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Most ethnic holidays change from year to year (even Christian Easter) with the exception of Christmas. This article describes what various ethnic groups like to buy for their holiday festivities; at the end, I have included a table with the various holidays from 2014 until 2018. Ethnic Holidays 2014-2018 -       Foot scald typically happens in grazing animals and is typically associated with spring dew and wet conditions. Foot Scald -       Coccidia will affect kids when stressed, and weaning is a stressful period. ANS 09-616MG Coccidiosis -     Do  not to wait until 6, 10, or more animals die to call extension for help or to bring a dead animal in for necropsy. I still occasionally receive such calls, which really is a pity. ANS 06-613MG Herd Animal Death Problems/ANS 09 614MG Enterotoxemia


2014 Market Chef

Do you enjoy “heated” competition? Are you brave in the kitchen? Do you have cooking skills? Can you create gourmet dishes in a pinch? If so, the Market Chef Competition is for you! This market season, the Rowan-Salisbury Farmers’ Market will host its first ever cooking competition. There will be three days of competition. At the end of the competition, the winner will be crowned, “The Best Market Chef”. The first round will be held July 19 with four competitors. The winner will continue on to the next round, competing against a new set of challengers.   There will be twists and turns at every competition. Chefs will handle local mystery ingredients, time/money limitations, and new judges with each round. This competition will be similar to Food Television’s popular shows, “Cut Throat Kitchen”, “Iron Chef”, and “Chopped”. Contestants need to bring their “A-Game” if they wish to make the final round! Seasonal ingredients from the Farmers’ Market will be the contestants’ muse. Each ingredient provided has to be used in the dishes that the chefs create. Failure to do this will cause them to be “sliced”. Presentation is important! The contestants can also have an assistant of their choosing. They must bring their own knives, spices, oil, unopened pantry items, pots, pans, etc. Pots and pans will have to be brought to the Cooperative Extension office on the Monday before the competition to be washed and sanitized. To compete, contestants must fill out the application and deliver to the Cooperative Extension office at 2727-A Old Concord Rd., Salisbury, NC 28146. There is a $10.00 fee for contestants. Because of limited space, fees will be collected after the contestants are selected (contestants are selected on a first come first served basis). Applications are due no later than Friday, July 11th. The dates to compete are July 19, August 9, and September 6. The competition will be held at 10 am at the Rowan-Salisbury Farmers’ Market, 115 S. Jackson St., Salisbury. So, if you feel that you have what it takes to be the first Rowan-Salisbury Farmers’ Market, “Market Chef”, bring it on! Online applications for the competition can be found here: 2014 Market Chef Application, or the Rowan-Salisbury Farmers’ Market website: http://www.salisburyfarmersmarket.com. Hard copies  will be available at Rowan County Extension office (2727 Old Concord Rd., Salisbury) and Rowan-Salisbury Farmers’ Market. For more information on the competition, please contact Danelle Cutting or Toi Degree at 704-216-8970.


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Munsell color book being used to determine the hue, value and chroma of a soil.

Soil 101: Introduction
to Soil – Online!

Understanding soil is a basic skill needed by anyone interested in agriculture, environmental science, gardening, natural resource management, and water quality. Traditionally, to gain that skill, a person has had to pay college tuition and spend long hours in a classroom. Now, with the power of the internet at your fingertips, the NC Cooperative Extension Service is bringing a first class Introduction to Soil education to your office, dining room table, or local coffee shop. Learn more about this open online course at http://go.ncsu.edu/introduction-to-soil

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Mulberry with Popcorn disease

Disease and Plant Problems

Disease and Plant Problems Disease and plant problems have started to arise due to recent rain, storms, and humidity. Our office has been hammered with these questions and a few unusual plant identification MORE »

4-H Lamb Project

4-H Lamb Project Rowan County Cooperative Extension is providing an opportunity for youth interested in completing a 4-H lamb project.  This project is open to youth ages 5-18 as of January 1.  Youth MORE »

Voles teeth marks in the shrubs roots

Disease & Pest Problems

Disease & Pest Problems Spring has sprung out of the gate and for the most part it has been a pretty decent season, until this week. This week our office has been under MORE »

A farmer growing lettuce in a raised bed under a hightunnel


Gardening Gardening is a great past time, and many people just love to play in the soil. Because of hectic schedules or limited property, I receive many questions on gardening in small spaces. MORE »

Danelle Cutting, holding up a Hmong Cucumber, grown to perfection (it is a larger cucumber with a citrus/sweet flavor).

Vegetable Garden

Vegetable Garden People love the idea of having a vegetable garden. It can save money, they will have fresh produce, and they can freeze or can as much as they would like. All MORE »

Spring leaves arriving on the Muscadine vine that survived the frosts


Spring April has had some crazy weather, and it is the time when people go outdoors to plant their summer gardens. With the weather and spring, the Cooperative Extension office has received numerous MORE »

Showing the spacing between trees


Fruits As most of you know I am very fascinated with tree fruits and I am very excited to announce that our office will soon have a small fruit orchard. This summer our MORE »


Piedmont Farm School

The Piedmont Farm School is a 7-month educational program that trains beginning and transitioning farmers with a strong commitment to operate successful small-scale, sustainable farms.  The school offers seven business-planning seminars, which will MORE » – from   Forsyth County Center

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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Where:
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— Tomorrow
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