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Forum To Discuss State Of NC Agriculture

Forum To Discuss State Of NC Agriculture | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
Farmers and many of those they do business with will gather at the State Fairgrounds Thursday for the annual Ag Development Forum . State Agriculture
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Dual attack on white grubs promising in Carolina sweet potatoes | Southeast Farm Press

The white grub is causing serious damage to sweet potatoes in South Carolina and a small section of North Carolina
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WNC biofuels project receives $766,256 grant | Mountain Xpress

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January 16, 2012 – Officials with AdvantageWest and the Biofuels Center of North Carolina announced today that a consortium of Western North Carolina partners will receive a grant of $766,256 from the Biofuels Center, which will measurably advance the biofuels industry in the region.

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Local producers have much to offer| Robesonian

One of the many things that makes Robeson County a special place is the connection we maintain with our local growers and farmers. We have many talented farmers and local producers who sell their products directly to you.

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Troxler Encourages Agricultural Community to Comment on FDA's Proposed Food Safety Rules | NASDA

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"N.C. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said the recent release of the long-awaited federal food safety rules represents an opportunity for farmers, packers, food companies, government and the public to work together to improve food safety in America."

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Demand, interest in hops soaring in North Carolina | Southeast Farm Press

Demand and interest in hops is soaring in North Carolina, partly due to the re-location of three major beer breweries in the state.
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Article highlights an N.C. State University research and Cooperative Extension project.

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Va., N.C. farmers asked to take part in national census | PilotOnline.com

Virginia and North Carolina farmers are being asked to take part in a national census to track agriculture trends. Conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the census shows indicators such as the number and size of farms, crops raised and farmer income.

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‘Gold Standard’ Cotton Genome Sequenced | NC State University Newsroom

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An international consortium with representatives from most of the world’s major cotton-producing countries, led by Regents Professor Andrew Paterson of the University of Georgia and including Candace Haigler, a North Carolina State University professor of crop science and plant biology, has described the first ‘gold-standard’ genome sequence for cotton. Published today in Nature, this is the culmination of a more than 20-year effort in the analysis of cotton genes, chromosomes and their evolution.

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Immigration Reform Must Include Farm Workers

Immigration Reform Must Include Farm Workers | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
With the election past and immigration reform proposals on the horizon, farmers are scrambling to preserve their access to cheap and exploitable foreign labor.
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Guest post written by Carol Brooke of the N.C. Justice Center

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Troxler says NC exports moving state's ag economy to $100 million goal | SFNToday.com

North Carolina's Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler says the USDA recently released information about agricultural exports for 2011, and it was a record year for the state. The total value of NC agricultural exports was more than $3.75 billion, a half-billion dollar increase from 2010, and boosting North Carolina to 11th in the nation.
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Taking stock of their livelihood | Charlotte Observer

Taking stock of their livelihood | Charlotte Observer | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
How the popular local meat movement is boosting this Mooresville farm.
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Protesters take farm workers' tobacco issues to local stores | News & Observer

A labor group pushing for better conditions for farm workers in North Carolina staged demonstrations around the Triangle.
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Farm transition workshop set for county farmers landowners | Richmond Daily Journal

Farm transition workshop set for county farmers landowners | Richmond Daily Journal | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

NC Cooperative Extension in Richmond County is partnering with Mount Olive College’s Louis G. Britt Agribusiness Center to conduct a farm transition workshop for county farmers and l...

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WNC Agricultural Options grants boost farm profits | Mountain Xpress | Asheville, NC

Grants boost farm profits, sustain businesses for future generations. Projects include innovative hydroponic fodder system, microprogation lab and no-till equipment.

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Official Urges NC Ag To Comment On Proposed Food Safety Rules

Official Urges NC Ag To Comment On Proposed Food Safety Rules | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
Ag Commissioner Troxler says ag industry must help make sure FDA gets proposed rules right.
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2012 Ag Development Forum | NCDA&CS

2012 Ag Development Forum | NCDA&CS | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler invites farmers and others interested in economics and ag policy to the seventh annual Ag Development Forum. The event will take placeThursday, January 31st, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Holshouser Building at the State Fairgrounds. Admission is free.

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North Carolina farmers enjoyed record year in 2012 | News & Observer

Farmers produced record high yields per acre of cotton, peanuts, soybeans and sweet potatoes, according to data released Friday by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
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Farm Bill Critics Claim Partial Victory Despite Stalemate : NPR

Farm Bill Critics Claim Partial Victory Despite Stalemate : NPR | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
Payments to farmers survived in the latest extension of the farm bill. But not all of the groups that argued for the end of the subsidies see this as a loss. They've just been given nine more months to make their case to Congress.
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N.C. State University economist Barry Goodwin comments. 

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Cooperative Extension offers training to local food producers to help reduce the risk of products becoming contaminated | Mount Airy News

DOBSON — North Carolina Cooperative Extension will be offering training to local food producers to help reduce the risk of products becoming contaminated..

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North Carolina All Commodities Conference set for Jan. 17-18 | Southeast Farm Press

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Several N.C. Cooperative Extension specialists from N.C. State University will share their insights for 2013 crops.

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Troxler encourages NC farmers to take part in 2012 Census of Agriculture | Farm Carolina

Conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, the census is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches and the people who operate them.
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NC State Study Offers Insight Into Converting Wood to Bio-Oil | NC State Newsroom

NC State Study Offers Insight Into Converting Wood to Bio-Oil | NC State Newsroom | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
New research from North Carolina State University provides molecular-level insights into how cellulose – the most common organic compound on Earth and the main structural component of plant cell walls – breaks down in wood to create “bio-oils” which can be refined into any number of useful products, including liquid transportation fuels to power a car or an airplane.
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This is just one of the many research projects taking place at N.C. State into biofuels.

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Havlin speaks at Farm-City Breakfast | The Daily Southerner

Havlin speaks at Farm-City Breakfast | The Daily Southerner | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
As the world's population continues to grow and cropland continues to be taken from production, the demand on farmers to increase crop yields will increase.
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Havlin is an N.C. State University professor of soil science. He was keynote speaker at a Farm-City Week breakfast held in Tarboro.

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Robeson County farmer seeking to become ag spokesman in national contest | Fayetteville Observer

Bo Stone was selected recently as one of nine finalists for the "Faces of Farming and Ranching" contest sponsored by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance. He's the only finalist from North Carolina.

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Forest farming key to saving wild ginseng from extinction | BlueRidgeNow.com

Forest farming key to saving wild ginseng from extinction | BlueRidgeNow.com | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
MILLS RIVER — For generations, Appalachian residents have harvested ginseng roots as a source of extra income.
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