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Lee County trains businesses to be disaster prepared

Rachel Monteverdi

Lee County wants to make sure that local businesses are prepared for disasters that come their way. In January, 17 Lee Emergency Planning Committee members went through training in Sanford to offer the Ready Business program. Training was provided by N.C. Cooperative Extension and the Industrial Extension Service.

Extension offers disaster preparedness expertise

Hurricane Sandy

With Hurricane Sandy possibly sweeping North Carolina’s coast, news media looking for information on a variety of hurricane topics can turn to North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s disaster page at http://ncdisaster.com or they can directly contact Extension experts in the following areas. Information will also be available on Twitter @ncce_news.

Extension Master Gardeners turn barren lot into peaceful park

Mountain Valley Park

What was a narrow, barren lot beside the Clay County administrative office building in downtown Hayesville is now a peaceful park, thanks to recent efforts of Cooperative Extension Master Gardener volunteers. Their donated work saved the county more than $10,000.

Juntos summit unites Latino students in quest for higher education and rewarding careers

Juntos Summer Summit

Seventeen-year-old Arely Vasquez may not know what college she is going to attend or what she’d like to major in, but a couple things are for certain: She will be going. And she credits the Juntos program and its summer summit for keeping her motivated to do what it takes to get accepted at a top-tier school.

Local ‘green development’ projects receive awards

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Four local land development projects received awards from the Greater Triangle Stewardship Development Awards Program (GTSDA). The event, in conjunction with the City of Raleigh Environmental Awards, was held at the brand-new Nature Resource Center at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh.

Program awards funds to expand 13 agribusinesses

Rick Parker, owner of Mary L Farm in Mt. Ulla, N.C., received a NCVACS 2012 equipment cost share award to help the farm's dairy business expand into artisan cheeses.

The North Carolina Value-Added Cost Share program this week announced the recipients of its 2012 equipment cost share awards.

Ready Business workshops will be offered

Fifty individuals in North Carolina outreach organizations were recently trained to help North Carolina businesses be better prepared for disaster. Trainers with North Carolina Cooperative Extension, the Industrial Extension Service and the Small Business and Technology Development Centers and N.C. Community Colleges are now organizing teams to present workshop for small and medium business owners across the state.

Beyond the yuck factor

Bill Fenner and Sushama Pradhan

Why do Americans continue to flush their toilets with drinking water? It’s a question that an N.C. State University team of soil scientists contemplates every day as they work to show that small-scale wastewater reuse can be a way to ensure a safe and plentiful water supply in the face of projected nationwide water shortfalls.

4,000+ Extension Master Gardeners help make N.C. a greener place

Darcey Martin and R.N. Harris Elementary School students.

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.

Swain County Farmers Market takes off, thanks in part to Extension Master Gardener’s leadership

Mike Glover and heritage chicken

For years, organizers of the Swain County Farmers Market struggled to get vendors and customers, but an enthusiastic Master Gardener volunteer helped the market blossom in 2011 with a new location, new vendors and new customers.

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