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Officials: News improves in salmonella outbreak

Officials: News improves in salmonella outbreak | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
As cases of salmonella continue to increase in North Carolina, the Buncombe County Department of Health says there was some positive news Thursday.
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Richmond may join Moore Lee in new development initiative | Daily Journal

Richmond may join Moore Lee in new development initiative | Daily Journal | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

"The face of farming is changing once again in Richmond County.  Once cotton and tobacco were major crops; now the shift is toward livestock and poultry."

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Apple crop freeze will cost Henderson County growers millions | Asheville Citizen-Times

The April freeze that destroyed countless apple blooms easily will cost growers millions of dollars in lost fruit, with some growers estimating the county’s 150 growers will likely only produce half of a normal crop this year.
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Mount Olive College presents honorary collegiate FFA degrees | MOC

Mount Olive College presents honorary collegiate FFA degrees | MOC | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

The Lois G. Britt Agribusiness Center recently celebrated their 10 year anniversary with a banquet and awards ceremony. During the event, current students in the agri education and agribusiness programs talked about the accomplishments of the Center during the past ten years including outreach efforts, curriculum advancement, internship development, activities accomplished by student organizations, and community service projects. They also discussed the future opportunities and projections for the Center. Over 180 people attended the event.

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From class to farm: Students grow understanding of food production | The Elon Pendulum

From class to farm: Students grow understanding of food production | The Elon Pendulum | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

"The demand for food is expected to double by 2050, according to Jerry Dorsett, adjunct instructor of environmental studies at Elon University, and the need for sustainable agriculture is going to grow with it."

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What Will Make The Food Desert Bloom? | NPR

What Will Make The Food Desert Bloom? | NPR | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
Improving the health of people living in food deserts is much more than making sure there are veggies on the shelves. As activists have learned, it takes education and some old-fashioned innovation, too.
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Deadline to apply for economic injury disaster loans is May 31 | MarketWatch

Deadline to apply for economic injury disaster loans is May 31 | MarketWatch | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding businesses in North Carolina that working capital loans are still available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private non-profit organizations that were affected by Hurricane Irene that occurred from Aug. 25 through Sept. 1, 2011.

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Corn planting surges to 53% Cattle News | Cattle News

Despite wet weather limiting corn planting for some farmers, 53 percent of corn has now been planted according to the USDA’s weekly Crop Progress report. This is well above the five-year average of 27 percent and last week’s report of 28 percent. This week’s progress is also more than four times above last year’s pace of 12 percent.

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Schulman to receive research award | CALS News, N.C. State University

Schulman to receive research award | CALS News, N.C. State University | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
Dr. Michael Schulman, William Neal Reynolds Professor and Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor, will receive the 2012 Excellence in Research award given by the Rural Sociological Society at the society's annual ...
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NC State develops mobile hand-washing stations for growers | Farm and Dairy

NC State develops mobile hand-washing stations for growers | Farm and Dairy | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

RALEIGH, NC — As food safety issues continue to garner national attention, NC State University is helping farmers in North Carolina take steps to manage food safety risks.

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Missouri's beloved flowering dogwoods put on a spectacular spring display | Columbia Daily Tribune

Missouri's beloved flowering dogwoods put on a spectacular spring display | Columbia Daily Tribune | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

"In North Carolina, where dogwood is the state flower and a $5 million to $6 million cash crop for growers, it was announced last month that North Carolina State University horticulturist Thomas Ranney has developed a "bulletproof" specimen called NCJAM6. It might be available in that state's nurseries next year and coming soon to a nursery near you."

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N.C. Christmas trees find new markets in Latin America | In the Field

N.C. Christmas trees find new markets in Latin America | In the Field | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Spring is in the air, and for many North Carolinians that means Christmas is just a distant thought. However, for N.C. Christmas tree growers like Paul Smith, Christmas could be starting sooner if new international markets open up in Latin America.

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Mill Spring School in NC now community agriculture center | Goupstate.com

Mill Spring School in NC now community agriculture center | Goupstate.com | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
MILL SPRING, N.C. — Thousands of people attended the Mill Spring School while it was in operation from 1928 to 1994, and plenty of memories surround the large brick building near the foot of White Oak Mountain.

