Homeowners and soybean growers in North Carolina are in for a surprise this year, as kudzu bugs continue their march across the Southeast. This invasive pest congregates en masse on home siding and legumes, like soybeans. Cooperative Extension has advice.
Two North Carolina land-grant universities affiliated with the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) – N.C. State University and N.C. A&T State University –were among those named regional winners.
A Rockville, MD company is recalling its Tempeh Starter Yeast and Super Starter Yeast because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella. The tempeh starter, a fungal culture imported from Indonesia and sold over the Internet, has been linked to an outbreak of Salmonella Paratyphi B infection that has sickened more than 80 people, the majority of them residents of Buncombe County, NC.
Green industry professionals often find themselves in the field needing immediate access to pest and plant disease information and plant care recommendations. Or, they need to be alerted when destructive pests emerge in their area. Thanks to a collaborative effort of horticulturists, entomologists and plant pathologists at seven land-grant universities, now there's an app for that.
When officials at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment were looking for a good example of a family farm that was both profitable and committed to sound conservation practices, they were directed to a diverse agricultural operation...
The local movement is staying for the long haul in the Carolinas.
“Local is No. 1 and organic is No. 2, in terms of marketing,” Kevin Hardison, marketing specialist with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, said. “A lot of growers are looking to expand that effort and a lot of consumers are seeking it.”
Farmers should review open burning laws before burning off crop residue to ensure they stay in compliance with state air quality rules. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Division of Air Quality created standards for acceptable agricultural burning without a permit in 2009.
May 15th marked the 150th anniversary of the United States Department of Agriculture which was ushered into being by one of our Nation’s greatest leaders President Abraham Lincoln and plays a vital role in ensuring that rural America remains vibrant and strong, writes U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre.
County works toward building agricultural center - A new building could be coming to Yadkin County soon. The county is working toward the construction of an agricultural center that will meet the needs of several county services.
Memorial Day is often considered the kick-off to summer. For many families, this weekend is spent traveling, enjoying family picnics or having a cookout in the backyard. No matter how you spend your weekend, you can easily incorporate local food into the mix.
The author says it's her favorite time of the year: those precious weeks between spring and the overbearing heat of summer when the strawberries are ripe, fresh vegetables start showing up in the stores, and the farmers' markets are open for the season ...
With more than 40 artisan cheese operations, North Carolina boasts one of the most robust cheesemaking communities in the Southeast. In an effort to ensure the state stays at the forefront of the industry, N.C. Dairy Advantage is offering up to 12 scholarships to existing N.C. cheesemakers to attend the 2012 American Cheese Society’s annual conference in Raleigh, Aug. 1-4.
North Carolina A&T and N.C. State University have been named as finalists for a national community engagement award thanks to a joint project of the universities’ Center for Environmental Farming Systems.
Morgan Morrow of North Carolina State University explains the plethora of solid, fact-based and peer-reviewed information users can find on swine health on the Pork Information Gateway website. (www.porkgateway.org)
Rides and food will be two of the more popular attractions when the 2012 Got to Be N.C. Festival kicks off Friday afternoon at the State Fairgrounds, but the 3-day celebration also has a serious purpose -- to urge people to support North Carolina agriculture.
Support for a statewide campaign encouraging consumers to spend 10 percent of their existing food dollars with local food producers, related business and communities is quickly approaching $15 million.
And that reflects only the 4,693 people and 566 businesses currently committed to being part of the campaign.
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