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Bill would allow tractors on N.C. high-speed roads | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com

Bill would allow tractors on N.C. high-speed roads | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. In an area where agriculture is a leading industry, farmers have rumbled down the highways from one field to another for generations.
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Sandhills Farm Tour grows in area and farms | Daily Journal

Sandhills Farm Tour grows in area and farms  | Daily Journal | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

This year’s Sandhills Farm Tour will include more farms than ever. The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Sandhills Farm Tour will be held June 23 from 9 a.m.

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WASHINGTON: Feds sending money to North Carolina, New York farmers for energy crops | Kentucky.com

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack plans to announce Wednesday that North Carolina and New York each will receive about $4 million for farmers growing crops used to produce energy.
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NC, ethanol-maker see green in field-grown fuel | WRAL.com

NC, ethanol-maker see green in field-grown fuel | WRAL.com | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
North Carolina's farm economy, already the state's largest industry, could be nearing a milestone as policymakers and business executives take another stab at betting on ethanol.
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Smoky Mountains Infected With Emerald Ash Borer | Chattanoogan

Smoky Mountains Infected With Emerald Ash Borer | Chattanoogan | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

The emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle that has already devastated millions of trees in Michigan since 2002, has now been confirmed to be present in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park of North Carolina and Tennessee.

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New farm bill has NC peanut growers crying foul | Charlotte Observer

New farm bill has NC peanut growers crying foul | Charlotte Observer | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
The bill has pitted farmer against farmer as North Carolina, Georgia and other southern peanut and rice growers charge they’ve been left out of a Senate proposal skewed in favor of Midwest corn and wheat growers.
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Agricultural Biotechnology Summit 2012 | North Carolina Biotech Center

Agricultural Biotechnology Summit 2012 | North Carolina Biotech Center | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

The Ag Biotech Summit will convene national and statewide leaders who are making a solid commitment to ensure shared thinking, coordinated activities and goals to continue growing North Carolina’s agricultural industry through biotechnology.

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Pork industry gaining sustainability ground | Western Farm Press

Pork industry gaining sustainability ground | Western Farm Press | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
The pork industry has been very successful in significantly reducing its environmental impact and use of natural resources by nearly 50 percent across the board per 1,000 pounds of pork produced, which is quite an accomplishment.
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USDA Impressed with North Carolina’s Innovative Approach to Rural Communities | SFNToday.com

“North Carolina is doing great things in local agriculture. It’s a lead state in all of this and I want to bring these ideas back to Washington,” said USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan.

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Corn Conundrum | NC State University Abstract

Corn Conundrum | NC State University Abstract | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

How do you keep destructive insects from developing resistance to the toxins in genetically modified plants? In the case of corn plants and the western corn rootworm beetle, you need to more than double the amount of non-toxic corn that is planted around the genetically modified corn, according to a new study.

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N.C. Farm to School program tops $1 million in sales for first time | NCDA&CS

For the first time in its 15-year history, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Farm to School program broke the $1 million-sales mark, posting more than $1.2 million in sales of fresh fruits and vegetables during the 2011-12 school year.

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Agriculture and agribusiness: North Carolina's number one industry

Agriculture and agribusiness— food, fiber, and forestry — account for almost one-fifth of the state’s income and employees. Almost 17 percent, or $71.6 billion, of the $425 billion gross state product is contributed by food, fiber, and forestry industries. These industries account for 638,000 of the state’s 3.8 million employees. This new PDF from N.C. State University economist Mike Walden provides the value-added incomes derived from the state’s agricultural sector for 2010.
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Some North Carolina growers turning to late-planted corn | Southeast Farm Press

Some North Carolina growers turning to late-planted corn | Southeast Farm Press | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Though he is definitely a plant on time, manage on time proponent, N.C. State University's Ron Heiniger says there are some interesting opportunities for planting corn on a totally different program than what has been recommended over the past 50 years or more.

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Innovation fund announcement among highlights of gala celebration for Dean Johnny Wynne | NCSU CALS

Innovation fund announcement among highlights of gala celebration for Dean Johnny Wynne | NCSU CALS | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Dr. Johnny Wynne, who will retire this month as dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, was honored June 12 at a gala celebration at N.C. State University’s McKimmon Center. More than 400 well-wishers – including Wynne’s family and N.C. State faculty, students, alumni and friends – gathered at the reception and dinner event, hosted by the College. 

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One of World’s Worst Weeds Found in Pender County | Topsail Advertiser

One of World’s Worst Weeds Found in Pender County | Topsail Advertiser | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

One of the world’s worst is cogongrass, which was recently found in North Carolina for the first time near Burgaw.

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B-z-z-y season for local apiaries | Chapel Hill News

B-z-z-y season for local apiaries | Chapel Hill News | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Spring is the busy season for apiaries like the Busy Bee, and for the bees themselves: During the spring, honeybees emerge from their winter slumbers and begin collecting pollen from North Carolina’s blossoms. And the Busy Bee Apirary, founded in 1998 by Jack Tapp, has been as industrious as ever this month. Most of the hives are in farmer’s fields right now, pollinating North Carolina’s summer crop of melons, strawberries, squashes, peppers, cotton and soybeans.

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N.C. tobacco appeals to international markets | NCDA&CS

N.C. tobacco appeals to international markets | NCDA&CS | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services helps promote exports of N.C. agricultural products through its International Marketing office. Through these efforts, North Carolina now exports about $3 billion in agricultural products each year.

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Farmland Conservation in North Carolina is an Investment for the Future | Digital Journal

NEW YORK, NY, June 11, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The green movement is no longer a new initiative in most states across the country, and that includes the southern state of North Carolina. Associate Director of the Local Economies Project at the New World Foundation, Jerry Cosgrove,  hopes that North Carolina will see the long-term impact that land protection could determine.

 

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June is Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month | Gov. Bev Perdue

Gov. Bev Perdue has declared June 2012 Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, honoring the contributions they may to health and the economy.

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Thumbs up, thumbs down | Hickory Daily Record

Thumbs up, thumbs down | Hickory Daily Record | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

THUMBS UP to the concept of promoting agriculture in Catawba County. The county’s Cooperative Extension office wants to recruit young farmers to focus on the economic development component of agriculture. County officials want the public’s ideas on how to incorporate and sustain such a program. And, recruiting young people into agriculture is a natural part of the effort.

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NC State taking agritourism survey | NCANA Farmers Survey

NC Farmers: Please take a short survey to help N.C. State University's Tourism Extension program and the North Carolina Agritourism Networking Association create an accurate portrait of agritourism in our state.

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Drought, Schmout! NC Dries Up Drought Concerns | WFMY

Drought, Schmout!  NC Dries Up Drought Concerns | WFMY | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Recent rainfall has helped to rid North Carolina of drought conditions for the first time in almost two years.

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Finalists for CALS dean position to visit campus | NC State Technician

Three semi-finalists vying for the position of dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will visit campus over the next two weeks to meet with students, faculty and staff.
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BASF addresses role of innovation for ag sustainability | AGProfessional

BASF presented its crop protection and plant biotechnology pipelines and outlined plans to globalize agricultural research activities as part of its “We create chemistry” strategy.
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Combating crop Diseases | US News and World Report

Combating crop Diseases | US News and World Report | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Fusarium graminearum is a notorious fungus that infects major crops, such as wheat, barley and corn, causing significant economic hardship for the agricultural industry, often with catastrophic losses. It also can be toxic to animals, including humans. A Coker College professor -- with help from research partners at Purdue University, the University of Arkansas, Southern Illinois University and North Carolina State University --is looking to discover specific genes in the fungus that control reproduction, and understand exactly how they function.

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