N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will offer day-long workshops on farmers’ market management in Union and Pasquotank counties in March.
Cooperative Extension will debut the 2011 “Showstopper Plants” at two garden shows this spring. Look for the Extension Gardener display at the Southern Spring Home & Garden Show, March 2-6, at the Park Expo and Conference Center in Charlotte, and at the Southern Ideal Home Show, April 1-3, at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.
Nancy Creamer, director of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, will participate Thursday in the USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum 2011 in Washington, D.C. In a session titled Promoting Sustainable Agriculture Through Regional Food Sheds, Creamer will speak about North Carolina’s leadership in building local food economies.
Anne Edwards, the North Carolina Cooperative Extension horticulture agent for Carteret County, has been named to direct the county’s extension program.
Seth N. Nagy, an agricultural Extension agent in Caldwell County, has been named director of the N.C. Cooperative Extension center there, effective Feb. 1. Nagy’s appointment was announced by Caldwell County Manager Stan Kiser and Dr. Joe Zublena, director, N.C. Cooperative Extension Service.
A new online guide describes how to make quality assurance part of your mill by assembling a QA team, defining standard operating procedures and establishing critical control points.
N.C. MarketReady, based at the N.C. Research Campus, has created a farm and agribusiness management position to develop and sustain programs that help N.C. agricultural producers explore efficient economic options and optimize profits for their farming operations.
Sharon Runion-Rowland, executive director of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service Foundation, has received the Gordon P. Allen Award for Public Service in recognition of her outstanding service to those in need, her ongoing support of her community and her dedication to all mankind.
When Paul and Kristi Marshall imagine their retirement, they see a farmhouse overlooking a thriving muscadine vineyard, a pear orchard, a field of Christmas trees, perhaps even a juice processing plant and bed-and-breakfast cabins. As the two have worked over to turn their dreams into reality, they’ve often enlisted the help of agents with North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s Rockingham County Center and of agricultural specialists at N.C. State University.
A N.C. Cooperative Extension-led educational project on development practices to protect water quality recently won a top award from the N.C. Chapter of the American Planning Association.