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College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

young men looking a specially designed tractor

Jun 20, 2024

Biological and Agricultural Engineering programs continue to shine in rankings

The graduate program in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering has ranked No. 3 in the nation according to the latest U.S. News and World Report rankings. 

A food scientist hydrates a protein for use in a food formulation.

May 31, 2024

Bezos Earth Fund grant creates sustainable protein research hub at NC State

Research will engage academic and industry partners to create and commercialize new technologies to shape the future of sustainable food production. 

Rows of crops on a farm

Mar 26, 2024

New software boosts accuracy of tech to measure crop health

A new tool improves the accuracy of electronic devices that measure the color of a plant’s leaves to assess health. 

N.C. PSI plant sciences initiative graduate students research learn from farmers and NC State Extension

Dec 13, 2023

Engineering students learn about researching agricultural challenges on the backroads

In the second annual N.C. PSI Backroad Tour, graduate students and postdocs from several colleges visited farmers and producers across the state. 

A small white box on PVC pipe poles over plots of soybeans in sandy soil.

Jun 11, 2020

Low-cost cameras could be sensors to remotely monitor crop stress

Researchers from CALS and COE, led by postdoctoral research scholar Paula Ramos-Giraldo, have worked together to construct a low-cost camera system to monitor crop stress remotely. Their StressCam will aid researchers, plant breeders and ultimately farmers. 

Cherry tomatoes

Apr 29, 2020

Plant aid: A GRIP4PSI big-data project to detect plant diseases faster

An interdisciplinary team led by professor Jean Ristaino will combine small sensors with big data for faster detection of the diseases plaguing tomato fields. 

Aerial of tractor spraying fields at Lake Wheeler farms.

Apr 2, 2020

Fertilizer of the future

An interdisciplinary team led by Katharina Stapelmann is setting out on an ambitious three-year project to completely rethink how nitrogen-based fertilizers are produced and used. From on-farm fertilizer production to on-demand, precision irrigation, their project aims to cut energy use, protect the water supply and increase yields. 

Sep 17, 2009

NC State alumni plan $2.5 million gift to engineering, agriculture colleges

A Raleigh couple has made a planned estate gift of approximately $2.5 million to North Carolina State University that includes funding for a professorship, scholarships and the JC Raulston Arboretum.