Ag vocational educators pay it forward to the CAES

Willie J. Randolph remembers how he pushed lawnmowers, bussed tables, washed dishes, and picked cotton and tobacco to raise money for tuition to complete his degree at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University 50 years ago.

Despite all that hustle, Randolph, class of 1968, was $500 short one year. Dr. A.P. Bell, one of Randolph’s professors, and the late Dr. Burleigh C. Webb, dean of A&T’s College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, helped him find the remainder of the tuition money through scholarships.

So two weeks ago, Randolph and a quartet of his fellow CAES alumni paid that generosity back … and forward. They awarded $25,555.91 to the CAES for student scholarships and possibly to start an endowment.

“I am what I am because of what A&T did for me,” says Randolph, a retired vocational agriculture teacher. “Because of A&T, I think we have made some influences and made some students have a better future.” 

Randolph, of Fayetteville, along with Willie J. Walls of Chadbourn, Marvin Rountree of Rocky Mount, Robert A. Fairley Sr. of Maxton, and Walter C. Jones of Tarboro, presented the check to Dr. Antoine Alston, CAES associate dean for academic studies. They asked that the award be specifically used to support the scholarship fund started by their friend, mentor and retired A&T professor  Bell, who was present for the announcement and the award.

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Retired CAES faculty member , Dr. A.P. Bell, tan jacket, displays the check from Willie J. Randolph (center), that retired vocational ag teachers and A&T alumni presented to Dr. Antoine Alston (far right). The $25,500 donation will support student scholarships.

“It makes me feel good that they recognize and appreciate it (the scholarship) and that they think so highly of me, A&T and the state of North Carolina,” Bell said. “I’m deeply appreciative.” Continue reading Ag vocational educators pay it forward to the CAES

New Greenhouse Growing Hands-On Learning Opportunities for Students

This semester, students in the Season Extension for Sustainable Production class have put the finishing touches on the campus’s newest greenhouse: a 12’ x 25’ structure on the outskirts of  Carver Hall. Built to provide CAES students with a variety of hands-on learning opportunities, the new greenhouse was built by nine students as part of the course’s laboratory section and it will be used in various agricultural disciplines.

The greenhouse was purchased through a 2014 capacity building grant through the Urban and Community Horticulture (UCH) concentration within the Agricultural and Environmental Systems major. The $150,000 grant is specifically intended to provide students with opportunities to learn by doing, and it funds the outdoor infrastructure – much of which has to be built – to provide those opportunities.

Since building began in September, two student teams have handled every aspect of greenhouse construction 161128greenhouse012edb beginning with ground preparation, says Trequan McGee, a senior UCH major. McGee, as have the other students, has served as a designated  supervisor, tasked to coordinate the work of the day.   Continue reading New Greenhouse Growing Hands-On Learning Opportunities for Students

Moore brings more insight to national panel

Dr. Kenrett Jefferson-Moore, a professor and agribusiness coordinatokenrett-jeffersonr at N.C. A&T, has been appointed to the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. During her three-year term, Jefferson-Moore will advise the panel and the agriculture undersecretary on issues ranging from climate change to specialty crop production. The board is composed of 25 members, each representing a specific category relating to agriculture. Bringing the perspective of an 1890 land-grant college and university to the panel, and making it more aware of those colleges’ unique strengths and challenges, will be a great opportunity, Jefferson-Moore says: “I am honored to have been chosen, and I hope to represent the university well.”

 

International outreach: CAES and Jiangsu

Dr. Shirley Hymon-Parker, interim dean of the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, has signed a cooperation agreement with the Jiangsu Academy of Agricultural Sciences (JAAS) in Nanjing, China. The five-year agreement allows the two institutions to collaborate on research projects; host visiting faculty and students from each other’s institution; develop ideas and publish together; and cooperate in areas of mutual interest. The agreement formalizes a collaboration between the institutions that began in 2014, when CAES researcher Dr. Jianmei Yu hosted JAAS professor Dr. Ying Li as a post-doctoral scholar in her research lab. Dr. Valerie Giddings, interim CAES associate dean for research, and Dr. Yu were on hand also to witness the proceedings and give presentations.

