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Cooperative Extension to present cut flower workshop

Would you like to learn to grow flowers and make extra money on the weekends? With just a little bit of garden space you can start a new business.

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Feast Down East conference highlights local agriculture

Feast Down East conference highlights local agriculture | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Pairing local farmers and consumers with the resources needed to grow the presence of sustainable, organic products in the food service and farming communities in southeastern North Carolina was the goal for Feast Down East’s 3rd Annual Regional Conference. 

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Extension News: It’s got to be local agriculture

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Are you getting a little tired of eating store bought fruits and veggies, shipped in from all over? Has the unseasonably mild winter and the appearance of daffodils got you thinking of spring? Often with these events comes the desire to once again to start eating farm fresh and locally grown fruits and vegetables such as strawberries, tomatoes and cucumbers. And the tasty list goes on. 

North Carolinians spend about $35 billion a year on food. If each person spent just 10 percent on food locally — roughly $1.05 per day — then approximately $3.5 billion would be available in the state’s economy.

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Three Avery Farmers Receive WNC AgOptions Grants

Three farmers received grants totaling $15,000 from North Carolina Cooperative Extension for projects designed to diversify their operations in 2013. In total, 28 farmers in Western North Carolina received grants totaling $148,500.
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NCSU bags $2M organic foods research grant - Triangle Business Journal

NCSU bags $2M organic foods research grant - Triangle Business Journal | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

RALEIGH - A group of N.C. State University researchers will share in a $2 million grant to naturally improve the safety of organic produce.

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North Carolina alliance debuts herbal natural products vertical pipeline, regional roots

A group of Western North Carolina non-profit natural products organizations has banded together as the Natural Products Alliance of North Carolina to help natural products companies grow, formulate, test, make, and brand their botanically-based products in one vertical pipeline, right here in Western North Carolina.

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Sequester could hurt NC agriculture

Sequester could hurt NC agriculture | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
Furloughs may mean a slowdown in meat processing because of fewer inspectors on the job
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This Day in History: Farm Bureau Meets for the First Time

This Day in History: Farm Bureau Meets for the First Time | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
On March 2, 1936, J. E. Winslow called to order the first meeting of the North Carolina Farm Bureau (NCFB) in Greenville. No records exist to show who was elected to the nonprofit, grassroots organ...
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UT, NC State scientists secure nearly $2 million grant to improve produce safety

UT, NC State scientists secure nearly $2 million grant to improve produce safety | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
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. Their study, “Alternative Post-harvest Washing Solutions to Enhance the Microbial Safety and Quality of Organic Fresh Produce,” began last fall.
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North Carolina State University’s project team includes an interdisciplinary group of faculty from the Plants for Human Health Institute, N.C. Cooperative Extension and the Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, all of which are part of the university’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS).
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26 local farmers honored at banquet

LUMBERTON — The Robeson County Crop Promotion Association honored 26 local farmers families and farms during its 45th annual awards and recognition banquet last week.

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Researchers at NC State and UNC look to “good” stomach bacteria to help poultry fend off salmonella

Researchers at NC State and UNC look to “good” stomach bacteria to help poultry fend off salmonella | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
Scientists at UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State University are investigating bacteria in the stomachs of chickens to try to develop poultry that is resistant to salmonella and to help North Carolina students learn more about prevention of food-borne...
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North Carolina Farmers Wary of E-Verify Mandate

North Carolina Farmers Wary of E-Verify Mandate | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Many farms in North Carolina would have to close down if use of the federal E-Verify program becomes obligatory before Congress has passed comprehensive immigration reform.

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Upcoming conference offers advice for food businesses

Local food businesses will have two opportunities to take part in the annual Food Business Conference sponsored by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The event, aimed at helping small-business owners grow their food businesses, has expanded to include two conference locations in Raleigh and Burnsville.

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N.C. Sen. Burr Says Agriculture Has Big Role In Solving Budget Woes

N.C. Sen. Burr Says Agriculture Has Big Role In Solving Budget Woes | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
As a big agricultural state, North Carolina stands to benefit big time from international trade.
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The president of a new battery technology company in Fletcher has another sweet temptation for Henderson County

The president of a new battery technology company in Fletcher has another sweet temptation for Henderson County: the possibility that he might invest $15 million developing and manufacturing products locally from a natural sugar substitute known as stevia

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N.C. State University's Dr. Jeanine Davis discusses the university's plans to test the crop in Western North Carolina.

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Bill Moretz To Be Awarded NCA&T State ‘Small Farmer of the Year’ During Small Farms Week on March 27

Bill Moretz To Be Awarded NCA&T State ‘Small Farmer of the Year’ During Small Farms Week on March 27 | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
March 5, 2013. Bill Moretz of Moretz Mountain Orchard and Farms near Todd will become the 2013 North Carolina A&T State University Small Farmer of the Year, announced Watauga County Cooperative Extension Director Jim Hamilton at his organization’s...
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Who Grew Your Pint? How Craft Brews Boost Local Farmers

Who Grew Your Pint? How Craft Brews Boost Local Farmers | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
Malt is an essential component of beer, but most comes from a handful of industrial processors that pool grains from across the U.S. and Canada.
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April 3 Deadline Approaching in North Carolina for SBA Working Capital Loans Due to Frost, Freezes and Hailstorm

The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes that April 3 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans available in Cleveland, Polk and Rutherford counties in North Carolina as a result of the frost, freezes and a hailstorm between April 5-13, 2012.

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McIntyre: Vote on Farm Bill needed now

McIntyre: Vote on Farm Bill needed now | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

U.S. Congressman Mike McIntyre has written Speaker of the U.S. House John Boehner urging him to allow a vote on the floor on a Farm Bill.

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Sequester could slow N.C. meat production :: WRAL.com

Sequester could slow N.C. meat production :: WRAL.com | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
Federal budget cutting measures known as the sequester will mean fewer meat inspectors on the job, which will slow slaughter and production of poultry, hogs and other animals.
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Postcard from NC: Highlights from a Day of Urban Agriculture Service

Postcard from NC: Highlights from a Day of Urban Agriculture Service | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
A FoodCorps service member in NC reflects on a day building a new urban farm at a transitional home for at-risk youth.
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UNCP shows its reach during ag symposium

UNCP shows its reach during ag symposium - From turning algae into biodiesel to using nematodes as organic pesticides the fourth annual Farm Bureau BioAg Symposium at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke revealed the entrepreneurial side of biotechnology.

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Campbell: Value American farmers

Paul Harvey’s unmistakable voice grabbed our attention in his Super Bowl tribute to America’s farmers. Until the turn of the 20th century most Americans lived on the family farm but today most of us are three or four generations removed from that farm. So let us hear what Harvey used to call “the rest of the story."

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NC Farmers Say They Can't Find Local Workers, Rely On Migrant Labor

NC Farmers Say They Can't Find Local Workers, Rely On Migrant Labor | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
Farmers say they have jobs available but can’t find people to fill them, and this worker shortage could end up costing consumers.
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Union has state’s first local foods agent

Dustin Adcock has an idea that could dramatically boost the local economy. But he needs support from local farmers and consumers. Adcock recently became the state’s first local foods agent for the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service. The 28-year-old Unionville native, who taught agriculture at Union County high schools for five years, works out of the Union County office and covers Union, Stanly and Anson counties.

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