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Animal activists claim turkeys abused at N.C. plants | News & Observer

The undercover video, released Wednesday, questions the treatment of turkeys at Butterball facilities.
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Boyle: Let's get serious about immigration | Asheville Citizen-Times

Staff columnist John Boyle writes, "Now that the election madness is back in the asylum for a few years, I've got a humble request of President Obama and the Congress: Can you actually do something about immigration?" he focuses on challenges farmers face in finding labor.

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Temple Grandin to address Carolina Meat Conference, Dec. 3 | NCSU CALS

Temple Grandin to address Carolina Meat Conference, Dec. 3 | NCSU CALS | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Dr. Temple Grandin, reknown designer of humane livestock facilities, will be the keynote speaker at the second Carolina Meat Conference, Dec. 3, at the WinMock Dairy and Event Center in Bermuda Run, west of Winston-Salem. The conference will run Dec. 3-4.

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NC Commissioner of Agriculture: Troxler wins third term

NC Commissioner of Agriculture: Troxler wins third term | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
Incumbent Republican Steve Troxler will serve a third term as state agriculture commissioner, after winning by more than 6.5 percentage points over Democrat Walter Smith.
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NCDA&CS announces winners of specialty-crop grants

Seventeen organizations have been selected to receive 22 specialty-crop grants, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced. North Carolina’s specialty crops include fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, Christmas trees, turfgrass and sod, and nursery and greenhouse crops. 

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Hessian fly in wheat: Should I spray? | Southeast Farm Press

The decision to spray for Hessian fly in a fall wheat crop is not an easy one. North Carolina State University recommendations are that you should only spray if you’ve had historical problems with Hessian fly, planted early, did not use an insecticidal seed treatment, and have a susceptible variety.

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Meeting: Mecklenburg Friends of Agriculture | CFSA

Why local?  Why now? Join guest speaker Debbie Hamrick for a dynamic discussion and presentation on why supporting local food is important to our economy right now.

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Hagan hears local farmers' migrant worker concerns | BlueRidgeNow.com

Hagan hears local farmers' migrant worker concerns | BlueRidgeNow.com | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Bert Lemkes sat in a crowded room at the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce and watched as U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan talked about jobs and ways to get Americans back to work. But Lemkes, co-owner of VanWingerden International in Mills River, was there to talk about an agricultural work visa proposal that would allow them to legally hire migrant workers.

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Farmers Markets: Stokes Purple is a sweet potato of mystery

Farmers Markets: Stokes Purple is a sweet potato of mystery | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
When the Stokes Purple sweet potato shows up in markets next week, it's hard to say what will be more intriguing: its look, with dramatically deep purple skin and flesh, its flavor or the mystery of its origins.
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N.C. Pecan Harvest Festival starts today | Whiteville News Reporter

It will be clear and cool for this weekend’s North Carolina Pecan Harvest Festival in Whiteville, forecasters predict.
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FoodCorps program continues focus on healthy eating, growing local | Warren Record

FoodCorps program continues focus on healthy eating, growing local | Warren Record | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
The FoodCorps program in Warren County continues to grow with a new service member in place this year and additional activities planned to further its efforts to promote healthy eating among students and the production of local produce.
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Sweet potatoes fit locally grown marketing initiatives

Sweet potatoes fit locally grown marketing initiatives | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
FAISON, N.C. — Growing their potatoes in the heart of the Mid-Atlantic region, North Carolina sweet potato growers remain in prime real estate to market their products as locally and regionally grown.
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University Experts Release Recommendations for Planting Wheat Following Sorghum in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia - The Sacramento Bee

/PRNewswire/ -- Grain sorghum is proving to be a great fit for many farmers in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.  Acreage planted to the crop increased from 10,000 acres in 2011 to 50,000 acres in 2012 in North Carolina alone.  The crop...
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North Carolina researchers to display mobile cooling unit | The Packer

North Carolina researchers to display mobile cooling unit | The Packer | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
North Carolina university researchers are sponsoring a session on a mobile cooling unit developed at the university.
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North Carolina Community Comes Together for Local Future Farmers of America Chapter | eNews Channels

North Carolina Community Comes Together for Local Future Farmers of America Chapter | eNews Channels | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

It all started when local writer, Bryan Sullivan, co-owner of Write Away, Inc., was writing an article for Carolina-Virginia Farmer on a local chapter of the Future Farmers of America (FFA). He learned that while kids in one class at North Buncombe High School (NBHS) were learning about the basics of lamb production, they had little idea of what happens to the product once it leaves their hands.

