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NC sees bumper crop of Christmas trees this year | Charlotte Observer

NC sees bumper crop of Christmas trees this year | Charlotte Observer | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
Cold, wet weather in the mountains means better quality trees - and often better prices. North Carolina counts 1,600 growers turning out roughly 5 million trees a year, a statistic that ranks the state's harvest second nationwide behind Oregon.
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Hudson announces seat on Agriculture Committee at Farm Bureau meet | Daily Journal

Hudson announces seat on Agriculture Committee at Farm Bureau meet | Daily Journal | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
Hudson announces seat on Agriculture Committee at Farm Bureau meet - In a venue fitting for such an announcement Congressman-Elect Richard Hudson announced to more than 800 farmers at Tuesday’s annual statewide North Carolina Farm Bureau me...
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North Carolina growers see advantages to grain sorghum | Southeast Farm Press

About 50,000 acres of grain sorghum were grown in North Carolina this year, an estimated 10-fold increase over 2011.
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N.C. State scientists work to stop the spread of boxwood blight | NCSU CALS

N.C. State scientists work to stop the spread of boxwood blight | NCSU CALS | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Since colonial days, the boxwood has been an important part of American gardens and landscapes. Research from N.C. State University is designed to help keep it that way, in spite of the threat to the plant posed by a disease new to the United States. 

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The Season For Poinsettias | WUNC-FM

The Season For Poinsettias | WUNC-FM | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

North Carolina produces 4.4-million poinsettias a year, and they're not all red.

 

Cortez Burgundy, Bravo Bright Red, Ruby Frost, Jubilee White, Pink Cadillac are just a few of the inventively named colors. 

 

NC State has been is the site of the annual National Poinsettia Trial for more than 20 years.

 

So NPR's Leoneda Inge visited with Dr. John Dole at the CALS Horticulture Field Lab greenhouses, filled with the varieties surveyed for this year's annual evaluation.

 

Dr. Dole explains why North Carolina's multi-million dollar poinsettia industry is famous all over the world.

 

 


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Martin Named to President’s Agriculture Board | North Carolina Biotech Center

Martin Named to President’s Agriculture Board | North Carolina Biotech Center | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

he White House announced this week that North Carolina A&T State University Chancellor Harold L. Martin, Sr. has been appointed to President Obama’s Board for International Food and Agricultural Development. The board advises the U.S. Agency for International Development on agriculture and issues related to food security in developing countries. The President appoints board members, who typically come from the academic community.

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State agriculture official speaks at Farm-City Night | Randolph Guide

If you like to eat, you have a stake in agriculture.That was the message brought by N.C.Assistant Agriculture Commissioner Richard Reich last week as guest speaker at Farm-City Night.

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After 12 years of research, hog-waste disposal still reeks | News & Observer

After 12 years of research, hog-waste disposal still reeks | News & Observer | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
Much has changed in the 15 years since state officials first got serious about finding a cleaner way to treat the waste from North Carolina’s 9 million-plus hogs. But much hasn’t.
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A Tree Fit Fir A President | Mountain Times

A Tree Fit Fir A President | Mountain Times | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
More than 100 media representatives, dignitaries and family and friends joined the owners of Peak Farms on Saturday to celebrate the harvest and sendoff of...
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Precision agriculture critical to sustaining crop yields | Southeast Farm Press

Crop Consultant Steven Valencsin says precision agriculture is critical to sustaining crop yields.
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Distinguished service honored at foundations’ fall joint meeting | NCSU CALS

Distinguished service honored at foundations’ fall joint meeting | NCSU CALS | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

The executive director of one of the most successful and active statewide local government associations in the nation was honored Nov. 13 during the fall joint meeting of the North Carolina Agriculture, Dairy and Tobacco foundations at N.C. State University. David Thompson, executive director and CEO of the N.C. Association of County Commissioners, received the Distinguished Service Award presented by the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation Inc. This year’s event also included a special presentation to Sharon Rowland, executive director of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service Foundation in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, who is retiring after 36 years of service.

