By Staff WriterKANNAPOLIS, N.C. – The interaction of the gut microbiome with human health is an emerging field in biology, nutrition and medicine. With the addition of Andrew Neilson,... |Institute News
By Staff WriterWASHINGTON, February 13, 2018 – The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), a nonprofit established in the 2014 Farm Bill with bipartisan congressional support, awarded... |Institute News
By Staff WriterKANNAPOLIS, NC — For an eager culinary arts student, the challenge was intriguing: Find a palatable culinary use for watermelon concentrate. Samuel Jijon (Sammy), a... |Institute News, Uncategorized
By Staff WriterGiuseppe Valacchi, PhD, arrived in Kannapolis, North Carolina from Ferrara, Italy in the summer of 2016. As the newest Associate Professor with the N.C. State Plants... |Features, Institute News
By Staff WriterDr. Massimo Iorizzo joined N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) in the summer of 2015. Transitioning from his previous position at the University... |Institute News
By Staff WriterAmy Bowman, a National Board-certified teacher, recently joined the Extension team at N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) at the N.C. Research... |Institute News
By Staff WriterDr. Massimo Iorizzo recently joined N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis. An assistant professor in... |Institute News
By Staff WriterDr. Mary Ann Lila was featured in a Today's Dietitian article illustrating the powerful phytochemicals and health benefits associated with the blueberry. Studies suggest that blueberries can be effective against cancer, diabetes and neurocognitive diseases, as well as support heart health and memory. |Institute News
By Staff WriterPHHI is hiring a faculty member to lead a genomics program in small fruits and/or vegetables. The successful candidate’s research will focus on genetics, genomics, germplasm improvement and breeding of small fruits (strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, etc.) and/or vegetable crops. |Institute News
By Staff WriterThe Duke Energy Foundation has renewed their support of the North Carolina Research Campus-based, Plant Pathways Elucidation Project (P2EP) with a contribution of $150,000. |Institute News
By Staff WriterPHHI scientists were featured in an Alaska Dispatch article highlighting their discovery of powerful health-promoting phytochemicals in seaweed. The findings suggest that seaweed may provide protection against conditions like obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. |Institute News
By Staff WriterThe latest issue of Results, published by N.C. State University's Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Development, features PHHI Director Dr. Mary Ann Lila on the cover. The story captures the spirit of Lila's work and the mission of the Plants for Human Health Institute. |Institute News
By Staff WriterPHHI is hiring for a nutrition-related position with its N.C. Cooperative Extension team. The position will be responsible for creating a nutrition-oriented program to develop research-based resources that educate people about the health-promoting characteristics of plants. |Institute News
By Staff WriterThe North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service has launched a strategic visioning and planning initiative to evaluate the organization’s business model, adapt accordingly to the current economic environment and devise a strategy going forward. |Institute News
By Staff WriterThe North Carolina Value-Added Cost Share (NCVACS) program, coordinated in part by the Plants for Human Health Institute's Extension component, has announced $311,938 in equipment cost share awards for 20 agricultural operations across the state. |Institute News
By Staff WriterThe North Carolina State University Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ARE) will conduct four Farm Management Training Schools, patterned after the award winning “Piedmont Farm School,” in 2014-2015. |Institute News
By Staff WriterA team of North Carolina State University scientists is looking for Salmonella on tomatoes and around tomato production areas. What they find could help farmers grow tomatoes that have a decreased likelihood of carrying the harmful bacteria. |Institute News
By Staff WriterIn a scientific study, researchers with N.C. State's Plants for Human Health Institute measured the levels of health-promoting phytochemicals in blueberries after putting them through a variety of cooking methods. The results revealed a decline in certain compounds depending on cooking method. |Institute News
By Staff WriterProteins enriched with cranberry compounds are nutritionally stable and may be effective against urinary tract infections, according to a new study that builds the scientific support for a technology co-developed by PHHI director, Dr. Mary Ann Lila. |Institute News
