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Last call for North Carolina farmers to support local school districts through second annual America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education

The deadline is fast approaching for local school districts to compete for a grant of up to $25,000 through America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.

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CALS Dean offers update on strategic planning process | SFNToday.com

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The Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for NC State University, Dr. Richard Linton has posted a YouTube video recapping the strategic planning process for CALS thus far, and outlines the remainder of the process going into early summer.

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Initiative-funded nonprofits grow local agriculture economies and healthy food for low-income communities

Initiative-funded nonprofits grow local agriculture economies and healthy food for low-income communities | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
The N.C. Community Development Initiative leads North Carolina’s collaborative community economic development effort, driving innovation, investment and action to create prosperous, sustainable communities.
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Order your sorghum seeds

Order your sorghum seeds | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Grain sorghum acreage has increased significantly in the Upper Southeast as growers see the benefits of the crop for their farm and for the economy of the entire region. These increased plantings as well as higher plant...

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Produce, Arts and More at the Fayetteville Farmers’ Market

Ah, spring, with its bright, sunny days, buds and blossoms, gardens and festivals -- and for area locavores, foodies and residents who enjoy fresh, locally grown foods and original crafts -- the ramping up of activity at the Fayetteville Farmers Market and City Market in downtown Fayetteville.

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Saving 2012 grape crop a big boost for Carolina wine industry

RagApple Lassie Vineyard is one of 38 Yadkin Valley, N.C., wineries.
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North Carolina professor to lead Purdue's food science department

Brian Farkas, a professor of food science atNorth Carolina State University, has been appointed head of the Purdue University Department of Food Science effective July 1.

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Country forestry banquet set for Tuesday

Persons with an interest in the timber industry will gather Tuesday at the East Carolina Agriculture and Education Center for the annual Edgecombe Co
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Community Supported Agriculture fair to be held Thursday

The Asheville CSA fair features about 21 farms from across the region offering CSA shares, a local food cooking demo and children's activities.
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Farming Conference at CCCC focuses on climate change

Many of the state’s most influential agricultural agencies recently met with North Carolina farmers to collaborate on how climate change could impact farming.

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Colle Farmers Market Commends N.C. Measure Encouraging People to Buy Local Produce

North Carolina’s “10% Farm to Fork” Campaign is encouraging the state’s citizens to spend more on locally grown produce. Colle Farmers Market applauds the initiative, encouraging more states to implement similar campaigns.
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Farm Service Agency to open general sign-up for conservation reserve program

General sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program through the North Carolina Farm Service Agency will run from May 20 through June 14.

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2013 cropping season off to an optimistic start in North Carolina

A uniformly upbeat crowd of farmers, exhibitors and speakers attended the 2013 Southern Farm Show in Raleigh.
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Invasive fly threatening U.S. fruit crops

D. suzukii already causes tens of millions of dollars in crop damage annually to cherries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and strawberries.
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National Grange Vice President Jimmy Gentry meets with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

National Grange Vice President Jimmy Gentry meets with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Jimmy Gentry, Vice President of the National Grange and President of the North Carolina State Grange, along with other leaders in agriculture, attended a roundtable meeting with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on March 26 to discuss immigration reform, particularly as related to the need for an affordable guest worker program for agriculture.

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Labor advocates say farmers discriminate against Americans

Labor advocates say farmers discriminate against Americans | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
The U.S. needs guest workers because Americans won’t work on farms -- at least, that's the argument made by many in agriculture as they negotiate over the controversial H-2A program , which allows farmers to bring in predominantly Mexican laborers...
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Uncorked: Winegrowers consider quality assurance label

Two years after raucous debate in the ranks, the N.C. Winegrower’s Association is launching a Quality Alliance program to improve the quality and consistency of North Carolina wines.

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North Carolina editorial roundup

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The Daily Reflector, Greenville, N.C., on the governor's budget proposal:

While most observers greeted Gov. Pat McCory's budget proposal with cautious contentment, residents of the state's rural corners have cause for concern. The framework dramatically reduces investment in several organizations that serve communities battling poverty and ease the difficult transition from a century of tobacco cultivation.

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Farm to Home Milk: Delivery service starts in NC

Farm to Home Milk: Delivery service starts in NC | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
ARDEN, N.C. — Jonathon Flaum needed a change from his desk-jockey position in the corporate sector.
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Smithfield examining splitting of hog farm business

Smithfield Foods stock jumped Monday morning on news the company has hired an independent analyst to examine a spinoff of its hog farming operations, which has in recent years been a drag on the company's profits.
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Slow flower farming

Slow flower farming | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
When a Dutch family immigrated to North Carolina just before World War II, they started a bulb and cut flower farm, Terra Ceia, that still endures today, practicing the joys of slow flower growing.
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AmeriCorps Project Conserve tours Polk County farms | The Tryon Daily Bulletin

AmeriCorps Project Conserve tours Polk County farms | The Tryon Daily Bulletin | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

This past Monday, the AmeriCorps Project Conserve team of about 30 members came down to visit Polk County farms and the Mill Spring Ag Center and learn more about local food and sustainable farming in Western North Carolina. Mill Spring Ag Center AmeriCorps member Laura Brookshire led the group to Emerald Springs Farm owned by Bill and Lee Barker, Restoration Farm owned by Dawn Jordan and Leap Farm owned by Lee Mink. The group ended the day by inoculating shiitake mushroom logs with the help of Vaughn Loeffler and touring the Mill Spring Ag Center.

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N.C. Department of Agriculture offers grants for specialty crops

N.C. Department of Agriculture offers grants for specialty crops | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is offering about $1 million in grants to government, collegiate and nonprofit agencies interested in improving the competitiveness of specialty crops across the state.

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NC museum screens movie about farmworker program :: WRAL.com

The state Museum of History is screening a documentary about a grueling season on a North Carolina farm and is giving visitors a chance to meet one of its filmmakers.
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Strengthening farm families

North Carolina is the nation’s eighth most agriculturally productive state and the Seventh Congressional District surpasses all other districts in North Carolina in productivity. U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre urges enactment of a new farm bill.

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