The Ag e-Dispatch The newsletter of the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences en Copyright 2013 Wed, 21 Apr 2010 16:38:10 -0500 MANRRS minded calendar iconTwo of the seven SAES undergraduate students who competed in research competitions at the 25th Annual Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) Conference in Orlando in late March returned to North Carolina with honors for their presentations. Shante Mathes, an undergraduate student in the Department of Animal Sciences, placed second in the undergraduate research poster competition, and received a cash award for her presentation of research into “The Distribution of Creatine, Creatinine, Carnosine & Anserine in Beef.” Zanethia Choice, one of the Department of Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education’s undergraduates, placed third (and also received a cash award) in one division of the undergraduate oral presentations. Her research was into “Inspection and Testing in Food Safety Agencies.”

Another member of the 17-student SAES delegation to the 25th Annual MANRRS Conference, Brielle Wright, was elected to one of the organization’s national offices. Wright, an undergraduate in the Department of Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education, was elected Undergraduate Parliamentarian for the National Executive Board.

Dr. Tracy HannerDr. Paula Faulkner of the Department of Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education, Dr. Tracy Hanner of the Department of Animal Sciences and USDA's 1890 liaison to A&T, Larry Hartsfield, have worked as advisors for the SAES MANRRS chapter in the 2009-10 academic year, and the trio of advisors accompanied the student delegation to Orlando for the organization’s annual conference. The conference drew more than a thousand students from around the country for an annual gathering that now includes a career fair in addition to research competitions and opportunities to make connections with a number of USDA agencies, agribusiness industries and graduate schools.]]> Academic Departments Agricultural Research Natural Resources and Environmental Design SAES Wed, 21 Apr 2010 16:38:10 -0500 Fashionable New York state of mind Marist University has a fashion industry internship program it calls the “New York Fashion Experience” that is targeted at college juniors and seniors with GPAs of at least 2.8. The internship can be good for 12 hours of undergraduate credit. Students accepted into the program stay at the famous 92nd St. Y in Manhattan and work at one of the hundreds of New York companies or organizations in the fashion industries. Internship concentration options include merchandising, production, technical design and product development. The application deadline for Marist's "New York Fashion Experience" internship program for fall semester, 2010, is April 30.]]> Academic Departments Family and Consumer Sciences Fashion Merchandising and Design Wed, 21 Apr 2010 16:37:18 -0500 Summer program for high school students has May 1 application deadline Dr. Kenrette Jefferson-MooreHigh school students have a May 1 application deadline for the summer program that the Department of Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education is going to host July 18 - 23. The program will be tailored to rising high school juniors and seniors interested in science, math and the food and agribusiness systems that economic forecasters have pinpointed for career opportunities in the next decade. Applications are available at the SAES website, and from the program coordinator, Dr. Kenrette Jefferson-Moore.]]> Academic Departments Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education SAES Wed, 21 Apr 2010 16:36:30 -0500 Strawberry growers set May 1 scholarship application deadline

Applications will be accepted until May 1 from rising juniors and seniors, and graduate students, at North Carolina land-grant institutions who are enrolled in a program of study in agricultural marketing, horticultural production, or food science that is in some way relevant to the strawberry industry. The scholarship funding is provided by the North Carolina Strawberry Association. ]]> Academic Departments Family and Consumer Sciences Food Sciences SAES Wed, 21 Apr 2010 16:35:58 -0500 Flower to the people Students in floral design class taught by Dr. Marihelen Glass this semester will be holding a mock wedding on Wednesday, April 28, in Room 213 at Carver Hall. The mock wedding, which begins at 2 p.m., gives students some hands-on and open-for-public-inspection experience preparing bouquets, boutonnières, and table and altar arrangements. Dr. Glass and her students will not be sending out formal invitations, but all members of the SAES faculty and staff who would like to drop in for the nuptials are invited.

