Thursday, April 26, 2012
Farmers have been asking me about stevia production for years, so I was excited to see this announcement that there will be some large scale field production of stevia in North Carolina and Georgia this year. We experimented with this crop on a very tiny scale in the past. Germination was always our problem. Once we had transplants, however, the plants did great in both western and eastern North Carolina. The plants are tender perennials and will not survive our winters, so we grew them as annuals. I’m sure this company has better germplasm to work with then we did, so here's hoping for some successful stevia production in NC!
Monday, April 16, 2012
Harvesting Ju Hua, a Chinese Medicinal Herb
POSITION: Research Program Assistant (Position # 62418)
POSITION LOCATION: Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and
SALARY: $30,000 with full benefits, including health insurance (*this is an EPA position)
JOB OPEN DATE: April 30, 2012 or until suitable candidate is found
DEADLINE FOR RECEIVING APPLICATIONS: until a suitable candidate is identified.
PROPOSED HIRE DATE: May 2012
POSITION DESCRIPTION/RESPONSIBILITIES: This is a time-limited, full-time position for 30 to 36 months contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance. It will be the responsibility of this employee to help develop and implement a new research initiative on medicinal herbs. This will entail supervision of a graduate student and temporary seasonal workers. This employee will also be responsible for providing major support for the outreach component of this faculty member’s program. This will include redesigning and maintaining websites and blogs, posting on various social media platforms, writing media releases, and maintaining listservs. The employee will help write, edit, and publish scientific publications on a wide range of research projects. This position will also provide assistance with other projects in the program, e.g., field work, assistance with trainings, and organizing workshops and conferences. Current projects are focused on Chinese medicinal herbs, woodland botanicals, Echinacea, hops, truffles, organic vegetable production, broccoli, heirloom tomatoes, non-timber forest products, and high tunnels. The position will be housed at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills River, NC.
QUALIFICATIONS: The applicant must have a bachelor’s degree in a related field, although a master’s degree is preferred. Applicant should have published at least one refereed scientific paper, be a prolific writer of popular press type articles either online and/or in print, and be experienced with website design. Some horticultural research experience is necessary. Experience with medicinal herbs and organic agriculture is highly desirable. Excellent organizational, interpersonal, computer, and writing skills are required. Applicant should enjoy and be comfortable with communicating with a diverse group of people on the phone, one on one, and in front of groups. The applicant should be capable of producing and giving professional reports and presentations. The applicant must be willing to travel across North Carolina. Travel will sometimes include evenings and on weekends. The applicant must be capable of doing all the described activities with a minimum of supervision.
APPLICATIONS: Applicants should apply through the NC State University Job site at https://jobs.ncsu.edu/ . Search for the position under “Horticultural Science” or Position #62418 Applicants should include a cover letter that details one’s interest, experience, and qualifications relating to this position; a curriculum vita; unofficial copies of transcripts (if last degree was obtained within the past ten years); and names and contact information for three references. When that process is completed, please send an email to Jeanine_Davis@ncsu.edu stating that you have submitted an application.
To learn more about the program of Dr. Jeanine Davis, visit http://ncherb.org. You can access her other websites, blog, Facebook, and Twitter accounts from there.
*Exempt from State Personnel Act
NC State University is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. NC State welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should contact the above listed individual.