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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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4-H Fall Plant
Sale

Rowan County 4-H is now taking orders for our Fall Plant Sale!  Available are: - Bunch Grapes:  Mars - Raspberries:  Dorman Red - Blueberries:  Brightwell, Climax, & Premier - Blackberries:  Arapaho & Triple Crown - Muscadines:  Cowart & Triumph - Figs:  Brown Turkey & Celeste To place your order, call 704-216-8970.

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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

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 »

Extension Gardener newsletter

Help Us Improve!

Throughout the year we strive to bring you useful, accurate, and timely gardening information you can trust through the Extension Gardener newsletter, portal, and Facebook page. Please take our short online survey to MORE » – from   Extension Gardener

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

Workshops

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 »

Jicama grown at Vang Farm

Rice Harvest

Rice Harvest Growing your own fruits and vegetables can be one of the most rewarding past times or hobbies a person can have! One of my favorite activities being a Cooperative Extension agent MORE »

Up close image of the nesting area

Birds and Bees

Birds and Bees Do you know all about the birds and the bees? Not that parenting talk, but do you really know what birds, bees, and other pollinators need to survive? If not, MORE »

Wild Turkey Farm owner, Lee Menius, speaks to the Piedmont Farm School about raising poultry.

Southern Piedmont Farm School

Southern Piedmont Farm School Do you want to start a farm, or have you thought about transitioning your farm into a different venture? If so, then the Southern Piedmont Farm School may be 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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RACE 4-H Saddle Up for St. Jude Trail RideSat Nov 1 - Sat Nov 1, 2014 - ALL DAY— 6 hours away
4-H Plant Sale Pick-upThu Nov 6 - Thu Nov 6, 2014 - ALL DAY— 5 days away
Holiday - Office ClosedTue Nov 11 - Tue Nov 11, 2014 - ALL DAY— 1 week away
4-H PALS MeetingThu Nov 13, 2014
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM— 2 weeks away
Cattlemen's MeetingThu Nov 13, 2014
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Where:
Piedmont Research Station, 8350 Sherrills Ford Rd, Salisbury, NC 28147, United States
— 2 weeks away
Holiday - Office ClosedThu Nov 27 - Fri Nov 28, 2014 - ALL DAY— 4 weeks away
4-H Wreath Sale Pick-upTue Dec 2 - Tue Dec 2, 2014 - ALL DAY— 1 month away
RACE 4-H BanquetFri Dec 5, 2014
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM— 1 month away
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