By Staff WriterThe N.C. Cooperative Extension component of the Plants for Human Health Institute has secured more than $400,000 in grant funding to assist the state's growers and agricultural operations in 2013. |Institute News
By Staff WriterDr. Tzung-Fu Hsieh from the Plants for Human Health Institute is leading research on grains to provide new insights into how scientists can impact seed size, nutritional value and other traits valued by farmers and consumers. |Institute News
By Staff WriterPHHI's Dr. Slavko Komarnytsky will make the first steps in establishing long-standing collaboration with the International Medical University of Malaysia (IMU). Ultimately, the project will focus on engaging scientists from developing countries in both local and global human health research. |Institute News
By Staff WriterA generation ago, the prevailing opinion was that once a person became obese they would develop type 2 diabetes. Today, scientists like Dr. Slavko Komarnytsky know that obesity and diabetes are related but that the cause and effect are not quite so definite. |Institute News
By Staff WriterAgriculture and agribusiness — food, fiber and forestry — continue to grow in North Carolina, according to a new study from N.C. State University. The latest data values the N.C. agriculture industry at $77 billion, more than 17 percent of the state's total economy. |Institute News
By phhi_adminDr. Allan Brown recently received a $155,525 grant to enhance lutein levels in broccoli. Lutein, an antioxidant, is associated with lowering risks for cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. |Institute News
By Staff WriterAmid news of a still sputtering U.S. economic recovery, a report shows the nation’s agbioscience industries are growing, especially in the South. According to the study, agriculture, forestry and fisheries production generates $240 billion in regional economic activity within the Southern region and supports over 2.2 million jobs. |Institute News
By Staff WriterScientists with N.C. State's Plants for Human Health Institute are collaborating with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on a joint project to establish new standards to prevent Salmonella contamination of tomatoes. |Institute News
By Staff WriterPHHI's Pack 'N Cool mobile refrigeration unit received a 2013 Blue Ribbon Extension Communication Award from the Southern Region of the American Society of Horticultural Science. |Institute News
By Staff WriterNew College of Agriculture and Life Sciences dean Richard Linton toured the North Carolina Research Campus, including the Plants for Human Health Institute, on November 7, 2012. |Institute News
By Staff WriterThe Plants for Human Health Institute will coordinate a comprehensive postharvest cooling session during the 27th Annual Southeast Vegetable and Fruit Expo on November 27, 2012, in Myrtle Beach, S.C. |Institute News
By Staff WriterPresident Rafael Correa of the Republic of Ecuador and a delegation of ministers spent October 30, 2012, touring the N.C. Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, including N.C. State University's Plants for Human Health Institute. |Institute News
By Staff WriterThe Plants for Human Health Institute continues its expansion efforts by adding another established scientist to its team at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis. Dr. Tzung-Fu Hsieh is developing a research program centered on the biological systems of flowering plants, including fruits and vegetables. |Institute News
By Staff WriterN.C. State’s Plants for Human Health Institute has begun operations at three new greenhouses in Kannapolis. The $340,000 greenhouse complex will strengthen N.C. State’s infrastructure at the N.C. Research Campus, creating about 10,000 square feet of additional space. |Institute News
By Staff WriterAt the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, the N.C. State University Plants for Human Health Institute and the Dole Nutrition Research Laboratory have collaborated to form a joint industry-academic postdoctoral position, the first of its kind at the campus. |Institute News
By phhi_adminThe Kannapolis Scholars, a program of N.C. State University at the N.C. Research Campus, is hosting its second conference on how to address the challenges of obesity. “Lost in Translation: A Conversation on Exercise and Obesity” will be held on Friday, July 27, 2012. |Institute News
By phhi_adminDr. Ben Chapman, a food safety specialist with N.C. Cooperative Extension, will join Brenda Sutton, The Produce Lady, in two live, one-hour demonstrations on proper canning techniques. |Institute News
By Staff WriterTara Vogelien received a 2012 Award for Excellence from N.C. State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The award annually recognizes outstanding individual accomplishments and contributions to the college mission. |Institute News
By Staff WriterThe North Carolina Value-Added Cost Share (NCVACS) program this week announced the recipients of its 2012 equipment cost share awards. NCVACS awarded $269,883 to 13 agricultural operations across the state. |Institute News
