution of funds to assist Extension faculty and staff in those parishes and counties that have suffered personal loss.

The details of where and how to make contributions and donations will be available early next week (Sept. 9). Efforts are underway to make it an easy and accessible process for all in the extension system. All donations are tax deductible and donors will receive a receipt for their donation for tax purposes.

We appreciate the great expression of caring and concern that our Extension family has shown in this time of need to reach out and show support to our peers, colleagues and friends in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Thank you in advance for your prayers, best wishes, and support of the Extension faculty and staff that have been affected personally by Hurricane Katrina."

--Dr. Ivory Lyles, Chair, ASRED
--Dr. Noland Williams, Chair, AEA

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September 01, 2005

Out of Gas: Extension cancellations and postponements

Following Gov. Mike Easley's mandate to save fuel, Cooperative Extension employees have been asked to restrict "non-essential" travel until further notice. The interruption of gasoline production caused by Hurricane Katrina may cause fuel shortages in this part of the country.

Several organizations and groups have cancelled or postponed plans for upcoming meetings, and those are listed below. If you have a cancellation or postponement to share, enter it under "comments" below.

The governor's travel directive, effective through Sept. 15, states:
1. All out of state travel except that directly related to disaster recovery is prohibited.
2. All in-state travel is restricted to those activities that are related to law enforcement and public safety, public health, due process hearings, emergency situations and/or the custody/care of persons for whom the state is responsible.
3. The Division of Motor Fleet Management is prohibited from issuing any state owned motor vehicle unless an Agency Head or Chief Deputy has personally signed the Motor Fleet Management Request for Vehicle Form.
4. All state departments and institutions are to immediately stop the mowing of grass and the use of any gasoline driven motors for routine grounds or roads maintenance, except for safety reasons.
5. In lieu of face to face meetings, the use of teleconferencing is encouraged. Teleconferencing sites are located in multiple locations throughout the state.

The following events have been postponed or altered due to travel restrictions:
* The NCEAFCS State Meeting, scheduled for Sept. 6-8, has been postponed and all association hotel reservations cancelled. The meeting will be rescheduled.
* The Epsilon Sigma Phi Board meeting scheduled for Friday, Sept. 9, has been switched to a conference call. Members will be notified of the call-in number.

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August 18, 2005

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August 05, 2005

ESP call for nominations

Nominations for the 2005 Epsilon Sigma Phi Awards are due no later than Friday, September 16, 5 p.m. ESP awards will be given at the ESP annual meeting on Friday, November 18, at the Wake County Commons Building. Extension employees are encouraged to nominate deserving co-workers for these awards.

Nominees must be current (2005) members of ESP and have paid their dues by February 1, 2005. Applications are on line at the ESP Web site.

Nominees for the Meritorious Support Award are not required to be ESP members. County staffs applying for County Performance Awards do not have to be ESP members, but it is highly desirable. The Web address for the ESP 2005 awards is:

Use the format provided on the Web and then email the nomination and nominee(s)' photo to
Award nominations will only be accepted in straight text, Microsoft Word or StarOffice writer format -- no html or PDF documents will be accepted.

Nominations must be no more than one page, back and front, and those exceeding the space limitations will not be considered. Margins must be 1 inch, and information presented must be a minimum of 10-point type. Summary statements at the end of nominations must not exceed 75 words. These are all national ESP requirements.

Retirees may send nominations and photographs in hard copies to my attention at Wake County Cooperative Extension Service, 4001-E Carya Drive, Raleigh, NC 27610-2914.

Teams and county staff should send a group photo, not individual ones. Applications will not be considered unless photographs are submitted by the deadline along with the application.

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New publications available

Two new publications, one on phosphorus loss assessment and one on mosquito control, are now available.

