September 30, 2014

NC Cooperative Extension: Garden Tips

THIS WEEK IN THE LAWN & GARDEN 1. Tall fescue sowing and fertilizing season is here (actually first half of September is preferred, so delay no further!). Sow 6# seed/1000 sq. ft. Use a blend of three turf-type tall fescue cultivars. Fertilize at a rate of 1# N/1000 sq. ft using turf grade fertilizer that […]

Peak-season soil fee period announced for 2014-2015

RALEIGH – Growers and home gardeners or landscapers are reminded to send in their soil samples to the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Agronomic Services Lab by Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. to avoid upcoming peak-season fees. There will be a $4 fee per sample for those received during the lab’s peak-processing time […]

VGCC to offer Agricultural Entrepreneurship program at Farmers Market

Vance-Granville Community College is offering a new course designed specifically to help local farmers and budding entrepreneurs succeed in developing profitable, environmentally-sound small farms or agricultural businesses. The “NC REAL Agricultural Entrepreneurship” program will be conducted at the Vance County Regional Farmers Market, located at 210 Southpark Drive in Henderson, on Tuesday evenings, October 28 […]

Peak-season soil fee period announced for 2014-2015

RALEIGH – Growers and home gardeners or landscapers are reminded to send in their soil samples to the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Agronomic Services Lab by Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. to avoid upcoming peak-season fees. There will be a $4 fee per sample for those received during the lab’s peak-processing time […]

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, 2013, and Sept. 30, 2014, can apply for assistance through the program. […]

Advance tickets for NC State Fair go on sale at retail locations Oct. 2

RALEIGH – N.C. State Fair fans who want to save money on admission and rides can buy advance tickets at nine retail locations Oct. 2-16. Admission tickets and ride sheets will be on sale at the following places: N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. N.C. State Fairgrounds, Gate […]

NC Cooperative Extension Updates

RECYCLING DAY/PESTICIDE DISPOSAL, 9/27, 9 am to noon Come to the City of Henderson Operations Center, 900 S. Beckford Dr. for a FREE recycling event! Bring records for shredding, electronics, metal and more. Also welcome is furniture in good condition, and items that can be used in home construction/repair. Pesticides will also be accepted (including […]

State seeking public input on local laws that could interfere with state environmental, agricultural rules

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources are seeking input from the public about any local ordinances that might interfere with the state agencies’ own regulations. The Regulatory Reform Act of 2014, passed by the General Assembly in August, requires both departments to […]

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 […]

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