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Agriculture Brings Science and Math Alive in North Carolina

Dr. Jeremy Pattison, strawberry breeder with the Plants for Human Health Institute, has teamed up with local high schools and the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Piedmont Research Station. They are using agricultural research to bring science and math concepts alive in a new effort that they hope serves as a model for schools across the state and nation.

N.C. State Snags New Plant Scientist, Continues Growth at N.C. Research Campus

The 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.

N.C. Strawberry Project Serves as Model for Research and Outreach Efforts

Representatives from N.C. State University's Plants for Human Health Institute and Johnson & Wales University discuss the N.C. Strawberry Project, sponsored by the Golden LEAF Foundation. The institutions have developed a dynamic, first-of-its-kind partnership that will help breed a better N.C. strawberry.

Pack ‘N Cool Construction Summary

N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute has developed a mobile refrigeration trailer – the “Pack ‘N Cool” – that agricultural producers can use...

N.C. State University Opens Greenhouse Complex by N.C. Research Campus

N.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.

PHHI Postdoc Jump-starts Campus Collaboration

At 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.

Kannapolis Scholars Conference (July 27, 2012)

The 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...

EEOI Training at N.C. Research Campus (August 27-28, 2012)

An Equal Employment Opportunity Institute (EEOI) training is being offered at the N.C. Research Campus. N.C. requires that all newly appointed managers and supervisors at a state agency or university attend the EEOI training within the first year of employment.

The Produce Lady Learns About PHHI Blueberry, Broccoli Research

The Produce Lady (Brenda Sutton) interviews Dr. Mary Ann Lila (left), director of the Plants for Human Health Institute, and Dr. Allan Brown, applied molecular geneticist with the Institute, about blueberry and broccoli research, respectively. Learn about cutting-edge research that contributes toward advances in human health.

PHHI Business Director Wins Award for Excellence

Tara 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.

N.C. Research Campus Catalyst Group

Researchers from the Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) will take part in the first N.C. Research Campus Catalyst Group on April 12, 2012. Participating PHHI researchers include Dr. Allan Brown and Dr. Sirius Li.

Graduate Students Affiliated with PHHI Win Awards

Graduate 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.

PHHI Lays Groundwork for Cabbage Breeding Program

Two 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.

N.C. MarketReady Announces 2012 Equipment Funding for Agricultural Operations

The 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.

New N.C. Blackberry Production Budget Available

North Carolina blackberry growers have an updated sample operating budget to guide them in tracking, maintaining and managing their business costs.

PHHI Researcher Receives Vegetable Publication Award

Dr. 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.

N.C. MarketReady Faculty Teach Business Planning at Piedmont Farm School

Two 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.

Southeast Strawberry Expo 2011

The Southeast Strawberry Expo heads to the Raleigh-Durham area from November 6-8, 2011. This year's event will take place at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham. The Expo traditionally offers workshops, a farm tour, a trade show and educational sessions.

N.C. MarketReady Awards 2011 Equipment Cost Share

The N.C. Value-Added Cost Share (NCVACS) program, administered by N.C. MarketReady, recently selected 12 agricultural operations to receive nearly $170,000 in funding for value-added equipment purchases.

Putting the Pieces Together: Sequencing the Blueberry Genome

Watch a video outlining how Dr. Allan Brown is leading a team that is sequencing the blueberry genome. The work is a major step toward understanding the genetic information of the blueberry and is expected to yield new discoveries in both medical and agricultural research.

2011 International Workshop on Anthocyanins

The Plants for Human Health Institute will host the 2011 International Workshop on Anthocyanins from September 11-14, 2011. This will be the first time the event takes place in North America.

Food Safety Expert Shares Canning Tips During a Live Online Demonstration

Dr. Ben Chapman, a food safety specialist with N.C. Cooperative Extension, will join Brenda Sutton, The Produce Lady, in a live, one-hour demonstration on proper canning techniques for tomatoes. Viewers will have an opportunity to interact with the experts by using an online chat box to ask any questions about food preservation and safety.

Get a Taste of This!

Join The Produce Lady and the Triad's top chefs in celebrating local foods at the first ever "Get a Taste of This!" event in Greensboro. More than 10 area chefs will prepare regional dishes using fresh, local produce and meats.

PHHI Adds Two Scientists at the N.C. Research Campus

The 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.

Agriculture and Culinary Arts Partner to Breed Better Berry

Watch as representatives from N.C. State University's Plants for Human Health Institute and Johnson & Wales University discuss the N.C. Strawberry Project. The institutions have developed a dynamic, first-of-its-kind partnership that will help breed a better N.C. strawberry.

Got to Be N.C. Festival

Join The Produce Lady team and representatives from the N.C. Strawberry Project will be there, as well as friends and family, for three days of down-home celebration North Carolina-style at the 2011 Got to Be N.C. Festival. Coming to the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh the weekend of May 20, the festival will put North Carolina agriculture on full display along with a generous dash of music and fun for everyone.

“Chefs-of-Tomorrow” Visit Local Farm to Learn About Agriculture

More 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.

Blackberry and Raspberry Research with Dr. Perkins-Veazie

Dr. Penelope Perkins-Veazie discusses research that is under way to develop a rating system for the firmness of blackberries and raspberries. When finalized, this system will help growers determine what variety of blackberry or raspberry is best suited for their operation.

The Produce Lady Resources Webinar

The Produce Lady program provides resources that promote N.C. grown fruits and vegetables. Join our team for a webinar where we'll share ideas for using these resources with your clientele, such as farmers and consumers.