North Carolina Phosphorus Loss Assessment: Model Description and Scientific Basis and Supporting Literature, TB-323, is now available in print from the Department of Soil Science, Box 7619, N.C. State University, Raleigh, NC, 27695-7619. This technical bulletin was created for distribution to soil scientists and regulatory managers who use the PLAT model. It also available on the Web at

Mosquito Control for Stormwater Facilities, AGW-588-4, summarizes some key facts that engineers and designers should consider as they design stormwater facilities and implement mosquito control measures. It also provides an overview of strategies for limiting mosquito populations in stormwater facilities. This publication, which is part of the Urban Waterways series, is only available on the Web at

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August 04, 2005

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July 22, 2005

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July 12, 2005

Seed grants available from university extension

North Carolina State University's Office of Extension, Engagement, and Economic Development has announced a grant program to provide seed money for developing strategies to address critical North Carolina issues.

Successful proposals must demonstrate how the seed funding can be used to leverage additional future project funding. Collaborative partnerships, both internal and external, will also be given greater weight in the review process.

Faculty do not need an extension appointment to submit a proposal, but the proposals must be directly related to work with audiences outside the university.

Last year's recipients included four county Cooperative Extension centers, seven N.C. State colleges, the Industrial Extension Service and the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science.

Submission guidelines are available on the Extension, Engagement and Economic Development web site.

The University Standing Committee on Extension and Engagement
will manage the award process.

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July 11, 2005

News from N.C. A&T State University

The latest edition of ag e-dispatch, the electronic newsletter for the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at N.C. A&T State University, is now available on the Web at

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June 23, 2005

Extension administrators named at A&T

Sheilda Sutton is named executive assistant to the administrator for the Cooperative Extension Program at N.C. A&T State University; Celvia Stovall is named associate administrator.

Sheilda Sutton

Sheilda B. Sutton has been named executive assistant to the administrator for the Cooperative Extension Program at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University effective June 20. During the past year, she served as the interim associate administrator.

In her new position, Sutton will continue to provide leadership for change management and marketing of the Cooperative Extension Program at A&T State University in collaboration with North Carolina State University, facilitate the planning, implementation and evaluation of Innovative Program Grants, develop and maintain advisory networks to facilitate the achievement of excellence in the Cooperative Extension Program and streamline and maintain internal operational procedures and policies in the Cooperative Extension Program.

Celvia Stovall photo

Effective June 20, Dr. Celvia Stovall joined the Cooperative Extension Program at A&T as associate administrator. Stovall received her doctorate in family resource management at the University of Minnesota. She holds a master of science degree in family life education from Louisiana State University, and a bachelor of science degree in family and consumer science from Central Michigan University. In addition, she is a Certified Family and Consumer Scientist, Certified Military Instructor and Certified National COLOR Matrixx Trainer.

Stovall brings to this position a wealth of knowledge and experience in program development, budget management and research development. Since 2003, she has served as family resource management specialist for N.C. State University. She began her career as a secondary education teacher and later joined Cooperative Extension at Louisiana State University as associate county 4-H agent.

She also worked as an Extension educator/training specialist at Auburn University. At the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, she worked as the Project GRAD site coordinator, associate director of African-American Achievers Scholarship Program, associate professor for retail and consumer science, president for C.D. Enterprises and tenured associate professor/state family economic specialist.

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New appointments for CALS

Steve Leath has been named director of the North Carolina Agricultural Research Service, and Sam Pardue has been named head of the Poultry Science Department.

Steve Leath
Dr. Steven Leath, a plant pathologist who has a 20-year affiliation with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University, has been named director of the North Carolina Agricultural Research Service, based in the college.

The research service is the research arm of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Leath has served as interim director since May 2003, when Dr. Johnny Wynne, then the director, was named interim dean of the college. Wynne was named dean of the college last December. As research service director, Leath also holds the title of associate dean of the college.

Leath, a Fuquay-Varina resident, joined the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences faculty in 1985 as a plant pathologist with a U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service unit on the N.C. State University campus. He became research leader of the unit in 1999 and later served for a brief period as USDA Agricultural Research Service acting national program leader for grain crops, stationed in Beltsville, MD. He returned to N.C. State in 2001, serving as assistant director of the N.C. Agricultural Research Service.

