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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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."
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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