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Farmer Appreciation
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Garden Column March 9, 2016 During almost every school garden class, gardening program, or public event, I get on my soap box about everything you have or have eaten coming from a farm. Our current population is about five to seven generations off a family farm. That means that most of today’s youth will not know what it means to milk the cows before dawn, stack bales of hay, the joys of conversation when shelling beans on the porch, or how to make jelly from muscadines. It is kind of sad, but it makes me think about how we, as citizens, need to appreciate our farmers, especially our local ones! Three years ago, the Cooperative Extension decided to host its first Farmers’ Appreciation Breakfast. This is a day that we give thanks to all of our farmers in the community for their hard work and dedication throughout the year. If you are a farmer in the Rowan County area and are available Thursday, March 17, you are cordially invited to attend our third annual Farmers’ Appreciation Breakfast at the Millbridge Ruritan Club (690 Sloan Rd., Mount Ulla). We will begin at 7 a.m. for the farmers to have fellowship and time to network, with the main program starting at 7:30 a.m. We are also looking for any photos of Rowan County Farmers’, if you have some great photos you can share please email them to amy_albertson@ncsu.edu by March 15. Joe Hampton, local farmer and the Research Operations Manager Superintendent of the Piedmont Research Station with responsibilities over the Western Research Stations will be the speaker for the event. The program will also feature the new Cooperative Extension Director, Amy Lynn Albertson. The Farmers’ Appreciation Breakfast is a partnership between Rowan County Cooperative Extension, Rowan County Chamber of Commerce, local farms, and agribusinesses. The breakfast will consist of locally sourced items and it is free to all Rowan County farmers, but there is a charge for Rowan County Chamber of Commerce members of $15 and non-members, $25. The registration deadline for the Farmers’ Appreciation Breakfast is March 15. For Chamber of Commerce members and interested parties, please contact the chamber to register. We would like for all Rowan County farmers to register with the Cooperative Extension office at 704-216-8970. I hope that you will join us in this day of celebration to honor our local farmers! If you have any questions concerning the Farmers’ Appreciation Breakfast or to RSVP, call the Cooperative Extension office at 704-216-8970.

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Farmer Appreciation
Breakfast

Garden Column March 9, 2016 During almost every school garden class, gardening program, or public event, I get on my soap box about everything you have or have eaten coming from a farm. Our current population is about five to seven generations off a family farm. That means that most of today’s youth will not know what it means to milk the cows before dawn, stack bales of hay, the joys of conversation when shelling beans on the porch, or how to make jelly from muscadines. It is kind of sad, but it makes me think about how we, as citizens, need to appreciate our farmers, especially our local ones! Three years ago, the Cooperative Extension decided to host its first Farmers’ Appreciation Breakfast. This is a day that we give thanks to all of our farmers in the community for their hard work and dedication throughout the year. If you are a farmer in the Rowan County area and are available Thursday, March 17, you are cordially invited to attend our third annual Farmers’ Appreciation Breakfast at the Millbridge Ruritan Club (690 Sloan Rd., Mount Ulla). We will begin at 7 a.m. for the farmers to have fellowship and time to network, with the main program starting at 7:30 a.m. We are also looking for any photos of Rowan County Farmers’, if you have some great photos you can share please email them to amy_albertson@ncsu.edu by March 15. Joe Hampton, local farmer and the Research Operations Manager Superintendent of the Piedmont Research Station with responsibilities over the Western Research Stations will be the speaker for the event. The program will also feature the new Cooperative Extension Director, Amy Lynn Albertson. The Farmers’ Appreciation Breakfast is a partnership between Rowan County Cooperative Extension, Rowan County Chamber of Commerce, local farms, and agribusinesses. The breakfast will consist of locally sourced items and it is free to all Rowan County farmers, but there is a charge for Rowan County Chamber of Commerce members of $15 and non-members, $25. The registration deadline for the Farmers’ Appreciation Breakfast is March 15. For Chamber of Commerce members and interested parties, please contact the chamber to register. We would like for all Rowan County farmers to register with the Cooperative Extension office at 704-216-8970. I hope that you will join us in this day of celebration to honor our local farmers! If you have any questions concerning the Farmers’ Appreciation Breakfast or to RSVP, call the Cooperative Extension office at 704-216-8970.