By phhi_adminGraduate students of Dr. Penelope Perkins-Veazie, professor with N.C. State Plants for Human Health Institute, were recently recognized for their research projects at the American Society of Horticultural Science (ASHS) Southern Region meeting in Birmingham, Ala. |Institute News
By phhi_adminTwo scientists with the N.C. State University Plants for Human Health Institute at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis are studying more than 300 cabbage varieties as part of the initial phase in a cabbage breeding program. |Institute News
By Staff WriterN.C. State University’s N.C. Value-Added Cost Share (NCVACS) program provided more than $100,000 in matching funds to help eight N.C. agricultural producers secure nearly $1.2 million in USDA grants. |Institute News
By Staff WriterThe North Carolina Value-Added Cost Share program is accepting applications for the 2012 equipment cost share funding cycle. The program provides up to $50,000 to agricultural producers and processors seeking to purchase specialized equipment to start or grow a value-added operation. |Institute News
By Staff WriterDr. Penelope Perkins-Veazie, a postharvest physiologist with the Plants for Human Health Institute, received the 2011 Vegetable Publication Award from the American Society for Horticultural Science. |Institute News
By Staff WriterTwo N.C. State University faculty members based at the N.C. Research Campus will be instructors in the 2012 Piedmont Farm School, presented by N.C. Cooperative Extension. Mike Roberts and Jonathan Baros, both affiliated with the N.C. State agricultural and resource economics department, will teach business planning seminars. Baros is also a member of N.C. MarketReady, the Cooperative Extension outreach of the Plants for Human Health Institute. |Institute News
By Staff WriterNational Farmers Market Week runs August 7 through August 13 this year, and The Produce Lady is encouraging North Carolinians to visit their local farmers markets and support the state’s leading industry. |Institute News
By Staff WriterDr. Mary Ann Lila, director of the Plants for Human Health Institute, will reveal research findings on berries and their impact on human health during the 2011 Berry Health Benefits Symposium. |Institute News
By Staff WriterThe Plants for Human Health Institute will add two more scientists to its faculty in the summer of 2011. Dr. Slavko Komarnytsky and Dr. Xu Li will research fruits and vegetables and their impact on human health. |Institute News
By oitdesignDr. Allan Brown, assistant professor with N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute, is leading the effort to sequence the blueberry genome. Seven Davidson College undergraduates have been given a sneak peek at a portion of the berry’s DNA. |Institute News
By Staff WriterMore than 30 culinary students from Johnson & Wales University visited a local farm and agricultural research station on April 1, 2011, as part of the N.C. Strawberry Project, a first-of-its-kind partnership between North Carolina State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis and Johnson & Wales University. |Institute News
By phhi_adminN.C. MarketReady welcomes Jonathan Baros as the new farm and agribusiness management specialist. He will develop and sustain programs that help N.C. fruit and vegetable producers explore efficient economic options and optimize profits for their farming operations. |Institute News
By phhi_adminThe N.C. MarketReady Fresh Produce Safety – Field to Family Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Training Curriculum is bearing fruit for the nearly 300 growers and more than 120 Extension agents who have completed the training. Read more to find examples of the impacts the training is having on N.C. farms.
By phhi_adminNooherooka Natural, a farm that specializes in Black Angus beef in Snow Hill, NC, received an N.C. Value-Added Cost Share (NCVACS) award. The business is at a pivotal stage of growth where demand for their product could outpace supply without careful inventory management. Read more to find out how the award will help their operation.
By phhi_adminHenry and Tracy Moore of Bobcat Farms in Clinton, N.C., recently received an N.C. Value-Added Cost Share (NCVACS) award. The Moore’s began their farming operation as pork production, but have been adding Black Angus cattle to their livestock mix. They plan to expand their beef business through branding and marketing to provide further financial diversity and security for the farm.
By phhi_adminWilson and Debbie Daughtry, owners of Alligator River Growers in Engelhard, N.C., on behalf of three Hyde county farms and Parker Farms, in southeastern Virginia, were recipients of an N.C. Value-Added Cost Share (NCVACS) award. These vegetable growers are looking to establish a packaging business for fresh produce, including snap beans, sweet corn and broccoli florets, creating a ready to cook product.
