The Ag e-Dispatch http://www.ag.ncat.edu/agedispatch/ The newsletter of the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences en Copyright 2013 Wed, 03 Jul 2013 11:57:06 -0500 http://www.sixapart.com/movabletype/ http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification <![CDATA[SAES has substantial presence in A&T Today]]> Dr. Osei YeboahDr. Paula FaulknerThe SAES has a commanding presence in the current issue of A&T Today, the magazine published biannually by University Relations to update alumni and friends of the University on recent developments and achievements. The spring/summer issue of A&T Today has an article by Dr. Antoine Alston, the SAES's interim associate dean for Academic Studies, that introduces the new Masters in Agricultural and Environmental Systems Program. The program will provide students with interdisciplinary training the agricultural sciences most germane to agribusiness issues that will set the framework for sustainable agriculture and local food systems. The current issue of A&T Today also has a listing of the honorees at the Teaching Excellence and Research Excellence Awards dinner in April, and a half-page photo of some of the honorees. The SAES swept the awards for research, with Dr. Osei Yeboah named Senior Researcher of the Year and Dr. Paula Faulkner receiving the award for Junior Research of the Year. Dr. Guochen Yang was presented the SAES's Outstanding Teaching Award for 2012-13, and Anna Reaves received one of the University's two Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Awards. And the current issue of A&T Today's "campus briefs" gives a complete listing of the national elections, quiz bowls and chapter-of-the-year awards won by members of the SAES's chapter of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) at the national organization's 28th annual Career and Training Conference in California last spring.]]> http://www.ag.ncat.edu/agedispatch/2013/07/saes-has-substantial-presence.html http://www.ag.ncat.edu/agedispatch/2013/07/saes-has-substantial-presence.html Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education Wed, 03 Jul 2013 11:57:06 -0500 End of June marks closing of scholarship application windows The N.C. Tomato Growers Association has a $1,000 scholarship for the 2013-14 academic year that will be awarded to a student majoring in horticulture or agribusiness at either the graduate or undergraduate levels. The application deadline is June 30, and the winner will be announced in August at the annual Tomato Field Day at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research Station in Fletcher. Scholarship applicants should be residents of North Carolina, and have an overall GPA of at least 2.5.

Juniors or seniors majoring in biosystems engineering or another natural resource or environmental sciences also have a June 30 application deadline if they're interested in applying for one of the two Ben Meadows Natural Resource Scholarships. One of these annual awards is for academic achievement and another accomplishments that reflect leadership skills. Applicants must have GPAs of at least 3.2. Application requirements also include a 300-word essay and a letter of recommendation. ]]> http://www.ag.ncat.edu/agedispatch/2013/06/end-of-june-marks-closing-of-s.html http://www.ag.ncat.edu/agedispatch/2013/06/end-of-june-marks-closing-of-s.html Academic Departments Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education Wed, 19 Jun 2013 16:42:05 -0500 IFAL arrivals Each summer, the Department of Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education hosts the Institute for Future Agriculture Leaders (IFAL) — a five-day conference for high school students interested in programs of study offered by the SAES. The 2013 IFAL will begin on Sunday, June 9, and continue through Friday, June 14. All students selected for the program are rising seniors in the top third of their classes. The IFAL experience has a special emphasis on career opportunities, emerging technology, and the scientific and commercial aspects of agriculture. The North Carolina Farm Bureau, which provides funding support for IFAL, has an extensive collection of photos from last year's activities.

Registration under way for Elon's summer conference for university instructors

The topic listing for Elon University’s 10th Annual Summer Conference for university and college educators on Aug. 15 includes learning that occurs when in-class experiences are connected with out-of-class activities; learning that emerges from constructive group interaction; and learning that connects concrete experiences with abstract conceptualizations; for example, in solving authentic problems, engaging in guided inquiry, or creating a novel artifact. The authorities that will be speaking are from Duke, Wake Forest, Davidson, A&T and Elon.

Although there is no registration fee for conference attendees, online pre-registration is requested. The conference will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. at the Koury Business Center on the Elon campus. The conference is jointly sponsored by Elon's Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) and Teaching and Learning Technologies (TLT) (learn more at elon.edu/teaching).

