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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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Craven County
Voluntary Agriculture District

Learn more about the Craven County Voluntary Agriculture District (VAD).

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NC Cooperative Extension Service

Changes to NC Sales
Tax Exemption for Agriculture

Qualifications for exemption of North Carolina State sales tax on farm equipment purchases have recently changed. Effective July 1, 2014, purchases made on or after that date, provides that a “qualifying farmer” is a person who has an annual gross income for the preceding income tax year of ten thousand dollars ($10,000) or more from farming operations or who has an average annual gross income for the three preceding income tax years of ten thousand dollars ($10,000) or more from farming operations. A qualifying farmer includes a dairy operator, a poultry farmer, an egg producer, a livestock farmer, a farmer of crops, and a farmer of an aquatic species, as defined in N.C. Gen. Stat. § 106-758.  Note that turf, forestry and landscape production are not specifically mentioned. Any person that currently has and meets the new requirements for a qualifying farmer may continue to use the agricultural exemption certificate number for qualifying purchases made prior to October 1, 2014.  Existing agricultural exemption certificate numbers will not be valid after this date. Thus, a new application is necessary.  All qualifying individuals seeking such exemptions must file for a certificate by submitting Form E-595QF, Application for Qualifying Farmer Exemption Certificate Number for Qualified Purchases. Upon receipt of the qualifying farmer exemption certificate issued by the Department, the qualifying farmer must issue a new Form E-595E, Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement Certificate of Exemption, or other exemption information required per N.C. Gen. Stat. § 105-164.28 to each retailer, which should include the qualifying farmer exemption certificate number in order to claim an exemption from sales and use tax on qualifying purchases for use in farming operations. If a person is involved in agricultural production but does not meet the full definition of the term “qualifying farmer,” the individual may apply for a conditional farmer exemption certificate number. A person issued a conditional farmer exemption certificate may purchase qualifying items exempt from sales and use tax to the same extent as a “qualifying farmer.” Generally, conditions for such an exemption require annual submission of state and federal tax returns and other documentation in order to obtain this conditional farmer exemption.  Refer to the notice below for full details. The notice of these changes can be found at http://www.dornc.com/taxes/sales/impnotice062514_2.pdf A web page has been established by the NC Department of Revenue to summarize events, post frequently asked questions and provide updates at http://www.dornc.com/taxes/sales/farmers.html To download an application choose the appropriate link below. Form E-595QF, Application for Qualifying Farmer Exemption Certificate Number for Qualified Purchases can be found at http://www.dornc.com/downloads/e595qf.pdf Form E-595CF, Application for Conditional Farmer Exemption Certificate Number for Qualified Purchases can be found at http://www.dornc.com/downloads/e595cf.pdf For assistance or questions, contact the Taxpayer Assistance and Collection Center at 1-877-252-3052 (toll-free).

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Soybean Rust
Confirmed in North Carolina

Soybean Rust was confirmed in Robeson County, North Carolina on September 11, 2012 according to Dr. Steve Koenning, NCSU Extension Plant Pathologist and Dr. Jim Dunphy, NCSU Extension Soybean Specialist.  This is the earliest that soybean rust has been detected in North Carolina.  Soybean rust can cause significant yield loss to immature soybeans. According to Drs. Dunphy and Koenning, rust will typically take 10-20 days from initial infection to develop to detectable levels.  It will take another 7-14 days to spread to other leaves on the same plant, and another 10 days to cause significant defoliation.  This assumes optimal conditions for rust at 65-85O F and either overcast conditions or rainfall through much of this period.  This is not common in North Carolina in September and October but has and can occur. To assist in management of this disease, consider the soybean stage.  Plants at stage R7 (pod mature in color) are normally safe from potential rust damage.  The following provides guidelines for soybean growth under normal weather conditions. Plants that have just reached full bloom (stage R2) typically have 55-65 days until they reach stage R7. If soybean plants have small pods in the top of the plants (stage R3), they have 45-55 days until the plant reaches stage R7. Full sized pods in the top of soybean plants (stage R4) will require 38-45 days until plants reach stage R7. Soybean plants at stage R5 (small seeds in the top of the plant) typically have 30-35 days until stage R7. Plants at stage R6 (full sized seeds in the top of the plants) typically have 17-20 days until stage R7. Weather, soybean crop stage, planting date, whether previous fungicides were applied - and if applied, which type are - critical factors in determining the management of soybean rust.   To monitor the current status of soybean rust the U.S., visit http://sbr.ipmpipe.org/cgi-bin/sbr/public.cgi.