In 2003, Leath was named associate director of the N.C. Agricultural Research Service, then interim director when Wynne became the college’s interim dean.

Leath holds a bachelor’s degree in plant science from Pennsylvania State University, a master’s in plant science from the University of Delaware and a doctorate in plant pathology from the University of Illinois. Prior to joining the Agricultural Research Service at N.C. State, he was an associate extension plant pathologist for a year at the University of Illinois, Urbana.

The N.C. Agricultural Research Service has an annual budget of approximately $52 million, with an additional $50 million of expenditures in extramural grants and contracts. Approximately 350 research faculty fall under research service administration, along with 270 graduate students, other researchers and research assistants, 400 technicians and 90 support staff.

Sam Pardue
Dr. Sam Pardue, Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor at North Carolina State University, has been named head of the Poultry Science Department in N.C. State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, effective July 1.

Pardue came to N.C. State in 1989 as an assistant professor of poultry science, rising to the rank of professor in 1998. He also has served as undergraduate teaching coordinator for poultry science. Prior to coming to N.C. State, he was an assistant professor at Texas A&M University and an instructor at Lenoir Community College.

He has received numerous recognitions for his teaching, research and service achievements. At N.C. State, he has been named to the Academy of Outstanding Teachers (1996) and received the Poultry Science Association Student Recruitment Award (1993). He also received the 1994 Purina Mills Teaching Award.

Pardue earned a bachelor’s degree in poultry science and master’s and doctoral degrees in physiology at N.C. State. He was involved in postdoctoral research at the University of Massachusetts.

"Pardue brings years of experience in teaching, research and extension to the position and will do an excellent job in representing the department to the constituencies," Wynne said.

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June 22, 2005

Extension publications update

New publications on forestry, soil science, apiculture and poultry science are available on the Web.

The following Woodland Owner Notes have been revised and printed:
--Financial Incentives for Forest Management, WON-4. To order copies of this free publication, contact This publication is not available through Communication Services.

--Nutrition Management for Longleaf Pinestraw, WON-30. To order copies of this free publication, contact This publication is not available through Communication Services.

--Developing Wildlife-Friendly Pine Plantations, WON-38. To order copies of this free publication, contact This publication is not available through Communication Services.

First…See a Forester, AG-619, has been revised and printed. To order copies of this free publication, contact It is also online at This publication is not available through Communication Services.

SoilFacts: Using Baffles to Improve Sediment Basins, AG-439-59, is available on the Web. Visit the Soil Science Department homepage at and follow the publications links. This is a Web-only publication; it is not available through Communication Services.

To find the following bee publications on the Web, go to the apiculture program home page at, click on "Extension," then click on "Beekeeping Notes."
Honey Bee Dance Language, AG-646
Different Types of Honey Bees, AG-654
A Comparison of Russian and Italian Honey Bees, AG-655

The Department of Poultry Science has revised its Web site, and AG-651, Poultry Farm Biosecurity Field Manual by Abel Gernat, is now online at:
This publication is written in English and Spanish. You will find links to this and other poultry science publications at:

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June 21, 2005

eXtension issues call for engagement

eXtension, a national initiative to plan and implement a web-based information and education network for current and new Cooperative Extension system clientele, has issued a call for engagement. Find out more on the eXtension intranet.

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June 17, 2005

Tobacco buyout site wins national award

North Carolina State University's tobacco buyout web site won a first place for web page development from the National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association (NAADA). The site is designed to help quota holders, growers, financial and legal advisors, and financial institutions understand the $9.6 billion tobacco buyout and its impact.

The site was developed by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Advancement unit, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Department of Communication Services.

Among the contributors to the site are Steve Watt, the College's director of gift planning; Dana Babbs, graphic designer; and Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics faculty members Blake Brown, Mike Walden, Arnie Oltmans, Ted Feitshans and Guido van der Hoeven.

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