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NCDA&CS helps N.C. businesses keep exports moving | NCDA&CS In the Field

NCDA&CS helps N.C. businesses keep exports moving | NCDA&CS In the Field | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down with Southern Farm Network to discuss how international purchases of North Carolina agricultural products help boost farm income and support jobs. 

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Dry conditions damage crops in Alamance County

Dry conditions damage crops in Alamance County | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
LIBERTY, N.C. – Warm temperatures and dry conditions across the state threatens are threaten local farmers’ crops. Every year Doug...
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“Family Farm” Backbone of NC Agriculture | Goldsboro Daily News

“Family Farm” Backbone of NC Agriculture | Goldsboro Daily News | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Has your farm been family owned for more than 100 years? Then your family maybe interested in joining the Century Farm Family program, and are encouraged to apply for membership to be included in the printed 2012 Century Farm Directory by August 1.

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High Corn Prices Minimize the Impact of Indirect Land Use from Biofuels | The Sacramento Bee

/PRNewswire/ -- A new study conducted by researchers at North Carolina State University and the University of Illinois at Chicago found a statistical correlation showing that as prices increase, farmers make changes that result in higher per acre...
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Farming and the Local Food Scene: Establishing Beneficial Insect Habitats on Organic Farms | Getting to GREENR

A USDA grant-funded research project in Cedar Grove, N.C., project is designed to establish beneficial insect habitats on organic farms.

 

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Hmong farmers hold on to their culture | WhichWayNC

Hmong farmers hold on to their culture | WhichWayNC | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
Rice, bok choy and daikon are all finding their ways into North Carolina farming culture as Hmong immigrants tap into their agricultural roots.
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New Zealand delegation visits Childress Vineyards | Davidson County Dispatch

New Zealand delegation visits Childress Vineyards | Davidson County Dispatch | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
Childress Vineyards welcomed members of a delegation sponsored by the New Zealand Ministry of Science and Innovation on Wednesday afternoon as the group completed its trip in North Carolina by celebrating local agriculture.
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Hay Field Day to be held July 12 | NCSU CALS

Hay Field Day to be held July 12 | NCSU CALS | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Hay production will be the focus of a July 12 field day at the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville. The event is sponsored by N.C. State University and the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

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Agriculture Secretary announces funding for renewable energy projects | WBTV-TV

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack toured Metrolina Greenhouses Monday to highlight the company's focus on sustainability.
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Ag Secretary to highlight biobased economy in NC | NCTechNews

Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will travel to Charlotte, N.C., to visit Metrolina Greenhouses, a family-owned plant services company that’s innovating sustainable practices as the largest single-site heated greenhouse in the United States. 

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North Carolina A&T Showcases Sustainable Ag Practices | Southern SARE

North Carolina A&T Showcases Sustainable Ag Practices | Southern SARE | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Several hundred participants attended the 11th Annual North Carolina A&T University Small Farms Field Day on June 21 to learn more about the sustainable agriculture practices being conducted on the University Farm.

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NC Ag Commissioner Encouraged by Proposed Farm Bill Amendments | SFNToday.com

The over reach of the Environmental Protection Agency regarding pesticide use near water is once again in the forefront as amendments are being submitted in the US Senate to the 2012 Farm Bill. NC AG Commissioner Steve Troxler is keeping a close eye on the action in Washington:

 

“Farm groups all across the country have fought this from happening with EPA, and the truth of the matter is that it’s just one more unnecessary burden on agriculture.”

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Southern rust threatens big Carolina, Virginia corn crop | Southeast Farm Press

Most corn growers in the Carolinas and Virginia have a big corn crop in the ground, much of it already sold for more than $7 a bushel, but there is one more weather-related hurdle to jump before the crop is in the bin.
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Personality Profile: Jack Loudermilk | Yadkin Ripple

Personality Profile: Jack Loudermilk | Yadkin Ripple | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Anyone who has a crop in Yadkin or Surry Counties has a good chance of knowing Jack Loudermilk.
He acted as director of Yadkin County Cooperative Extension for 25 years before retiring five years ago.

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Late Blight Confirmed in Western North Carolina | NC Alternative Crops and Organics

Late Blight Confirmed in Western North Carolina | NC Alternative Crops and Organics | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Late blight has been confirmed in a commercial tomato field in western North Carolina. Now is the time to start protecting your tomatoes. If you are a conventional grower, you can access the tomato spray guides that Cooperative Extension's Kelly Ivors has prepared for recommendations.

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Locally raised meats get a boost from new Cabarrus facility | Charlotte Observer

Locally raised meats get a boost from new Cabarrus facility | Charlotte Observer | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
New Cruse Meats facility makes way for more locally raised, harvested food.
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North Carolina farmer counting on cabbage | Southeast Farm Press

For the past three years, Frank Hester has grown cabbage instead of tobacco, starting with 10 acres and working his way up to 25.

That much acreage is unheard of in Vance County, where cabbage is a relatively unfamiliar commodity and production expertise is scarce. But after six harvests — a spring and a fall crop each year — Hester has met his challenges successfully and remains committed to his choice.

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NC, Ethanol-Maker See Green In Field-Grown Fuel | News | Manufacturing.net

An Italian company's subsidiary is geared up to build a factory that can convert grassy plants into fuel amid Sampson County's hog and turkey growers.
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Betty Vollmer took up farming, learning and teaching | News & Observer

Betty Vollmer took up farming, learning and teaching | News & Observer | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
Betty Vollmer made the switch from the city to the farm and stayed open to change all her life.
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For backyard hobbyists, hives are the bee's knees

For backyard hobbyists, hives are the bee's knees | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
Small hives raised by farmers and hobbyists are critically important as researchers continue to search for the cause of annual honeybee die-offs due to colony collapse disorder.
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Organic Field Crop Farm Tour in NC is July 19 | So Region IPM News

N.C. State University’s Organic Grain Project will lead a tour of Hickory Meadows Organics in Whitakers, an organic field crop farm, on July 19 beginning at 5 p.m. This organic farm has approxima...
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Christmas in July Festival coming to town | Jefferson Post

Christmas in July Festival coming to town | Jefferson Post | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Less than two weeks and counting until Ashe County’s biggest event of the year arrives in downtown West Jefferson.

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Dairy farmer forges a path with sustainable practices

Dairy farmer forges a path with sustainable practices | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
The story of how Tom Trantham Jr., owner of Happy Cow Creamery, went from conventional dairy farming to adopting a sustainable approach is full of desperation, frustration and luck, but also ultimately a tale of success.
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North Carolina Issues Southern Corn Rust Treatment Advisory | Agfax.com

North Carolina Issues Southern Corn Rust Treatment Advisory | Agfax.com | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
Spraying a fungicide to prevent Southern rust may be a little premature at this time, but consider the amount of acreage you may have to cover.
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Report Finds Potential Farm Bill Follies | Farm Futures

The American Enterprise Institute released a study late last month examining potential costs for shallow-loss farming programs, like the one in the 2012 farm bill, finding that such programs could be costly for taxpayers and may not provide a much better solution than direct payments.

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