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Dr. Michael Walden is William Neal Reynolds professor of agricultural and resource economics at NC State University.
You Decide: Does North Carolina follow a wilder economic ride?

Our economy is very much like a rollercoaster. There are periods of time when the economy is improving – meaning the rollercoaster is rising – but these “ups” are followed by months or years when the economy is dropping – similar to the drop in the rollercoaster.



Used in beer production, hops are the flowers of the hop plant.
Conference addresses challenges of growing hops in the South Atlantic region

The success of the craft beer industry and interest in using locally grown ingredients has encouraged an adventuresome group of farmers in the South Atlantic region to try their hands at growing hops, but the climate here is challenging. An upcoming conference will bring experts from across the country to advise the young industry.



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First study of arthropods in US homes finds huge biodiversity

The first study to evaluate the biodiversity of arthropods in U.S. homes finds that humans share their houses with any of more than 500 different kinds of arthropods — at least on a short-term basis. North Carolina State University Extension entomologist Dr. Matt Bertone is the study's lead author.



Dr. Michael Walden is William Neal Reynolds professor of agricultural and resource economics at NC State University.
You Decide: Should North Carolina borrow to build?

North Carolinians are being asked to consider a big mortgage for the state. Totaling $2 billion, the mortgage would allow the state to build a variety of projects, including university and community college facilities, water and sewer infrastructure and recreational offerings. There are two key questions for voters to ponder: First, is mortgage financing appropriate? Second, are the projects worthy?



Dr. Michael Walden is William Neal Reynolds professor of agricultural and resource economics at NC State University.
You Decide: Can We Make Sense of North Carolina’s Jobless Rate?

When it comes to interpreting apparently conflicting unemployment statistics, Mike Walden shows that the key is understanding how the statistics are derived.