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NC Cooperative Extension Military Outreach

NCCE Military
Outreach Inaugural "Red, White & Blue" 5K Registration is NOW OPEN!

The NC Cooperative Extension Military Outreach Inaugural "Red, White & Blue" 5K is now open! Join us for the Inaugural “Red, White & Blue” 5K to benefit NC Cooperative Extension Military Outreach programming efforts to support educational, recreational and hands-on activities and events for military children and their families across North Carolina.  Runners of all ages will enjoy the 5K race! Your registration will help provide programming needs to the… More than 109,000 military youth (ages 0-18) who live in NC 138,867 Service Members who call North Carolina home Race Highlights This event features a 5K run on a USATF certified race course. This is a family-oriented event. We encourage all people of all fitness levels to come!  You may choose to walk the course as well! Registration Entry fee: $25 before May 22; $40 after May 22 Registrations received prior to May 22, will be guaranteed a race T-shirt. The maximum number of participants is 500.  Registration will close at 500 participants, which may occur before race day. Advanced registration is strongly encouraged. Entry fees are non-refundable. 5K Registration includes event t-shirt (only guaranteed if registered by 5/22), electronic chip timing, and post-race refreshments. Register to run http://runtheeast.com/calendardetail.php?id=455  Check-in Each participant will receive a packet containing an event T-shirt and number bib with timing chip at check-in, which will begin at 7:30 a.m. on race day.   Check in can also be completed the day before the race (June 5) from 4:00p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Department of Youth, Family, and Community Sciences office located at 512 Brickhaven Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606. Awards Awards will be presented to the overall male and female finishers, and the top three male and female finishers in each of the age groups below. Age Categories (Male and Female) 12 & Under 13-15 16-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60-69 70 and over Timing, Scoring & Results Chip scoring provided by Run the East LLC.  All participants must pick up and wear their assigned timing chip in order to be timed.  Results will be posted at www.runtheeast.com Further Information Call Scott Enroughty at 919.515.8500 or email at jsenroughty@ncsu.edu

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NC Cooperative Extension Military Outreach

NCCE Military
Outreach Inaugural "Red, White & Blue" 5K Registration is NOW OPEN!

The NC Cooperative Extension Military Outreach Inaugural "Red, White & Blue" 5K is now open! Join us for the Inaugural “Red, White & Blue” 5K to benefit NC Cooperative Extension Military Outreach programming efforts to support educational, recreational and hands-on activities and events for military children and their families across North Carolina.  Runners of all ages will enjoy the 5K race! Your registration will help provide programming needs to the… More than 109,000 military youth (ages 0-18) who live in NC 138,867 Service Members who call North Carolina home Race Highlights This event features a 5K run on a USATF certified race course. This is a family-oriented event. We encourage all people of all fitness levels to come!  You may choose to walk the course as well! Registration Entry fee: $25 before May 22; $40 after May 22 Registrations received prior to May 22, will be guaranteed a race T-shirt. The maximum number of participants is 500.  Registration will close at 500 participants, which may occur before race day. Advanced registration is strongly encouraged. Entry fees are non-refundable. 5K Registration includes event t-shirt (only guaranteed if registered by 5/22), electronic chip timing, and post-race refreshments. Register to run http://runtheeast.com/calendardetail.php?id=455  Check-in Each participant will receive a packet containing an event T-shirt and number bib with timing chip at check-in, which will begin at 7:30 a.m. on race day.   Check in can also be completed the day before the race (June 5) from 4:00p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Department of Youth, Family, and Community Sciences office located at 512 Brickhaven Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606. Awards Awards will be presented to the overall male and female finishers, and the top three male and female finishers in each of the age groups below. Age Categories (Male and Female) 12 & Under 13-15 16-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60-69 70 and over Timing, Scoring & Results Chip scoring provided by Run the East LLC.  All participants must pick up and wear their assigned timing chip in order to be timed.  Results will be posted at www.runtheeast.com Further Information Call Scott Enroughty at 919.515.8500 or email at jsenroughty@ncsu.edu

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NC Cooperative Extension Service

