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Establishing energy grasses in sprayfields

As part of its project to establish energy grasses in the southeastern part of the state on hog lagoon sprayfields and verify the economic opportunities for biofuels, the Biofuels Center has planted energy grasses on a number of locations in several counties. This project is being developed in partnership with ethanol companies, pork integrators, the N.C. Pork Council, N.C. State University, and N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

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Free Pesticide Pick-up Day in Swain County | North Carolina Cooperative Extension

Free Pesticide Pick-up Day in Swain County | North Carolina Cooperative Extension | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Do you have pesticides at your home, business or farm that you no longer need or use? If your answer is ‘yes,” then you’ll be interested to know that The NC Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Disposal Assistance Program, in cooperation with the Swain County Extension Center and Swain County Government, will be offering this Pesticide Collection Day for residents in Swain and Jackson Counties and the surrounding area.

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Dr. Blake Brown, NC State Univ at Ag Impact Forum, Elizabeth City, NC

Dr. Blake Brown of NC State University discusses the impact that agriculture has on the North Carolina economy at the NC Farm Bureau/NC Animal Ag Coalition A...
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North Carolina ranchers to vote Thursday on renewing $1 assessment per animal sold | Lincoln Times-News

North Carolina ranchers will have the opportunity to vote Thursday on whether to continue paying $1 per animal sold to fund community agricultural education programs, farm research and other needs for area agriculture.

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Tobacco Trust Fund Commission awards county $100 000 - Yadkin County is a step closer to its goal of an agricultural center and conference room. The county received a $100 000 grant from the Nor...

Tobacco Trust Fund Commission awards county $100 000 -  Yadkin County is a step closer to its goal of an agricultural center and conference room.  The county received a $100 000 grant from the Nor... | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
Tobacco Trust Fund Commission awards county $100 000 - Yadkin County is a step closer to its goal of an agricultural center and conference room.
The county received a $100 000 grant from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission to help ...
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Downy mildew infecting impatiens | Winston-Salem Journal

Plasmopara obducens. With a name like that, you know it can’t be good. And it’s not. This is the scientific nomenclature used to identify impatiens downy mildew, a disease that is apparently fairly wide spread in our area this year.

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Exclusive: North Carolina firms ink deals to import 826,733 tons of corn | Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Hog producer Prestage Farms Inc and two other livestock companies in North Carolina have signed deals to import 750,000 metric tons (826733.48 tons) of corn from Brazil in the wake of sky-high U.S.
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Hispanic Workers in North Carolina Hit by Wage Theft "Epidemic" | Hispanically Speaking News

Hispanic Workers in North Carolina Hit by Wage Theft "Epidemic" | Hispanically Speaking News | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Wage theft is becoming an "epidemic" in North Carolina, according to a study released Tuesday by the NC Justice Center's Workers' Rights Project and the University of North Carolina Immigration/Human Rights Clinic.

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New Rules in Place to Reduce Outbreaks at the NC State Fair | Raleigh Public Record

People attending next month’s North Carolina State Fair will still get to pet the animals, but they’ll also see changes in how animals are exhibited, and have more opportunities to wash their hands after being around critters. The changes come after an E. Coli outbreak sickened 25 after last year’s fair, the second major outbreak in a decade.

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Energy wonder crop Arundo raises invasive fears | News & Observer

Energy wonder crop Arundo raises invasive fears | News & Observer | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
A proposed biofuels refinery in Samson County is counting on Arundo as its main energy source. But the plant is considered highly invasive and some states that are spending millions of dollars on eradication programs.
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Hill named grand marshal for Pecan Festival Parade

Retiring state Rrepresentative Dewey Hill, a longtime advocate for agriculture and agribusiness, will serve as grand marshal of the 2012 North Carolina Pecan Harvest Festival parade on Saturday, Nov. 3.
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Troxler scheduled to address NC State Grange meet | The Sacramento Bee

State Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler is scheduled as the keynote speaker as the North Carolina State Grange holds its annual meeting in Raleigh.
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State hopes to create jobs, boost ports business

Two of the state's top economic development officials asked the N.C. Railroad Co. Thursday for $7 million a year for at least 10 years to help finance new facilities at the Port of Morehead City to store and handle wood products for shipment to Europe.

