Next Up: AmeriCorps
A conversation with graduating senior Kati Scruggs of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, a Park Scholar and the 2016 Leader of the Pack.
Returning Farmer Benefits from NC Farm School
Supported in part by gifts to the NC Cooperative Extension Ag Programs Foundation, the NC Farm School is helping increase the number of sustainable and economically viable farms in North Carolina. Ben Sharpe has seen the benefits firsthand through education and support from a mentor as he contemplates whether or not to expand his farm in Wilson County.
“What Can I Do To Be Marketable?”: Bayer CropScience’s Katelyn Thomas
Katelyn Thomas, one of the first graduates of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' STEAM program and recipient of a number of CALS scholarships, has leveraged her student internships into a rewarding career at Bayer CropScience.
Led by Brooke and Catherine — both College of Agriculture and Life Sciences grads — the five Harward sisters have already learned the keys to running their own business. Their entrepreneurial efforts started with a cow named Blackbird and evolved into a registered Angus beef operation in Richfield. Catherine, a Park Scholar, and her siblings are determined to "go big" and take their business to the next level.
Student Spotlight: Poultry Science’s Youngest Senior
NC State attracts thousands of exceptional students and while they don't always travel "traditional" paths, their stories are always remarkable. CALS undergrad Coleman Berry is only 18, but he's a first-year student entering the Prestage Department of Poultry Science as a senior. With the help of private support, Berry has his sights set on graduate school.
Student Spotlight: AGI Entrepreneur Andrew Emanuels
Private support helps NC State's Agricultural Institute prepare students for meaningful careers in agriculture. Second-year student Andrew Emanuels is learning about agribusiness while running his own landscaping business and serving as a reservist in the Coast Guard.
First Crop: Park Scholar Says New CALS Major Offers Hands-on Learning
Sophomore Park Scholar Grace Baucom felt like a major had been "designed for her" when she learned about the new agroecology and sustainable food systems program in NC State's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The program, which begins this school year, integrates ecology with agriculture for the development of sustainable agricultural practices and food systems.
NC FFA Center Breaks Ground on New Dormitory
State FFA leaders, youth, educators and corporate supporters gathered recently to celebrate the groundbreaking for a new female dormitory at the NC FFA Center in Bladen County. The facility, which will bear the name of the SECU Foundation in recognition of its $400,000 gift, is the realization of a dream and represents the commitment of many partners and donors to vital improvements at the center.
Think Pink: Distinguished Professor Helps Develop New Hydrangea
Tom Ranney, J.C. Raulston Distinguished Professor in the Department of Horticulture Science, led the effort to create the "pink hydrangea," an NC State-bred twist on a classic native garden shrub. The plant has been a hit with consumers and has helped generate more than $1 million for breast cancer research.
Paying It Forward
Seventh-generation farmer and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences supporter Reggie Strickland says that NC State invested in him, so he's happy to give back in any way he can — especially by helping students.