Factors Affecting
Farm Rental Rates

One of the more common requests from landowners is the request for assistance in determining appropriate farmland rental rates.   Regrettably, there is no single answer since the value of property is based upon many factors.  The USDA has recently published average rental rates for farmland by county on the web.  This information summarizes results of voluntary grower surveys and includes all crops.  As such, it does establish initial discussion of the value for rental rates.  However, other considerations and comments should also be considered as listed below. Soil Type and Realistic Yield Expectations (R.Y.E.) - Eastern NC has a variety of soil types ranging from poorly drained organic soils to excessively drained, deep, coarse sands.  Consideration of rental rate should include the realistic crop production for a specific crop.  This data is provided by county crop and soil type at http://nutrients.soil.ncsu.edu/yields/Soil Management Limitations – All soils are not equal and thus cannot be managed the same.  Soil limitation in management such as slope, water drainage class, depth to clay, texture or other properties influence historic yields and other agricultural management factors.  Soil management considerations and class information can be found in the publication Soil Survey of Craven County, North Carolina (click HERE for a pdf copy) or the Web Soil Survey at http://websoilsurvey.nrcs.usda.gov/app/HomePage.htm Size of Farmland and Fields – Modern agriculture relies upon large machinery.  As such, larger farms and fields are often preferred.  Farms with fields 10 acres or less often lease for rates lower than ones with larger field size. Irrigation Capabilities – Most of farmland in this area relies upon rainfall.  As such, the ability to irrigate during peak water demand for crops, especially high value crops or those with short flowering periods adds value to land rental rates. Fertility of Land – Farmland with low fertility or high lime requirements generate lower rental rates.  Conversely, farmland that has been under production of managers following North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Science and NC Cooperative Extension recommendations for fertility normally do not require excessive lime or fertility for production and thus may justify higher rental rates.  (To visit the NCDA & CS Agronomic Division’s web page, click HERE) Contract Length – Many producers welcome written, long-term contracts since investments in equipment, fertilizer, labor or other production inputs may require long-term planning.  Long-term contracts add value by affording agricultural producers to more easily plan financial obligations. Gates or Fencing – Strongly defined boundaries and ability to secure equipment by fencing  and/or gates provides security against potential theft or trespassing and adds value to farmland rental rates. Participation in Conservation Programs – The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services in North Carolina (http://www.nc.nrcs.usda.gov/) and local Soil & Water Conservation Districts (http://www.ncaswcd.org/) provides cost-share programs that promote soil quality improvement, wildlife habitat or water conservation.  Ideally, landowners should apply for and make payments for these permanent improvements since most of these programs are funded with the intent of landowner participation.  Agreements for additional financial support or cost-share should be negotiated with the producer. Enrollment in Farmland Preservation Programs – Many counties offer Voluntary Agricultural District programs that identify existing farmlands and establish a conservation agreement to protect the farmland rather than develop these lands.  The agreement is voluntary so withdrawal from the program can be accomplished at any time.  Farmlands enrolled in these programs provide public notification that farming activities occur on this land.  As such, this provides legal protection for the landowner and agricultural producers against nuisance lawsuits.  For more information about Craven County’s programs, visit http://craven.ces.ncsu.edu/content/VAD. Hunting/Fishing Access or Agreements – Most of the farmland in this area has wooded areas or ponds so landowners usually have separate hunting/fishing lease agreements for individuals or hunting clubs.  Considerations should include the ramifications to the producer and hunter/fisherman should harvest of crops be delayed.  Additionally, agreements should outline the protection of natural resources.  This can be especially troublesome if permanent land improvements are made (such as installment of tile drainage, water control structures, grassed waterways, field buffers, wildlife habitat areas, etc.).  An often over-looked example of potential damage is travel across fields.  Hunters/fisherman that travel across fields rather than using farm paths may create ruts or severe compaction problems in soil.   This can be even more critical for producers practicing no-till production or that have farmland enrolled in certain USDA or local Soil & Water Conservation District conservation programs.  If so, any damage to the farmland, permanent structures or other improvements may have financial consequences or fines.  (For information concerning NC wildlife and hunting regulations, conservation or education, visit http://www.ncwildlife.org/Home.aspx) Commodity Prices – Generally one associates higher commodity prices with higher profit for producers.  However, in today’s digital age, agricultural production inputs rise as sharply as prices.  Thus, potential profits generally remain relatively steady for most producers.  However, in terms of comparison of individual commodities, pricing may influence land rental rates.  As example, land well suited for corn production may be valued higher if the price of corn is significantly higher than other commodities.  (To visit NCSU Agricultural Economist, Dr. Michael Roberts' web page for commodity outlooks and marketing information click HERE) Payment Schedule – The timing and method of payment for land varies by agricultural producer and landowner.   As always, this should be negotiated prior to leasing/rental. Competition – Just as in any business, competition from other agricultural producers desiring to lease a particular farm may drive up the price of lease/rental rates. Strength of Economy – More than ever, global economies effects the demand, and subsequently price, of commodities.  Variance in price for soybeans in 2010 ranged from $5.43 to $15.61 between January and August.  Such variability favors lease/rental agreements with negotiable rates, annual review or a share of risks between the producer and landowner. Location and Accessibility of Farmland – Just as with any other property, the location of the farmland in relation to the agricultural producer’s main office, other farms, housing developments, roads, etc., is a consideration. Other considerations that should be discussed or outlined include: The type of crops acceptable to be grown Tenant rights to natural resources (sand, gravel,clay, stone, water, etc.) The tenant’s right to change the natural course of any waterways The landlord’s right to attend and inspect the property The tenant and landlord's right to utilize existing building or structures Process required to make permanent improvements to the farmland Expected repair/maintenance of buildings, fences, and improvements Insurance coverage and liability for crop, workers or visitors Whether subletting is allowed Long-term pesticide storage and liabilities Renewal and/or termination terms Acceptable agricultural management practices The development or review of a Nutrient Management Plan as required by Neuse Rules or other law (http://www.soil.ncsu.edu/programs/nmp/) Acceptable use and regulatory compliance of manure or waste products applied to the land (http://nutrients.soil.ncsu.edu/index.htm) Pesticide usage, records and notification of applications as it pertains to worker, or visitor safety and legal requirements (http://www.ncagr.gov/SPCAP/pesticides/sitemap.htm) Fall cultivation or crop residue management Farmland rental rates vary widely due to many of these factors.  The exact rental rate will depend upon discussion and agreements between the landowner and producer.  However, as mentioned earlier, the USDA web site does provide a general average rental rate by county.  It should be noted that the value reported does not account for the type of field crop produced nor any of the potential added values already mentioned.  To leave this website and visit the USDA database, click HERE.  

