September 16, 2014

Farmers should have corn tested for aflatoxin

RALEIGH — Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler is encouraging farmers to have their corn tested for aflatoxin to prevent contamination of feeds and food. Aflatoxin is a byproduct of the mold Aspergillus flavus, and can be harmful to both humans and livestock. “We have six drop-off locations at research stations across the state to make it […]

New fees go into effect Oct. 1 for NC poultry growers

RALEIGH – North Carolina poultry growers who want to join the National Poultry Improvement Plan and receive a registration number will have to pay a $50 registration fee plus 10 cents per bird tested beginning Oct. 1. Growers with an existing registration number will need to pay a $10 annual recertification fee and pay 10 […]

State Farmers Market hosts first Seafood Day Thursday

RALEIGH – On Thursday, Sept. 11, the State Farmers Market will host its first-ever Seafood Day, highlighting the state’s seafood and aquaculture industries. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and feature cooking demonstrations, free samples and information. The state’s seafood and aquaculture industries have a significant impact on local economies. According […]

Troxler announces availability of bioenergy research grants

RALEIGH – The N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative is seeking grant proposals focused on research and development of agricultural and forestry-based feedstocks for bioenergy production, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announced today. “A total of $1 million in competitive grants is available, with funding coming from the N.C. General Assembly and a portion of the state’s TVA […]

NC Cooperative Extension Garden Tips plus upcoming seminars

THIS WEEK IN THE GARDEN 1. Mushrooms are generally not harmful to lawn. Simply remove them or mow them. 2. Tall fescue sowing season starts NOW! Reseeding or overseeding should be completed by mid-September for best results. 3. There is still a lot you can plan in the fall garden! Beets, broccoli, collards, swiss chard, […]

NC Cooperative Extension Classes for Small-Scale Farmers

Warren County Cooperative Extension will offer a “Backyard Farmer School” this fall! The class will meet every Tuesday, September 30 through November 4th, starting at 6:30 pm. For a cost of only $20, students will learn about all aspects of farming a small acreage, including soil preparation, goats and chickens, fruit production and vegetables. We […]

Vance County Farmers Market AdvisoryBoard meeting September 4, 2014

The Vance County Regional Farmers Market Advisory Board meeting is scheduled for September 4, 2014 at 2:00 pm in Market classroom.

NCDA&CS Market News Service to offer new price reports for local products

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumers Services’ State and Federal Market News Service is launching a series of new reports focusing on locally produced agricultural products. Reports for the state-operated farmers markets in Raleigh and Asheville, which list current wholesale prices, are now online, as is Farm to School information, which provides […]

NC Cooperative Extension Upcoming Gardening Seminars, plus “Backyard Farmer” school!

The Extension Master Gardener Volunteers of Vance & Warren Counties are pleased to present the FREE seminars listed below. All will take place at the Vance County Regional Farmers Market in Henderson (210 Southpark Dr., details at Registration is not required, but will help with plans for seating and handouts. Preparing Your Garden for […]

NC Cooperative Extension: Gardening Updates, plus farmers markets!

HUGE SHOPPING CART AT WARREN FARMERS MARKET ON SATURDAY! Thirteen feet tall! Powered by a Chevy 396 V-8! Big enough to hold all the delicious food products made in North Carolina! Come on out to the Warren County Farmers Market this Saturday, 8/23, to see this amazing vehicle, and also pick up some of the […]