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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
This winter’s mild temperatures and the early onset of spring have some North Carolina agriculture crops maturing ahead of schedule. In most cases, the early crop maturity will not be a problem. But a late freeze could signal big problems for some crops.
The North Carolina Value-Added Cost Share program this week announced the recipients of its 2012 equipment cost share awards.
With spring on its way, Extension Master Gardeners across the state are working in full gear, helping fellow gardeners – beginners and experts, young and old – enhance their landscapes, grow their own fruits and vegetables and learn about the science behind gardening.