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National drought a double-edged sword for NC farmers | WWAY NewsChannel 3 | Wilmington NC News

National drought a double-edged sword for NC farmers | WWAY NewsChannel 3 | Wilmington NC News | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

The drought across much of the country is threatening to drive up the price of a lot of the food we eat.

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Drought over much of the U.S. worsens, SE NC slightly dry | WECT-TV

Drought over much of the U.S. worsens, SE NC slightly dry | WECT-TV | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
The U.S. is seeing its worse drought since 1956.
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Turfgrass professors prepare for annual field day | Technician

Registration is now open for N.C. State's Annual Turfgrass Field Day, an event that benefits hundreds of turfgrass professionals in North Carolina.
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Study Is More About The Bees Than The Trees | College of Natural Resources News

Study Is More About The Bees Than The Trees | College of Natural Resources News | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Dr. Jill Sidebottom, with NC State University’s Christmas Tree Program, and county agents are working on a pollinator study specifically looking at tree farms in Watauga, Ashe, Allegheny, Avery and Mitchell counties. The study will follow these farms for an entire year, taking data on the mix of specific plants growing under the trees, what’s flowering and when, and what types of pollinators and other insects are observed. 

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Southern cotton farmers to see California agriculture | Western Farm Press

Southern cotton farmers to see California agriculture | Western Farm Press | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
Twelve cotton producers from the South will observe cotton and other agricultural operations in California’s SJV on July 22-25 as part of the National Cotton Council’s 2012 Producer Information Exchange Program.
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‘Pride’ growing in Pilot Mountain | Mount Airy News

‘Pride’ growing in Pilot Mountain | Mount Airy News | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
Already a model for other areas, officials with Pilot Mountain Pride say they have hopes to build on the services they offer in an effort to make it easier for county residents to access farm-fresh, locally-grown vegetables and produce.

 

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North Carolina wheat crop sets acreage, production records | Southeast Farm Press

North Carolina wheat growers harvested slightly more than 870,000 acres this year, with total production near 45 million bushels, both all-time records.
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Edenton, Museum of Albemarle hosting historic happenings | The Daily Advance

Agriculture in northeastern North Carolina will be the focus of this month’s 2nd Saturday event tomorrow at the Historic Edenton Visitor Center on North Broad Street.

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Struggling Robeson County agricultural center under scrutiny by North Carolina officials | Fayetteville Observer

LUMBERTON - The General Assembly has ordered a study of Southeastern Agricultural Center and Farmers Market that could result in its closure.
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Tomato growers take note, late blight is early this year | CALS News Center

Tomato growers take note, late blight is early this year | CALS News Center | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Late blight, a plant disease that can kill tomato plants, has been found on North Carolina tomatoes earlier in the growing season this year than usual, according to a Cooperative Extension plant pathologist at North Carolina State University.

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Plant tissue analysis resolves crop nutrition problems | NCDA&CS

Plant tissue analysis resolves crop nutrition problems | NCDA&CS | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Changes in cropping systems or management practices often lead to unfamiliar and unforeseen problems. However, if the problems are fertility-related, then agronomic tests can make them relatively easy to solve. Plant tissue analysis, in particular, offers quick, precise and inexpensive diagnosis as well as recommendations for management and yield optimization.

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New Mural in Enfield Supports Agriculture | Commonwealth Progress

New Mural in Enfield Supports Agriculture | Commonwealth Progress | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
Enfield, NC – On Wednesday, June 27th, local citizens, leaders and media eagerly waited for the unveiling of the new mural celebrating the agricultural history of Enfield and Halifax County.
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Indirect land use change again questioned with NC University Study | Biofuels Digest

In North Carolina, a new study indicates that indirect land use change is not statistically correlated with high crop prices, at least to the degree that many models predict. The study, conducted by researchers at North Carolina State University and the University of Illinois at Chicago found that as prices increase on crops, farmers make changes that result in higher per acre yields, and that they react to lower prices.

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Corn crops doing well in Cape Fear region | Star-News

Corn crops doing well in Cape Fear region | Star-News | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
Amid widespread concern that ongoing drought conditions in the Midwest will drastically deplete the season's corn harvest, North Carolina growers say crops in the Cape Fear region are faring remarkably well.
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NCBiotech Launches Center to Commercialize New Crops | NCTechNews

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center has launched an initiative to help grow the state’s agricultural economy by creating more crop choices for North Carolina farmers. Following months of discussions with partners statewide, NCBiotech has established the Biotechnology Crops Commercialization Center, targeting potentially valuable crops adapted to the state’s diverse soil, climate and agribusiness conditions. Veteran ag biotech leader Alan Kriz, Ph.D., has joined NCBiotech’s AgBiotech Group as executive director of the crops commercialization center.

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State sees first equine EEE cases of the year | NCDA&CS Public Affairs

Two Quarter horses were euthanized this month after contracting Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis, a mosquito-borne disease that is preventable in equine by vaccination. The unvaccinated horses, one a 2-year-old Robeson County mare and the other a 7-year-old stallion from Bladen County, exhibited signs of generalized weakness, stumbling, depression and inability to stand or eat.

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Dr. Richard Linton named College of Agriculture and Life Sciences dean | CALS News Center

Dr. Richard Linton named College of Agriculture and Life Sciences dean | CALS News Center | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Dr. Richard Linton, a nationally recognized food-safety authority who serves as professor and chair of the Department of Food Science and Technology at The Ohio State University, has been named dean of North Carolina State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, effective Sept. 15. Provost Warwick Arden announced the appointment today.

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North Carolina Wheat Variety Trial Recommendations | Agfax.com

Here are wheat variety recommendations based on tests conducted in North Carolina in the 2010­-11 and 2011-12 growing seasons.

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Beneficial insects will play big role in 2012 crops | Southeast Farm Press

Beneficial insects save an estimated $4.5 billion per year for American farmers.
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Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund announces 2012 grant recipients | NCDA&CS Public Affairs

The N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund recently awarded more than $2 million to help communities across the state protect farmland and promote agricultural enterprises, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announced today.

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North Carolina Peach Season Off To A Strong Start | PerishableNews

North Carolina Peach Season Off To A Strong Start | PerishableNews | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
Good news for peach lovers, the season looks good. Growers credit the unusually warm winter and plentiful spring rains for the abundant crop. Peach season typically runs from June to August.
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Late blight showing up early in N.C. tomatoes | Jacksonville Daily News

Late blight showing up early in N.C. tomatoes | Jacksonville Daily News | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
State horticulture experts are warning gardeners to take precautions now to save their tomatoes from a killer fungus called blight.

Two forms of blight — early and late, both caused by fungus-like plant diseases — have been found on North Carolina tomatoes with late blight showing up earlier in the growing season than usual this year, Kelly Ivors, an associate professor of plant pathology at N.C. State said Monday in a news release from the N.C. Cooperative Extension.

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NCDA&CS revamps website for agronomic reports | NCDA&CS

A fresh look awaits members of the public who visit the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ website to search for their agronomic reports. The site has been redesigned to make searching for reports easier and provide useful new features.

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At least some TVA money to go to mountains (Asheville Citizen Times)

Some money from an air pollution settlement must be spent in Western North Carolina and some might or might not, the state legislature has decided.

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Urban farmers turn city blocks, backyards into new movement | News & Observer

Urban farmers turn city blocks, backyards into new movement | News & Observer | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
There aren’t any reliable statistics on the number of urban farmers, defined as someone who grows food for sale inside city limits. The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines a small farmer as someone who sells $250,000 or less.
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