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Farmer harvesting industrial hemp. Source: NC Industrial Hemp Association, NC Industrial Hemp Commission Next Public Meeting is Jan. 25 (1/17/2018) - The North Carolina Industrial Hemp Commission will hold a public meeting via telephone conference call to review and approve research pilot program applications. The meeting is Thursday, January 25, 2018, beginning at 9:30am. Access to [...]
Donated Christmas trees used to create fish habitat. Photo: courtesy photo, US Army Corps of Engineers, Arkansas Post-Christmas 2017 Tree Recycling in Eastern NC (12/22/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor Announcements from Eastern North Carolina counties, cities, and towns regarding where your “used” Christmas trees will be accepted. Listed locations are in the five-county area and beyond. In addition to landfill, [...]
How many birds will you spot and identify during the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count? Photo: Kay Whatley Grab Binoculars: 118th Audubon Christmas Bird Count Needs You (12/18/2017) - World’s Longest-running Wildlife Census Contributes Invaluable Data to Bird Population Research For the 118th year, the National Audubon Society is organizing its annual Christmas Bird Count. Between December 14, 2017 and January 5, 2018, tens of thousands [...]
Farmer harvesting industrial hemp. Source: NC Industrial Hemp Association, NC Industrial Hemp Commission Public Meeting by Conference Call is Dec. 14 (12/7/2017) - The next meeting of the North Carolina Industrial Hemp Commission has been announced.  The Industrial Hemp Commission will hold a public meeting via telephone conference call. On Thursday, December 14, 2017, the meeting will begin online [...]
Red imported fire ants. Source: US Dept of Agriculture NC Expanding Quarantine Area in Effort to Slow Fire Ant Expansion (12/1/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor When you hit the great outdoors in North Carolina, sometimes you feel a burning sensation. Immediately, you know that a fire ant has attacked. The ant sting — it’s actually not [...]
Source: Hemp Inc University, Spring Hope NC NC Industrial Hemp Economics Workshop is Dec. 2 (11/27/2017) - The Hemp Money event, presented by Hemp Inc. University, is holding a one-day workshop to educate on NC’s Young Industrial Hemp Industry. “The Hemp Money Event – Economics, Lessons and Planning for 2018″ is scheduled for [...]
North Carolina Agritourism Farms Offer Holiday Attractions (11/18/2017) - Annie Baggett, NCDA&CS Whether you are looking to cut your own Christmas tree, or take a sleigh ride with Santa, North Carolina farms offer an abundance of options for family fun this holiday season. “Agritourism farms [...]
Example Soil Sample Form. Source: NCDA&CS, Raleigh NC. Soil Testing Fees Go into Effect Dec. 1 (11/8/2017) - Sample and Submit Now to Avoid Fees By David Hardy, NCDA&CS Fall is not only a great time of year for football, pumpkin spice, and changing leaves, it is also an excellent time to take [...]
Source: Honeybee photo via NC Farmland Preservation and Beehive Grant Applications Due By Dec. 15 (10/23/2017) - By Dewitt Hardee, NCDA&CS Farmland Preservation North Carolina county governments, nonprofit groups, and certified beekeepers pursuing farmland preservation projects and beehive grants have until December 15, 2017 to apply for funding assistance from the North [...]
USDA Provides Support for Hurricane-Impacted Dairies in Puerto Rico (10/19/2017) -  In the wake of the 2017 hurricanes, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing emergency assistance to dairy operators in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. USDA is preparing for signup to begin October [...]
One section of the Family Farm Day 2017 at Kindred Spirits Farm. Photo: Kay Whatley Kindred Spirits Farm Brought People, Horses, Together at Family Farm Day (9/28/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor An open-barn “Family Farm Day” event was held at Kindred Spirits Farm in Zebulon, North Carolina on Saturday, September 23, 2017. Dozens of families came for fun and to watch horse-riding demonstrations. The [...]
Fun Planned at Agritourism Farms This Fall Across North Carolina (9/26/2017) - Annie Baggett, NCDA&CS Agritourism farms across the state are ready to open their doors to Fall visitors. There are more than 700 agritourism farms across North Carolina, and many are hosting fall activities ranging from [...]
Hemp Blue jeans, clothing made with industrial hemp. Photo: Kay Whatley. NC Industrial Hemp Commission Next Public Meeting in Williamston (9/22/2017) - The North Carolina Industrial Hemp Commission will hold a public meeting to review and approve research pilot program applications and continue permanent rule-making. This public meeting is Wednesday, October 11, 2017, beginning at 9am. There [...]
Source: Center for Constitutional Rights Civil Liberties Groups Release First Report on Ag-Gag Laws (9/7/2017) - By Jen Nessel, On September 6, 2017, the Center for Constitutional Rights and Defending Rights & Dissent released a comprehensive report on state ag-gag laws, which prohibit whistleblowing and undercover investigations in animal agriculture. [...]