Distance learning discount deadline drawing near

The University of Wisconsin's Division of Continuing Studies is hosting the 29th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning in Madison Aug. 7 to 9. The gathering is traditionally one of the country's premiere events on distance education, usually bringing together more than 1,000 educators, designers and administrators from K-12 education and healthcare, as well as higher education. Workshop topics this year include creating and distributing educational content for mobile technologies, the role of social media in online classrooms, incorporating Internet video technologies into online courses and classroom instruction and creating eTextbooks.

The registration fee before July 22 is $465; it then increases to $505. For students, the pre-July 16 fee is $260, and then $300 after the cutoff.]]> http://www.ag.ncat.edu/agedispatch/2013/06/ifal-arrivals.html http://www.ag.ncat.edu/agedispatch/2013/06/ifal-arrivals.html Academic Departments Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education Wed, 05 Jun 2013 16:44:51 -0500 May31 deadline for Food and Agribusiness Summer Program applications Dr. Kenrett Jefferson Moorecalendar iconThe SAES's Department of Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education and the STEM Early College at A&T are joining forces for a Food and Agribusiness Summer Program for rising high school juniors and seniors interested in business, science, technology and mathematics. The non-residential summer program will host students from July 8 to 18. Students selected for the program will get a close look into supply chains in food and agribusiness industries. Dr. Kenrett Jefferson-Moore is the SAES contact for additional information. The application deadline is Friday, May 31. ]]> http://www.ag.ncat.edu/agedispatch/2013/05/may31-deadline-for-food-and-ag.html http://www.ag.ncat.edu/agedispatch/2013/05/may31-deadline-for-food-and-ag.html Academic Departments Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education Wed, 22 May 2013 16:12:59 -0500 Research mentoring helps students up the Hill and across the ocean Dr. Paula FaulknerDr. Patricia LynchDrs. Paula Faulkner of the Department of Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education and Patricia Lynch of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences were the faculty mentors for a poster Jasmine Scott, a sophomore majoring in agricultural education, was invited to present at Posters on the Hill, an annual event established by the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) to give members of Congress personal insights into the importance of undergraduate research. Scott's poster topic was "Lessons Learned from 4-H Rural Youth Concerning Living Healthier Lifestyles." The project was a comparison of attitudes toward nutrition and physical activity among rural youth participating in Cooperative Extension afterschool programs and those who aren't, and it was one of only 60 projects selected from more than 800 submissions (from undergraduates across the nation) for this year's Posters on the Hill competition.

Faulkner's talents as a mentor for student research were also lauded in email from Minnie Battle Mayes, director of International Programs at A&T, announcing A&T's first-ever student Fulbright Scholar, Emmanuel Johnson. Johnson is a senior, majoring in computer engineering, whose Fulbright award will be used to pursue a master's in robotics at the University of Birmingham in England. The email from Mayes announcing Johnson's Fulbright noted that "Special recognition and appreciation must go to Dr. Paula Faulkner who specifically worked with Emmanuel throughout the entire summer of 2011 and into the fall semester to help him prepare his research proposal."]]> http://www.ag.ncat.edu/agedispatch/2013/05/research-mentoring-helps-stude.html http://www.ag.ncat.edu/agedispatch/2013/05/research-mentoring-helps-stude.html Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education Family and Consumer Sciences Food Sciences Wed, 08 May 2013 15:30:37 -0500 Wool pull a prerequisite academics iconThere is a June 1 application deadline for an American Sheep Industry Association scholarship program that awards $1,500 for "sheep-related graduate studies." The scholarship’s objective is to advance and promote industries dependent on sheep, lambs or wool by providing financial support to a graduate student. Applicants should be enrolled in an animal science, agricultural economics or veterinary medicine program, or a related area. Two letters of reference and proof of graduate school acceptance must accompany applications.]]> http://www.ag.ncat.edu/agedispatch/2013/05/wool-pull-a-prerequisite.html http://www.ag.ncat.edu/agedispatch/2013/05/wool-pull-a-prerequisite.html Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education Animal Sciences Wed, 08 May 2013 15:16:57 -0500 Swine and dandy info iconThe National Pork Board has set 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21, as the deadline for research proposals that have potential for helping pork producers comply with animal welfare, swine health or pre-harvest safety standards; or research with potential to lower producer feed costs or the environmental impacts of swine production. Among the specific research topics mentioned in the call for proposals are: transportation of weaned or feeder pigs, salmonella prevalence in ground pork, Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome virus, and the effects of meat preparation and cooking methods on various meats. The six committees that will be reviewing proposals have between $150,000 and $900,000 to distribute in the current funding cycle.

