October 23, 2014

NC Cooperative Extension Updates

AG BUSINESS CLASS – DON’T MISS THIS! SPACE STILL AVAILABLE Are you considering a new farm enterprise? Want to figure out how to better manage an existing one? Then this class is for you! In seven classes, you will learn the basics of business planning, marketing, operations, financials and business proposals, with a focus on […]

NC strawberry referendum to be held during Southeast Strawberry Expo in November

RALEIGH — North Carolina strawberry growers will hold a referendum to decide whether to increase the current strawberry assessment during the Southeast Strawberry Expo in Pinehurst Nov. 17-19. Started in 1989, the strawberry assessment is used to advance strawberry research and marketing to improve the industry. Dexter Hill, strawberry marketing specialist with the N.C. Department […]

Handcrafted Holiday Market presented by the Vance County Regional Farmers Market November 22, 2014

The Vance County Regional Farmers Market will be hosting it’s inaugural Handcrafted Holiday Market, November 22nd from 8:00am to 3:00pm. Artisans & Crafters who are interested in having a booth are asked to please contact Tracy Madigan at (252)598-0814 or farmersmarket@vancecounty.org for an application. 

Jr. Livestock Sale of Champions brings in $167,700

RALEIGH – The junior livestock grand and reserve grand champion steers, barrows, lambs, goats and turkeys were auctioned in the Sale of Champions on Saturday at the N.C. State Fair. Bidders paid a total of $167,700 for the top animals, the highest auction total ever. “The State Fair’s livestock shows highlight some of the best […]

Farmland Preservation workshops to be held across the state

RALEIGH – The N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund will hold six workshops across the state for those interested in protecting local agricultural lands. The ADFP Trust Fund will be collaborating with the state USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service staff to host these workshops. The Farmland Preservation workshops target non-profit conservation organizations and […]

N.C. State Fair announces winners in annual wine competition

RALEIGH – Winners were recently chosen in the 2014 N.C. State Fair Wine Competition, and for the first time a muscadine wine earned top honors in the contest. Hinnant Family Vineyards in Pine Level won over the panel of judges with Carolina Wildflower, its semi-sweet wine made from muscadine grapes grown in North Carolina. The […]

Vance County Schools – Hydro-Stacker at Dabney Elementary

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Students at Dabney Elementary School have been enjoying studying plants and flowers that have been growing in small pots or cups included in the school’s new Hydro-Stacker planting and watering system. Their studies have been led by fifth-grade teacher Susan Hughes, who secured a grant from the N.C. Farm Bureau and the Vance County Farm […]

NC Cooperative Extension Ag Updates

AG ENTREPRENEURSHIP CLASSES Vance County Cooperative Extension and the Vance County Regional Farmers Market have partnered with VGCC to offer an Ag Entrepreneurship program. Farmers new and experienced could benefit from this comprehensive training course. Details at:  http://vance.ces.ncsu.edu/2014/09/agricultural-entrepreneurship-program/ TOBACCO CURING FIELD DAY Tobacco farmers are welcome to attend a field day in Johnston County to […]

NC Cooperative Extension Forestry Updates

HUNTER’S DAY AT THE VANCE COUNTY REGIONAL FARMERS MARKET Saturday, October 11, 2014, 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Deer Corn, Hunting Supplies and MUCH MORE! Pork & chicken BBQ sandwiches will also be available, as well as our normal selection of produce and crafts. At 2:00 p.m., we will have a seminar on Deer & Deer Habitat Management, […]

State Farmers Market to host 29th annual Decorated Pumpkin Contest Thursday


RALEIGH – From carved creations to dynamic dioramas, children of all ages will have a chance to show off their artistic side during the State Farmers Market’s annual Decorated Pumpkin Contest on Thursday, Oct. 9. The contest is divided into three age divisions: 8 and under, 9 to 15, and 16 and older. Contestants can […]