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McIntosh discusses local and sustainable foods as part of N.C. Agriculture Commissioner's Speaker Series

McIntosh discusses local and sustainable foods as part of N.C. Agriculture Commissioner's Speaker Series | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Dr. Michael McIntosh will serve as the UNCG panel representative for N.C. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler’s Speaker Series on April 25th. Following a reception at 6pm in Elliott University Center, speakers will discuss the ‘green’ movement towards local foods produced using sustainable agriculture practices. In addition to Dr. McIntosh, the panel includes farmers Kenneth Rudd and James Kenan; Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen Chef Jay Pierce; Rick Cecil and Robert Smothers of the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market; and CEO and CDO of Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants and Hotels, Dennis W. Quaintance.

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Forest farming trend grows in popularity | Associated Press

Forest farming trend grows in popularity | Associated Press | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
Forest farming can be an attractive option for property owners who want to earn more from their land without cutting timber.

 

"Advantages forest farmers have over wild harvesters is they can produce large volumes of the product that is in demand, their product will be more uniform and they can provide quality control," said Jeanine Davis, an associate professor at North Carolina State University's Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center, at Mills River.

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N.C. Museum of History and Syngenta showcase state's rich agricultural heritage

N.C. Museum of History and Syngenta showcase state's rich agricultural heritage | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
What began as a few outdoor garden beds showcasing North Carolina's agricultural legacy will soon blossom into a living, thriving exhibit at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. The museum is partnering with Syngenta, located in ...
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Area kids learn about agriculture at VGCC Farm Day | Home in Henderson

Area kids learn about agriculture at VGCC Farm Day | Home in Henderson | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

“Continuing an annual tradition of teaching young children about food and agriculture, students in the Early Childhood Associate program at Vance-Granville Community College held Farm Day in the Civic Center on the college’s Main Campus on April 19. The sixth annual event brought to campus some 600 four-year-olds from day care centers, schools, and Head Start facilities in Vance, Granville, Franklin and Warren counties.”

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Drought conditions remain unchanged for most of the state | WRAL-TV

Drought conditions remain unchanged for most of the state | WRAL-TV | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
Most counties in North Carolina are currently experiencing either abnormally dry or moderate drought conditions, according to the N.C. Drought Management Advisory Council.
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Lower food and fuel costs could result from researchers' battle against soy pest | Phys.Org

Lower food and fuel costs could result from researchers' battle against soy pest, says University of Missouri plant pathologist who's collaborating with scientists at N.C. State University, Iowa State University.

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Senate panel approves 5-year food and farm plan | KFVS-TV

"The Senate Agriculture Committee has approved a five-year, half-trillion-dollar plan to overhaul the nation's food and farm policies.

 

"The measure goes now to the full Senate. It ends the practice of paying farmers for crops they don't grow. Instead, it shifts emphasis to crop insurance and a new federal risk management program."

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Candidates for Congress talk agriculture at forum | BlueRidgeNow

Ten candidates for the 11th Congressional District seat held by U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler tackled questions important to the agricultural community Thursday in a forum sponsored by the Buncombe, Haywood and Henderson County Farm Bureaus.
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Farmer works with agricultural district to protect land | The Dispatch

Farmer works with agricultural district to protect land | The Dispatch | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Turner Road will be gaining a new bridge and, just maybe, a newly constructed tunnel under the existing road, too, for cattle. A tunnel is one of the possible solutions provided by the Davidson County Voluntary Agricultural District Advisory Board to prevent BN Acres, a cattle farm, from suffering financial consequences due to lack of access to pastures on each side of Turner Road.

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Hand-washing stations help farmers reduce food safety risks | Southeast Farm Press

Hand-washing stations help farmers reduce food safety risks | Southeast Farm Press | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
As food safety issues continue to garner national attention, North Carolina State University is helping farmers in the state take steps to manage food safety risks.
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N.C. wheat field days are set for May | NCSU Small Grain Production website

N.C. wheat field days are set for May | NCSU Small Grain Production website | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

The field days take place May 8, May 10 and May 15.

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Organic farming, carefully done, can be efficient | Los Angeles Times

Organic farming, carefully done, can be efficient | Los Angeles Times | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Organic agriculture produces smaller harvests than conventional methods, but the difference can be minimized by employing the right techniques, a study finds.

