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Tickets on sale for Farm to Fork Picnic | NCSU CALS

Tickets on sale for Farm to Fork Picnic | NCSU CALS | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

The 2012 Farm to Fork Picnic takes place at the Breeze Farm in Orange County’s Hurdle Mills on May 20. The event – sponsored by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS), Orange County/Breeze Farm Incubator, Slow Food Triangle, and the N.C. Agricultural Foundation – pairs some of the Triangle’s best chefs with local farmers and food producers to celebrate local food and local farms.

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Federal government spending $4 million to make farmer's markets accessible to those on food stamps (Fox News)

RALEIGH, N.C. – The federal government is spending $4 million to help hook up farmers and low-income customers. Currently, fewer than a quarter of the nation's roughly 7,100 farmers markets are set up to use the Electronic Benefit Transfer system, or food stamps. But Kathleen Merrigan, deputy secretary of agriculture, said she hopes these grants will bring another 4,000 of those outlets on line with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

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Restaurant's dishes vie for 'Best in NC' | Shelby Star

Restaurant's dishes vie for 'Best in NC' | Shelby Star | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Whether or not his dishes bring home the honor of “Best Dish in North Carolina,” Jim Sander said the community is already a winner.

 

By competing in contest, Sander, kitchen manager of Pleasant City Wood Fired Grille in uptown Shelby, has formed partnerships with local farmers in Cleveland County and North Carolina.

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All eyes on North Carolina Potato Festival, May 19 | MarketWatch

It's time to put your tractor in gear and head to the "tater patch!" Organizers of the North Carolina Potato Festival, May 19 in Elizabeth City, N.C., have adopted a farming and agricultural theme for this year's event, presented by Elizabeth City Downtown Inc. And what could be more appropriate for a county (Pasquotank), where potato production is number one among all the state's counties?

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USDA Under Secretary to help launch Produce Ped’lers program | NCSU CALS

U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary Kevin Concannon will be on hand in Goldsboro Wednesday for the launch of an innovative program designed to get fresh, local produce into city neighborhoods with limited access to fresh food. Produce Ped’lers, a program initiated by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, will employ eight youths to peddle – literally – bicycle rickshaws with fresh produce to neighborhoods across the city.

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Biocontrol Agent Tested to Battle Invasive Kudzu Bug | USDA ARS

Biocontrol Agent Tested to Battle Invasive Kudzu Bug  | USDA ARS | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Don't let its common name fool you: The "kudzu bug" isn't to be trusted. Sure, it will feed voraciously on the stems of kudzu, the "Vine That Ate the South." But Megacopta cribraria also has a taste for legumes, including soybeans. And in Georgia, where this native of Asia was first discovered in October 2009, there's worry the pest will infest peanuts, endangering the state's $2-billion legume crop.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists and their collaborators haven't been idle, however.

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Black farmers' quest for justice draws to a close | CNBC

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) - After decades of discrimination and years of legal wrangling, black American farmers are rushing to beat a May 11 deadline to file racial discrimination claims against the U.S.
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N.C. Touted as Biofuels Sweet Spot by USDA Sec. Tom Vilsack | N.C. Department of Commerce

N.C. Touted as Biofuels Sweet Spot by USDA Sec. Tom Vilsack | N.C. Department of Commerce | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack visits Biofuels Center of N.C. during Growing Renewable Biofuels event in Oxford.
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Farmers' new scourge: Swarms of reproducing, rampaging swine | Charlotte Observer

Farmers' new scourge: Swarms of reproducing, rampaging swine | Charlotte Observer | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Wild pigs, reproducing quickly, eat crops, threaten domestic herds in North Carolina.

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‘Got to be NC’ in China

‘Got to be NC’ in China | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
Jenny's Pickles is just one example of how North Carolina agriculture is becoming a hot commodity in China. “We know it's real,” said state agriculture commissioner Steve Troxler in reference to the NC product growth in China.
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First NC Small Grains Field Day | SFNToday.com

On Tuesday, May the 8th, the first of three small grain field days is scheduled in Robeson County, near Rowland. Georgia Love, Extension associate with N.C. State University's small grains program outlines some of the features of the tour.