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Turkeys and more: Agriculture plays vital role in annual Thanksgiving feast | Independent.com

Not only is Thanksgiving a feast for the 114.7 million households across the nation, but also a feast for agricultural producers who make sure that food is available for people to give thanks for.
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EPA turns down states' request for ethanol waiver | KTVU.com

EPA turns down states' request for ethanol waiver | KTVU.com | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday denied requests from several governors, including North Carolina's, to waive production requirements for corn-based ethanol.

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Christmas tree sales measure economy | Lumina News

Christmas tree sales measure economy | Lumina News | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Funds have been made available by Commissioner Steve Troxler of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to WNC Communities to create and implement this competitive grant program focusing on projects in the agriculture and forestry sectors.

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New grant program aims to enhance agriculture, forestry sectors in WNC | Mountain Xpress

New grant program aims to enhance agriculture, forestry sectors in WNC | Mountain Xpress | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Funds have been made available by Commissioner Steve Troxler of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to WNC Communities to create and implement a competitive grant program focusing on projects in the agriculture and forestry sectors.

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NC Agriculture Exports Hit Record | WUNC-FM

The latest numbers from the U-S Department of Agriculture show more and more countries want NC products.
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North Carolina exports record $3.75 billion in agricultural products for 2011 | Bladen Journal

RALEIGH — The total value of N.C. agricultural exports was more than $3.75 billion in 2011 according to data recently released by the U.S.

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NC holding annual Farm Bureau meeting | Enquirer-Herald

Farmers from around North Carolina are in Greensboro to discuss the industry's future.
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Grain sorghum fills a niche in N.C. | Equities.com

About 50,000 acres of grain sorghum were grown in North Carolina this year, an estimated 10-fold increase over 2011. Growers are choosing the crop for the real advantages it provides: drought tolerance; flexible planting dates; unattractiveness to deer; no need for specialized equipment or costly inputs; and improved rotation and double-crop options for management of plant-parasitic nematodes and difficult weeds. On light, sandy soils where little else will grow, grain sorghum endures, provides good yields, and commands a reliable, local market.

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Going green - solar farms, crops - at Robeson Community College | WRAL Tech Wire

Going green - solar farms, crops - at Robeson Community College | WRAL Tech Wire | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
Robeson County launches the "GreenZone," which will be used as a "demonstration system" to show how agriculture can benefit the state economically and environmentally.
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Commissioners unveil Ag Center renderings | Yadkin Ripple

Commissioners unveil Ag Center renderings | Yadkin Ripple | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

The proposed Yadkin County Agricultural Center became a little more real at the Nov. 19 Yadkin County Commissioners Meeting. The board of commissioners shared the digital renderings of what the proposed site would look like.

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North Carolina: A&T scientists and engineers launch 5-year biofuel project | Utility Products Magazine

An interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers at North Carolina A&T State University has launched a five-year project to make the production of advanced biofuels more efficient and affordable.

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Fruit, vegetable growers set for big Carolina expo | Southeast Farm Press

A crowd of 600-700 fruit and vegetable growers from the Carolinas will gather on Nov. 26-28 for the 27th annual Carolina Vegetable and Fruit Expo.
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White House tree begins its journey | Jefferson Post

White House tree begins its journey | Jefferson Post | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

The White House Christmas tree finally started its long journey from Peak Farms to the White House’s Blue Room stopping along the way to be celebrated by the community.

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Giant reed seen as biofuel -- or another kudzu disaster | NBCNews.com

Giant reed seen as biofuel -- or another kudzu disaster | NBCNews.com | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

OXFORD, N.C. -- It's fast-growing and drought-tolerant, producing tons of biomass per acre. It thrives even in poor soil and is a self-propagating perennial, so it requires little investment once established. To people in the renewable fuels industry, Arundo donax — also known as "giant reed" — is nothing short of a miracle plant. But to many scientists and environmentalists, Arundo looks less like a miracle than a nightmare waiting to happen.

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