Marguerite Tan, the National Pork Board’s director of environmental programs, visited the University Farm to explore opportunities for collaboration. She was accompanied by Andy Curliss, CEO of the N.C. Pork Council. Pictured (l-r): Farm Superintendent Leon Moses, Tan, CAES Dean Mohamed Ahmedna, Curliss and Swine Unit Coordinator Doug Jones.

Students attend career program in Atlanta

N.C. A&T attendees at the International Production and Processing Expo in Atlanta pose with John Starkey, president of USPOULTRY.

Thirty-two CAES undergraduates participated in the USPOULTRY Foundation College Student Career Program at the International Processing and Production Expo, Jan. 28-30 in Atlanta. Some left with internship and job offers.

The trip was supported by a gift from the USPOULTRY Harold E. Ford Foundation and was coordinated by Student Support Services Manager Kishaa James, Poultry Unit Coordinator Anthony Hooks and Assistant Professor Yewande Fasina, Ph.D. The career program connects talented college students seeking professions in the poultry industry with HR managers and recruiters.

Held at the Georgia World Congress Center, the International Production and Processing Expo brought together more than 1,300 exhibitors and 32,000 visitors from 130 countries. The IPPE is a collaboration of three shows – the International Feed Expo, the International Meat Expo and the International Poultry Expo.

Regan Tell wins FAST scholarship

Regan Tell

Senior agricultural education major Regan Tell is among 20 students from across the nation who have been awarded scholarships to attend the 2020 Future Agriscience Teacher Symposium that will be held in conjunction with the national MANRRS Conference, April 1-4, in Minneapolis.

The FAST Symposium is a professional development experience that will provide customized professional development, networking and mentoring with current and future agriculture teachers from across the country.

Tell got her start with MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences) her sophomore year of college after coming from a FFA background, and she has formed many close relationships with people in both organizations.

Tell credits her friends who served or are serving on the MANNRS eboard with helping her get where she is today. Former eboard members include DeShawn Blanding, Julie Williams-Warren and Jarred Taylor; current eboard members include Avery Tucker, Bobby Brooks and Mercer Butts. She also thanks her faculty advisers, especially Associate Professor Chastity Warren English, Ph.D., and Professor and Associate Dean for Academics Antoine Alston, Ph.D.

Students, postdocs, faculty invited to Kannapolis research symposium

The Catalyst group at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis invites A&T students, postdocs and faculty to the ninth annual Catalyst Spring Symposium – “Looking at the big picture: the application of ‘-omics’ techniques in health and disease” – 10 a.m.-4:40 p.m. on Friday, March 20.

The event at Kannapolis City Hall, 401 Laureate Way, will feature poster presentations, networking, a free lunch, and talks from researchers at the North Carolina Research Campus and across North Carolina. Registration is free.

  • Register to attend here.
  • Register to present a poster here.

Registration is first come, first served, and registration closes Feb. 28 for poster presenters and March 6 for other attendees. For more information, email