]]> http://www.ag.ncat.edu/agedispatch/2013/05/swine-and-dandy-1.html http://www.ag.ncat.edu/agedispatch/2013/05/swine-and-dandy-1.html Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education Animal Sciences Family and Consumer Sciences Wed, 08 May 2013 15:15:07 -0500 Food and Agribusiness Summer Program applications due by April 27 Dr. Kenrett Jefferson-MooreThe SAES's Department of Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education and the STEM Early College at A&T are joining forces for a Food and Agribusiness Summer Program for rising high school juniors and seniors interested in business, science, technology and mathematics. The non-residential summer program will be hosting students from July 8 to 18. A primary agribusiness focus for the 2013 program will be a close look into supply chains in food and agribusiness industries. Dr. Kenrett Jefferson-Moore is the SAES contact for additional information. The application deadline is Friday, April 27.]]> http://www.ag.ncat.edu/agedispatch/2013/04/food-and-agribusiness-summer-p-1.html http://www.ag.ncat.edu/agedispatch/2013/04/food-and-agribusiness-summer-p-1.html Academic Departments Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education Wed, 24 Apr 2013 17:04:02 -0500 Food and Agribusiness Summer Industries Program applications due by April 27 The SAES's Department of Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education and the STEM Early College at A&T are joining forces for a Food and Agribusiness Industrries Summer Program for rising high school juniors and seniors interested in business, science, technology and mathematics. Students selected for the program will get a close look into supply chains in food and agribusiness industries. The non-residential program will run from July 8 to 18. Dr. Kenrett Jefferson-Moore is the SAES contact for additional information. The application deadline is Friday, April 27.]]> http://www.ag.ncat.edu/agedispatch/2013/04/food-and-agribusiness-summer-p.html http://www.ag.ncat.edu/agedispatch/2013/04/food-and-agribusiness-summer-p.html Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education Wed, 10 Apr 2013 16:30:29 -0500 Special funding for specialty crops The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) is administering grant funding (from a USDA program established by the 2008 Farm Bill) for new projects that will help make specialty crops more competitive in the marketplace. Among the projects with funding potential are those that increase nutritional knowledge of specialty crop consumption, those that improve distribution infrastructure, those that promote better food handling and manufacturing and those that expand food access in "food desert" communities. Nonprofits, commodity associations, state and local government agencies and universities are eligible to apply. The NCDA&CS will accept grant applications for projects of at least $20,000 until the application deadline at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 26.]]> http://www.ag.ncat.edu/agedispatch/2013/04/special-funding-for-specialty-1.html http://www.ag.ncat.edu/agedispatch/2013/04/special-funding-for-specialty-1.html Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education Cooperative Extension Wed, 10 Apr 2013 16:25:19 -0500 Research into training needs gets posterized Dr. Paula FaulknerDr. Paula Faulkner of the SAES teamed up with a colleague from Tuskegee University on a poster presentation for the American Association for Agricultural Education's (AAAE) Southern Region meeting, which was held in Orlando, Fla., in February. Faulkner, of the Dept. of Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education, teamed up with Prosper Doamekpor, Tuskegee's state youth development specialist, for a poster presentation of research into "Youth as Agents of Change: Assessment of Training Needs of Youth Extension Paraprofessionals for Effective Delivery of Obesity Prevention Programs," at the Southern Region AAEA, which was held in conjunction with the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists' 2013 annual meeting.]]> http://www.ag.ncat.edu/agedispatch/2013/03/research-into-training-needs-g.html http://www.ag.ncat.edu/agedispatch/2013/03/research-into-training-needs-g.html Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education Wed, 27 Mar 2013 17:50:06 -0500 <![CDATA[Votre attention, s'il vous plaît, Mesdames et Messieurs]]> globe iconMarch 15 is the Office of International Programs' application deadline for SAES students who would like to take advantage of a study abroad opportunity in Montreal July 2 – 20. Students accepted will study international agriculture as well la langue française, and their instructor for the former will be a familiar face: John Paul Owens of the Dept. of Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education. The University of Quebec at Montreal is host institution for the program, which will include more than 100 other students from around the world in addition to those from A&T.

