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N.C. State launches a new online resource for N.C. strawberry growers

When a question about strawberries comes to mind, there’s no need to go globetrotting across the World Wide Web. One stop at the recently launched Strawberry Growers Information Portal will provide the answer. The N.C. State University Program for Value-Added & Alternative Agriculture, with a grant from the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, developed the Strawberry Growers Information Portal to bring together on one Web site all the resources pertaining to business management and production of strawberries in North Carolina.

North Carolina Cooperative Extension agents and growers can find research-based information specific to North Carolina strawberry production on this site, whether the information originated in NCSU’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences departments of Horticultural Science, Agricultural and Resource Economics, Plant Pathology and Entomology or in the State Climate Office. Success in agriculture requires a multidisciplinary approach. The goal in designing information portals is to save growers and Extension agents time and effort by creating a one-stop shop for a specific agricultural commodity, in this case, strawberries. Development of portals for other crops is under way.

New growers will find resources specific to start-up, while new and experienced growers will recognize the convenience of the climate links. Video demonstrations of production tools and interactive budget spreadsheets are just two examples of the “virtual” resources this dynamic Web site offers.

Cooperative Extension agents and growers will have the opportunity to tour the site via a webinar hosted by faculty contributors on August 26, 2009. For more information about the webinar, visit www.ncvalueadded.org.

North Carolina Cooperative Extension is an educational outreach of N.C. State University and N.C. A&T State University. It has programs in all 100 counties and the Cherokee Reservation. Learn more at www.ces.ncsu.edu.

The Program for Value-Added & Alternative Agriculture, part of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, is located at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis. The multidisciplinary team builds partnerships and educational resources to help North Carolina agriculture be more profitable. The team works closely with N.C. Cooperative Extension personnel who work with farmers across the state. Learn more at www.ncvalueadded.org.