The Ag e-Dispatch The newsletter of the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences en Copyright 2013 Wed, 29 Apr 2009 16:49:45 -0500 Nothing could be swiner info iconIn an effort to minimize risk and in keeping with the recommendations from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, all non-essential visits to the University Farm will be suspended until further notice, and only approved University personnel will be allowed in the swine and poultry units. Workers in those units have been instructed to adhere closely to bio-security policies, including those involving hand washing, and use and disposal of protective clothing. SAES personnel working in the swine and poultry units should also avoid contact with individuals who have traveled to those areas where the Centers for Disease Control is reporting cases of swine influenza virus type H1N1.

The University Farm will follow all recommendations contained in the University's Pandemic Influenza Action Plan. Any questions concerning swine flu precautions at the University Farm should be directed to the chair of the Department of Animal Sciences, Dr. Ralph Noble at 336-334-7547, extension 2014. For information on swine Influenza virus, click on the Center for Disease Control website. For state updates, check the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services website.]]> SAES University Wed, 29 Apr 2009 16:49:45 -0500 Tighten up annoucement iconThe current budget crisis facing North Carolina A&T and other state agencies has led to a ban on ordering any office supply unless the entire University is out of the item. A&T’s interim provost, Dr. Alton Thompson, is strongly encouraging all units and individuals at the University to send interoffice memos and letters electronically whenever feasible. Dr. Thompson is also asking that the SAES and other units within the University conserve stationery by eliminating letters and memos for distribution to other campus offices when the use of paper is not absolutely necessary. In particular, for correspondence that is sent to the Office of Budget and Planning for justification for exceptions, electronic documentation is completely acceptable and preferred. ]]> SAES Wed, 29 Apr 2009 16:48:02 -0500 on the move has moved in and another STAR is born The April issue of the SAES newsletter, on the move, is now available as a .pdf on the SAES website. The April on the move has complete coverage of Small Farms Week 2009, including a profile of John Council, the winner of this year’s Gilmer L. and Clara Y. Dudley Small Farmer of the Year Award. The print edition of April’s on the move arrived in mailboxes bundled with the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences’ annual FCS STAR (Students, Technology, Academics, Research) newsletter, and a .pdf of the 2009 FCS STAR is also available at the SAES website. Among the stars of the 2009 FCS STAR are Dr. Leonard Williams, the first lead scientist at the Center for Excellence for Post-Harvest Technologies in Kannapolis, and Dr. Rosemarie Vardell, one of the co-recipients of the University’s Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award for the 2008-09 academic year. ]]> Cooperative Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Wed, 29 Apr 2009 16:45:28 -0500 SARE tactic research iconThe Southern Region of USDA's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program has set a June 1 deadline for proposals from graduate students for research projects for the next funding cycle. Proposed projects may take up to three years to complete and require up to $10,000 in supplies, labor, equipment and travel expenses. Proposal reviewers will be looking for research, led by full-time graduate students, that delves into environmental, economic or social aspects of sustainable agriculture. Proposals must be submitted through SARE's online submission website.]]> Cooperative Extension Wed, 29 Apr 2009 16:42:19 -0500 Wilmington press has its eyes on small-scale agriculture tractor icon• The new Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsak, paid a visit to North Carolina recently and some insights he offered up in an interview with the Wilmington Journal will be of interest to SAES faculty and staff. Among the topics Vilsak addressed at length in the interview are the plight of African American farmers, and some of the undesirable impacts that the rise of corporate farming has had on African Americans living in rural areas in North Carolina.

