Archive for the ‘Extension News’ Category

Produce grown in flooded gardens poses food safety risks

Flooded garden

Produce grown in gardens that were submerged by floodwaters during or after Hurricane Irene can pose a health risk. A new food safety info sheet from North Carolina Extension explains the risks and what you can do to avoid getting sick.

Bertie raises $7,000+ for tornado relief fund

Bertie County Extension staff with raffled lawnmower

Bertie County’s Cooperative Extension staff raised $7,320 for that county’s tornado relief fund through a drawing for a donated John Deere riding lawnmower.

Project fuels interest in canola

Cooperative Extension is part of the Fuel the Force initiative

When leaders of a project designed to provide homegrown, renewable fuels for the military and to strengthen Eastern North Carolina agriculture needed help finding the right source crop and testing it locally, they turned to N.C. State University and its N.C. Cooperative Extension Service for help.

Franklin County hosts local foods meal, Sept. 2

Franklin County dinner

Franklin County’s 2nd annual Local Food Roast Plate Sale will be Sept. 2, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. (or until sold out). The plate sale – part of the United Way of Franklin County Campaign Kick-Off – will be at the Farmers’ Market Shelter in Louisburg.

Extension offers disaster recovery expertise

Hurricane Irene

In the wake of Hurricane Irene, news media looking for information on a variety of hurricane topics can turn to North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s disaster page at or they can directly contact key Extension experts.

N.C. 4-H Hall of Fame honors 2011 inductees

The North Carolina 4-H Hall of Fame recently named to its membership eleven individuals who have played critical roles in the development of the contemporary 4-H program in the state.

Master Gardeners offer custom license plate

N.C. Master Gardeners Volunteer Association and N.C. State University have partnered to develop a North Carolina Master Gardener license plate. Legislation approving the new custom license plate was approved this summer by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Bev Perdue.

Blackberry and raspberry workshop set for Aug. 31


N.C. State University will hold a blackberry and raspberry workshop at the Upper Mountain Research Station on Aug. 31. The event starts with registration at 9 a.m. and concludes with a noon lunch.

Surry County’s Pilot Mountain Pride successfully markets local produce

Bryan Cave and Bill Imus

Pilot Mountain Pride helps local farmers to earn a living raising produce, while establishing the organization as a regional model for produce sales.

Vermicomposting conference offered in October

Rhonda with worms

North America’s only symposium on mid-to-large scale vermiculture and vermicomposting is coming to Chapel Hill Oct. 10-12. Get the tools you need to start or expand your earthworm or vermicompost production operation. And learn about the latest research on the effects of vermicompost and extracts (tea) on plant growth and on disease and pest reduction. The conference agenda is available at

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