Stink bug is focus of more research

Scientists are one step closer to understanding the biology of the brown marmorated stink bug, an invasive pest that has cost U.S. agriculture millions of dollars in lost crops since its accidental introduction into the United States in the 1990s, thanks to research being performed by the team of Drs. Beatrice Dingha and Louis Jackai of the CAES.

Dingha and Jackai have developed a method of continuously rearing the bugs in the laboratory, thereby providing other researchers with a steady flow of bugs upon which to experiment. Their findings have been recently published in the journal The Canadian Entomologist.

The stink bug originated in Asia, but has no major predators here. With little to keep their population in check, the pest has spread rapidly and is currently present in 42 states and 63 North Carolina counties, where its voracious appetite for vegetables and fruits – the bug has been shown to feed on more than 100 plant species – cost growers in the mid-Atlantic region more than $35 million in 2010 alone.

 

Right now, researchers depend on finding the bugs in the field, an imperfect system for an insect with a five-stage developmental cycle that also hibernates in the winter. Dingha and Jackai have found a mix of foods, temperature and humidity that keep the bugs active in the lab, and available to scientists, year-round.

CAES students in the news

A couple of current and former CAES students are generating attention in the agricultural landscape.

Trequan McGee, a senior in the CAES’s Urban and Community Horticulture program, was prominently featured in a video shown during the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ annual meeting Nov. 13-15 in Austin, Texas.  More than 1,300 senior leaders from public higher-education institutions from across North America, including N.C. A&T, attended the conference. Click here to view the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VCxqmN-RpM

Daniel Johnson, agribusiness graduate, who is an economic market analyst reporter, with USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, was recently profiled in the AMS newsletter. Click here to read the article: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDAAMS/bulletins/16f1957

 

University Farm shares harvest to alleviate food insecurity

The University Farm at N.C. A&T has donated 1,308 pounds of produce worth about $3,205 to community hunger relief agencies this year, and is still harvesting.  Working through Share the Harvest, Backpack Beginnings, the Bonner Center for Community Learning at Guilford College and other community groups, the farm has provided fresh produce to as many as 16 agencies in and around Greensboro, where food insecurity remains high.

The farm’s surplus can be used to alleviate that problem, says John Beck, horticulture unit coordinator at the farm and program associate for Cooperative Extension. Last year, the farm provided 5,738 pounds of produce worth about $12,700.

Although the farm’s primary mission is still to provide vegetables and small fruit crops for applied research and demonstration, a fair amount of the harvest is always left over. Beck and farm support staff  harvest, weigh and package the crops for Share the Harvest and other agencies to pick up.

Thanks to the farm’s high tunnels, the harvest continues to flow even when the plants’ traditional growing seasons are over, offering: mustard greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, pac choi, salad mix, chard, eggplant, basil, pea shoots and even strawberries.

That’s good news for a city that has 17 identified food deserts, in which residents have limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and one of the highest overall food insecurity ratings in the country, according to a 2015 report by the Food Research and Action Center.

For people in need, every little bit adds up. If one person consumed one pound of fresh produce each day, the farm’s 2015 donations would be enough to provide 16 people with enough fresh fruits and vegetables for an entire year, according to the farm’s donation report.

“The goal is to target food insecurity,” Beck says. “We are pleased to be able to help.”

Two for the road at University Farm

The CAES bid farewell to close to a century of knowledge and experience, with a retirement celebration for Harold L. Martin and Peter Burnette on Nov. 23 at the University Farm. CAES representatives that ranged from student farmhands to the interim dean, former dean and associate dean, were on hand to fete the two long-time agricultural experts.

Martin, not to be confused with A&T’s chancellor of the same name, retired in August after a 44-year tenure, which included several years as the farm’s superintendent and most recently as research operations manager at the farm. Burnette, an agricultural research 161123retirement066edaassistant, is retiring with 40 years’ experience.

“These guys definitely exhibit all that is Aggie Pride,” Interim Dean Shirley Hymon-Parker said. “They have provided 84 years’ exemplary service to N.C. A&T and the CAES, in particular. You’ve given so much of yourselves on behalf of the university. Replacing you is going to be almost impossible.’’

