Crop Science News and Events

Congratulations to Joe Priest

Joe Priest
Joe Priest received the Excellence in Agriculture award presented by the NC Commissioner of Agriculture, Mr. Steve Troxler.

This award recognizes nearly 50 years of outstanding service to tobacco farmers and the tobacco industry

Dr Ramsey Lewis

Dr. Ramsey Lewis
named University Faculty Scholar

Dr. Ramsey Lewis, Associate Professor in Crop Science, has been named a University Faculty Scholar for 2014-15! This award, created by Chancellor Randy Woodson in 2012, recognizes and rewards emerging academic leaders among all faculty at NCSU. This is one of the highest honors given to faculty at NCSU.

The University Faculty Scholars is awarded to approximately twenty faculty each year. Faculty Scholars receive $10,000 annual supplement, which may be used for supplemental salary or programmatic support. These discretionary funds will be available to Dr. Lewis from 2015-2019. Dr. Lewis’s work in applied genetics research relative to tobacco is nationally and internationally recognized. His research investigating the genetic control of important traits like carcinogen accumulation and disease resistance will improve yields and profitability for tobacco farmers. His high level of scholarship and international reputation as “the tobacco breeder” distinguishes Dr. Lewis, the Department of Crop Science, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and NC State University. Congratulations to Dr. Ramsey Lewis on receiving this prestigious honor and recognition.

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NC State wins one of Obama’s “100,000 Strong” innovation grants

Congratulations to Dr. Lori Unruh-Snyder for receiving one of President Obama's "100,000 Strong" innovation grants! Dr. Snyder will partner with the Universidad de Costa Rica to deliver a new course and a study abroad program for agricultural related disciplines at NCSU. She is partnering with the Chiquita Brands company on the project.
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Students prepare to harvest rye for Peace bread project.

Students prepare to harvest rye as part of the FriedensBrot (Freedom Bread) Project
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Dr. Michelle Schroeder Moreno receives the  NACTA Teacher Fellow Award

Dr. Michelle Schroeder Moreno receives the NACTA Teacher Fellow Award during the annual NACTA meeting in Bozeman, Montana. This national award recognizes individuals whose efforts represent the very best in agricultural higher education. Dr. Schroeder Moreno leads the Agroecology program in Crop Science.

Congratulations Dr. Moreno!

Dewayne Johnson, technician in the Department of Crop Science, was recognized for his contributions to peanut farmers in North Carolina at the 62nd Annual North Carolina Peanut Field Day at Lewiston-Woodville on September 4. Dr. Joe Zublena, Director of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, presented an engraved wooden plaque to Dewayne with the following inscription:
Presented to Dewayne Johnson in appreciation for his dedication and assistance to peanut farmers in North Carolina through Cooperative Extension Service programs and his many contributions to the core mission of North Carolina State University. Thank you very much Dewayne!

Dewayne Johnson Award
Congressman Walter Jones, Jr. on left and Dr. Joe Zublena, Director of the Cooperative Extension Service, on right congratulated Dewayne for his many contributions to peanut growers in North Carolina at the annual peanut field day in September.

sustainable strawberries research

NC State Crop Science Ph.D. student Amanda McWhirt is working with fellow university agroecologists, horticulture scientists and entomologists on a National Strawberry Sustainability Initiative research project to implement sustainable soil methods on strawberry farms – methods that won’t blow a hole in farmers’ budgets or overcomplicate their lives.
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Tidewater Small Grains Field Day

Dr. Ron Heiniger (Crop Science Faculty), Ron Gurganus (County Extension Agent, Beaufort County), and Joseph Oakes (graduate student in Crop Science) discuss management practices to increase yield in wheat at the Small Grains Field Day held recently at the Tidewater Research Station.

Dr. Tom Isleib awarded the 2013 Foil McLaughlin Award. Tom Isleib
The Foil McLaughlin Award is given each year by the North Carolina Crop Improvement Association in recognition of those individuals and groups that have had a significant impact on the North Carolina Seed Industry... more information

The Harvester returns!

The Crop Science Newsletter

The Harvester Winter 2014 Edition

Award Winners

At the Northeastern Weed Society meeting
Bryan Hicks (on the left) got first place and Zack Taylor (on right) got second place in the Graduate Student Poster contest.

During the recent Beltwide Cotton Conference
Lewis Braswell took first place in Masters Section 1, while Matt Inman was second place in Masters Section 2.
Charles Cahoon was second place in the PhD section.

Recent awards given at the ASA-CSSA-SSSA meetings include Stine Petersen received the best poster award in CSSA Division C01. She is a Ph.D. graduate student with Paul Murphy

Keith R. Merrill received one of the Gerald O. Mott Scholarships. He is a Ph.D student with Gina Brown-Guedira and Paul Murphy.

David Eickholt received one of the two United Soybean Board Fellowships. He is a Ph.D student with Tommy Carter, and received his M.S. with Ramsey Lewis

Leah Ruff received the second United Soybean Board Fellowship. She received her M.S. with Tommy Carter in May, 2013 and is now working on a Ph.D. in soybeans at the Univ. of Nebraska

Ansilta Zulima De Luca-Westrate was one on the Golden Opportunity Scholars, and is an undergraduate with Michelle Shroeder-Moreno.

Dr. Charles W. Stuber received the CSSA Presidential Award.

In the News

Jacob Rutz ’14 has a passion for soil. He aspires to be both a farmer and a community food organizer in the future, and wants to teach others about creating global sustainability and organic farming processes.....
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Congratulations to Crop Science Faculty
Congratulations to Crop Science Faculty
Congratulations to Crop Science faculty who successfully completed the NCSU Post Tenure Review (PTR) process. Faculty are evaluated for productivity, scholarship, and contributions to the college and the university.

Pictured from left to right are: Dr. Ron Qu, Dr. Ralph Dewey, Dr. Jean-Marie Luginbuhl, Dr. Randy Wells, Dr. Tom Isleib, and Dr. Jeff Mullahey (he just provided the candy).

Dr. Tom Rufty and Dr. David Jordan also successfully completed PTR process but are not pictured.

Congratulations to these outstanding Professors in Department of Crop Science!

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