Dr. Marihelen Glass and wedding vows
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Biodiesel savants to share insights Dr. Ghasem ShahbaziOn Tuesday, May 4, Dr. Ghasem Shahbazi of the SAES will be presenting an introduction to biofuels followed by an assessment — based on research conducted at A&T and elsewhere — of the potential for biofuels production in the Piedmont. As part of a series of programs coordinated by Guilford Solar, Shahbazi’s presentation will be followed by a discussion of current biofuel production in North Carolina. Other featured presenters on the program include representatives from an industrial-scale biodiesel refinery in southwest Virginia, and from a North Carolina biodiesel production co-op, Burlington Biodiesel. The presentation will be from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Kathleen Clay Edwards Library Auditorium at 1420 Price Park Road.]]> Biological Engineering Natural Resources and Environmental Design SAES Wed, 21 Apr 2010 16:35:12 -0500 Wilmington to be national safe haven this summer tractor iconThe National Institute For Farm Safety (NIFS) will be holding its 2010 annual conference in Wilmington June 27 - July 1. The cutoff date for early Bird registrations is May 8. Until the first Saturday in May, the registration fee is $325 for members and $410 for non-members. After the cutoff, the registration fee hops up to $400 for members and $485 for non-members.

The NIFS national conference will revolve around technical papers, posters, educational displays and reports on research under way on topics involving agricultural safety and health promotion. Health and safety professionals working in forestry- and fishery-related initiatives will be attending the conference along with health and safety professionals working primarily in agriculture. Conference headquarters will be the Hilton Wilmington Riverside.

The official hosts for the 2010 National Institute for Farm Safety Conference are the North Carolina Agromedicine Institute, the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service and Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health. The North Carolina Agromedicine Institute was established in 1999 by the UNC Board of Governors with East Carolina, North Carolina State, and North Carolina A&T as constituent universities. The North Carolina Agromedicine Institute is a partner in AgriSafe, a program that last fall was awarded $500,000 by the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission to: extend its work in educational programs for farmers, to provide assistance with protective equipment to prevent agricultural occupational illness or injuries, and to provide family advocacy services and clinical health exams.]]> Cooperative Extension SAES Wed, 21 Apr 2010 16:34:09 -0500 Fishing poll Dr. Salam IbrahimDr. Salam Ibrahim, an SAES food scientist, is part of a research team that has had an article accepted for publication in the international journal Milchwissenschaft, which is devoted to milk production issues and dairy industry technologies. Milchwissenschaft serves as an information clearinghouse for laboratory and quality control personnel, as well as scientific investigators. The article that Ibrahim’s research team submitted revolves around a study into "Sensory properties and viability of probiotic microorganisms in chocolate ice cream supplemented with omega-3 fatty acids.” The research team also included a scientist from Egypt who spent a semester at the SAES as part of a visiting scholars program and colleagues at Delaware State University and Illinois State University. According to Ibrahim, one of his graduate students, “Ashley Patterson is currently working on a similar project, [which should] support the viability of probiotics in ice cream ... her discovery [is that] lemon flavoring can mask fish oil.”]]> Academic Departments Family and Consumer Sciences Food Sciences Wed, 21 Apr 2010 16:32:37 -0500 Spring Commencement first Saturday in May academic iconA&T‘s Spring Commencement will be Saturday, May 8, 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 that degree candidates are required to attend at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 7, 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 30 graduate students receiving diplomas at Spring Commencement. Thirty-nine percent of the SAES undergraduates receiving degrees in May will graduate with honors The commencement speaker will be Donna A. James. James graduated from A&T in 1979 and went on to become a corporate executive and a member of the board of directors for Coca-Cola Enterprises, Conseco Inc. and Time-Warner Cable.]]> Academic Departments SAES Wed, 21 Apr 2010 16:31:40 -0500 No better opportunity for an intro to CEFS facilities soil iconThe Center for Environmental Farming Systems will be having its 2010 Spring Farm Festival on Saturday, May 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Although the public is invited and admission is free, there are added incentives for those connected with the SAES to take advantage of this opportunity to see what the CEFS is all about. The CEFS, near Goldsboro, is a research and Extension facility that is operated jointly by the SAES, N.C. State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the N.C. Department of Family & Consumer Sciences. The CEFS research units include one devoted completely to small farm enterprises.

