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Farmers need labor issue solved | BlueRidgeNow.com

"Henderson County is one of the most diverse agricultural counties in North Carolina," writes county Extension director Marvin Owings, "but our local agricultural economy is at risk because there are not enough seasonal workers to do the job."

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Researchers complete most comprehensive genetic analysis yet of corn | Phys.Org

Researchers complete most comprehensive genetic analysis yet of corn | Phys.Org | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

An interdisciplinary team, led by researchers at Cornell University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), today published the most comprehensive analysis to date of the corn genome. N.C. State University contributed.

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NC State and NC Cotton working on extending cotton planting deadlines | SFNToday.com

The North Carolina Cotton Producers Association is working to have insurance planting dates for cotton pushed back by 10 days with the Risk Management Agency. Cotton Producers Executive Vice President David Parrish says that NC State cotton specialist are on board with the request, as well.

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Cultivating Leadership in Ag Biotech North Carolina’s Assets and Successes

The United Nations predicts that the world will need twice as much food by 2050. Still, fewer acres are used for farming each year and water for irrigation is limited. in this challenge, the North Carolina Biotechnology Center sees opportunity to develop solutions.
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Wet spring hampering farmers | New Bern Sun Journal

When remnants of Tropical Storm Byrel saturated Craven County with rain Wednesday, farmers could only shake their heads … again.

 

For the past three or four weeks, Craven County farmers have been kept from harvesting wheat or preparing their fields for summer crops.

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Award-winning breeder and his bulls hail from Madison County

Award-winning breeder and his bulls hail from Madison County | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
Award-winning Madison County bull breeder will have bulls featured at weekend PBR event at the WNC Ag Center...
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Wildlife refuges raise property values, study shows | New York Times

Wildlife refuges raise property values, study shows | New York Times | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

N.C. State University research indicates that homes within a half-mile of a wildlife reserve can be worth as much as 9 percent more than one that is two miles away.

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Agriculture & Food: NC Cooperative Extension | Winston-Salem Sustainability Resource Center

Agriculture & Food: NC Cooperative Extension | Winston-Salem Sustainability Resource Center | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Wendi Hartup works for the North Carolina Cooperative Extension as the Natural
Resources Agent. She has been there for seven years focusing on storm water management and stream ecology education. Like many Extension Agents, she is knowledgeable about areas outside her primary focus such as how to rid the world of creepy crawlies and how to make a praying mantis feel welcome in your home.

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Researchers aim to reduce food safety risk at farmer’s markets | NC State University

Researchers aim to reduce food safety risk at farmer’s markets | NC State University | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Food-safety specialists at N.C. State University are unveiling a website that offers guidance to farmer’s markets on how to reduce the risk of foodborne illness. The program is the first to rely on observational study of farmer’s markets to establish best management practices for food safety.

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Today’s Topic: Hurricane season | Southern Farm Network

Even though two named tropical storms have already formed, the Atlantic hurricane season doesn’t officially begin until Friday. Farmers need to be prepared, says N.C. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. Experts at N.C. State University are predicting an average hurricane season, but North Carolina farmers know too well that even one storm can ruin their year, as Hurricane Irene did last year.

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Southeast tries to work with persistent drought | Palm Beach Post News

Dry weather worries farmers, boaters and municipal water works that depend heavily on rivers and streams that feed lakes and reservoirs. Some hope the tropical storm that has soaked parts of Georgia and Florida will help a little.

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Trimmed budgets: A forecast of poorer weather predictions

Trimmed budgets: A forecast of  poorer weather predictions | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

For most people, sophisticated weather forecasts are a click away on cell phones and other devices. But the technology behind those predictions is crumbling under the weight of budget problems, and some scientists worry that within three years, forecasts will be less accurate.

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Organic farming in eastern North Carolina | Public Radio East

Organic farming in eastern North Carolina | Public Radio East | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Organic farming is popular: It's being practiced now in all 50 states, where it generates over $41 billion. In recent years, the demand for organically grown food has risen sharply, and the number of organic farmers in eastern North Carolina is proof.

