Archive for the ‘Agriculture and Food’ Category

Poinsettia pointers

Pink poinsettias being tested by NCSU

Poinsettias remain a perennially popular holiday plant, both for gifts and decorations. But how do much water do they need? And how can you get them to flower again? Cooperative Extension at N.C. State University provides answers to these and other timely topics on its poinsettia portal at http://poinsettias.ces.ncsu.edu/.

Extension schools give aspiring growers a start

Neil Shore shows Piedmont Farm School participants his winegrape vineyards.

Want to become a farmer? Or are you already a farmer, but interesting in transitioning to sustainable production of specialty crops or produce for the local market? Two North Carolina Cooperative Extension farm schools are designed to help you learn effective production methods, business planning, financial management, marketing strategies and more.

Aquaculture conference to be held in February

N.C. Cooperative Extension is a sponsor of the annual North Carolina Aquaculture Development Conference that will be held in New Bern, Feb. 20-22, 2014. Navigating Currents of Change will feature keynote speaker Debbie Hamrick, director of specialty crops for N.C. Farm Bureau Federation.

Growing local food — and dreams

Robert Elliott is a fledging sustainable poultry and livestock grower in Franklin County, thanks in part to the help of Cooperative Extension.

As the holidays approach, Franklin County farmer Robert Elliott sends his thanks, in the form of an audio slideshow, to Cooperative Extension and agricultural agent Martha Mobley, this year’s winner of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association’s Educator of the Year Award.

Retired communication leader dies

Woody Upchurch at his Fuquay-Varina home in October 2013.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences lost a longtime communications leader and advocate Saturday, when Woody Upchurch, retired, died from cancer. Upchurch was known for his outstanding writing and photography, rapport with news media, commitment to team work and ability to connect with farmers.

SARE recognizes Franklin County agricultural agent

Group photo

Martha Mobley, Franklin County agricultural agent with N.C. Cooperative Extension has been named the North Carolina Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Extension Educator of the Year.

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.

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