Posts Tagged ‘agriculture’

N.C. 10% Campaign reaches $25 million mark

10% Campaign logo

Break out a bottle of your favorite North Carolina wine and raise a toast: the N.C. 10% Campaign has hit a big milestone. The 10% Campaign, a Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) initiative, encourages all North Carolinians to spend 10 percent of their food dollars on locally grown and produced foods. The campaign has now recorded more than $25 million in local food purchases since its launch in July 2010.

$10 million gift names Poultry Science Department for Prestage family

Picture of Marsha and Bill Prestage, Chancellor Randy Woodson, Sam Pardue, Mike Williams and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean Richard Linton.

North Carolina State University’s Poultry Science Department has been renamed for the Prestage Family. Chancellor Randy Woodson announced a 10 million gift that will name and endow the department in N.C. State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Conference helps ag agents hone skills

heifer evaluation

For Cooperative Extension agricultural agents, keeping skills current and being informed about the industry issues of the day are key to doing the job well. This summer, 64 agricultural agents from around the state came to Raleigh for N.C. Cooperative Extension’s seventh Livestock/Forage/Field Crop Agent Training Conference.

Organic broccoli is focus of Waynesville workshop

woman holding box of broccoli

N.C. State University will host a workshop on growing organic broccoli, Sept. 19, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Mountain Research Station, 265 Test Farm Road, Waynesville. Learn about organic broccoli production, insect management, post-harvest techniques and marketing. Also, view 28 broccoli varieties and help rate the best ones. The workshop is free and [...]

Report: Animal production can grow sustainably

pigs eating

As the world’s middle class nearly triples in number, demand for meat, dairy products and eggs is expected to rise by as much as 100 percent by 2050. The question is, can agricultural production meet that demand without causing extensive environmental damage?

Cattlemen recognize Franklin livestock agent

Martha Mobley receives award

Martha Leonard Mobley, agriculture agent for N.C. Cooperative Extension in Franklin County, was recently honored for her 24 years of service by the Franklin County Cattlemen’s Association.

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.

FoodCorps marks first year

Leah Klaproth with Guilford County students

At Oak Hill Elementary School in High Point, third graders have spent time this year learning how to plant a garden, harvest the plants and eat what they grow. The school is one of five FoodCorps sites in Guilford County where FoodCorps service member Leah Klaproth has worked with students and teachers since the beginning of the 2011-12 school year.

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.

Hops events educate growers on new specialty crop

hops bines

As North Carolina’s craft beer industry grows, so does interest in locally produced hops. Two upcoming events in Asheville and Raleigh will offer information on growing this new specialty crop in North Carolina

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