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Certified Safe Farm
Reviews Available for Craven County Agricultural Producers

Craven County is participating in the “Certified Safe Farms” effort funded through the NC Tobacco Trust Fund to provide agricultural producers the opportunity to receive farm safety reviews from NC Cooperative Extension.  These reviews include an inspection of all equipment, working areas, storage facilities, tools and procedures.  A non-regulatory, written report is provided to all participants.  These reports outline existing safety measures found on the farm as well as any potential improvements.  This educational effort originally was conducted in Iowa.  Participants in Iowa reported increased safety on the farm; improved health and safety of family and farm workers; decreased insurance claims; and, decreased liability insurance cost.  Similar results have been reported from participants within North Carolina. Participants of the program that successfully score 85% or higher for safety farm reviews are provided a certificate and signage designating the farm as a “Certified Safe Farm”.  Additionally, participants are provided the opportunity to increase this basic level of certification to a “Gold Star Farm” by participating with AgriSafe of North Carolina to include the health screenings of family members and workers.  This basic health screening covers checks for blood pressure, blood sugar, lung capacity, eye exams, hearing exams and more.  Additionally, farmers may choose to include medical clearance exams and fit testing for personal protective equipment (PPE) such as respirators. To encourage early producer enrollment, a cost-share of 50% (up to $500) is provided to those enrolling within the initial stages.  Farm reviews must be scheduled in advance with local Extension offices participating.  Additionally, the producer must be present during examination of equipment and tools.  Time needed for these reviews will vary by farming operation depending upon the size of the operation and equipment. To learn more about the program or email Margaret Ross (margaret_ross@ncsu.edu) or Mike Carroll (mike_carroll@ncsu.edu).  To schedule a farm review, contact Lisa Wimpfheimer at Craven County Extension at (252) 633-1477.

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Photos from Pawpaw Orchard Show & Tell popular

Photos by Debbie Roos, Agricultural Extension Agent. These photos are from Chatham County Cooperative Extension’s Pawpaw Orchard Show & Tell held on September 8, 2014 at Full of Life Farms outside of Pittsboro. Grower Wynn Dinnsen grows MORE » – from   Growing Small Farms

Photos from NCSU Class Visit to Peregrine Farm popular

Photos by Debbie Roos, Agricultural Extension Agent. Chatham County Cooperative Extension Agriculture Agent Debbie Roos hosted a group of about 30 students from Dr. Chris Gunter’s Vegetable Production class at North Carolina State University. The MORE » – from   Growing Small Farms

Pollinator Garden Tour Wednesday September 10 popular

Wednesday September 10 at 5:30 pm Chatham County Agriculture Agent Debbie Roos will be giving a tour of Chatham County Cooperative Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden at Chatham Mills in Pittsboro. The garden was designed to provide MORE » – from   Growing Small Farms

“Safari Snooze” event on 26-27 September 2014! popular

Microsoft Word – 26Sept NC Zoo Safari Snooze Flyer.doc Operation: Military Kids-North Carolina (OMK-NC) presents… The NC Zoo’s: “Safari Snooze” 26-27 September 2014 (Arrive Friday 5:00PM and Depart Saturday 9:00 AM) North Carolina MORE »

2014 Soybean Fungicide Considerations

Many producers opt to include a fungicide with an insect application with anticipation of increased soybean yield as well as to obtain at least some protection against any potential Soybean Rust or other MORE »

Changes in NC Sales Tax Exemption for Agriculture

Qualifications for exemption of North Carolina State sales tax on farm equipment purchases have recently changed. Effective July 1, 2014, purchases made on or after that date, provides that a “qualifying farmer” is MORE »

Craven County Southern Corn Rust Update

Confirmation of Southern Corn Rust in Craven County Confirmation of Southern Corn Rust within Craven County was determined by our office on July 16th. Spores were evident from the bottom of the plant and upward MORE »

Southern Corn Rust Management

Southern Corn Rust has been confirmed in Wayne and Lenoir counties by NCSU faculty. Southern Corn Rust can be devastating to corn yield. Prevention of infection by foliar fungicide application is currently the MORE »

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Shrubs & Heritage Plants for an Eastern NC GardenSat Sep 20, 2014 Today
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens, George & Pollock Street, New Bern, NC, United States
— 1 minute away
4-H County Council MeetingThu Sep 25, 2014
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM— 5 days away
Neon Ninjas 4-H Club MeetingThu Oct 2, 2014
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Where:
MCCS Community Center, Cherry Point MCAS
— 2 weeks away
Green Bears 4-H ClubWed Oct 8, 2014
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Where:
Neuse Forrest Presbyterian Church, 2011 Old Cherry Point Road, New Bern NC
— 3 weeks away
Native Plants- a Walking TourSat Oct 18, 2014
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
Whitehurst-Latham Park, 1095 Broad Creek Road, New Bern, NC 28560
— 4 weeks away
Coastal Carolina Fair OpensThu Oct 23 - Thu Oct 23, 2014 - ALL DAY— 1 month away
4-H County Council MeetingThu Oct 23, 2014
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM— 1 month away
Coastal Carolina Fair ClosesSun Nov 2 - Sun Nov 2, 2014 - ALL DAY— 1 month away
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