Archive for the ‘Agriculture and Food’ Category

Conference helps ag agents hone skills

heifer evaluation

For Cooperative Extension agricultural agents, keeping skills current and being informed about the industry issues of the day are key to doing the job well. This summer, 64 agricultural agents from around the state came to Raleigh for N.C. Cooperative Extension’s seventh Livestock/Forage/Field Crop Agent Training Conference.

Organic broccoli is focus of Waynesville workshop

woman holding box of broccoli

N.C. State University will host a workshop on growing organic broccoli, Sept. 19, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Mountain Research Station, 265 Test Farm Road, Waynesville. Learn about organic broccoli production, insect management, post-harvest techniques and marketing. Also, view 28 broccoli varieties and help rate the best ones. The workshop is free and […]

Report: Animal production can grow sustainably

pigs eating

As the world’s middle class nearly triples in number, demand for meat, dairy products and eggs is expected to rise by as much as 100 percent by 2050. The question is, can agricultural production meet that demand without causing extensive environmental damage?

WVa workshop will address firewood processing

stacked firewood

Extension agents and firewood-related businesses are invited to attend the Profitable Firewood Processing Workshop, Sept. 27, at the Wood Education and Resource Center, Princeton, W.Va. The day-long workshop (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) is hosted by the Wood Products Extension Department at North Carolina State University, Wood Education and Resource Center and Independent Sawmill and Woodlot Magazine.

Peanut field day set for Sept. 6

Peanuts

N.C. State University’s 60th Peanut Field Day will take place Sept. 6 at the Peanut Belt Research Station in Lewiston-Woodville, N.C. The event highlights the latest research into peanut breeding and variety development, disease and insect management and agronomy.

Two scholarships available for energy conference

North Carolina Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program/Southern SARE is providing scholarships to send two N.C. Cooperative Extension agents to the North Central Carbon, Energy and Climate Conference, September 26-28 at Michigan State University’s Kellogg Biological Station.

Hop field day draws more than 100

King leads field day

Saturday morning is an unusual time for a crop field day, but that didn’t stop more than 100 participants who attended N.C. State University’s Research Hop Yard Tour and field day held in Raleigh.

On the front lines of an invasion

Hannah Burrack

A new invasive pest from Asia likes fruits and berries as much as you do. A Cooperative Extension entomologist at is working to stop the hungry fruit fly, or at least slow it down. Read more in N.C. State’s Bulletin.

Session allows agents to ask produce safety questions

Cooperative Extension agents can have their questions about fresh produce safety answered during an Elluminate webinar, July 12, 10 a.m. The webinar will mostly be about Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), GAPs audits, the Food Safety Modernization Act and any other fresh produce safety related questions. It will be hosted by Diane Ducharme, Ben Chapman, Chris Gunter, Justin Moore, Audrey Kreske and Chip Simmons of the Fresh Produce Safety Task Force.

Apple and peach field day set for July 31 in Mills River

The latest N.C. State University research into apple and peach production will be highlighted during a field day July 31 at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research Station in Mills River.

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