Source: National Hurricane Center, NOAA NC Waives Motor Vehicle Regulations to Help Farmers Prep for Hurricane Irma (9/7/2017) - By Heather Overton, NCDA&CS PIO On September 7, 2017, North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler released the following statement regarding Governor Roy Cooper’s issuance of Executive Orders 20 and 21 in preparation for Hurricane Irma: [...]
Example Soil Sample Form. Source: NCDA&CS, Raleigh NC. NC Ag: Consider Soil Testing Now for Fescue Fertilizer Recommendations (8/26/2017) - By Jagathi Kamalakanthan, NCDA&CS Agronomic Services Division Fescue is a popular cool-season grass that is grown in many parts of the state, with major growth happening between September and June. For this reason, fertilizer applications, [...]
Equine Infectious Anemia found in North Carolina Mule (8/25/2017) - On August 25, 2017, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) Veterinary Division reported that a 14-year-old female mule in Johnston County had contracted equine infectious anemia (EIA). The disease was discovered through [...]
Hemp Oil photo source NCDA&CS. NC Industrial Hemp Commission to Meet Aug. 30 (8/25/2017) - The North Carolina Industrial Hemp Commission will hold a public meeting via telephone conference call to review and approve research pilot program applications. The meeting is Wednesday, August 30, 2017, starting at 8am. The meeting will [...]
The Netherlands Kills 300,000 Hens Over Contaminated Eggs (8/21/2017) - By Brent Cox, Mercy for Animals More than 17 countries across Europe and in Asia trashed millions of eggs after news broke that the eggs contained fipronil, an insecticide commonly used to kill fleas, lice, [...]
Eastern Triangle Farm Tour 2017 poster. Source: Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Experience Local, Sustainable Farms on Eastern Triangle Farm Tour (8/18/2017) - By Katie Hume, The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and Weaver Street Market Host the 11th Annual Tour Saturday and Sunday, September 23-24, 2017, 1-5pm on both days. The Eastern Triangle Farm Tour brings families, foodies and [...]
Martin Building at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. Photo: Kay Whatley 2017 NC Board of Agriculture to Meet on Aug. 23 (8/15/2017) - By Tina Hlabse, NCDA&CS The North Carolina Board of Agriculture will hold its quarterly meeting Wednesday, August 23, 2017, at 2pm in the Martin Building at the NC State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh [...]
Study: Boosting Soil’s Sponge-Like Qualities Would Help Farmers, Communities Combat Floods and Droughts (8/12/2017) - Adopting No-Till Farming, Cover Crops and Perennials Among Other Practices Could Increase Soil’s Ability to Retain Water, Cut Storm Runoff by 15% By Elliott Negin, Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) Farming practices that keep soil covered [...]
Drawings of horses by Gordon S. Reublin in 1938-39. NC Sees First 2017 Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis Case (8/6/2017) - State Vet Encourages Equine Owners to Vaccinate Animals By Dr. Mike Neault, NCDA&CS Veterinary Division A 16-year-old paint horse in Cabarrus County, North Carolina has died after contracting Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis (EEE). EEE is a mosquito-borne [...]
Watermelon bursting. Source: Zebulon Farm Fresh Market, Zebulon NC Watermelon Day at Zebulon Farm Fresh Market Offers Contests, Giveaway (8/6/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor The Zebulon Farm Fresh Market (ZFFM) plans special days alongside its regular market vendors. On Saturday, August 12, 2017, head to the market for Watermelon day. Join contests, pick up local goodies, [...]
Rain Barrel workshop photo 2016. Source: We Plant It Forward. We Plant It Forward Offering Rain Barrel Workshops Aug. 8 (8/3/2017) - By Maggie Bailey, We Plant it Forward Make a rain barrel. Conserve water. Come to the next We Plant It Forward rain barrel workshop. On Tuesday, August 8, 2017, the first workshop begins at 5:30pm, with a [...]
First NC Hemp Product Now Processing in Spring Hope NC Facility (8/3/2017) - On August 2, 2017, Hemp, Inc. announced that after 3-1/2 years, millions of dollars spent on purchasing, disassembling, transporting, reassembling, rebuilding, refurbishing, beta testing and debugging, the largest multipurpose industrial hemp processing facility in the [...]
Statewide Industrial Hemp Field Day 2017 flyer. Source: NCDA&CS Registration Open for Inaugural Industrial Hemp Field Day on Aug. 16 (8/2/2017) - Space Limited to First 85 Registrants The North Carolina Cooperative Extension is holding the first Statewide Industrial Hemp Field Day. This new event is scheduled for August 16, 2017, 5-7:30pm, at the Piedmont Research Station, 8350 Sherrills [...]
Farmer harvesting industrial hemp. Source: NC Industrial Hemp Association, NC Industrial Hemp Commission to Meet July 28 (7/26/2017) - The North Carolina Industrial Hemp Commission will hold a public meeting to review and approve applications for the research pilot program and to begin making permanent rules. The meeting is Friday, July 28, 2017, starting at [...]