July 31, 2016

Genome sequencing’s role in reducing foodborne illnesses is topic at Commissioner’s Food Safety Forum Aug. 16

The role of whole genome sequencing in reducing outbreaks of foodborne illnesses will be among topics covered at the 12th annual Commissioner’s Food Safety Forum on Aug. 16 at the State Fairgrounds. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler will host the event from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Expo Center. It is open to farmers, […]

NC Cooperative Extension Updates

COST-SHARE ASSISTANCE FOR ORGANIC CERTIFICATION The NCDA&CS is offering cost-share assistance for farmers pursuing organic certification. For details and requirements, visit this link.   SOYBEAN INSECT SCOUTING Dr. Dominic Reisig, NCSU Extension Specialist, predicts that this year will be “wormier than the previous three”! For scouting and ID tips, check this link.  OCT 2-4: WOMEN […]

NCDA&CS offers organic certification cost-share assistance

Organic growers in North Carolina can apply for partial reimbursement of the cost of becoming certified or for recertification through a program offered by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Growers who are certified or recertified between Oct. 1, 2015, and Sept. 30, 2016, can apply for assistance through the program. “This cost-share […]

Vance County Regional Farmers Market Summer Blastoff – June 25, 2016

“Summer Blastoff” Saturday, June 25th. Summer is in full swing, you are invited to come help celebrate peak season Summer Blastoff! We will have the Buggs Island Community Band performance beginning at 10:00am, a free Container Gardening Class at 10:00am and Ask a Master Gardener. VEGGIES & FRUIT: – Bell Peppers – Eggplant – Green […]

Horse owners urged to vaccinate horses after two S.C. horses confirmed to have EEE

North Carolina horse owners are urged to vaccinate their equine after two horses in Horry County, South Carolina contracted Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis within the past three weeks. EEE is a mosquito-borne disease that is preventable in equine by vaccination. Horry County is the northern-most coastal county in South Carolina and borders Brunswick County in North […]

NC Cooperative Extension Updates

MULCH AVAILABLE FROM VANCE COUNTY LANDFILL The Solid Waste Department has a limited supply of mulch and composted leaves to give away.  The giveaway will take place June 15th, 16th, and 17th from 8 to 4 PM and June 18th from 8 to 12 noon. The yard waste facility is located at 3181 NC 39 […]

NC Cooperative Extension Updates

JUNE EDITION OF GARDEN PATH NEWSLETTER Go to this link to download the latest issue of our Garden Path newsletter, written by your local Master Gardener Volunteers. As always, it includes lots of timely tips, a plant of the month, helpful gardening websites, and more!    FUN SUMMER YOUTH ACTIVITIES THROUGH 4-H Are you looking […]

NC Cooperative Extension: Produce, Barley, Sheep & Goats!

MALTING BARLEY FIELD DAY, OXFORD, JUNE 14 With a growing interest from craft breweries, barley production may present a good opportunity for your farm enterprise. Would you like to learn more? Come visit our test plots on June 14th at the Oxford Research Station and learn from specialists from NCSU and USDA. Dinner will be […]

NCDA&CS conducts card-skimmer sweep in 12 counties

N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services inspectors recently conducted a month long sweep at gas stations across the state looking for credit card skimmers. Inspectors visited 972 stations in 12 counties and checked 8,567 dispensers. The inspectors found three skimming devices. The devices were found in Mecklenburg and Nash counties. Thieves can install credit […]

N.C. Pesticide Board announces 21 case settlements

The N.C. Pesticide Board recently approved the following settlement agreements for individuals in Beaufort, Buncombe, Caswell, Craven, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Forsyth, Henderson, Martin, Person, Union, Washington, Wayne and Yadkin counties and Lafayette, La. Penalties were assessed for instances of pesticide drift, sale and purchase of restricted-use pesticides, worker protection violations and for applying pesticides without […]