The class in international agriculture will acquaint students with the relationships among agricultural systems in the United States and other countries, and the impact of developments in global agriculture on domestic production and policies. Students will attend classes in the mornings and the afternoons will be reserved for expanding cultural horizons. The program will offer students many opportunities to supplement their classroom work with cultural outings in the world's second largest French-speaking city, and field trips to Laval, Quebec City and the Canadian capital, Ottawa. McGill University is also a collaborating institution for the program. Students can apply to the Montreal program through the Office of International Programs.]]> http://www.ag.ncat.edu/agedispatch/2013/03/votre-attention-sil-vous-plat.html http://www.ag.ncat.edu/agedispatch/2013/03/votre-attention-sil-vous-plat.html Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education Wed, 13 Mar 2013 16:49:55 -0500 Ides of March is Farm Bureau scholarship deadline March 15 is the first in a series of deadlines for applications for the North Carolina Farm Bureau scholarship program that is now awarding 24 scholarships of $ 3,750 annually for four years of study at a college or university in an agriculturally related curricula. Each county Farm Bureau singles out an applicant to forward along for the statewide competition, which means the most immediate piece of advice to offer high school seniors is that they need to complete an application and get it to their county Farm Bureau by the 15th. Applicants must also have satisfactory grades, financial need, and describe a plan for pursing a career in an agricultural field and an understanding of the agricultural and agribusiness community.]]> http://www.ag.ncat.edu/agedispatch/2013/03/ides-of-march-is-farm-bureau-s.html http://www.ag.ncat.edu/agedispatch/2013/03/ides-of-march-is-farm-bureau-s.html Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education Animal Sciences Biological Engineering Family and Consumer Sciences SAES Wed, 13 Mar 2013 16:47:55 -0500 Spotlight to shine on current research projects on March 21 lightbulb iconFour SAES research scientists and two post-doctoral researchers will be presenting (concise-and-to-the-point) overviews of current research projects, beginning at noon and 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, in Room A-16 of the C.H. Moore Agricultural Research Station. Presentations and presenters are:
• Economic Feasibility of Sustainable High Oilseed-Based Biofuel Production: The Case for Biodiesel in North Carolina
— Dr. Anthony Yeboah, chair, Department of Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education and Dr. Cephas Naanwaab, post-doctoral researcher
• The DIRT on Agricultural Dusts
— Dr. Jenora Waterman, assistant professor, Department of Animal Sciences
• Expedited Production of Alexandrian Laurelthrough Micropropagation
• Swine Waste Treatment in Constructed Wetlands and Technology Development
— Dr. Gudigopuram "G.B." Reddy, professor, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Design
• Influence of Post Harvest Technology and Probiotics on Immune Response, Oxidative Stress and Aging
— Dr. Kwaku Gyenai, post-doctoral researcher, Department of Animal Sciences

All SAES faculty, staff and students are welcome to stop by Moore for the research presentations on March 22, and early arrival is recommended.]]> http://www.ag.ncat.edu/agedispatch/2013/03/spotlight-to-shine-on-current.html http://www.ag.ncat.edu/agedispatch/2013/03/spotlight-to-shine-on-current.html Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education Animal Sciences Natural Resources and Environmental Design Wed, 13 Mar 2013 16:42:48 -0500 Economists delve into canola quandaries research iconCephas NaanwaabDr. Anthony Yeboah and John Paul Owens of the Dept. of Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education, Dr. Osei Yeboah of the Leonard Cooper International Trade Center and two SAES research associates, Cephas Naanwaab and Jarvetta Bynum, comprise an SAES research team that has had its investigation into the “Economic Feasibility of Sustainable High Oilseed-Based Biofuel Production: The Case for Biodiesel in North Carolina” published in the International Food and Agribusiness Management Review's first issue of 2013. Their research has been assessing the economic feasibility of a hypothetical biodiesel plant that converts canola seeds to fuel. Findings are that a biodiesel facility relying on canola to reduce North Carolina's dependence on petroleum fuels may be economically feasible, but only if the current biodiesel subsidy of $1 per gallon remains intact. The SAES research scientists' article in the February issue of the International Food and Agribusiness Management Review includes a review of biodiesel production facilities in the state and the five biodiesel plants in the United States now using canola oil as feedstock.]]> http://www.ag.ncat.edu/agedispatch/2013/02/economists-delve-into-canola-q.html http://www.ag.ncat.edu/agedispatch/2013/02/economists-delve-into-canola-q.html Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education Wed, 27 Feb 2013 16:52:01 -0500