Leon Moses, who succeeded Martin as farm superintendent, credited his predecessor for helping implement many of the improvements that—as one speaker put it—elevated the University Farm from mom-and-pop status to a full-fledged research operation. Moses also said that Burnette’s penchant for perfection ensured that the farm would operate in orderly fashion.

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Dr. Alton Thompson, executive director of the Association of Research Directors of 1890 Land-Grant Universities and a former CAES dean, noted that Burnette and Martin were “not just farm workers, but part of the research team” that brought commensurate expertise to projects at the farm. Several other speakers lauded the two men not only for their strong work ethics, but also the individual personality quirks that personified the way they approached their jobs: Burnett, quiet, even-keeled and a stickler for details; Martin, laid back but a bulldog when it came to completing tasks – or hunting.

“It hasn’t all been easy, but it’s been a … lot of fun,” Martin said. “We didn’t always agree and we didn’t always leave here agreeing, but we always came back the next morning regardless of what it was.”

Burnette said: “We all grew up on farms. We don’t mind working because that’s what we all grew up doing. Here, we came in to work and did what we needed to do and took pride in it.”

Honors for Cooperative Extension

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Dr. Rosalind Dale, interim administrator, The Cooperative Extension Program at A&T

Several staff members of The Cooperative Extension Program at A&T were honored at the awards ceremony of the 2016 North Carolina Cooperative Extension state conference. Faculty, staff and administrators of A&T Extension at N.C. State Extension convene annually to discuss policy and program updates, attend workshops and honor achievement. This year’s conference was held Nov. 14-17 in Raleigh, with the theme,  Empowering You = Empowering Others.

A&T Extension honorees are:

  • Susan Tyre, 4-H Youth Development agent in Martin County, who received two awards for her work. She is the recipient of the Carolyn Stanley Barnes and George Edward Barnes 4-H graduate education scholarship, and the Dr. R. Marshall and Jan Stewart   4-H Leadership Award.
  • Anassou Banna, Hertford County area agent, was also a two-time winner. He received the R.E. Jones Program Award, and the Dr. Russell C. King and Mrs. Connie H. King Extension Program Award.
  • Hayley Napier, Montgomery County family and consumer sciences agent, who won two awards as well. Napier received the Ort Family Scholarship for Outstanding Cooperative Extension Personnel, and the Dr. Sandra Zaslow Professional Development Award.

Winners of the 2016 North Carolina State Grange for Excellence Awards included:

  • Kenyatta Lanier, a 4-H Youth Development agent who is a member of  Wilson County Cooperative Extension, which won the District Team Award for the Southeast District.
  • Der Xiong Holcomb, Catawba County Extension agent, who was a program area winner.
  • Adam McCurry, Yancey County Extension program assistant, who was recognized in the administrative professional category.

UNC System President Margaret Spellings was the keynote speaker at the opening day luncheon that also included A&T Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr. and N.C. State Chancellor Randy Woodson. Click on the link below to hear Spellings discuss why Cooperative Extension is valuable to North Carolina:
https://velocity.ncsu.edu/dl/xLHiryP/310588

Yang gets patent for Alexandrian laurel

150902yang001edcaesDr. Guochen Yang has been awarded a patent associated with a popular landscape evergreen that has the potential to increase production and profits for small-scale growers.

Yang, a professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Design,  has worked more than 10 years to formulate a micropropagation protocol he’s developed for Alexandrian laurel. The process reliably produces many of the plants in far less growing time than nature could.

Naturally, the laurel has a 20 percent chance of growth; growers that plant 100 seeds may get 20 plants. With Yang’s method, growers are guaranteed to get 100 shoots from 100 seeds, and each of those shoots has the potential to contain up to 50 plants. What’s more, the time each plant will take to grow to marketable size is reduced by one or two years, from six or seven years to four or five.

Yang’s research has been directly inspired by the commercial marketplace, with the owner of a local plant nursery encouraging him to find a quicker way than usual to get the slow-growing Alexandrian laurel to market.

Now, the patent that protects the Alexandrian laurel-growing protocols is the intellectual property of Yang and A&T. Landscapers, nursery operators or anyone else who wants to know how to grow the plant from tissue samples can do so, but must first sign a contract with A&T.