By phhi_adminGov. Beverly Perdue announced a package of programs, the Family Farm Innovation Fund, to help North Carolina farmers rebound from the recession. The N.C. Value-Added Cost Share program (NCVACS), administered by N.C. MarketReady, will receive $150,000 from the Family Farm Innovation Fund, as well as an additional $150,000 from the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission to expand its equipment cost share program for value-added producers and processors of N.C. agricultural commodities.
By phhi_adminThe Produce Lady, aka Brenda Sutton, will be interviewed about U-pick farms on the Morning Living show on Martha Stewart Living Radio. Tune in Monday, August 2, 2010 at 7:30 AM.
By phhi_adminThe College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) recently recognized Dr. Blake Brown and Diane Ducharme of the N.C. MarketReady program for achievements in their respective areas. Dr. Brown received the Faculty Resource Development Award and Ducharme accepted an Award for Excellence.
By phhi_adminThe Produce Lady is encouraging North Carolinians to invest more of their holiday food budgets in local foods and healthy eating this Easter. Find recipes and tips to share a community’s fresh produce to family and friends while supporting the local economy. |Institute News
By phhi_adminThe North Carolina Value-Added Cost Share (NCVACS) program, administered by N.C. MarketReady, is now accepting applications for the spring funding cycle, Equipment Cost Share. This program is funded by the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission to support the development of value-added agricultural operations, an emerging sector of North Carolina agriculture. Applicants can seek to purchase new or used equipment with cost share funding. Equipment cost share awards will vary from 25 to 50 percent of the total cost of the equipment, up to a maximum of $25,000.
By phhi_adminN.C. State University's Program for Value-Added & Alternative Agriculture will become N.C. MarketReady, effective Oct. 20. "We are excited about this new name," said Dr. Blake Brown, the director of the program. "The new name, N.C. MarketReady, more accurately communicates the scope of our program's work."
By phhi_adminN.C. Cooperative Extension, in cooperation with the N.C. Fresh Produce Safety Task Force, is leading an initiative to educate fruit and vegetable growers and consumers about measures that can minimize food safety risks. The organization has received more than $250,000 in grant funding to support the statewide Extension and research effort. |Institute News
By phhi_adminWhen a question about strawberries comes to mind there’s no need to go globetrotting across the World Wide Web, one stop at the recently launched Strawberry Growers Information Portal will provide the answer. The N.C. State University Program for Value-Added & Alternative Agriculture, with a grant from the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, developed the Strawberry Growers Information Portal to bring together on one Website all the resources pertaining to business management and production of strawberries in North Carolina.
By phhi_adminThe N.C. State University Program for Value-Added & Alternative Agriculture, in cooperation with the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, announces the N.C. Value-Added Cost Share (NCVACS) program, which is designed to enhance rural economic development and strengthen farm families. This new $1.2 million effort is funded by the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission to support the development of value-added agricultural operations. |Institute News
By phhi_adminThe “Business Development Files,” for small- to mid-size farmers, offer step-by-step advice for those interested in building or expanding an agricultural business. This resource consists of seven files, or steps, that each provide guidance on various aspects of developing an agricultural business, from estimating market potential to marketing and promotion.
By phhi_adminTwo South Rowan High School students are part of a new program that N.C. State University has implemented at the N.C. Research Campus to expose local teens to the many possibilities when it comes to the work world. The teens were selected to “shadow” or spend at least one and one-half hours each week for a semester with N.C. State faculty and staff at the campus. |Institute News
By phhi_adminThe TTFC highlights the Program for Value-Added & Alternative Agriculture website in its May newsletter. The Produce Lady, fresh produce safety information and other resources are available on this site with the assistance of TTFC funding. |Institute News
By phhi_adminDr. Blake Brown and the Program for Value-Added and Alternative Agriculture are highlighted in an article appearing in the March 2009 issue of Growing, a magazine serving agricultural industries.
By phhi_adminMeet N.C. State’s team at the N.C. Research Campus. The Kannapolis Citizen & Researcher introduces the Plants for Human Health Institute and the Program for Value-Added and Alternative Agriculture and their teams’ agricultural work to the community.
Watch The Produce Lady on UNC-TV’S Almanac Gardener this spring.
N.C. Cooperative Extension agent and local foods expert, Brenda Sutton, will appear on upcoming shows. The Produce Lady is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission.