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Spring 2023: Powering Positive Change

Impactful stories. Groundbreaking discoveries. Engaged communities.

Where City Meets Farm: The True Value of a Landmark Field Lab

In the midst of Raleigh’s urban sprawl, the Lake Wheeler Road Field Lab remains an active research farm for NC State and a critical resource for North Carolina’s largest industry.

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More From Spring 2023: Powering Positive Change

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The Changemakers

NC State’s Terri Long, Marvin Moncada and Kenny Sherin are creating life- and industry-altering change. Close the digital divide, shuck stereotypes for plant scientists and age liquor at a breakneck speed–all in a day’s work for these changemakers. Learn what’s next. 

Chad Carter, Philip Newton and Bill Whaley stand in front of a tractor

I AM CALS: Philip Newton, Bill Whaley and Chad Carter

Three men who’ve worked together for 20 years to keep NC State’s biggest field laboratory running share long days, laughter—and a deep well of trust. 

Eastern 4-H Camp water tower.

A Place for Every Child

For some children, summers can be daunting times filled with uncertainty, lack of clear schedules and even hunger. But agents and staff are working hard to make sure at-risk kids have a place at North Carolina’s 4-H summer camps. 

Breathtaking view of grassy lush farmland with contemporary barn under light pink sky in early evening with city skyline in background.

CALS Strategic Plan: Growing Our Future

A new strategic plan will guide CALS efforts through 2030. 

aerial view of soybean fields affected by saltwater intrusion

Climate Change Brings the Tide to Farmers’ Doorsteps

Climate change is causing sea level rise and increased flooding that threatens North Carolina’s most fertile agricultural land with saltwater intrusion. NC State researchers are testing soils and developing field kits to help farmers adapt to climate change. 

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From the Archives: A Barrier-Breaking Advocate for Equality and Education

A new building perpetuates the legacy of Bonnie Davis, Orange County’s first Black home demonstration agent and a force for greater equity, justice and human rights. 

Bavisha Gulabrai

Creating a New Narrative

Through research and education, graduate student Bhavisha Gulabrai hopes to create a new narrative about animal welfare and the animal agriculture industry. 

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Grant Paves Pathways to Indigenous Student Success

A grant is helping two CALS faculty members explore ways to better support tribal students and their overall success in higher education. 

Yates Mill during sunrise

Powering Positive Change (In Print!)

View the print edition of CALS Magazine Spring 2023: "Powering Positive Change."