The Spring Festival will feature exhibits detailing organic and sustainable farming, activities for children, workshops with demonstrations geared to the interests of farmers and gardeners, entertainment, tours of CEFS facilities and a farmers market with products fresh from local farms.

The CEFS has a second major public awareness event scheduled for later in May: the annual Farm to Fork Picnic on Sunday, May 23, that brings locally grown farmers and some of the Piedmont’s best known chefs together in Hillsborough for a picnic-style celebration of locally grown foods.]]> Cooperative Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Wed, 21 Apr 2010 16:28:31 -0500 Prerequisite training for prospective pickle packers Farmers and farm families considering possibilities for adding value to their cucumbers and other vegetables before selling them as pickles, relishes, salsa or other acidified foods must successfully complete a training program offered by the N.C. State University Cooperative Extension’s Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences. The program’s training emphasis is now on acidified foods packaged in rigid plastic packaging as well as glass containers. N.C. Cooperative Extension’s partners in developing training materials are the Agricultural Research Service at N.C. State, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Food and Drug Administration. The third and final three-day training program before the start of farmers market and tailgate season in 2010 will be May 26-28 in Raleigh. The registration fee is $300 per person, and interested entrepreneurs are encouraged to sign up early. Class size is limited.]]> Cooperative Extension Wed, 21 Apr 2010 16:26:53 -0500 Taps for rain dancers water iconA workshop covering rainwater harvesting systems, rain gardens and storm water management for members of the Cooperative Extension field staff is set for June 8 and 9 at the Gaston County Extension Center. This train-the-trainers program will also focus on teaching and demonstrations as well as installation of pumps and other equipment, and systems design. There is no registration fee, but those planning to attend are asked to pre-register at the workshop website.

There will also be four presentations of a two-day program in residential rain-garden certification next fall. N.C. State University’s Department of Biological & Agricultural Engineering will team up with Cooperative Extension for this program, which will be offered in Asheville, Sept. 29 and 30; in Holly Springs, October 12 and 13; in Winston-Salem, October 18 and 19; and in Mt. Holly November 10 and 11. The Rain Garden Certification training is designed for commercial and residential landscapers as well as members of the Extension field staff with water quality or horticulture responsibilities. The current early bird registration fee for any of the four installments is $125; the regular fee will be $175.]]> Cooperative Extension Wed, 21 Apr 2010 16:24:18 -0500 Extension briefing set for first three days of June in Burlington The first three days of June, the 24-member Strategic Planning Council that guides the work of The Cooperative Extension Program at A&T will be meeting jointly with the 29-member State Advisory Council that serves similarly as stakeholder guidance for the entire North Carolina Cooperative Extension system. The annual joint meeting of the two advisory groups will be in Burlington this year and the agenda will include discussions of how Extension can continue to move forward at the same time that a declining state budget is cutting into the resources for delivery of high quality Extension programs. The advisory groups will also be receiving updates from Extension specialists and administrators at A&T and N.C. State, covering new programs and initiatives.]]> Cooperative Extension Wed, 21 Apr 2010 16:23:03 -0500 Grad students looking into sustainable ag. should look into a SARE grant 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 project funding 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. The SARE review committee evaluates proposals for their technical merit and relevance to regional agriculture. Reviewers also will be looking for graduate-student research projects grounded in environmental, economic or social aspects of methods for more sustainable agriculture. Graduate students submitting proposals are required to use SARE's online submission website.]]> Agricultural Research Cooperative Extension Wed, 21 Apr 2010 16:21:37 -0500 <![CDATA[NCDA&CS Specialty crop funding season now open]]> The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) is making grant funding available for new projects that will help make specialty crops more competitive in the marketplace. The program is funded through a USDA grant established by the 2008 Farm Bill. The NCDA&CS will accept grant applications for projects with budgets between $10,000 and $100,000. Nonprofits, commodity associations, state and local government agencies and universities are eligible to apply. The application deadline is 5 p.m. on June 4. More details on grant guidelines and application forms are available at the NCDA&CS Marketing Division’s website.]]> Cooperative Extension Wed, 21 Apr 2010 16:20:59 -0500