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Craven County
Voluntary Agriculture District

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

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Craven County
Voluntary Agriculture District

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

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Food Processing and Manufacturing Initiative

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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Plant Sciences Initiative Study Report

Plant Sciences
Initiative

Plant sciences initiative could spark NC economic growth, study finds A new economic study, released Jan. 12, shows that North Carolina has an opportunity to be the global hub for advanced plant sciences research and for the application of that research to expanding agricultural productivity. One page summary of the Initiative  View the Report

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NC Cooperative Extension Service

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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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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Pastured ducklings. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Register Now for Small Flock Workshop February 5 popular

North Carolina Cooperative Extension, in partnership with The Livestock Conservancy, the NCDA&CS, and the NCSU Prestage Department of Poultry Science, will conduct their Annual Area Small Flock Seminar on Thursday February 5 at the McSwain Extension Education MORE » – from   Growing Small Farms

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2015 Native Plant Conference

Scholarships are available for student/ beginning professional/ K-12 educators to attend the 2015 Cullowhee Native Plant Conference, July 15-18, held on the campus of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. Individuals who MORE » – from   Gardening

2015 Tobacco Good Agricultural Practices Training Dates

2015 Good Agricultural Practices Training for Existing Producers Tobacco purchasing companies implemented a Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) requirement to contract for the sale of tobacco.  The GAP training established expected guidelines for tobacco MORE »

2014 Multi-County Corn Variety Test Results

Variance in soil type, management and climatic factors greatly effect corn yield. The North Carolina State University (NCSU) Official Variety Trial results provide a great deal of information that can assist producers in evaluation of MORE »

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Craven CARTs Mtg (County Animal Response Team)Wed Jan 28, 2015 Today
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Where:
Cooperative Extension Services, 300 Industrial Drive, New Bern, NC 28562, United States
— 5 hours away
Soil Test WorkshopWed Jan 28, 2015 Today
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Where:
Craven Ag Building, 300 Industrial Dr, New Bern, NC
— 5 hours away
Area Corn & Soybean Production MeetingWed Feb 4, 2015
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Where:
300 Industrial Dr, New Bern, NC 28562, USA
— 1 week away
Neon Ninjas 4-H Club MeetingThu Feb 5, 2015
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Where:
MCCS Community Center, Cherry Point MCAS
— 1 week away
C/J Livestock Association MtgMon Feb 9, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Jones County Extension Office, 367A Hwy. 58 South, Trenton, NC 28585
— 2 weeks away
Green Bears 4-H ClubWed Feb 11, 2015
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Where:
Neuse Forrest Presbyterian Church, 2011 Old Cherry Point Road, New Bern NC
— 2 weeks away
Animal Waste Operator and Pesticide ClassThu Feb 19, 2015
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Where:
Jones County Cooperative Extension Office, 367A Hwy. 58 South, Trenton, NC 28585
— 3 weeks away
Horticulture WorkshopSat Feb 21, 2015
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
Craven Ag Building, 300 Industrial Drive
— 3 weeks away
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