The shortened growing process overcomes the difficulty of cultivating enough sellable plants to make space in growers’ greenhouses, which can cost up to $15 per square foot, per year, pay.

“Once you get the formula, the protocol, you can quickly produce many plants,” Yang says. “Time is money. This has the potential to significantly increase the production, and profit margin, for U.S. agriculture overall.”

 

 

 

A&T student achieves milestone in FFA election

DeShawn Blanding, a sophomore biological engineering major at N.C. A&T, has been elected Southern region vice president of the National FFA. His  election makes him one of only six African Americans to achieve this distinction and the first from an HBCU.

Chastity Warren English, faculty advisor of A&T’s collegiate FFA chapter, says that Blanding has what it takes to succeed as a national officer.

“The Collegiate FFA Chapter at N.C. A&T is ecstatic about DeShawn’s new role,” Warren English says. “I am especially proud because I know he dedicated an abundance of time to making his dream become reality.

“He has such a humble spirit and a desire to learn. He is also a friendly young man, and open to working with diverse groups of people.”

Each year at the National FFA’s Convention and Expo, six students are selected by delegates to represent the organization as national officers. Delegates elect a president, a secretary and vice presidents representing regions of the country. In his new role, Blanding will take a sabbatical next year to travel the country. National officers commit to a year of service to the organization, visiting FFA chapters, hosting state and local conventions and meeting FFA members. Each officer will also meet with business and industry professionals, government and education officials, and will lead personal growth and leadership training conferences for FFA members throughout the country.

“It means so much to be able to be a minority voice and a leader on the team that has brought so much to me,” Blanding says, describing FFA as equal parts agriculture and leadership. “To be able to influence the 649,000 members of the organization is a great opportunity, and I’m fortunate to have it.’’

Blanding credits CAES faculty with developing his skills to take advantage of this position, by pushing him and others “outside your comfort zone” and preparing students for leadership roles.

Blanding has been involved with the FFA since high school in South Carolina, where it was the first organization he joined. In high school, he was a chapter officer and the state vice president his senior year. “I didn’t have an ag background coming into this organization,” he says. “The FFA introduced me to ag and brought me out of my comfort zone. Now, I have a huge interest in ag – it has basically been my life for the past five years.”

Helping other students find their passions will be the most enjoyable aspect of his new office, adding that: “I can’t wait to help students who aren’t familiar with agriculture know about FFA.”

Warren English points out that Blanding’s election is also a milestone historically.

“At one time, we had an organization named the New Farmers of America (NFA), which began in 1935 as a national organization for African American farm youth to promote agricultural leadership, skills and character. In 1965, when the NFA merged with the National FFA, the organization consisted of 1,004 chapters in 12 states, and had more than 50,000 members.

“DeShawn being elected as a national officer, who attends a(n)deshawnblanding HBCU, represents the 50,000 African American members who came before him.”

 

Workshops show growers how to extend growing season

High tunnels can be used for season extension and natural resources conservation.
High tunnels can be used for season extension and natural resources conservation.

CAES faculty who work with vegetable growers will want to point them toward several upcoming workshops on high tunnel vegetable production that The Cooperative Extension Program has organized for different climatic regions across the state.

Geared toward producers selling into wholesale markets, as well as toward Extension agents who are assisting growers with wholesale market expansion, this full-day, hands-on workshop will offer a variety of tools to assist growers in maximizing the efficient use and profitability of high tunnels. Presenters from The Cooperative Extension Program and the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will discuss various high-tunnel equipment vendors, as well as updates on regional marketing strategies and federal funding for high tunnel construction.

“Season extension is one way that farmers can access markets six weeks longer, and really capitalize on their vegetable production,” says Laura Lauffer, coordinator for local farms and foods for The Cooperative Extension Program.

Two sessions of “Season Extension with High Tunnels – Maximizing Use & Producing Profits” have been scheduled; both are 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.; cost is $25 and participants may register online through the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS):

  • Monday, Nov. 21 at the Ashe County Cooperative Extension Center, 134 Government Circle, Suite 202, Jefferson, N.C. 28640. Registration  deadline is Nov. 17.
  • Monday, Dec. 12 at the Sandhills Research Station, 2148 Windblow Road, Jackson Springs, N.C. 27281-9124. Registration deadline for that session is Dec. 7.

