October 8, 2015

N.C. Forest Service offers advice to landowners interested in treating ash trees for emerald ash borers

RALEIGH – In two years, the emerald ash borer has become a notorious pest in North Carolina. From its first appearance in the state in 2013, it has already left a trail of dead ash trees in its wake, and it continues to spread, prompting a statewide quarantine in September. But, there are options for […]

Farms are great destinations for family fun this fall

RALEIGH – From corn mazes and pick-your-own pumpkin patches to harvest festivals and farm-to-table dinners, agritourism farms across the state are gearing up for family-friendly activities this fall. “Agritourism is a great way for families to learn more about agriculture, the state’s top industry, in a very interactive way,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “With […]

State Farmers Market to host 30th annual Decorated Pumpkin Contest Thursday

RALEIGH — Young artists can aim for pumpkin perfection during the 30th annual Decorated Pumpkin Contest at the State Farmers Market Thursday. The contest is divided into three age groups: 8 and under, 9 to 15, and 16 and older. Contestants can carve, paint or use other art media to decorate their entries. Decorated pumpkins […]

Farmers urged to prepare for several days of heavy rain to be followed by possible hurricane conditions

RALEIGH – Farmers across the state are urged to clear drainage ditches, secure signage and loose objects, stock up on fuel and feed to be prepared for days of wet weather that may be followed by hurricane conditions. The state has already seen almost a week of rain that has saturated the ground. If Hurricane […]

With fall fire season approaching, N.C. Forest Service offers tips to prevent wildfires

RALEIGH – As fall wildfire season approaches, the N.C. Forest Service encourages North Carolinians to heed the call of National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 4-10, and take steps to ensure careful burning of leaves and yard debris. Fall wildfire season typically lasts from mid-October until mid-December, the time of year when people do a lot […]

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. The N.C. General Assembly approved $1 million in funding for the 2015-2016 budget cycle, with $500,000 approved from the TVA Settlement Fund for projects specific to […]

Registration open for November 5th food-business workshop

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is offering a free workshop for food-business owners November 5, 2015. The workshop, “Growing Your Food Business,” will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wake County Center, 4001-E Carya Drive. “North Carolina has a wealth of food entrepreneurs who are ready […]

Farmers Market Advisory Board meeting October 1st canceled

Please be advised that the previously announced October 1 meeting of the Advisory Board for the Vance County Regional Farmers Market has been canceled. We will send a notice as soon as a new date has been set.

VGCC abuzz over Beekeeping class

Vance-Granville Community College will soon offer a Beekeeping course taught by Warren County farmer and VGCC graduate Mike Holland.  The class will meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 until 8 p.m., Oct. 6 through Nov. 12, in room 7104 (Building 7) on the college’s Main Campus in Vance County. Holland welcomes both beginner […]

Warren County Farm Tour October 17th, 2015

Are you a farmer who wants to learn about innovative crops and production methods? Or someone who owns an acre or three of land and wants to make it more productive? Or simply someone who loves food and wants to know more about the farms where it’s produced? If you fit into any of these […]