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Class of 2017 Explores Impact of Genetically Modified Organisms on Agricultural Industry

Learning Lab I is an annual experience designed and implemented by first-year Park Scholars. This educational program affords students an opportunity to learn about leadership by understanding the people, history, strengths, and challenges of North Carolina through the context of a theme selected by the class.

Vance Whitaker ‘03 Crosses Agriculture with Business to Breed Sweet Career

Vance Whitaker ‘03, an assistant professor at the University of Florida, graduated from NC State with degrees in horticultural science and agricultural business management. He now has what might be the sweetest job on earth: he breeds strawberries.

Jacob Rutz ’14 Studies Soil and Social Issues with the WWOOF Program

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. Rutz was able to combine these passions by joining the Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) program in two locations in South Africa this past summer.