Archive for the ‘Agriculture and Food’ Category

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.

Hay Field Day to be held July 12

Hay bales

Hay production will be the focus of a July 12 field day at the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville. The event is sponsored by N.C. State University and the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

The Produce Lady offers live online canning demos

Ben Chapman and Brenda Sutton

Dr. Ben Chapman, a food safety specialist with N.C. Cooperative Extension, will join Brenda Sutton, The Produce Lady, in two live, one-hour demonstrations on proper canning techniques.

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.

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