Archive for the ‘Extension News’ Category

Worms can recycle your garbage

Vermicomposting

Vermicomposting turns many types of kitchen food scraps into nutritious soil amendments or growth media for plants. When vermicompost is added to soil, it boosts the nutrients available to plants and enhances soil structure and drainage. Learn more in this newly revised publication (PDF) from North Carolina Cooperative Extension.

Local ‘green development’ projects receive awards

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Four local land development projects received awards from the Greater Triangle Stewardship Development Awards Program (GTSDA). The event, in conjunction with the City of Raleigh Environmental Awards, was held at the brand-new Nature Resource Center at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh.

Specialists Association meets May 15

The N.C. Association of Cooperative Extension Specialists (NCACES) will hold its final meeting of the academic year May 15, 9-11 a.m., 2405 Williams Hall. The agenda includes a panel on fee-for-service program options and experiences, administrative update, officer elections and awards. Snacks and beverages will be available, so stop by early to mingle.

N.C. State develops mobile hand-washing stations to help farmers reduce food safety risks

Gary Roberson and Rod Gurganus

As food safety issues continue to garner national attention, N.C. State University is helping farmers in North Carolina take steps to manage food safety risks. N.C. State has developed two portable hand-washing station prototypes as customizable models for local growers in an effort to help them provide quality hand-washing facilities in their fields and at their market stalls.

Nominate candidates for specialists awards by April 30

Nominations are being accepted for awards given by the North Carolina Association of Cooperative Extension Specialists. Winners will be recognized at the May 15 meeting of NCACES and will receive a cash award.

‘Almanac Gardener’ returns

Mike Gray

“Almanac Gardener,” a popular UNC-TV show featuring gardening experts from North Caroline Cooperative Extension, has entered its 29th season. Segments will highlight community gardening, rain gardens, water conservation, produce selection and preparation — and much more.

Warm winter brings early fruit, wheat maturity

This winter’s mild temperatures and the early onset of spring have some North Carolina agriculture crops maturing ahead of schedule. In most cases, the early crop maturity will not be a problem. But a late freeze could signal big problems for some crops.

April is Month of the Military Child

April is the Month of the Military Child, a time to recognize the sacrifices made by military families and their children. A number of events are scheduled across the state to honor military youth.

Program awards funds to expand 13 agribusinesses

Rick Parker, owner of Mary L Farm in Mt. Ulla, N.C., received a NCVACS 2012 equipment cost share award to help the farm's dairy business expand into artisan cheeses.

The North Carolina Value-Added Cost Share program this week announced the recipients of its 2012 equipment cost share awards.

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