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Is triticale a future option for Southeast grain growers? | Southeast Farm Press

Triticale grows well in the Carolinas and on into Virginia, Kentucky and Maryland. Its biggest holdback isn’t agronomics, it's economics.

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NC corn as high as an elephant's eye | WRAL-TV

NC corn as high as an elephant's eye | WRAL-TV | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
Unlike the drought-stricken Midwest, the corn crop in North Carolina is flourishing.
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NCDA&CS September workshop focuses on food recalls | NCDA&CS

NCDA&CS September workshop focuses on food recalls | NCDA&CS | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the N.C. Food Safety and Defense Task Force will host a workshop Sept. 19 in Raleigh on preventing and managing food recalls. The event is tailored for home-based food businesses, shared-use kitchens, food and meat processing facilities and co-packers.

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FOOD: NC Farms Supplying More Food To Local Schools | The Raleigh Telegram

FOOD: NC Farms Supplying More Food To Local Schools | The Raleigh Telegram | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Under a new statewide program, local farms are helping to supply more foods to area schools. According to the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, the “Farm to School” program sales now has exceeded $1.2 million for this previous school year.

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NCBiotech Launches Center to Commercialize New Crops | North Carolina Biotech Center

NCBiotech Launches Center to Commercialize New Crops | North Carolina Biotech Center | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center has launched an initiative to help grow the state’s agricultural economy by creating more crop choices for North Carolina farmers. Following months of discussions with partners statewide, NCBiotech has established the Biotechnology Crops Commercialization Center, targeting potentially valuable crops adapted to the state’s diverse soil, climate and agribusiness conditions. Veteran ag biotech leader Alan Kriz, Ph.D., has joined NCBiotech’s AgBiotech Group as executive director of the crops commercialization center.

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New orchard bike tour added to this year's Apple Festival | BlueRidgeNow.com

New orchard bike tour added to this year's Apple Festival | BlueRidgeNow.com | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
Sycamore Cycles and the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service's Henderson County office are sponsoring the first Apple Orchard Bicycle EcoTour as part of this year's Apple Festival.
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The Affordable Care Act’s Prognosis for Farmworkers | NC Council of Churches

Every day, about 243 agricultural workers suffer injuries that cost them work time; about five percent of these injuries result in permanent impairment. Agriculture consistently ranks among the three most hazardous industries in the United States. In 2008, the National Safety Council ranked it as the most dangerous industry, and the U.S. Department of Labor reports that children performing farm work are four times more likely to be killed than those employed in all other industries combined.

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Heat creating headaches for farmers | Mount Airy News

Heat creating headaches for farmers | Mount Airy News | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
This year’s unusually hot and wet summer has created a boon for some farmers but has stunted other crops, said Jack Loudermilk, extension agent with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension.

 

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Know Your Farms hosts fourth annual farm tour | Huntersville Herald

Know Your Farms hosts fourth annual farm tour | Huntersville Herald | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

An annual farm tour will be held Sept. 15-16 by Know Your Farms, along with Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, N.C. Cooperative Extension, Piedmont Grown and the 10 percent Campaign.

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Hard to swallow: Meat prices set to spike | Gaston Gazette

Hard to swallow: Meat prices set to spike | Gaston Gazette | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Prepare for sticker shock on your steak. Plan to pay more for poultry.

Empty the piggy bank for pork. Your grocery budget could be the final casualty of drought that has corn and soybean prices at all-time highs.

 

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From Two Wheels to Four: Traveling an NC Farm | USDA Blog

From Two Wheels to Four: Traveling an NC Farm | USDA Blog | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

A writer and editor for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) visited a North Carolina farm to check out how NRCS employees help private landowners voluntarily add conservation to their land—conservation that benefits both the environment and their bottom line.