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Planting projections hold surprises for tobacco growers | Southeast Farm Press

When the National Agricultural Statistical Services of USDA issued its Prospective Plantings Report for 2012, it included some surprises.
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Buy-local, sustainable movements meet at the fish market

Buy-local, sustainable movements meet at the fish market | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

A growing buy-local-food movement coupled with increasing awareness of over-harvested fish populations has led foodies and shoppers along the North Carolina coast to seek out sustainable, regionally-harvested seafood in ever larger numbers.

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N.C. State schedules precision ag field day | Southeast Farm Press

With crop value and crop risk at all-time highs, growers will likely be interested in learning new ways to improve efficiency and reduce costs.
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Chefs on ‘Fire' - Local chefs use N.C. products | Wilmington StarNews

Chefs on ‘Fire' - Local chefs use N.C. products | Wilmington StarNews | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
For the past few weeks on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, local chefs and their biggest fans have gathered at the Shell Island Resort in Wrightsville Beach for Fire on the Dock.

 

The coastal leg of this statewide cooking competition is one example of the explosion of foodie culture, especially the celebrity chef phenomenon and the interest in local eating. And it's one we can call our own.

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Troxler takes GOP bid for NC agriculture head | News & Observer

North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler is taking the Republican Party banner into November's election after winning his primary contest.
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Guidelines aim to keep falsely labeled honey out of NCDA&CS farmers markets | NCDA&CS

Guidelines aim to keep falsely labeled honey out of NCDA&CS farmers markets | NCDA&CS | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is implementing guidelines aimed at preventing the sale of falsely labeled honey at its five farmers markets across the state.

 

Beginning June 1, vendors at department-operated farmers markets must apply for approval to sell honey labeled or advertised as “sourwood” or “North Carolina.” The requirement applies to beekeepers selling their own honey and vendors selling honey produced, packaged or distributed by others.

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Rare Salmonella paratyphi outbreak linked to unpasteurized tempeh | Food Safety News

Rare Salmonella paratyphi outbreak linked to unpasteurized tempeh | Food Safety News | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

The Buncombe County Health Department has declared Smiling Hara tempeh the source of the Salmonella Paratyphi B outbreak originating in Asheville, NC. The number ill has risen to 46, with seven being hospitalized.

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North Carolina’s State FFA Convention to be Broadcast Live | SFNToday.com

State FFA Coordinator Josh Bledsoe explains that FFA in North Carolina has gone high-tech:

“We’ve been posting pictures, and slide shows and videos to our ihigh Alltech Ag Network website for the FFA here in North Carolina, and we will actually be able to utilize their technology to broadcast our state convention here in June through the internet.”

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April frosts damage crops | Shelby Star

April frosts damage crops | Shelby Star | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
Harvests may not be quite as sweet for some area farmers this season.

 

An early wave of warm days peppered with two could snaps in April could affect this year’s peach and blackberry crops, according to Kevin Starr, director of the Lincoln County office of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service.

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Food and agriculture in North Carolina: A funders' conversation | NCNG

The Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders, the North Carolina Network of Grantmakers, Grantmakers in Health, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation North Carolina, Golden LEAF, and Z. Smith Reynolds are holding a funders' conversation related to food and agriculture in North Carolina.

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US Ag Secretary Talks Biofuel In North Carolina — North Carolina Public Radio WUNC

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack calls for continued pursuit of energy independence through biofuels...

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Fishing is all business for Harnett County flounder farmer

BUNNLEVEL - One of these days, Larry Lanier will retire, kick up his feet and maybe do a little bit of fishing. For now, fishing is all business.
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What's killing crape myrtles in N.C.? Experts stumped | Virginian-Pilot

What's killing crape myrtles in N.C.? Experts stumped | Virginian-Pilot | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. Dozens of ailing crape myrtles growing here have an unknown disease that experts believe could quickly spread and threaten one of the most popular tree species in the South.
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Got to Be NC Festival celebrates local food, state's ag heritage May 18-20 at State Fairgrounds | NCDA&CS

Got to Be NC Festival celebrates local food, state's ag heritage May 18-20 at State Fairgrounds | NCDA&CS | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

The 2012 Got to Be NC Festival will have several new features when it takes place May 18-20 at the State Fairgrounds.

 

The festival has new Friday hours — noon to midnight. Hours for Saturday and Sunday remain 9 a.m. to midnight and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., respectively. Festival admission and parking are free.

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