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Plans under way for 2012 NC Watermelon Festival Parade | WNCT-TV

Plans under way for 2012 NC Watermelon Festival Parade | WNCT-TV | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Plans are now under way for this year's annual North Carolina Watermelon Festival Parade in downtown Mufreesboro.

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North Carolina soybean growers brace for kudzu bug | Southeast Farm Press

Homeowners and soybean growers in North Carolina are in for a surprise this year, as kudzu bugs continue their march across the Southeast.
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Extension offers advice on kudzu bugs | NCSU CALS

Extension offers advice on kudzu bugs | NCSU CALS | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

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.

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CEFS receives regional Magrath Award | NCSU CALS

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.

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Online Supplier Recalls Tempeh Starter Linked to Outbreak

Online Supplier Recalls Tempeh Starter Linked to Outbreak | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

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.

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War on weeds loses ground

The rise of herbicide-resistant varieties drives a search for fresh methods of control.
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IPM app available for nurseries, landscapers - Lawn & Landscape

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.

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‘Quintessential farm family’ | Wilkes Journal-Patriot

‘Quintessential farm family’ | Wilkes Journal-Patriot | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
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...
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Locally grown produce promotions keep growing | The Packer

Locally grown produce promotions keep growing | The Packer | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

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.”

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Put it in your pipe and grow it: Former tobacco farms evolve | Grist

Put it in your pipe and grow it: Former tobacco farms evolve | Grist | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
The 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement didn't just pay for health damages and counter-marketing, it's also been quietly helping farmers in North Carolina rebuild their local food system.
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Farmers should review rules before burning agricultural debris | NCDA&CS

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.

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Agriculture key to economic growth in N.C. | Sampson Independent

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.

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County works toward building agricultural center | Yadkin Ripple

County works toward building agricultural center | Yadkin Ripple | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
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.
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Enjoy local food this Memorial Day | NCDA& CS

Enjoy local food this Memorial Day | NCDA& CS | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

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. 

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Support your local farmers | Davidson Dispatch

Support your local farmers | Davidson Dispatch | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

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 ...

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Burley and beef to brocccoli and biofuel: Test farm plants seeds of new farm economy | Smoky Mtn Times

Testing canola varieties for biofuel. Growing truffles. Finding hemlocks and Fraser firs that can survive the scourge of the adelgid. Determining best practices for organic heirloom tomato production.

 

A walk through the fields of the Mountain Research Station will find dozens of projects in process as researchers experiment and push the limits of what the land can produce..

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Northeast Ag Expo set for July 26

Northeast Ag Expo set for July 26 | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

This year's Northeast Ag Expo Field day, which will feature corn, takes place July 26, 2012 at Charles Gray and Sons Farm. 

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North Carolina farmers should know rules before burning ag debris | Southeast Farm Press

Farmers should review open burning laws before burning off crop residue to ensure they stay in compliance with state air quality rules.
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N.C. Dairy Advantage offers scholarships to local cheesemakers | NCDA&CS

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.

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Joint A&T-NCSU sustainable local food initiative named a finalist for national engagement award | Aggie Research

Joint A&T-NCSU sustainable local food initiative named a finalist for national engagement award | Aggie Research | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

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.

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Mountain BizWorks announces it will close Hendersonville field office | Mountain Xpress

Asheville, NC – May 21, 2012: Today, Mountain BizWorks announced that it will close its Hendersonville field office on May 31 in conjunction with the closing of its Sylva field office on June 30.

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Sunday Salute: Carter pioneered strawberry-picking tradition | Fayetteville Observer

Sunday Salute: Carter pioneered strawberry-picking tradition | Fayetteville Observer | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

If you ever picked your own strawberries, you likely have Troy"Buck" Carter to thank.

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Morgan Morrow on Pork Information Gateway | YouTube

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)

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'Got to Be NC' festival promotes state's biggest industry | WRAL.com

'Got to Be NC' festival promotes state's biggest industry | WRAL.com | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

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.

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10 Percent Campaign encourages purchase of local foods | Salisbury Post

10 Percent Campaign encourages purchase of local foods | Salisbury Post | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

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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