LATEST NC COOPERATIVE EXTENSION NEWS

Cover crops are the topic of a two-day conference this summer in North Carolina.
Southern Cover Crop Conference set for July 18-19

Mark your calendar for a two-day comprehensive cover crop conference for the South. Put on by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) and the Southern region Sustainable Agriculture and Research Education (SARE) program, the event takes place July 18-19, 2016 at two locations in eastern North Carolina: Mount Olive and Goldsboro.



Dr. Michael Walden is William Neal Reynolds professor of agricultural and resource economics at NC State University.
You Decide: Are low oil prices good or bad for the economy?

I’ll be honest – I didn’t think I’d see it in my lifetime. I’m talking about gas prices being under $2 per gallon. It’s one of the true “good news” items in the economy. Or is it?



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.