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NC Cooperative
Extension Service Announces Strategic Plan

The Cooperative Extension Service at NC State outlines its vision for restructuring over the next 22 months by targeting its strengths and improving access to services across the state.

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NC Cooperative Extension Service_Conference Listening Session_11-6-13

NC Cooperative
Extension Service Announces Strategic Plan

The Cooperative Extension Service at NC State outlines its vision for restructuring over the next 22 months by targeting its strengths and improving access to services across the state.

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2015 Southern
Piedmont Farm School

The demand for locally grown food continues to grow despite a faltering economy. Direct sales from farms to consumers grew 215% from 1992-2007. The average farmer in NC is 57 years old, and looking forward to retirement. We need new farmers to meet the demand for locally grown food in North Carolina. Quite often people come to Cooperative Extension and say "I have some land that I want to do something with... but I don't know what. Can you tell me what I can grow and make some money?" This is really an open ended question, because it really depends on the market and the operator on whether an agriculture venture will be successful. Any good business starts out with a good plan and lots of research. More and more families are looking at ways to supplement their incomes and put their land into something productive. The Southern 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 give farmers the tools to create a viable business plan. Each business session will focus on different areas of writing a business plan including financial management and effective marketing strategies. The school also includes seven, day-long field trips at different working farms led by innovative experienced farmers and agricultural professionals. Participants will learn about low-cost sustainable farming methods, from fruits, vegetables, cows, pigs, poultry, goats, specialty crops and agritourism. The business classes will meet the second Thursday of the month beginning in January from 6-9pm at the Rowan County Extension Center, and the farm field days will typically be the 4th Thursday of the month from 9am-3pm. The farm field days will take place at various farms throughout the piedmont. Registration deadline is November 14th, one person: $250, two people: $400, call 704-216-8970 for more information. For the brochure and application click this link: 2015 Southern Piedmont Farm School Application and Brochure

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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 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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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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Cards made by the students of Mrs. Laura Lindley

Millbridge Elementary

Millbridge Elementary Teaching the fifth graders in Mrs. Laura Lindley’s class at Millbridge Elementary has been very rewarding the past couple of months. The children have been exceptionally interested and have always wanted MORE »

Comment Now on FDA’s New Food Safety Rules popular

From the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA): In September 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released several reproposed sections of food safety regulations originally proposed in January 2013: Standards for produce production (Produce Rule) MORE » – from   Growing Small Farms

Amie Baudoin from Morgan Ridge Vineyards shows the class of 2014 Piedmont Farm School the different varieties of grapes and how she helped start the vineyard.

2014 Piedmont Farm School Class popular

2014 Piedmont Farm School Class Last week wrapped up the final 2014 Piedmont Farm School class. I have to say that it was an amazing finale for the 2014 graduates. If you have MORE »

Color wheel made in the program by using plant materials from the Cooperative Extension office

Junior Master Gardeners

Junior Master Gardeners I know most of my readers have heard of Extension Master Gardeners, but I wonder how many have heard of Junior Master Gardeners? Junior Master Gardeners is a youth gardening MORE »

Low tunnel at Sacred Heart growing leafy greens

Keep your Gardens Growing popular

Keep your Gardens Growing Would you like to keep your gardens growing throughout the year? Of course! Most of us want to, but we either don’t know how to do it or we MORE »

The winter squash trial at the Piedmont Research Station. Extension Master Gardeners are pictured helping harvest the squash.

Workshops popular

Workshops When we receive a new client, they always ask about the activities and programs we have throughout the year. During October, we have tons of programs and activities! All of the activities MORE »

Monarda is a great addition to a pollinator garden.

IPM

IPM What is IPM? What if I told you that it is one of the most beneficial tools a gardener or homeowner can have for any garden or pest or disease issue! No, 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 Wreath Sale Pick-upTue Dec 2 - Tue Dec 2, 2014 - ALL DAY— 4 days away
RACE 4-H BanquetFri Dec 5, 2014
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM— 1 week away
4-H County Council MeetingThu Dec 11, 2014
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM— 2 weeks away
4-H Food ShowSat Dec 13 - Sat Dec 13, 2014 - ALL DAY— 2 weeks away
Holiday - Office ClosedWed Dec 24 - Fri Dec 26, 2014 - ALL DAY— 4 weeks away
Sustainable Forestry Teachers' Academy - PiedmontTue Jul 7 - Fri Jul 10, 2015 - ALL DAY Where:
Asheboro, NC, USA
— 7 months away
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