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2015 Peanut
Information Available

The NCSU 2015 Peanut Information publication is available to download.  This publication contains detailed information regarding proven production methods for peanuts grown within North Carolina.   Download a copy at http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/?p=330105

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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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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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National Survey of Organic Farmers

Press release from the Organic Farming Research Foundation: Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) Kicks Off 2015 National Survey of Organic Farmers OFRF’s 2015 National Survey of Organic Farmers will begin landing in e-mail boxes MORE » – from   Growing Small Farms

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Some NC Farmers Stay Local

80% of the cut flowers sold in this country come from outside the US.  Its an industry that has a world wide value estimated at over $40 billion.  NC State Extension Master Gardener MORE » – from   Gardening

Pressure Canning Tomatoes

Craven County Cooperative Extension will be offering a hands-on “Pressure Canning Tomatoes” class on Saturday August 1, 2015 from 9AM-12PM at the Craven County Agricultural Building on 300 Industrial Drive in New Bern.  MORE »

Annual Backyard Poultry Management Class

Come join us for our  Annual Backyard Poultry Management Class!   When: Tuesday, July 7, 2015 Where: Jones County Cooperative Extension Office 367A Hwy. 58 South, Trenton, NC 28585  (we have moved from MORE »

Fusarium Head Blight in Wheat

Previous environmental conditions favor Fusairum head blight in wheat. Fusairum head blight can reduce yield, reduce test weights and result in DON. The article published in The Wheat Beat, May 22, 2015 edition MORE »

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MASTER GARDENER HELP DESKThu Jul 30, 2015
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
Craven Ag Building, 300 Industrial Dr, New Bern, NC
— 2 days away
Tomato Canning WorkshopSat Aug 1, 2015
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
Craven Ag Building, 300 Industrial Drive, New Bern, NC
— 4 days away
MASTER GARDENER HELP DESKThu Aug 6, 2015
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
Craven Ag Building, 300 Industrial Dr, New Bern, NC
— 1 week away
Neon Ninjas 4-H Club MeetingThu Aug 6, 2015
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Where:
MCCS Community Center, Cherry Point MCAS
— 1 week away
MASTER GARDENER HELP DESKThu Aug 13, 2015
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
Craven Ag Building, 300 Industrial Dr, New Bern, NC
— 2 weeks away
Children's horticulture WorkshopSat Aug 15, 2015
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
Craven Ag Building, 300 Industrial Dr, New Bern
— 3 weeks away
Garden TourMon Aug 17, 2015
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Where:
Craven Ag Building, 300 Industrial Dr, New Bern
— 3 weeks away
MASTER GARDENER HELP DESKThu Aug 20, 2015
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
Craven Ag Building, 300 Industrial Dr, New Bern, NC
— 3 weeks away
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