• In the wake of Small Farms Week 2009, the Wilmington Star -News published an article on Mary and Nelson James of Pender County, recipients in 2008 of the Gilmer L. and Clara Y. Dudley Award that is presented to one of the state’s premier small-scale farms each year. The Jameses were back in the limelight at the start of Small Farms Week 2009. They were among the guests of honor at the Small Farms Week Kickoff at the Poplar Grove Plantation near Wilmington on March 26.]]> Cooperative Extension Wed, 29 Apr 2009 16:38:47 -0500 Draft dodgers facing deadline calendar iconMembers of the SAES research faculty whose proposals for new projects for Evans-Allen funding have received the go-ahead from their department chairs are reminded that the deadline for submitting proposal drafts to the Agricultural Research Program’s administrative staff is Monday, May 25. Evans-Allen proposals must be submitted via the department chairs’ offices.]]> Agricultural Research Wed, 29 Apr 2009 16:37:06 -0500 <![CDATA[Nothing quiet about Extension’s western fronts]]> Dr. Oman IsikhuemhenAppalachian State University’s student newspaper ran a feature on April 21 that recaps the story of The Farm at Mollies Branch, Diane Price’s Watauga County farm that is providing a home for almost 200 abandoned and neglected dogs, a demonstration site for a micro hydroelectric system, and a location where “each year Price invites volunteers of all ages to join her in preparing approximately 200 hardwood oak logs for mushroom harvesting.” Price and the ASU student paper both take care to give credit where credit is due. The ASU student paper quotes her as saying that the shiitake project wouldn’t be possible, “without a North Carolina [Agricultural and Technical State University] professor.” The Appalachian shortly thereafter adds, “North Carolina A&T was also instrumental in providing a $15,000 grant for establishing the Dr. Abolghasem Shahbazifarm’s micro hydroelectric system.” The professor alluded to in the quote about shiitake training is an SAES research scientist, Dr. Oman Isikhuemhen. Dr. Abolghasem Shahbazi, an SAES professor and director of the Biological Engineering Program, has been a primary consultant for the micro hydroelectric system demonstration.
• Asheville’s alt-weekly, Mountain Xpress, ran an article in early April alerting baseball fans that Asheville’s minor league team would have an inviting new concession this upcoming season: “hot dogs ... which will be made from locally pasture-raised pork and organic ingredients.” The new hot dog supplier at the Asheville Tourists’ McCormick Field will be Jamie Ager’s Hickory Nut Gap Farm. Ager and Hickory Nut Gap have a long history of mutually beneficial relationships with members of A&T Cooperative Extension’s field staff in Buncombe and adjoining counties.
• Tammara Cole, The Cooperative Extension Program at A&T’s small farm management agent working in Jackson and Macon counties and on the Cherokee Reservation, rang up a programming success story that is now a permanent part of the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission’s website. “Sustaining Far Western North Carolina Farms through Financial Education” describes how Cole established “a program to teach farm financial planning for tobacco-dependent families,” and eventually enrolled 24 farm families in a three-year training program that has become an ongoing mainstay of her work. Cole’s farm financial planning program received funding support from the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, which was created to distribute money the state received from the federal tobacco settlement.]]> Cooperative Extension Wed, 29 Apr 2009 16:33:31 -0500
Research looks into potential for Salmonella resistance Dr. Salam IbrahimDr. Salam Ibrahim of the SAES is part of a research team — which also included former SAES faculty member Hong Yang and former SAES grad student Tom Tse — that published an investigation of “Antibacterial Activity of a Crude Chive Extract Against Salmonella in Culture Medium, Beef Broth and Chicken Broth,” in the March 2009 issue of Food Protection Trends. The study looked into the antibacterial properties Chinese chives may hold for controlling food spoilage — 58 strains of Salmonella produced in chicken and beef broth, and culture media were examined.

Food Protection Trends is published by the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) as a clearinghouse for applied research, and industry, technical and regulatory news for food safety professionals. The IAFP will be convening the organization’s 96th Annual Meeting July 12-15 in Grapevine, Texas. Research scientists and students planning to attend need to register by June 9 to avoid the late registration penalty fees.]]> Family and Consumer Sciences Food Sciences Wed, 29 Apr 2009 16:32:44 -0500 Extension specialist presents research work in Mile High City American Association for Cancer Research for the professional organization’s 100th annual meeting in Denver in mid-April. Dansby’s research topic was “Potential chemoprevention by Withania somnifera extracts through altered expression of carcinogen metabolizing enzymes.” (Withania somnifera is a woody shrub with roots that have been used in traditional medicine in India for centuries. Recent research has found antioxidant, antitumor and cancer preventive properties in these root extracts.)

The American Association for Cancer Research now has more than 28,000 members, and its annual conference draws more than 17,000 participants for summaries of the latest discoveries and developments in the field. A major attention-grabber at the 2009 American Association for Cancer Research Conference was the release of findings from a study suggesting there may be clues in the urine of cigarette smokers indicating which of them are at high-risk for lung cancer.]]> Cooperative Extension Wed, 29 Apr 2009 16:31:53 -0500 Hunger combatant ready for active duty USDA's Community Food Projects (CFP) Competitive Grants Program was established in 1996 to fund projects that will increase the self-reliance of low-income communities in meeting their own food needs. The program also has served to support statewide as well as local food and agriculture infrastructure solutions, including marketing initiatives that benefit farmers without extensive resources and low-income consumers alike. The CFP has an application deadline of May 13 for the next funding cycle. The application process has this year been streamlined with the elimination of a Letter of Intent step.

