July 28, 2015

Largest Watermelon Contest to be held at State Farmers Market July 30

RALEIGH – The State Farmers Market is looking for local watermelon growers to submit entries to its Largest Watermelon Contest. The exhibition will be part of the market’s annual Watermelon Day on July 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. “This year’s high temperatures and low precipitation have helped North Carolina’s watermelon crop,” said Agriculture […]

NCDA&CS receiving reports of canine influenza in Asheville, Greensboro and Winston-Salem

RALEIGH – North Carolina veterinary officials have received confirmation of three cases of canine influenza in Asheville and Winston-Salem, and are receiving reports of suspected cases in Greensboro. According to reports, more than 200 dogs may have the virus, but since it is not a reportable disease in North Carolina, the problem could be more […]

State confirms first EEE case in Cumberland County

RALEIGH – A Cumberland County horse died last month after contracting Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis, a mosquito-borne disease that is preventable by vaccination. The 8-year-old Quarter horse died despite veterinary treatment. This is the first reported case of EEE in North Carolina this year. The state recorded 12 EEE cases in horses in 2014. The virus […]

Gardening Tips & Events

Recruiting Now for Master Gardener Class Volunteers needed! Do you love gardening? Are you looking for an opportunity to volunteer? The Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program is just for you! Our training classes will begin on Tuesday, July 28, 9 am to noon and meet weekly for 14 weeks. No gardening experience required! For more […]

NCDA&CS offers organic certification cost-share assistance

RALEIGH – 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, 2014, and Sept. 30, 2015, can apply for assistance through the program. […]

This Week at the Farmers Market, 7/11

This Week at the Market blackberries blueberries okra beets peas radishes sweet corn squash cucumbers  red and white potatoes  tomatoes cabbage peppers  zucchini  cantaloupe  watermelon   onions green beans peaches eggplant We will also feature many handmade crafts such as textiles, soaps and artwork. Rounding out our variety of goods this week will be an assortment […]

For freshest peaches, go directly to the source

RALEIGH – July is Peach Month in North Carolina, and one of the best ways to ensure you’re getting a great peach is to buy directly from growers at orchards, roadside stands and farmers markets. “Unlike in other states, the vast majority of North Carolina peaches are sold directly to consumers within a few days […]

Franklin and Wake counties join quarantine area for emerald ash borer

RALEIGH – Franklin and Wake counties are the latest to come under quarantine rules restricting the movement of hardwood firewood, ash nursery stock and other ash materials after emerald ash borers were confirmed in both counties. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler signed an emergency quarantine order allowing the expansion. An emerald ash borer was found via […]

Master Gardener Volunteer Training Begins Late July

Cooperative Extension in Vance and Warren Counties announces that the biennial Master Gardener Training Class will begin on July 28th. Participants will learn all they need to know to join this pre-eminent volunteer program. Prospective volunteers will receive 40 hours of instruction in all aspects of horticulture, including trees, lawns, flowers, vegetables, fruits, pest management […]

Five stores pay fines for price-scanning errors

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Standards Division has collected fines from stores in Franklin, Gaston, Henderson and Wake counties for excessive price-scanning errors. The Standards Division conducts periodic, unannounced inspections of a business’ price-scanner system to check for accuracy between the prices advertised and the prices that ring up at […]