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Regional agronomists give guidance on wildlife food plots | NCDA&CS

Regional agronomists give guidance on wildlife food plots | NCDA&CS | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Mack Buie loves nature and wildlife, and hopes to instill that love in his children and grandchildren as well. About three years ago, he purchased 150 acres in Montgomery County. The land had a good mix of forested and open areas, and Buie’s plan was to plant food plots to attract animals. As a semi-retired businessman with no farming experience, Buie wasn’t sure how to go about establishing wildlife food plots. When a friend mentioned that he had been able to get advice from the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Buie soon found himself in contact with regional agronomist David Dycus.

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Local group tours agricultural/food enterprises | Warren Record

Local group tours agricultural/food enterprises | Warren Record | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
On July 11 and 12, a group from Warren County visited several agricultural distribution and food business incubator projects in western North Carolina to learn more about how those strategies can be applied here.
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Listeria fears expand N.C. cantaloupe recall; feds find 'unsanitary conditions' | NBCNews.com

Federal health inspectors have found unsanitary conditions at a North Carolina cantaloupe packing shed, leading to an expanded recall of melons that may be potentially contaminated with listeria.  

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DPS farm organizers brainstorm with an eye toward fall | Herald-Sun

That pocket of agricultural land next to Eno Valley Elementary School might see a farm-oriented school curriculum as early as this fall.
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Burch Farms Of North Carolina Recalls Athena Cantaloupes | PerishableNews

Burch Farms Of North Carolina Recalls Athena Cantaloupes | PerishableNews | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
Burch Equipment LLC, North Carolina, is voluntarily recalling 580 cases of whole Athena cantaloupes due to the potential for being contaminated with listeria.
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N.C. program aims to get fresh produce into schools | PilotOnline.com

ELIZABETH CITY Hundreds of acres of cabbage grow here, but little of it makes it into local school cafeterias as cole slaw. A 15-year-old state program to get fresh farm produce directly to schools surpassed the $1 million mark in sales this school year. In northeastern North Carolina, however, only one farmer sells through the program, and few schools participate.

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Growing grass is big business in North Carolina | WECT-TV

Growing grass is big business in North Carolina | WECT-TV | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
More turf grass is grown in North Carolina than corn, wheat, tobacco and peanuts combined.
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North Carolina-based hog farm operator ordered to pay $1 million for wetlands preservation | The Republic

RALEIGH, N.C. - A North Carolina hog farm operator has been ordered to pay $1.5 million in fines and restitution for violations of the federal Clean Water Act.
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S.C. corn producers expect bumper crop | Charlotte Observer

S.C. corn producers expect bumper crop | Charlotte Observer | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Midwest drought shifts crop's demand to Southeast.

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N.C. farmers expect best corn crop yield in years | Winston-Salem Journal

North Carolina corn growers are looking to cash in on what they call one of their best yields in years as their counterparts around the U.S. watch their crops wither because of heat and drought.
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Bayer CropScience Inaugurates New Greenhouse for Research and Development | PRWeb

Bayer CropScience celebrates the opening of its newest research facility: a 3-story, 60,000 square foot greenhouse that will be used for soy, corn and other broadacre crop research. The company invested USD 20 million for the new BioScience greenhouse in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

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N.C. State Turfgrass Field Day is Aug. 8 | NCSU CALS News Center

N.C. State Turfgrass Field Day is Aug. 8 | NCSU CALS News Center | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Experts from North Carolina State University will discuss a range of topics related to growing and maintaining turfgrass Wednesday, Aug. 8, at the annual Turfgrass Field Day.

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N.C. wary of possible farm labor shortage | News & Observer

N.C. wary of possible farm labor shortage | News & Observer | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
The number of migrant workers nationwide is shrinking, causing problems. So far, North Carolina hasn’t been affected. But the harvest season hasn’t peaked yet.
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Grants Assist to Protect Farmlands and Promote Agriculture | Goldsboro Daily Advance

The N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund recently awarded more than $2 million to help communities across the state protect farmland and promote agricultural enterprises, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announced.

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