Archive for the ‘Agriculture and Food’ Category

Entomologist is State Fair’s giant pumpkin king

bacheler with the pumpkin

As an Extension entomologist at N.C. State University, Dr. Jack Bacheler helps folks grow crops without giving up too much to insects that feast on plants. This year, Bacheler himself has a gardening success story – he is the proud producer of the State Fair’s biggest pumpkin.

Good Agricultural Practices workshops coming in October, November

North Carolina State University and North Carolina Cooperative Extension are partnering with the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) to deliver workshops in October and November with the aim of providing farmers with the tools to reduce food safety risks and meet market requirements.

Guilford’s Great Tomato Festival offers 33 varieties for tasting

Hand holding and slicing tomato

This summer’s tomato season got off to a slow start, with cooler spring temperatures and heavier-than-normal rainfall. But that didn’t stop tomato lovers from turning out for the fourth annual Great Tomato Festival in Greensboro, organized by N.C. Cooperative Extension in Guilford County and N.C. A&T State University.

Ag agents receive state, national awards

Seven agricultural agents with North Carolina Cooperative Extension have received awards from the North Carolina Association of County Agricultural Agents. All of the state winners will be recognized as national winners in September.

Extension’s role in alternative energy is subject of WRAL-TV story

Man being interviewed on camera

On Wednesday, July 17, WRAL-TV featured a story about how three Harnett County farms are working with N.C. Cooperative Extension to develop various on-farm systems of alternative energy. Agent Gary Pierce described how alternative energy benefits farmers.

PHHI Extension partnership lands $425,000 in grants

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension component of N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI), in partnership with the university’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, has secured more than $400,000 in funding through two major grant programs to assist the state’s growers and agricultural operations in 2013.

Late blight is early again this year

picture of tomatoes

Late blight, a serious disease of tomatoes and potatoes, has been confirmed in North Carolina, according to N.C. State University’s Plant Disease and Insect Clinic and two Cooperative Extension plant pathology specialists.

Workshops show urban farms how to utilize compost

New guidelines will allow urban farms and community gardens to compost up to 1,000 lbs. of food waste each week. Learn how to safely convert food waste to rich compost at two workshops — May 14 and June 17 — offered by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems.

Ag continues to grow in North Carolina

Wheat field

Agriculture and agribusiness — food, fiber, and forestry — continue to grow in North Carolina, according to a new study from N.C. State University.

Study sheds light on invasive fruit pest

Spotted-wing vinegar fly on raspberry.

Humans aren’t the only species with a sweet tooth. N.C. State University researchers and Extension specialists have found that the invasive spotted-wing vinegar fly (Drosophila suzukii) also prefers sweet, soft fruit. Their study sheds new light on a species that has spread across the United States over the past four years and threatens to cause hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to U.S. fruit crops.

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