The project funding range is typically $10,000 to $300,000, and project duration is usually one to three years. Only private non-profit organizations are eligible to receive CFP funds directly, but collaborations with for-profit entities are eligible. In the last funding cycle USDA awarded $4.8 million through the CFP and award recipients that included food banks, crisis centers and church-supported missions and relief agencies.]]> SAES Wed, 29 Apr 2009 16:30:42 -0500 Fashion motivation Marist University, just outside New York City in Poughkeepsie, has a fashion industry internship program for college juniors and seniors (with GPAs of 2.8 or better) that can deliver up to 12 hours of undergraduate credit. Students accepted into the program live in dormitories on the Marist campus and work at one of the New York companies or organizations in the fashion industries. Internship concentration options include merchandising, production, technical design and product development. The application deadline for application to Marist's "New York Fashion Experience" internship program for fall semester, 2009, is May 2.]]> Family and Consumer Sciences Fashion Merchandising and Design Wed, 29 Apr 2009 16:29:59 -0500 Search for agribusiness and marketing specialist extended extension iconThe Cooperative Extension Program at A&T has reopened its search for an agribusiness and marketing specialist who will join the state-level staff at Coltrane Hall. The new application deadline is May 7. Among the responsibilities for the agribusiness and marketing position is leadership for design, development and implementation of agribusiness marketing programs. The selection committee is looking for applicants with experience providing technical support for direct marketing of farm commodities. Applicants should have at least a master's degree in agricultural marketing, business administration or a closely related field, and preference will be given to those with doctorates.]]> Cooperative Extension Wed, 29 Apr 2009 16:29:19 -0500 Spring Commencement second Saturday in May A&T‘s Spring Commencement will be Saturday, May 9, at the Greensboro Coliseum. SAES students who will be receiving diplomas should be at the Coliseum at 8 a.m.; as should faculty who will be participating in the processional, which will begin at 8:30 a.m. There is also a rehearsal which degree candidates are required to attend at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 8, in the Corbett Sports Center. (The A&T Commencement Web page has a number of important announcements for students receiving degrees this spring.) The SAES will have 80 undergraduate and 22 graduate students receiving diplomas at Spring Commencement. Forty-five percent of the SAES undergraduates receiving degrees in May will graduate with honors.The commencement speaker will be Byron Pitts of CBS News, and the first African-American correspondent on "60 Minutes" since the late Ed Bradley.]]> SAES University Wed, 29 Apr 2009 16:28:37 -0500 Snowed out Farm to Fork Summit rescheduled for May 11 and 12 tractor iconThe Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) had a Farm to Fork Summit, that had to be postponed in early March because of the late-season snowstorm. The Farm to Fork Summit has been officially rescheduled for Monday, May 11, and Tuesday, May 12. It will be devoted to developing a statewide action plan for a stronger infrastructure for ties between consumers and local agriculture. As originally planned, the summit will be at the McKimmon Center on the N.C. State campus and is open to any North Carolinians ready to do more to nurture and develop sustainable delivery systems for locally produced foods. The Farm to Fork Summit will get started at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, May 11, and run until 5:30 p.m. On Tuesday, May 12, the summit will reconvene at 8:30 a.m. and wind up at noon. At the core of the conference breakout groups will be input from stakeholders who presented their concerns and opinions at the three statewide meetings the CEFS conducted last fall. Support for new and transitioning farms, community gardens and infrastructures for direct marketing are among the issues that were addressed by these reports. The registration fee of $35 covers both days for participants, and those who registered prior to the March postponement will find their names and fees are still in the system; neither re-registration nor fees are required. ]]> Cooperative Extension Wed, 29 Apr 2009 16:27:53 -0500 Summer training options grant iconWith the end of the academic year in sight, the timing may be right to direct students with summer travel plans to the Amtrak website, where they can apply for a student discount card that reduces most Amtrak fares by 15 percent. Amtrak also honors International Student Identity Cards to the tune of 15 percent fare reductions. And throughout the summer months Amtrak’s Campus Visit Discount promotion will be an option for prospective Aggies who would like their visit to Greensboro — along with a parent or guardian — to begin at the Galyon Depot. Parents and guardians of high school juniors and seniors can get a ticket for half-off when traveling to prospective college campuses on Amtrak routes. ]]> Academic Departments Wed, 29 Apr 2009 16:27:06 -0500