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Kissing Bug
Info

Some of you may have read some information about a kissing bug, this can be a pest within your home but it is often confused with other beneficial insects. If you believe you may have a kissing bug please read this article before killing the insect: http://ncsupdicblog.blogspot.com/2015/11/kissing-bugs-and-chagas-disease-in-nc.html?m=1 If you still believe you have a kissing bug please place in a glass jar fill with rubbing alcohol and bring to our office for identification. Please do not squish the bug because it prevents us from properly identifying the pest. For more information or to bring the sample in please call us at 704-216-8970 or visit 2727 Old Concord Rd., Salisbury. Here is an image of a kissing bug from NCSU entomologist Matt Bertone:

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Pecan Issues

Danelle Cutting May 27, 2015 Whether you say pee-CAN or pee-CON, pecans are delicious nuts and great for many culinary dishes! They are even highly prized overseas, and that is one reason that the cost of this nut has risen over the years. Because these nuts are in such demand, many people worry about their precious pecan trees. I receive numerous calls and visits during the spring when leaves are coming out, during pollination, or in the winter when nuts have dropped. When people visit, they want to know what is wrong with their pecan, or why their yield is not good. When I ask them the variety of pecan they have, they are clueless since it has been there for many years. Pecans can live for a long time, and most varieties really start to yield around 25 years of age. Some homeowners plant pecan trees and if they only have one or just one type, pollination is inadequate and probably the main reason for not getting any nuts. The serious questions come when homeowners have had good yields in the past and want to know why that has changed. The first question I ask is if they have soil sampled their pecan. This is most very important. If you sample between April and November, there is no charge! Pecans need fertilizer and zinc, but you need a soil sample to know exactly how much of each. Drought, humidity, disease (specifically scab), and frosts can cause issues with pecans. In North Carolina, we are really on the edge of the pecan growing area; they actually do best in the coastal regions. Some varieties tend to be alternate bearers and will only have a decent crop every other year. But, if you get a disease, drought, insect problem, or frost, you may lose your crop. Weather plays a huge role in the growing of pecan trees! There have been times when things were great but during pollination, there was too much rain, and the trees were not properly pollinated. Frosts can kill, pack, or stress the trees, while drought can cause the pecans to prematurely drop. Insects and disease can be problematic as well. Pecan weevils are the most serious pests for these trees. They attack the fruit, causing the nut to drop prematurely. Then, their larvae will feed within the nut. Scab is one of the major diseases and is quickly recognized by the dark spots on the leaves and shuck (outside covering of the nut). Selecting resistant varieties help reduce scab. An oddity is Phylloxera, where insects cause raised galls on pecan leaves. So, what is a homeowner to do? Unfortunately, there is not a whole lot that can be done when it comes to disease and insect problems because you have to have specialized equipment to reach high into the canopy. To help reduce issues, it is best to select proper varieties for your area and to soil sample! For more information on growing your own pecan, call your local Cooperative Extension Agent, Danelle Cutting, at 704-216-8970, or visit: http://content.ces.ncsu.edu/growing-pecans-in-north-carolina/.

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Food Processing and
Manufacturing Initiative

NC food processing and manufacturing initiative feasiblity study released The agricultural resources, industrial capacity and research innovation assets present in North Carolina create opportunities to catalyze development of value-added food processing and manufacturing businesses, according to a joint NC State-NCDA&CS economic feasibity study released Jan. 12. One page summary of the Initiative View the Full Report

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Solar Energy Property
Tax Resources

With a surge in solar power installations across North Carolina, Extension specialists have developed materials to address questions about tax implications, land appraisal and more. Solar Generation Property Taxation Solar and Wind Energy Development Opportunities: Tax Implications

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Farmer Appreciation Breakfast

Garden Column March 9, 2016 During almost every school garden class, gardening program, or public event, I get on my soap box about everything you have or have eaten coming from a farm. Our current MORE »

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Q&A: Busy as a Bee!

Garden Column March 9, 2016 I am going to admit it; I am as busy as a bee! I will go ahead and apologize to my clients that with this warm weather, I am swamped! MORE »

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Q&A: Spring has almost Sprung!

Garden Column March 2, 2016 Spring will be here in no time! Flowers are starting to bloom, trees are budding, and insects are getting active. This is the busiest time of year for Cooperative Extension, MORE »

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Best Kept Secret

Garden Column February 17, 2016 Cooperative Extension is referred to as the “Best Kept Secret.”Although I partly agree, I don’t believe that it’s the whole truth. Whenever I am in a group setting and MORE »

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Q&A: Weeds, Fertilizing and Blueberry Pruning

Garden Column February 10, 2015 Even though the weather is unpredictable, calls concerning weeds, fertilizing, and pruning have been constant this week. Below are some of the concerns that Rowan County citizens have had. As always, MORE »

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Peach Pruning

Garden Column February 3, 2016 Pruning is always a hot topic for Cooperative Extension. People want to know how to tend to their shrubs and fruit trees. Last week, I wrote about the Peach Growers MORE »

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Peach Growers Conference

Garden Column January 27, 2015 This week, I was able to attend the NC Peach Growers Society Annual Conference. As always, the conference provides a wealth of knowledge on growing peaches and how to properly 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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