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Entrepreneur puts modified family recipe on NC shelves

Entrepreneur puts modified family recipe on NC shelves | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
NumNum sauce creator Michael Lloyd wants to parlay a fourth-generation family recipe into a condiment company that delivers taste and nutrition.
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Lloyd is also pursuing a Ph.D. through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences.

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CSA fair to showcase variety of farm bounty

CSA fair to showcase variety of farm bounty | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
Diversity will be on full display at the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project's Asheville CSA Fair Thursday at the Haywood Park Hotel Atrium.
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Anson Farm Service Agency celebrates National Ag Day

Anson County USDA Farm Service Agency executive director Anita Solesbee announced that March 19 is National Ag Day and invited all citizens to celebrate this area’s agriculture by honoring the hard-working farmers of Anson County.

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In immigration fight, farm visas provide an opening

In immigration fight, farm visas provide an opening | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
Farmers need more workers to harvest crops but say the H2A visas that could help them are tangled in red tape, weighed by high costs. This one issue could be a springboard for comprehensive immigration change.
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WNC farmers bank on longer growing season

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Each spring, Chris Sawyer, of Jake’s Farm, bets on a slightly longer growing season with Western North Carolina’s changing climate. “We’re planting earlier and earlier every year,” he said.

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Hog waste spill investigated

Hog waste spill investigated | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

State regulators are investigating a reported hog waste spill that environmental groups say could contaminate the Contentnea Creek and Neuse River.

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National Agriculture Day on Tuesday

Rutherford County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Dianne Davis,  announced that March 19 is National Ag Day, and invited all citizens to celebrate this area’s agriculture by honoring the hard-working farmers of Rutherford County.  This year’s theme is “Generations Nourishing Generations”. 

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Caswell County FSA supports National Ag Day

Caswell County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Rodney Young announced that March 19 is National Ag Day, and invited all citizens to celebrate this area’s agriculture by honoring the hard-working farmers of Caswell County.
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Research: Chocolate as substitute for whey in pig diets

Research: Chocolate as substitute for whey in pig diets | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
Lactose which is a sugar, is an essential part of a pigs diet. Researchers from the North Carolina State University have carried out tests on weaned pigs to show what the effect is when whey is substituted for chocolate.
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Davidson-Davie Farm Service Agency to mark National Ag Day

Robin B. Hudson, executive director of Davidson-Davie County USDA Farm Service Agency, announced that Tuesday is National Ag Day and invited all citizens to celebrate this area's agriculture by honoring the hard-working farmers of Davidson County.
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Weed resistance becoming a problem in Southeast wheat crop | Grains content from Southeast Farm Press

ALS-inhibiting herbicides, (such as Harmony Extra, Osprey, and PowerFlex), have been used for the past several years to manage these weed problems, but those days of spray and go are rapidly going away.

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Agbiosciences drive economic growth, job creation in the Southern U.S.

Agbiosciences drive economic growth, job creation in the Southern U.S. | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
Amid news of a still sputtering U.S. economic recovery, a report released today shows the nation’s agbioscience industries are growing, especially in the South. According to the study, agriculture, forestry and fisheries production generates $240 billion in regional economic activity within the Southern region and supports over 2.2 million jobs with labor income totaling $62 billion.
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Feds bust up $100M NC crop insurance fraud ring

Federal investigators have unraveled a massive scheme among dozens of insurance agents, claims adjusters, brokers and farmers in eastern North Carolina to steal at least $100 million from the government-backed program that insures crops.
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State confirms hog waste spill

State confirms hog waste spill | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Officials said Monday that a hog farm spilled animal waste into a Contentnea Creek tributary, but the pollution is likely to cause little lasting damage.

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Trail Building on SAHC's Community Farm

Trail Building on SAHC's Community Farm | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
On a chilly mid-March day, SAHC’s Anderson Farm was host for an AmeriCorps service day. Fourteen AmeriCorps Project Conserve members, currently serving at host sites throughout Western North Caroli...
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Hands that sustain us

North Carolina is one of the leading agricultural states in the country, bringing in billions of dollars each year. All of us have been nourished by the fruit of farm labor.
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Hog farmer starts prison term in pollution case

Columbus County farmer William Barry Freedman shows up for prison, makes payment on $1.5 million fine in water pollution case.
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North Carolina Hula 400 corn tests results in big yields

North Carolina State University researchers are trying to duplicate Virginia grower David Hula’s practices in order to increase corn yields.

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NC project helps food go from farm to table by smoothing out supply-chain

NC project helps food go from farm to table by smoothing out supply-chain | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
Customers are clamoring for North Carolina-grown food - from sweet potatoes to strawberries to steaks. But getting local vegetables, fruit and meat into stores and onto tables can pose major challenges for small farmers, who find it hard to compete against large-scale producers with more resources and marketing savvy
 
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Carolina Farm Credit Supports NC AgrAbility to Help Local Farmer

Carolina Farm Credit recently made a donation to the North Carolina AgrAbility Partnership (NC AgrAbility) to assist an Iredell County farmer. NC AgrAbility serves people engaged in production agriculture statewide who are limited by a wide range of physical, mental, age-related disabilities and health-related issues.

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House of Raeford Farms to lay off 950 workers in eastern NC

The poultry producer House of Raeford Farms announced Thursday that it will close its turkey growing and slaughter operations in eastern North Carolina and lay off more than 900 employees.
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Commentary: Sick people are anti-farming activists

Commentary: Sick people are anti-farming activists | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
The University of North Carolina (UNC) academic environmental activists are leading the way in giving opponents of hog farming manure and sewage sludge fertilizers a national audience.
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NCDA&CS and Cooperative Extension offer cantaloupe program.

NCDA&CS and Cooperative Extension offer cantaloupe program. | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

The N C Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is partnering with N.C. Cooperative Extension to offer the N.C. cantaloupe pilot program.

 
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N.C. Research Campus scientists aim for safer organic produce

N.C. Research Campus scientists aim for safer organic produce | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – A group of scientists at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture and North Carolina State University are working together to improve the safety of organic produce – naturally.
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NCDA&CS offers grants for specialty crops

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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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