 

Unused for 18 years, this Polk County landmark is undergoing a renaissance as the Mill Spring Agricultural Development Center, where hands-on action is making the vision of rural development a reality.

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County plummeted by hail | Clay County Progress

County plummeted by hail | Clay County Progress | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Unusual heat, a couple of freezes, and even light snow were recorded in some areas of the county in April. And the April showers and high temperatures did bring flowers, but hail destroyed some of the colorful blossoms. Fortunately, there were not many field crops up when the marble-sized hail pelted Clay County on Thursday, April 26, according to Silas Brown.

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Grain sorghum an option for Carolina, Virginia growers | Southeast Farm Press

North Carolina-based grain company, Murphy-Brown, is pushing grain production in the Carolinas in 2012, and they are putting money on the table to make it happen.
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CALS students, faculty, alumnus among 2012 GSD honorees | NCSU CALS News

CALS students, faculty, alumnus among 2012 GSD honorees | NCSU CALS News | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
On April 25, the N.C. State University chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta (GSD), the Honor Society of Agriculture, recognized and honored academic achievement and contributions to agriculture by faculty, students, staff and ...
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State-of the-art recirculation could be key | fishnewseu.com

ACCORDING to an aquaculture specialist speaking before this week’s Australasian Aquaculture Conference in Melbourne, technology that reduces water consumption in recirculation systems by around 98 per cent could have a huge impact on the global aquaculture industry.

 

Professor Thomas M Losordo, who made a presentation at the Aquaculture Recirculating Technology Short-Course at the Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT), said such technology must be part of the future for the rapidly growing aquaculture industry.

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Book cheers N.C. craft beer | Winston-Salem Journal

Book cheers N.C. craft beer | Winston-Salem Journal | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

"North Carolina is a great place to have a beer right now," said Erik Lars Myers. 

 

Myers said that North Carolina seems to be ahead of many states in using local ingredients in craft beers. The state isn't historically a place to grow hops and barley for beer, but advances in agricultural practices have started to change that.

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Cooperative effort creates expanded learning opportunities | The Jamestown News

Cooperative effort creates expanded learning opportunities | The Jamestown News | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

What may look like a flash from the past might just become the wave of the future. Students in 26 schools throughout Guilford County have created gardens on campus and 10 more plan to start one in the fall.

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N.C. Cooperative Extension to host AgriCulture Tourism tour | Pender-Topsail Post & Voice

The N.C. Cooperative Extension’s Southeast Extension District AgriCulture Tourism Committee and the Pender County Cooperative Extension will host the Spring 2012 AgriCulture Tourism tour May 4 from 8 a.m.
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NC Ag Commissioner considers Greensboro event a learning experience | SFNToday.com

Thu, Apr, 26, 2012, 3:00 AM

On Wednesday, North Carolina’s Ag Commissioner, Steve Troxler, along with other state and local dignitaries, members of the media from across the country, as well as employees of several of Syngenta’s divisions from the US and Canada gathered at the Greensboro Coliseum for Insights into Syngenta’s New Strategies just about a year after the company announced it would be consolidating all its divisions.

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Salmonella traced to Asheville tempeh | Asheville Citizen-Times

A local maker of fermented bean product confirmed Monday evening that its product tested positive for salmonella as an outbreak caused by the bacteria worsens.

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Science Briefs: N.C. State lawn advice now available as app | Charlotte Observer

Science Briefs: N.C. State lawn advice now available as app | Charlotte Observer | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
N.C. State researchers may work in labs – but the efforts of their turfgrass program extend all the way to your lawn. Its popular TurfFiles website – www.turffiles.ncsu.edu – has tips and alerts on watering, maintenance, pests and more.
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Ohio farm union looks to aid tobacco workers in NC | abc11.com

Ohio farm union looks to aid tobacco workers in NC | abc11.com | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
Union will lead a discussion about the conditions and rights of workers who harvest tobacco in North Carolina...
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Burger King Pledges to Go Completely Cage-Free

Burger King Pledges to Go Completely Cage-Free | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
In a surprising announcement, the major restaurant chain has pledged to change the way its food is produced.

Via David Pratt
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