Farm & Garden

US farm and garden news, events, and related information, along with special farm-issues coverage in North Carolina and beyond.

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 www.ces.ncsu.edu. 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, ccrjustice.org 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, carolinafarmstewards.org 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, ncindhemp.org. 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 [...]
Source: North Carolina Cooperative Extension NC Peach Lovers Can Expect Good Offering of Late-variety Fruit (7/11/2017) - By Dexter Hill, NCDA&CS Peach lovers across the state can expect to find plenty of peaches for homemade ice cream, cobblers or just eating fresh. While a late freeze affected many orchards across the state, growers [...]
Figure from the USDA Draft Environmental Impact Statement - April, 2017 on GE Eucalyptus. Opposition to USDA Proposal to Legalize Genetically Engineered Eucalyptus Trees (7/6/2017) - A Quarter of a Million People Say NO to First-Ever GE Forest Tree Well over a quarter of a million people and 500 organizations submitted comments yesterday rejecting the commercialization of ArborGen Inc.’s genetically engineered [...]
Source: California EPA Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) California EPA Is First US Agency to Declare That Roundup Causes Cancer (6/28/2017) - By Nathan Donley, biologicaldiversity.org Yesterday, the state of California announced that as of July 7, 2017, it will list glyphosate, the main ingredient in the pesticide Roundup and the most common pesticide in the world, as [...]
NC Forest Service seedling in field. Source: Brian R. Haines, NC Forest Service. NC Forest Service Nursery Program Accepting Seedling Orders Beginning July 3 (6/28/2017) - By Brian R. Haines, NC Forest Service The North Carolina Forest Service Nursery Program will begin accepting orders for seedlings July 3, 2017. The NCFS produces about 16 million quality seedlings for 47 species of [...]
USDA Organic Seal NCDA&CS Offers Organic Certification Cost-share Assistance (6/20/2017) - By Heather Barnes, North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Organic growers in North Carolina may apply for partial reimbursement of the cost of becoming certified or for recertification through a program offered by the [...]
Entry gate at The Black Sheep Asylum, Middlesex, North Carolina. Photo: Kay Whatley. Middlesex NC Nonprofit, The Black Sheep Asylum, Plans Fundraiser (6/12/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor The Black Sheep Asylum in Middlesex, North Carolina takes in animals with nowhere to go. The nonprofit provides services to humans through animal therapy. The asylum provides a safe place for [...]