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Larger refuges needed to sustain success of transgenic corn | Phys.Org

In "Delaying Corn Rootworm Resistance to Bt Corn," an article appearing in the June, 2012 issue of the Journal of Economic Entomology, authors Bruce Tabashnik (University of Arizona) and Fred Gould (North Carolina State University) conclude the EPA should more than double the percentage of corn acres planted to mandated refuges to delay insect resistance, encourage integrated pest management (IPM), and promote more sustainable crop protection.

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Duplin among N.C. Coop. Ext. centers recognized for farm safety work | Sampson Independent

Duplin among N.C. Coop. Ext. centers recognized for farm safety work | Sampson Independent | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

The Duplin Center-N.C. Cooperative Extension was selected to collaborate in a two-year grant targeting safety and improved health for the local agricultural community and its success earned an award for excellence.

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State GOP directs first installment on TVA settlement to agriculture department | Mountain Xpress

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that the North Carolina Republican-controlled General Assembly has earmarked the first $2.24 million of a $11.2 million settlement with the TVA for the agriculture department.

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‘Knowledge into know-how’ | Mount Airy News

‘Knowledge into know-how’ | Mount Airy News | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

The traditional mission of the Surry County Cooperative Extension Office is changing with the times, according to Director Bryan Cave. “We plan our programming based on local needs,” he said from his office this week.

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Old war posters remind us the importance of agriculture | NCDA&CS

Old war posters remind us the importance of agriculture | NCDA&CS | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

The State Archives of North Carolina tweeted out a series of World War I-era posters that were added to its digital collection this week and tagged the ag department in its tweets. The posters, from the N.C. Agricultural Extension Service, U.S. Food Administration and the National War Garden Commission, urged people to grow crops during war time. One poster went so far as to tell people it was their patriotic duty to grow crops for food, feed and fertility purposes.

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State Farmers Market serves up N.C. crawfish June 9 | NCDA&CS

Crustacean aficionados can get their share of fresh N.C. crawfish during Crawfish Day at the State Farmers Market Saturday, June 9. The event, sponsored by the N.C. Crawfish Growers Association, offers live and cooked crawfish for purchase.

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Voracious kudzu bugs spread across South. Are they boon or bane? | Christian Science Monitor

The nubbin-sized Japanese invader arrived on American shores somewhere near Atlanta in 2009. Today it’s eating pesky kudzu across at least three states. Unfortunately, it’s chowing on soybean crops, too.
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PLANT @ Breeze Farm incubates a new generation of growers | Indyweek.com

An eight-week series of workshops encourages beginning and experienced farmers to engage in small, sustainable farming.
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Kudzu bugs are N.C.’s latest imported scourge (News & Observer)

Kudzu bugs are N.C.’s latest imported scourge (News & Observer) | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
Kudzu bugs are munching soybeans, annoying homeowners and gardeners ...
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Upcoming pollinator presentation at NC State | NC Small Fruit & Specialty Crop IPM

Upcoming pollinator presentation at NC State | NC Small Fruit & Specialty Crop IPM | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

My backyard was a pollinator paradise this morning. Carpenter bees, bumble bees, honey bees, and lots of small native bees were active at our salvia, hydrangea, and kniphofia. All these bees reminded me that I wanted to share that Shelley Rogers will be defending her master's thesis on pollination ecology in North Carolina blueberries this Tuesday/

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Joint A&T-NCSU sustainable local food initiative named a finalist for national engagement award | N.C. A&T State University

North Carolina A&T and N.C. State University have been named finalists for a national community engagement award thanks to a joint project of the universities’ Center for Environmental Farming Systems.

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Fielding New Business: Leaders Seek More Opportunities for Farmers | The Pilot

Fielding New Business: Leaders Seek More Opportunities for Farmers | The Pilot | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
C.V. Pilson Farm in Cameron was already participating in Sandhills Farm to Table, so selling jumbo sweet potatoes directly to public school systems in North Carolina seemed like a logical next step.
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