Using projections of water-quality trends based on hundreds of water analyses made during a 40-day period following the release of approximately 39,000 tons of coal ash into the Dan River on Feb. 2, 2014, North Carolina State University soil scientists conclude that the river water is suitable for use as irrigation water on crops and as drinking water for livestock. Researchers caution, however, that flooding, drought conditions or other episodic events in or around the river could change the conditions measurably.
N.C. State University Extension Specialist Dominic Reisig wants to find a way to keep growers with kudzu bug problems out of the “spray continuum.” So he and his colleagues from South Carolina and Georgia will use a $168,644 U.S. Department of Agriculture Southern Regional IPM grant to find out why kudzu bugs leave their home in kudzu patches to move to soybean fields.
Almanac Gardener, a weekly horticulture program of UNC-TV, began its 31st season on April 5. The weekly show features long-time host Mike Gray and N.C. Cooperative Extension horticulture agents sharing information and tips for home gardeners.
Tickets are now on sale for the annual Farm to Fork Picnic, June 8, 4-7 p.m., at the Breeze Farm in Orange County. The picnic, which pairs some of the area’s best chefs with local farmers, has been called the “the best country’s best all you can eat feast” by Bon Appetit magazine.
UNC-TV’s North Carolina NOW has aired the first in a series of stories about the history and programs of N.C. Cooperative Extension’s centennial.
A number of North Carolina Cooperative Extension professionals authored articles that appear in the February 2014 issue of the Journal of Extension.
Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI) is offering a series of webinars on farm advocacy for family farmers beginning March 11. The first webinar, Farm Advocacy 101, will be held on March 11, at 3:00 – 3:45 pm EST.
Mark your calendars now to join N.C. Cooperative Extension for two centennial celebrations May 19 and 20. Extension employees, as well as county stakeholders and partners are invited to attend.
North Carolina State University is hosting the 2014 State 4-H Horse Bowl and Hippology Contest on Sat., March 1, in SAS Hall on the university’s campus. Coordinated by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service’s 4-H Horse Program, the annual event invites youth from across the state to test their knowledge of all things horse.
The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service (NCCES) Strategic Vision & Planning Initiative continues to make significant strides in 2014. In January, the organization’s Visioning Team, made up of about 50 Extension employees, county government partners and volunteer leaders, gathered in Browns Summit to review and synthesize the input from 14 recent public listening sessions and online comments.