Both days will conclude with high-tunnel farm tours. The Ashe County workshop will include information about high tunnel features that are important for extended season growing in the southern Appalachian mountain region, while the Jackson Springs workshop, will provide information about high tunnel features that are important for the Sandhills region.

An additional three sessions have been scheduled for 2017: February 9 in Onslow County; March 27 at Lomax Farm in Cabarrus County, and March 30 at the North Carolina A&T State University Farm in Guilford County. Details and registration for these workshops will be posted at the CEFS website in December.

For more information about these workshops, or other initiatives from N.C. A&T in support of local farms and foods, contact Lauffer at The Cooperative Extension Program at (336) 285-4690 or (919) 444-1478, or emailing her at ldlauffe@ncat.edu.

Dairy food safety training scheduled Oct. 5

In keeping with the CAES’s Local Food & Health Initiative, The
160318-poerter-myrick-130ed2Cooperative Extension Program has organized a food safety training class for dairy producers 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5 in Coltrane Hall on the N.C. A&T campus. Cost is $40 which includes a workbook and training by Dr. Michele Pfannenstiel, CEO of Dirigo Food Safety a nationally recognized authority on dairy food safety. Registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 3.

This class for cheese makers and dairy producers will focus on the basics of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) and documented food safety planning, a topic of critical importance to anyone in the dairy industry.

“HACCP training allows farmers to assure a safe product to meet a growing consumer demand for locally produced artisanal cheeses and dairy products,” says Laura Lauffer, project coordinator of local farms and food for A&T’s Cooperative Extension Program.

Participants will learn how to write standard operating procedures (SOPs), write process-flow diagrams, describe their product accurately and understand value added dairy operations. At the end of the course, participants will earn a certificate in Food Safety for Value Added Dairy Production.

Farmers and others interested in artisanal dairy production should register online and click on “Artisanal, Safe and Efficient: The Way Forward for Dairy Producers”

CAES Homecoming Celebration scheduled

Alumni who preregister online will get a first class "boarding pass" to the buffet line.
Alumni who preregister online will get a first class “boarding pass” to the buffet line.

The Greatest Homecoming on Earth is approaching, and as always, the CAES will host the greatest welcome-back-alumni cookout on earth during its annual CAES Homecoming Celebration.

This year, the celebration will be 1 – 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, on the lawn of B.C. Webb Hall.  On the program are fun games; great food by David Pittman, (class of ’97); dynamic entertainment by DJ, Courtney Lawrence, (class of 2009);  and the opportunity to reconnect with old friends, faculty and students. The CAES will also have a table for alumni to donate to the CAES and/or the department or program of their choice.

Alumni can show up without reserving in advance — but those who do so online will be privileged with a first-class “boarding pass” for seating, and for the buffet line.  Alumni can find the online registration form by visiting the CAES homepage, and clicking on “Alumni.”

This year, the CAES cookout revolves around the theme, “The CAES Footprint.”

“The event will be an opportunity for faculty and staff to share the many ways CAES makes strides, steps up to challenges, and keeps pace with 21st century change, thus leaving a positive imprint across North Carolina through relevant research, Cooperative Extension outreach, and academic programs that serve industry and society,” says Dr. Antoine Alston, associate dean for academic studies, and chair of the CAES homecoming committee.

Showcase of Excellence a success

Brenda Searcy, a CAES administrative support associate and a master's student majoring in Agricultural Education, shows her poster describing her study abroad experience in Belize.
Brenda Searcy, a CAES administrative support associate and a master’s student majoring in Agricultural Education, shows her poster describing her study abroad experience in Belize.

A record 75 CAES students presented an enormous array of their summer academic experiences during the annual Showcase of Excellence, Sept. 7 in B.C. Webb Hall. The student experiences spanned the gamut of agricultural fields, and included corporate internships, study abroad, and independent research projects at N.C. A&T and other universities or government agencies.

After conversing with students and viewing posters that described key experiences and lessons learned, university and CAES administrators congratulated participants on their achievements, in a concluding ceremony.

