Archive for the ‘Extension News’ Category

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.

Advisory leaders meet and tour sites in Watauga County

people looking at Wendy

Extension’s State Advisory Council toured two sites in Boone, following its fall meeting there in November 2013. SAC members toured a constructed that Extension had been involved in creating. They also toured a choose-and-cut Christmas tree farm in Foscoe, near Boone.

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

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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.

J.C. Wells, Extension plant pathologist, dies at 92

J.C. “Jay” Wells, of Greenville, the second full-time Extension plant pathologist at North Carolina State University, died Nov. 10 at the age of 92.

Visioning initiative to help map Extension’s future

The N.C. Cooperative Extension Service held a listening session for its employees and others during the State Extension Conference in Raleigh Nov. 6, 2013.

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service has launched a strategic visioning and planning initiative to evaluate the organization’s business model, adapt accordingly to the current economic environment and devise a strategy going forward.

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.

4-H science day inspires would-be map makers

photo of kids, zach looking at map

A group of Johnston County 4-H’ers turned out at the county livestock arena last week, but they weren’t showing cattle or goats. The group was one of many across the country that gathered for 4-H National Youth Science Day activities.

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