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A New School Strives to Break Down Racial Stigmas | The Progressive Pulse

Hallet S. Davis is the principal of a new regional school located at the Vernon G. James agricultural research center in Plymouth. Lawmakers approved special legislation to create the school, which draws on the student population of five counties in northeastern North Carolina. The school is focused on science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM education, and it incorporates a number of features designed to enhance rigor and prepare low-income students for college. Known as the Northeastern Regional School for Biotechnology and Agriscience, or NERSBA, it opened in August with 60 students.

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North Carolina presents specialty crops grants | Southeast Farm Press

North Carolina has awarded $1.2 million in specialty crops grants, some of which targets organic production.
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N.C. Ag Commissioner Troxler beats Democrat Smith | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com

N.C. Ag Commissioner Troxler beats Democrat Smith | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
RALEIGH, N.C. North Carolina is keeping Guilford County farmer Steve Troxler as the state’s agriculture commissioner.
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WVU joins search for organic response to stinkbugs | State Journal

West Virginia University has joined a multistate effort, which includes N.C. State University, to develop new ways for organic farmers to deal with stinkbugs. The brown marmorated stinkbug is an invasive insect causing severe economic loss in Mid-Atlantic states, with damage increasing in southern states.

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Ashe County Cheese Company is N.C.'s largest, oldest | Winston-Salem Journal

Ashe County Cheese Company is N.C.'s largest, oldest | Winston-Salem Journal | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
Ashe County Cheese Company in West Jefferson makes a lot of cheese, 30,000 to 35,000 pounds a week.
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Ag Commissioner Reports Latest Crop Report Shows Strong Forecast | SFNToday.com

While all the focus was on the North Carolina State Fair, National Ag Statistics released the latest crop forecast for North Carolina and other states, and NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler is pleased with the results. He says this year North Carolina really is making up for a not-so-great 2011, yields for all the major field crops continue to look really good, and are up in most categories

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Choosy Mothers Choose Skin? One Way to Make Peanut Products Healthier (NCSU Abstract)

Choosy Mothers Choose Skin? One Way to Make Peanut Products Healthier (NCSU Abstract) | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Peanuts taste good and are good for you. But a new NC State study shows that putting a bit of skin in the game can make peanut products even healthier while keeping them flavorful.

Food scientist Dr. Tim Sanders and doctoral student Chellani Hathorn show that adding small amounts of peanut skin to products like peanut butter and peanut paste increase the nutritional value and antioxidant capacity of the products while only subtly changing the taste.

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Farmers Feed Us All | NC Cooperative Extension agent column

As our society becomes more urban, fewer Americans ever see the connection between the food they eat, the clothing they wear and the farms where the food and fiber products are grown, writes a county Extension director. "Most of us will never see the cow that produces the milk for our breakfast, the cotton field from which the cotton in our blue jeans comes, or the fields and orchards where our fresh produce is grown. Yet every day, whether we realize it or not, we benefit from the bounty produced by the American farmer. Their rich harvest provides food for this nation and for other countries around the world."

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N.C. Cooperative Extension Providing Food Safety Audit Trainings for Farmers | Opening Markets

N.C. Cooperative Extension Providing Food Safety Audit Trainings for Farmers | Opening Markets | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

North Carolina State University and North Carolina Cooperative Extension are partnering with the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association to deliver workshops across the state that help N.C. farmers meet with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) fresh produce safety standards. Workshops will be held at four Cooperative Extension centers across the state in November and December.

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Deadline near for North Carolina farmland preservation funding | Southeast Farm Press

Preserving farmland in the Southeast is likely to be a bigger challenge in the future and nowhere is it a bigger concern than in North Carolina, which loses more farmland to industry and other sources each year than state in the country.
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