“To take knowledge from the classroom and utilize it in a meaningful way … that’s what education is all about,” said A&T Provost Joe B. Whitehead.

Dr. Antoine Alston, CAES associate dean for academic studies praised students’ efforts, urging them to pursue a life that is “more about substance than show,” and to seek advanced degrees and lifelong learning.

“You represent the best of the best,” said Alston, who is the Showcase coordinator.

Each student received a certificate, and several received awards. Award recipients, in three categories were:

  • Graduate Research Poster — First place: Yvette Robbins, a master’s student in Integrated Animal Health Systems, for research at the National Institutes of Health; second place: Rohit Ranabhat, Ph.D. candidate in Energy and Environmental Systems, for research in the CAES’s Food and Nutritional Sciences Program; two third-place winners: Sarah Adjei-Fremah, Ph.D. candidate in Energy and Environmental Systems, for research in the CAES’s Department of Animal Sciences, and Si Zhu, Ph.D. candidate in Energy and Environmental Systems, for research conducted at the CAES’s Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies.
  • Undergraduate Research Poster – First place: Malaycia Goldsmith, an Animal Science major, for research in Multicultural Academic Opportunities at Virginia Tech; also winning 1st was Jasmine Hall, a Child Development and Family Studies major, for research in the CAES’s Department of Family and Consumer Sciences; second place: Sabrina Victorin, an Animal Science major, for research at Iowa State University.
  • Best Study Abroad/Internship Poster – First place: Kayla Harris, an Agricultural Education major, for an internship with the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service; second place: Jacoby Shipman, a Biological Engineering major, for an internship with Boston Scientific; third place: Karina Relatado, a Biological Engineering major, for an internship with Abbot Laboratories.
A record 75 students participated in the 2016 CAES Showcase of Excellence
A record 75 students participated in the 2016 CAES Showcase of Excellence

Seminar on campus entrepreneurship scheduled

Dr. Kathleen Liang, the W.K. Kellogg Endowed Professor in Sustainable Community-Based Food Systems for the College of 160817 Kathleen Liang 001ed3Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CAES), will deliver a seminar describing an entrepreneurship curriculum for college campuses. Liang will present “Dollar Enterprise – Creating an Integrated Experiential Learning Opportunity for Entrepreneurship Education,” 2 – 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13 in Room 262, Carver Hall.

The seminar was coordinated through the CAES’s Department of Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education. Dollar Enterprise, a highly ranked entrepreneurship curriculum, motivates learners to directly apply entrepreneurship theories to plan and operate small ventures on college campuses. Dollar Enterprise strives to create the maximum impact on generating products, services and learning, by using $1 seed money, per person, with a combination of local sourcing and recycle, reuse, renew, and up-cycle concepts. It allows budding entrepreneurs to gain knowledge, skills, and practical experience simultaneously about entrepreneurial transformation, new venture creation, and community engagement. Liang has prior experience with developing an entrepreneurship curriculum, from her prior position as professor at the University of Vermont.

Research publication: Tahergorabi

Dr. Reza Tahergorabi in the Department of Family and ConsumerReza Tahergorabi Sciences has published a study of a functional food product that
incorporates oat bran fiber into surimi, a popular processed seafood product, often marketed as imitation crab legs. “Physicochemical properties of Alaska pollock (Theragra chalcogramma) surimi gels with oat bran,” was published in volume 66 of LWT – Food Science and Technology, an academic journal.

Natural resources student to participate in national congress

Aaron Cinque, a senior majoring in Agricultural and Environmental Systems with a concentration on Sustainable Land Management, has been selected to participate in the third National Student Congress on Public Land Policy for Land Management. The conference is sponsored by the Public Lands Foundation (PLF) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Las Cruces District.  The event is scheduled for September 8-11 in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Cinque, whose faculty mentor is Dr. Charles Raczkowski, a professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Design, will join 20 other students who will engage with policy makers, current and former federal land managers and academicians to discuss public land policy in the face of a changing environment.

“I’ve been interning with Sandhills Area Land Trust, a community-based conservation organization in southeastern North Carolina, this summer,” Cinque said.  “After completing my degree at A&T State University, I plan to pursue a career in land conservation and native ecosystem rehabilitation.”

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