In fall 2013, Dr. Dominic Reisig got a phone call from a farmer in rural Hyde County. The farmer was growing corn, and it was literally falling apart in the field. What was going on? Reisig, an entomologist at NC State University, is a sort of science detective who specializes in insects that pose a threat to crops. And the farmer had presented him with a mystery.
Sept. 21-27 is officially National Farm Safety & Health Week, but Certified Safe Farm offers North Carolina farmers in 18 counties the opportunity to learn ways to take steps every day toward on-farm safety and health.
Nancy Creamer, horticulture professor and director of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, has been named to a 15-member board of directors for the newly created Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR).
A recent survey in four states, led by NC State economist Roderick Rejesus, shows that farmers don’t readily accept the concept of climate change or the science behind it. They also have trouble believing crop yields would suffer due to climate change.
Using projections of water-quality trends based on hundreds of water analyses made during a 40-day period following the release of approximately 39,000 tons of coal ash into the Dan River on Feb. 2, 2014, North Carolina State University soil scientists conclude that the river water is suitable for use as irrigation water on crops and as drinking water for livestock.
Tickets are now on sale for the annual Farm to Fork Picnic, June 8, 4-7 p.m., at the Breeze Farm in Orange County. The picnic, which pairs some of the area’s best chefs with local farmers, has been called the “the best country’s best all you can eat feast” by Bon Appetit magazine.
When Robert Elliott imagines his future as a farmer, he sees a large operation with a nice market where customers can buy affordable, sustainably produced vegetables, fruit, chickens, turkeys and more. While it’s just a dream right now, Elliott is making fast progress since the day when he found himself an unemployed veteran with no job prospects. He credits the support and knowledge he’s gotten from North Carolina Cooperative Extension.
Through farm tours, business planning workshops and other sessions that are part of Cooperative Extension’s popular Piedmont Farm School, new and aspiring farmers gain the knowledge and skills they need to be successful.
Hanging among the family photos and memorabilia that line the front hallway of Margaret Carter’s home is a framed letter from late N.C. Agriculture Commissioner Jim Graham, thanking Carter for her many years of service. The letter serves as a testament to her career, but it’s Graham’s handwritten note at the page’s bottom, signed “your friend,” that speaks volumes.
Poinsettias remain a perennially popular holiday plant, both for gifts and decorations. But how do much water do they need? And how can you get them to flower again? Cooperative Extension at N.C. State University provides answers to these and other timely topics on its poinsettia portal at http://poinsettias.ces.ncsu.edu/.