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Experts: Food Safety Audits Need an Overhaul | NCSU Abstract

Experts: Food Safety Audits Need an Overhaul | NCSU Abstract | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Much of the food industry relies on third-party audits of practices, processes and facilities to ensure the food that ultimately reaches consumers is safe. But a new paper from food safety researchers at NC State and Kansas State University argues that these audits need to be overhauled in order to protect public health.

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Agricultural experts seek immigration reform | Charlotte Observer

A North Carolina agriculture official joined growers from other states Wednesday in calling for congressional leaders to take action on immigration reform.
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Nash County chicken plant moves forward as company plans to create 1,100 jobs | News14.com

Nash County chicken plant moves forward as company plans to create 1,100 jobs | News14.com | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
A controversial plan to build a chicken processing plant in Nash County is moving forward. The county commission held a public hearing before it decided to allow a Sanderson Farms chicken plant to make the area its home.
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TS Designs makes T-shirts from N.C.'s first commercially grown certified-organic cotton | Ecouterre

TS Designs makes T-shirts from N.C.'s first commercially grown certified-organic cotton | Ecouterre | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
It’s taken years of plotting and planting, but Cotton of Carolinas is finally reaping the fruits of its labor: T-shirts spun with North Carolina’s first-ever commercially grown, certified-organic cotton.
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Cauble Creek Vineyard joins Goodness Grows in NC | Farm Carolina

Cauble Creek Vineyard LLC is an estate vineyard in Salisbury, North Carolina. It is a new state of the art winery specializing in Muscadine wine products and providing sales of local community goods.

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Agriculture center gets new name | Robesonian

Agriculture center gets new name | Robesonian | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
Agriculture center gets new name - LUMBERTON — The Southeastern Agricultural Center and Farmers Market has recently been given a new name that supporters hope will define the center as a multi-purpose facility — and reach its potentia...
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Know Your Farms Tour | Creative Loafing

Know Your Farms Tour | Creative Loafing | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
Know Your Farms, along with partners Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, NC Cooperative Extension, Piedmont Grown and the 10% Campaign, proudly announce the fourth annual Know Your Farms Tour will take place over the weekend of September 15-16,...
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N.C. wineries celebrate Wine Appreciation Month in September | NCDA&CS

RALEIGH — The sound of corks popping and glasses clinking can be heard across the state as local wineries and grape growers celebrate Wine Appreciation Month.“North Carolina’s more than 400 commercial grape growers and more than 100 wineries represent an important part of our state’s diverse agribusinesses community,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “In fact, it’s estimated that the wine and grape industry generates more than $1.28 billion and creates 7,600 jobs in the state.”

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Rust diseases cut into North Carolina wheat yields | Southeast Farm Press

Rust diseases cut into North Carolina wheat yields | Southeast Farm Press | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Warm winter and spring temperatures were the main culprits for the increased rust pressure in wheat, but the size of the crop also provided more opportunities for disease to form.

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Yadkin County gets grant to help build agricultural center | Winston-Salem Journal

Yadkin County has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission to help with construction of a new agricultural center, the Trust Fund Commission announced today.
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Drought-resistant corn developed in RTP shows promise | News & Observer

Drought-resistant corn developed in RTP shows promise | News & Observer | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
The record-setting drought that has plagued the Midwest this summer is increasing interest in a new breed of corn developed by Syngenta scientists in Research Triangle Park.
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CALS students awarded first N.C. Soybean Research Scholarships | NCSU CALS

Five students from N.C. State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have been selected to receive the inaugural North Carolina Soybean Research Scholarship. The awards, recently announced by the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association, are presented to students studying soybean production and involved in soybean research.

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Oct. 10 Ag Biotech Summit Highlights NC’s Power, Potential | North Carolina Biotech Center

Oct. 10 Ag Biotech Summit Highlights NC’s Power, Potential | North Carolina Biotech Center | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

North Carolina‘s global agricultural biotechnology leadership will be in the spotlight at an Ag Biotech Summit Oct. 10 in Raleigh.

The Summit, sponsored by the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, the North Carolina Agricultural Biotechnology Advisory Council and the Kenan Institute for Engineering Technology and Science, will be held at North Carolina State University’s McKimmon Center.

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Agriculture leading N.C. industry despite farm loss | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C.  Agriculture leads all North Carolina industries despite a shrinking amount of farmland.
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Soil sampling options available in North Carolina | Southeast Farm Press

From mid-October through February, North Carolina farmers send more than 200,000 samples to the state’s soil testing lab.
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Horse council asks Robeson commissioners for funding for Southeastern North Carolina Agricultural Events Center stalls | Fayetteville Observer

Sue Gray, executive director of the North Carolina Horse Council, requested $15,000 in discretionary funding from each of the Robeson County commissioners Monday night.
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Program to help food entrepreneurs develop products | Winston-Salem Journal

Blue Ridge Food Ventures has been helping small N.C. food businesses manufacture their products for several years. Now it is going one step further by helping entrepreneurs develop products.
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NC should act on farm labor issue | BlueRidgeNow.com

The N.C. General Assembly should approve a driver’s permit for migrant workers and other measures to help farmers facing labor shortages, but that alone will not solve the problem being reported by farmers in Henderson County.
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Soybean Rust Found In North Carolina - Earliest On Record | AgFax.com

Soybean Rust Found In North Carolina - Earliest On Record | AgFax.com | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
This is the earliest that soybean rust has been detected in North Carolina. Rust was identified on one of four leaves brought to the lab. The earliest detection of soybean rust in North Carolina in previous years was September 15th in 2007.
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How much wheat will be fed? | agriculture.com

How much wheat will be fed? | agriculture.com | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
With a short corn crop this year, the amount of wheat fed to U.S. livestock could be the highest in five years.
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Feeding microbials to chickens leads to mysterious immune response | Phys.org

A paper recently published in the Journal of Animal Science helps researchers further understand how microbials and probiotics affect poultry health.
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A new type of farm for the Triangle | News & Observer

A new type of farm for the Triangle | News & Observer | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
Two Raleigh men have designed an urban farm that also functions as a marketplace, aimed to bring the farming experience downtown and to alleviate some of the woes of small farmers.
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Tobacco barns fading from state’s landscape | News & Record

Tobacco barns fading from state’s landscape | News & Record | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

If it were a classified ad, it would read something like this:

 

FREE to good home: two Guilford County tobacco barns, circa 1880s. Must be willing to move.

 

The offer is for real. UNCG is hoping to find someone who wants to move two tobacco barns now on property donated to the university in rural Guilford County.

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Troxler outlines plan for TVA funds in WNC | NCDA&CS

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler outlined a plan for using $2.24 million in funds from the state’s settlement with the Tennessee Valley Authority to benefit Western North Carolina. The General Assembly appropriated the money to the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for the current fiscal year. At Troxler’s suggestion, legislators restricted use of the money to 17 western counties.

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Wheat weed control topic of North Carolina meeting | Southeast Farm Press

Based on last year’s success and the ongoing high prices for soybeans for double-cropping, North Carolina growers are expected to plant another record crop of wheat this fall.
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