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College Profile: Travis Burke : Cooperative Extension’s Northeast District Director Travis Burke can’t wait to see what unfolds as the organization's next century begins.

College Profile: Travis Burke

Cooperative Extension’s Northeast District Director Travis Burke can’t wait to see what unfolds as the organization's next century begins. >>>
T.C. Blalock, former state Extension director, died Tuesday
Dr. T. Carlton Blalock, director of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Cooperative Extension Service from 1978 to 1981, passed away Sept. 16. He was a noted state and national agricultural leader, a longtime 4-H supporter, N.C. State alumnus and World War II veteran.
Lee County corn maze honors Extension centennial
Gross Farms in Lee County will join N.C. Cooperative Extension’s centennial celebration this fall. Guests to their agritourism operation make their way through a 15-acre corn maze cut in the shape of Extension’s centennial logo beginning Sept. 20. Farm owner John and Tina Gross anticipate that about 10,000 visitors will come to the farm during the fall.
N.C. State receives grant to improve African sweet potatoes
N.C. State University will receive $12.4 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve a crop that is an important food staple in sub-Saharan Africa. The grant will fund work to develop modern genomic, genetic and bioinformatics tools to improve the sweet potato's ability to resist diseases and insects and tolerate drought and heat. Project director is CALS' Dr. Craig Yencho.
CALS department has new name, new focus
The former Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is now the Department of Youth, Family and Community Sciences. With the new name comes a new focus.
Summit examines future of food
Food and agricultural experts from around the nation will join North Carolina peers in Raleigh Nov. 18-19 for a wide-ranging discussion of technologies and policies affecting food production. Among the keynote speakers for the N.C. Agriculture & Biotechnology Summit will be Joel Bourne, Jr., contributing writer with National Geographic and author of "The End of Plenty."
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