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Smithfield Foods Reports Progress on Core Sustainability Goals at Newly Updated Website www.smithfieldcommitments.com

Smithfield Foods Reports Progress on Core Sustainability Goals at Newly Updated Website www.smithfieldcommitments.com | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
NASDAQ News: Smithfield Foods Reports Progress on Core Sustainability Goals at Newly Updated Website www.smithfieldcommitments.com...
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Many migrant camps lack safe water | Winston-Salem Journal

Drinking water is considered substandard in one-third of migrant farm worker camps in eastern North Carolina, according to a study by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center researchers.
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Board orders up foodservice sales growth | The Packer

BENSON, N.C. — The North Carolina SweetPotato Commission Inc. is trying to encourage fast-food and fast-casual restaurants to feature sweet potato offerings.
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Farmer Ike Jackson on economic impact of agriculture to northeast NC | YouTube

A North Carolina farmer gives personal views on the economic impact of agriculture to the north east portion of North Carolina at the Ag Impact Forum.

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Megatrends to Assets: Shaping Ag Biotech Strategies At October 10 Summit | North Carolina Biotech Center

The Ag Biotech Summit 2012 is only days away. There’s still time to register, however, to join state and national leaders in agriculture, business, science, education and government October 10 at the McKimmon Center at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

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UNC-TV's 'Flavor, NC' Program To Feature Storie Street Grille | The Blowing Rocket

UNC-TV's 'Flavor, NC' Program To Feature Storie Street Grille | The Blowing Rocket | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

“Flavor, NC” is a go-to television resource for local food in North Carolina. In every episode, “Flavor, NC” savors the tastes of North Carolina and celebrates the farmers and food artisans working to keep Tar Heel agriculture growing.

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Like fresh fruits and vegetables? Back immigration reform | Charlotte Observer

Like fresh fruits and vegetables? Back immigration reform | Charlotte Observer | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
From Larry B. Wooten, president of the North Carolina Farm Bureau: When you eat a delicious salad, do you ever think about how that fresh cucumber or tomato got to your plate? Chances are a migrant worker picked it.
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Cooperative Extension sponsoring Fall Field Day | Stokes News

 The NC Cooperative Extension Service is sponsoring a Fall Field Day at N.C. Agricultural and Technical State University Farm in Greensboro on Oct. 18th from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

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NCDA&CS offering workshop for produce businesses Oct. 3 | In the Field Blog

There have been several produce-related recalls around the country over the past couple of months, including one involving a North Carolina farm. These recalls, coupled with forthcoming federal rules governing produce safety, prompted the NCDA&CS to plan a workshop for Oct. 3 in Raleigh on protecting your produce business, N.C. Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler tells Southern Farm Network's Rhonda Garrison.

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Ag chief: NC needs to be preemptive on food safety | The Daily Advance

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said he wants North Carolina to be one of the first states to test new federal food safety laws. You'll need a subscription to read the full article.

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Richmond County Daily Journal - Richmond County farmer presents Friend of Farm Bureau Award to Kissell

Richmond County Daily Journal - Richmond County farmer presents Friend of Farm Bureau Award to Kissell | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell (NC-08) has been awarded the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Friend of the Farm Bureau award for the second consecutive congressional term.

Read more: Richmond County Daily Journal

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Learn about new farm legislation | Salisbury, NC - Salisbury Post

The North Carolina's General Assembly recently wrapped up a short session where most of the work focused on the budget. But according to N.C. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler, a couple of pieces of farm-friendly legislation did make it through. A session at the N.C. Cooperative Extension-Cabarrus County Center will provide details of this legislation and how it will affect agricultural producers and agribusiness.

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