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Craven County
Voluntary Agriculture District

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

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Wheat Field

Craven County
Voluntary Agriculture District

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

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NC Cooperative Extension Service

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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Destiny&Laura

Craven 4-H’ers
honored at State 4-H Congress

Two Craven County 4-H’ers won top honors during the recent State 4-H Congress. This year’s 4-H Congress, held in Raleigh June 22-25, attracted 521 youth and their adult leaders for activities including presentations on a variety of subjects, leadership and citizenship training, service opportunities, officer elections and more. This year’s 4-H Congress was moved from its traditional late July time slot and combined with another 4-H event, Citizenship Focus where 4-H’ers engage with their elected leaders in the N.C. General Assembly. Laura Willis, (pictured right), 17, daughter of Rusty and Etta Willis of New Bern, was elected state 4-H council president for the coming year. Youth campaigned for state offices, and new officers were elected Monday, June 24. Destiny Oakley, (pictured left), 15, daughter of Tori and Jonathan Oakley of Havelock, won a gold medal in contests designed to test 4-H’ers’ knowledge of a variety of subjects. Oakley won the 14- to 18-year-old division of the careers and entrepreneurship competition, sponsored by the Bell Family Foundation. The 4-H program is the youth education program of North Carolina Cooperative Extension, based at North Carolina State and North Carolina A&T State universities. More than 237,500 young people between the ages of 5 and 19 participate in North Carolina 4-H activities each year with the help of 20,780 adult and youth volunteers.

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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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NC Cooperative Extension Service

Southern Rust
Discovered on Corn

Southern Rust was found in corn in Lenoir and Wayne counties.  This disease can cause severe yield loss and the disease can spread rapidly.  Growers need to be prepared to make a fungicide application.  Dr. Steve Koenning, Plant Pathology Extension Corn Specialist and Dr. Ronnie Heiniger,  Crop Science Extension Corn Specialist of North Carolina State University have prepared a publication, Alert: Potential for Southern Rust on Corn in North Carolina to advise corn growers. For information regarding potential fungicides, application rates and comments, consult the NC Agricultural Chemicals Manual.  

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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 popular

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 »

Heat Index Information Online! popular

In their June 24 blog post, the NC State Climate Office (SCO) discusses the history of the heat index and how it is calculated.  Basically, the heat index is a way to determine how warm MORE » – from   Onslow County Center

PEDv – What you need to know

By: Margaret Ross, Livestock Agent – Craven & Jones Counties                 There is a lot of talk right now about PED virus – Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea MORE »

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Neon Ninjas 4-H Club MeetingThu Aug 7, 2014
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Where:
MCCS Community Center, Cherry Point MCAS
— 1 week away
Green Bears 4-H ClubWed Aug 13, 2014
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Where:
Neuse Forrest Presbyterian Church, 2011 Old Cherry Point Road, New Bern NC
— 2 weeks away
Horticultural Workshop- Healthy and Sustainable Soil Management: How to get the best results from your soil.Sat Aug 16, 2014
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
Cooperative Extension Services, 300 Industrial Dr, New Bern, NC, United States
— 2 weeks away
Demonstration Garden TourMon Aug 18, 2014
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Where:
Cooperative Extension Services, 300 Industrial Dr, New Bern, NC, United States
— 3 weeks away
4-H County Council MeetingThu Aug 28, 2014
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM— 4 weeks away
Neon Ninjas 4-H Club MeetingThu Sep 4, 2014
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Where:
MCCS Community Center, Cherry Point MCAS
— 1 month away
Green Bears 4-H ClubWed Sep 10, 2014
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Where:
Neuse Forrest Presbyterian Church, 2011 Old Cherry Point Road, New Bern NC
— 1 month away
4-H County Council MeetingThu Sep 25, 2014
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM— 2 months away
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