North Carolina

Support of Farmers Markets throughout the United States

The Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School, Farmers Market Coalition, and Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) launched an online Farmers Market Legal Toolkit.

The Wallet and the Food Desert

An Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) research project to North Carolina State University found that money, not access, is the biggest factor determining food purchases.

Check Out a Wealth of Resources at Farm Answers

Farm Answers is supported by NIFA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP), providing resources to help both new and experienced farmers and agricultural producers.

New Farm-based Research Guide Now Available

A new educational resource is available from Sustainable Agriculture Research Education (SARE).

Swine Respiratory Health May Shed Light on Human Lung Disease

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (N.C. A&T) animal sciences researchers are studying the respiratory health of swine raised indoors and outdoors.

Our Farms, Our Future

The theme of the NIFA-funded Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) 30th Anniversary Report is “Our Farms, Our Future.” Taken together, the thousands of men and women who received SARE grants and shaped SARE priorities over the years have one objective in common: making American agriculture stronger and more sustainable.

Microbial Control of Insect Pests

While many insects are important to agriculture and society, some are serious pests that harm crops, livestock, humans, and the environment. The damage they inflict and resources to control them cost the United States over $120 billion each year.

Attack of the Listeria Clones

The North Carolina State University team found that despite L. monocytogenes being ubiquitous in the environment, certain serotype 4b clones acquired unique genetic determinants associated with hypervirulence.

Mucosal Environment of Older Pigs Helps Newborn Piglets with Intestinal Injury Recover

Researchers from North Carolina State University (NC State) have found that the intestinal mucosal environment of juvenile pigs can stimulate repair of intestinal injuries in newborn piglets. The findings have implications both for understanding why newborns of many species – including humans – are unable to repair these injuries on their own, as well as for potential future treatments.

Urban Environments Reduce Honey Bee Survival

A North Carolina State University project found that urban environments increase pathogen abundance in honey bees and reduce honey bee survival. NIFA originally published this impact in the NIFA 2015 Annual Report.