A Basket Full of Fresh Resources

The Produce Lady and N.C. Strawberry Project Share Resources for Farmers, Consumers

New Farm & Agribusiness Management Position Helps Fresh Produce Growers

N.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.

10 Tips for Getting Children to Eat Fresh Produce

This slide show from The Produce Lady includes photos and tips to help you incorporate more nutritious and delicious fruits and vegetables into children's diets. A PDF version is available for use in presentations, handing out at markets or other needs.

N.C. Leafy Greens

Did you know that “leafy greens” most often refers to vegetables in the cabbage family, like broccoli, cabbage, collards, radishes, turnips and even Brussels sprouts? The term also can refer to lettuce and spinach. Leafy greens are chief crops in North Carolina and are available during most of the year, with the exception of January and February, generally. Leafy greens are low in calories and sodium, free of fat and cholesterol, and aid in the prevention of cancer!

N.C. Winter Squash

Did you know there are two main types of squash? “Winter squash” are harvested and eaten when fully mature; “summer squash” are consumed when very young and tender. Common winter squash varieties include acorn, butternut, hubbard and spaghetti. North Carolina farmers produce more than $11 million of this vegetable on 3,000+ acres annually, ensuring that scrumptious N.C. squash is available throughout most of the year!

N.C. Pecans

North Carolina consistently ranks in the top 10 states in production of new and improved pecan varieties. North Carolina produces three to five million pounds of pecans annually. There are approximately 2,000 acres of pecans in North Carolina and most are managed as commercial orchards. The demand for N.C. pecans is increasing as consumers and major shellers realize the quality available from well-managed North Carolina orchards.

Strawberry High Tunnel Workshop

Join strawberry experts from N.C. State University and N.C. Cooperative Extension for a Strawberry High Tunnel Workshop at the Piedmont Research Station in Salisbury, N.C. on Wednesday, November 17. Highlights include updates on strawberry growing research, the N.C. State strawberry breeding program, predatory mites and a taste test competition between ‘Albion’ strawberries from the Piedmont and the mountains.

N.C. Pumpkins

North Carolina farmers devote nearly 4,000 acres to pumpkin production. Varieties grown in North Carolina include Mammoth Gold, Autumn Gold, Happy Jack, Big Max, Atlantic Giant, Prize Winner and Sugar Pie. A 1,257-pound pumpkin, grown in 2009, holds the state record for the largest pumpkin.

Fresh Produce Safety Trainings Make an Impact in 2010

The 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.

The N.C. Strawberry Project

N.C. State and Johnson & Wales Universities Partner to Breed Better Berry

The Produce Lady Launches E-newsletter

The Produce Lady’s new monthly e-newsletter encourages N.C. families to eat healthy fruits and vegetables purchased at local farmers markets. Each issue will focus on a seasonal crop and will assist consumers with selection and preparation tips. The newsletter is also an educational tool that growers and agents can share with clientele.

Nooherooka Natural: Delivering Value-Added Beef in Eastern North Carolina

Nooherooka 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.

Bobcat Farms: A Family Livestock Operation Looking to Diversify

Henry 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.

Hyde County Vegetable Growers Venture into Processed, Fresh Vegetables

Wilson 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.

N.C. Apple Festivals 2010

Join the fun at one of the exciting events that celebrate North Carolina apples in 2010! There are more than 300 commercial apple operations in N.C., which can produce as many as eight million bushels in a year. It’s no wonder N.C. ranks 7th in the country in apple production! Read more to find an apple event near you.

Governor Expands N.C. Value-Added Cost Share Program

Gov. 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.

National Farmers Market Week 2010

National Farmers Market Week is an opportunity to celebrate North Carolina’s leading industry and the people who make it possible: farmers. Help increase awareness of farming and the importance of wonderful, local foods. Read more to find resources that will help promote farmers markets or your operation, including talking points, a news release template, Q&A and more.

N.C. MarketReady Team Members Receive Awards

The 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.

N.C. Farmers Markets

Every summer, more roadside stands and stalls at farmers markets spring up around North Carolina offering fresh, local produce. Did you know that North Carolina has more than 3,700 farmers selling directly to consumers, for a total of more than $29 million? Since 2008, the country has seen a 13 percent increase in farmers markets, with well over 5,000 markets operating today. Whether you’re an Extension agent, grower or a consumer that understands the importance of local agriculture, N.C. MarketReady’s Farmers Markets section has something to offer.

Farmers Market Opens at N.C. Research Campus

The sweet smells and flavors of locally-grown fruits and vegetables return to downtown Kannapolis on Thursday, May 20, as the N.C. Research Campus Farmers Market kicks off its third year. The 2010 market, located in the parking lot across from the Amtrak station on Main Street, will be open on Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m. until September 30.

Attend the Seminar Series at the N.C. Research Campus

Every Tuesday in May from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Faculty from the Plants for Human Health Institute and N.C. MarketReady will deliver weekly seminars to discuss the programs they lead for N.C. State. This will give the public an opportunity to learn more about the research and outreach conducted at Kannapolis for the benefit of the entire state. Presentations are free and open to the public each Tuesday in May from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis.

N.C. Strawberries: Ripe for the Picking

Nothing could be finer than to be in North Carolina during strawberry season. Did you know that North Carolina ranks fourth in the nation in strawberry production? Strawberry sales generated more than $20 million in farm receipts in 2008. Read more for information on where to find strawberry operations in your area...