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Extension is Planning
for Another Century of Success.

The N.C. Cooperative Extension Service has launched a strategic visioning initiative to evaluate the organization’s business model and chart a course through choppy economic waters. NCCES has seen recurring budget cuts of $20 million since 2000, resulting in the loss of roughly 90 positions over the past four years.

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NC Cooperative Extension Service_Conference Listening Session_11-6-13

Extension is Planning
for Another Century of Success.

The N.C. Cooperative Extension Service has launched a strategic visioning initiative to evaluate the organization’s business model and chart a course through choppy economic waters. NCCES has seen recurring budget cuts of $20 million since 2000, resulting in the loss of roughly 90 positions over the past four years.

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Fruits and vegetable produce stand

Horticulture
InfoSearches Provide Answers!

Looking for answers to fruit, vegetable, weed or floriculture questions? The NC State University Department of Horticulture invites you to try their powerful, but focused search engines designed to provide answers from the scientific literature, trade and association magazines/websites and NC State University, and archive (repository of literature dating back to the 1800s).  Use these search engines for all of your fruit, vegetable, weed and floriculture questions. Floriculture InfoSearch Fruit InfoSearch Vegetable InfoSearch Weed InfoSearch

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NC Cooperative Extension Service

Crop and Animal
Science

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

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Rowan County Staff

Rowan County
Staff

Rowan County Center gives our county's residents easy access to the resources and expertise of NC State University and NC A&T State University.

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Shiitake Mushroom
Workshop- CANCELLED and RESCHEDULED

***Due to the ice our Mushroom Workshop will be cancelled tomorrow. NC A&T will not allow their vehicles on the roads so we will not be able to have the tools and spawn for the program. The workshop has now been rescheduled for Friday, March 21 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Rowan County Cooperative Extension office. We are sorry for the inconvenience, if you cannot attend the rescheduled date please call us at 704-216-8970 since there may be other options. ***  Have you ever wanted to grow your own mushrooms but didn’t know where to start? This is a common question most Horticulture Extension agents receive since growing your own mushrooms has really taken off. There are quite a few varieties of mushrooms people can grow but for North Carolina, Shiitake mushrooms seem to be the most prevalent. This may be in part due to the Shiitake Mushroom program at NC A&T. North Carolina A&T State University has helped teach individuals how to grow their own Shiitake mushrooms and have hosted numerous Shiitake Mushroom workshops across the state. Mushrooms can be grown in many different substrates but for small growers and home owners they are commonly gro wn in logs. If the growers inoculate and tend to the logs properly they can grow mushrooms for many years sometimes lasting as long as 10 years. Inoculating logs is not an extremely difficult task, it just takes time and prepara tion. There are typically many classes held throughout the state teaching individuals how to inoculate their own logs. Rowan County along with Davidson County will be hosting a Shiitake mushroom workshop Tuesday, March 4 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Rowan County Agriculture Building (2727 Old Concord Rd., Salisbury, NC). This workshop will teach students how to grow their own Shiitake mushrooms using logs. Participants are asked to bring up to four logs of white or red oak, or sweet gum. Logs cannot be longer than four feet in length and must be 4-8 inches in diameter. Do not use logs that have been cut longer than two weeks prior to the workshop. The fee for the workshop is to provide one of the four inoculated logs to NC A&T. NC A&T will provide the mushroom spawn, wax, and tools to prepare the logs. There are two parts of the program, the first part is indoors, and the second is outdoors so  participants must wear proper clothing and footwear. All participants are required to RSVP by Friday, February 28 since the class is limited to the first 60 participants. For more information or to RSVP please contact Danelle Cutting at 704-216-8970. Or for more information on growing mushrooms visit this website: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/fletcher/programs/herbs/crops/mushrooms/

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Growing Fruits

Growing Fruits Growing fruits can be very rewarding if they are cared for properly. If fruit trees, shrubs, or vines are neglected it can be hard to get the plants and trees in MORE »

A Bradford Pear that was damaged in a storm

Know what you are Planting

Know what you are Planting Spring can be a great time of the year to start your gardening, but it is very important to know what you are planting before you start. Below MORE »

A farmer growing lettuce in a raised bed under a hightunnel

Methods for Gardening

Methods for 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 MORE »

A mixture of lettuces being grown and ready for harvest

Spring

Spring Spring is in full swing and with that starts the questions of farmers’ markets, gardening, and the general outdoors. Being a local food agent, I am privy to all of those details. MORE »

Mountain orchard

Farming

Farming Farming is one of the best jobs a person can have; it is also one of the most difficult, demanding, and least thanked professions. Farming used to be the top occupation in MORE »

This is a blueberry branch that has died, which is one of the canes that should be pruned out when someone is pruning.

Pruning Blueberries and Blackberries

Pruning Blueberries and Blackberries This month we have received numerous phone calls on how to prune blueberries and blackberries. As I have mentioned in a previous article on pruning fruits it is best MORE »

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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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4-H Paper Clover Promotion @ Tractor SupplyWed Apr 23 - Sun May 4, 2014 - ALL DAY Today— 12 hours ago
Seed Swap Wed Apr 23, 2014 Today
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM— 3 hours ago
Lunch and Learn: Quick Breads Thu Apr 24, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Where:
Rowan County Center
— Tomorrow
Pallet Garden WorkshopFri Apr 25, 2014
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
Rowan County Cooperative Extension Office 2727 Old Concord Rd., Salisbury 28146
— 2 days away
RACE 4-H Open Horse ShowSat Apr 26 - Sat Apr 26, 2014 - ALL DAY— 3 days away
State 4-H Horse Judging & Hippology ContestsSat Apr 26 - Sat Apr 26, 2014 - ALL DAY— 3 days away
SCD 4-H District Activity DaySat May 3 - Sat May 3, 2014 - ALL DAY— 1 week away
4-H PALS MeetingThu May 8, 2014
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM— 2 weeks away
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