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NC black farmers filing claims in USDA settlement | Charlotte Observer

Black farmers in eastern North Carolina are lining up to talk to lawyers about claiming part of a more than $1 billion settlement with the federal government before time runs out.
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Deputy Secretary Merrigan Announces USDA to Collaborate With North Carolina Central University in Training and Matchmaking Event in Support of White House Initiative on Small Business | USDA

Deputy Secretary Merrigan Announces USDA to Collaborate With North Carolina Central University in Training and Matchmaking Event in Support of White House Initiative on Small Business | USDA | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON, April 30, 2012 - Today, the Agriculture Deputy Secretary that the United States Department of Agriculture Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) will collaborate with North Carolina Central University in hosting an event to provide small businesses with a series of educational workshops and networking sessions. Both workshops and networking sessions will educate contractors on how to successfully conduct business with the USDA and other Federal agencies.

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North Carolina tackles going local and sustainable | Organic Connections

North Carolina tackles going local and sustainable | Organic Connections | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

"North Carolina is a state known for its agricultural production—tobacco, corn and soy. It is also the number two pork-producing state in the nation. Yet since 1994, the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS)—a joint effort between two of the state’s leading universities and its Department of Agriculture—has been heavily researching and promoting organic, sustainable and local agriculture. Today, CEFS’s impact is being felt statewide, creating highest-ever demand for local and sustainable production and setting a remarkable example for many other states in
the nation."

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Will exports save North Carolina's tobacco farms? | Greensboro News & Record

Will exports save North Carolina's tobacco farms? | Greensboro News & Record | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Farmers, ag officials and N.C. State University tobacco economist Dr. Blake Brown discuss the future of North Carolina tobacco exporting.

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Agriculture Technology Keeps Growing | NC Farm Bureau Magazine

Agriculture Technology Keeps Growing | NC Farm Bureau Magazine | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

To get the most out of their equipment for higher yields and efficiency, farmers used to have to depend on their tractors running only a power take-off or  hydraulics. Now tractors can drive themselves, and farmers can make a wide array of changes and functions with just the push of a button. Dr. Ron Heiniger of N.C. State University's Cooperative Extension Service discusses precision agriculture.

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World's most expensive food grown in NC | WBRC-TV

World's most expensive food grown in NC | WBRC-TV | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
A North Carolina woman has brought a high-end delicacy most thought could only be grown in Europe to her 200-acre backyard.
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NC farmers and consumers need a good corn harvest this year | NBC-17

NC farmers and consumers need a good corn harvest this year | NBC-17 | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

 NC Farmers hope for a robust corn harvest this year.

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Tobacco firms agree to discuss farm workers' rights | Winston-Salem Journal

A long-sought meeting of the minds on tobacco farm worker conditions has been agreed to by advocacy groups and several large tobacco manufacturers, including Reynolds American Inc.
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State Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler visited a local 4-H club Tuesday | BlueRidgeNow

State Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler visited a local 4-H club Tuesday | BlueRidgeNow | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
State Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said he was thrilled to speak to a local Henderson County 4-H club Tuesday because in his mind, young people are the future of agriculture.
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Upper Southeast cotton growers brace for thrips invasion | Southeast Farm Press

A warm winter, an exceptionally warm March, heavy and early thrips flights — all the elements seem to be coming together for the perfect storm of damage to cotton for 2012.
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Peanut agronomists share forecasts for 2012 | Southeast Farm Press

Peanut agronomists share forecasts for 2012 | Southeast Farm Press | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
At the recent spring conference of the American Peanut Shellers Association, held in Albany, Ga., University of Georgia Extension peanut agronomist John Beasley shared the results of a recent questionnaire submitted to U.S.

 

David Jordan of North Carolina State University expects acreage in his state to be up by 15 percent over 2011, with mostly Virginia-type varieties being planted, including Bailey, Sugg, CHAMPS and Perry. He predicts that maybe 5 percent of the acreage will be planted in runners.

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State Farmers Market plans sweet treats for Strawberry Day May 3 | NCDA&CS News Release

State Farmers Market plans sweet treats for Strawberry Day May 3 | NCDA&CS News Release | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

The State Farmers Market will celebrate the state’s strawberry crop at Strawberry Day Thursday, May 3, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Growing farmers in Eastern North Carolina | Public Radio East

Growing farmers in Eastern North Carolina | Public Radio East | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Incubation farms in North Carolina are giving new farmers a way to grow their operations.

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