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New Day in NC! Check
it out!

The impact of the Connect NC bond investments could help bring about a new day in NC Higher Education, Agriculture, Public Safety, Municipal Water and Sewer Projects and State Parks. Join Craven Cooperative Extension, NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Craven Community College, Pamlico Community College, and other community stakeholders for a Connect NC Bond information session and grassroots educational outreach training. Come learn more about the bond improvement investments and how you can help inform our neighbors. Date:​​  January 20, 2016 Location:​  Craven County Agricultural Building Time:​​  6:00 PM Meal Provided Please RSVP by January 13 by sending an email to Tom Glasgow at tom_glasgow@ncsu.edu or calling 633-1477. We look forward to being with you on January 20 to discuss the Connect NC Bond, the impact it could have in our community, and sharing ways you can help inform our neighbors. In the meantime, please visit http://www.connect.nc.gov/ for additional information on the Connect NC bond initiative.

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NC Cooperative Extension Service

New Day in NC! Check
it out!

The impact of the Connect NC bond investments could help bring about a new day in NC Higher Education, Agriculture, Public Safety, Municipal Water and Sewer Projects and State Parks. Join Craven Cooperative Extension, NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Craven Community College, Pamlico Community College, and other community stakeholders for a Connect NC Bond information session and grassroots educational outreach training. Come learn more about the bond improvement investments and how you can help inform our neighbors. Date:​​  January 20, 2016 Location:​  Craven County Agricultural Building Time:​​  6:00 PM Meal Provided Please RSVP by January 13 by sending an email to Tom Glasgow at tom_glasgow@ncsu.edu or calling 633-1477. We look forward to being with you on January 20 to discuss the Connect NC Bond, the impact it could have in our community, and sharing ways you can help inform our neighbors. In the meantime, please visit http://www.connect.nc.gov/ for additional information on the Connect NC bond initiative.

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NC Cooperative Extension Service

Soil Fumigation
License Required for Farmer in 2016

A Brief History Following guidance of the EPA, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Science (NCDA & CS) will require all individuals that apply a soil fumigant material to be licensed beginning in 2016.  This new category of certification, like other categories of certification, will require recertification credits once established.  The NCDA and North Carolina State University (NCSU) is currently working toward development of educational programs that will provide this recertification requirement. This process began with label changes in 2010 that required a gradual introduction of new requirements for annual training, fit testing for respirators, health tests, posting of treated fields, buffer zones, no-entry zones, development of a soil fumigant management plan and an written emergency response plan for those applying fumigant materials.  Information on these changes is available at the EPA website, http://www.epa.gov/soil-fumigants.  NCSU Extension and the NCDA & CS led efforts through meetings, newsletters and web posts providing educational materials and presenting the new requirements to farmers between 2010-2015. Obtaining Certification for Soil Fumigation Initially, as part of the development of the soil fumigation management  plan, anyone applying fumigant materials was required to complete the EPA training session, “Soil fumigant training for certified applicators."  Once completed, a certificate of completion was available for those with a passing score on the exam portion of this training.  This printed certificate was also a required portion of the fumigant management plan.  In addition to this method, the NCDA & CS offered regional training sessions that provided this certification upon a passing score of a short exam. The NCDA & CS will still allow any private applicator (farmer) that can provide this EPA certificate to become licensed within the new soil fumigation category for 2016.  Upon completion of the training course, simply print and email a copy of the certificate provided to the NCDA & CS.  As long as this process is completed prior to any fumigation activity in 2016, the NCDA & CS will allow this process to provide certification for private applicators. (Commercial applicators must pass an exam in order to become certified to apply soil fumigants).  Contact the NCDA & CS at (919) 733-3556 for more information. In addition to completing the EPA training course, any private pesticide applicator may simply take an exam provided by the NCDA & CS.  Study material (for all pesticide license categories) may be ordered online at https://commerce.cashnet.com/cashnetg/selfserve/storehome.aspx.  If online payment is not an option, a printed version of the order form is available HERE.  After reviewing the study material, simply contact the NCDA & CS at (919) 733-3556.  This specific exam is administered by the NCDA & CS and can be taken any time provided a NCDA & CS representative is available to administer the exam. Recertification Requirements Currently, a recertification process is required once every three years.  Thus, private applicators completing the EPA certification process in 2013 must attain recertification in 2016.  This can be accomplished by either completing the EPA’s web-based training session again and provided the NCDA & CS proof of completion or by attending one the the NCDA & CS approved one-hour training sessions.  These sessions, once scheduled, will be provided by both NCDA & CS and NC Extension employees.  Visit the NCDA & CS webpage to review a listing of available pesticide recertification classes HERE or contact a local NC Extension office for more details. Follow https://www.ces.ncsu.edu/local-county-center/ to find your local Extension office. Are Other Options Available? Private applicators  that do not wish to become certified, may contract the soil fumigation work through a commercial applicator that is licensed to apply soil fumigant materials.  This eliminates the need for an individual license but does not exempt one from development of a soil fumigation plan and other soil fumigant requirements.

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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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NC Cooperative Extension Service

Tolerance of Certain
Peanut Fungicides Restricted

The European Union Commission voted to lower the Import Tolerance (IT) for Propiconazole (PPZ) to 0.01 ppm compared to the US MRL of 0.2 ppm. Essentially, a lack of PPZ residue data to support tolerances below 0.2 ppm became effective April 2016. As a result, growers and shellers exporting peanuts to the EU should refrain from using Propiconazole containing products unless they are willing to segregate their crop or have their crop analyzed for residues. Peanuts grown for seed, processed for peanut butter or oil, or for US consumption are not affected by the recent EU decision. Within NC, the peanut buying company, Birdsong, has announced that these products should not be used on any peanuts contracted for purchase.  A partial list of common names and manufacturers of these products is provided HERE.  (Due to the exhaustive number of commonly available products, this list is not a complete list.  Growers are advised to read the content of all fungicide products prior to use to avoid applying PROPICONAZOLE (PPZ) OR MONO OR DIPOTASSIUM SALTS OR ANY PHOSPHOROUS ACID.)

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2016 Craven County
4-H Summer Fun Schedule Released!

Take a peek and join the exciting adventures that Craven County 4-H is offering this summer!  All classes will meet at the Craven County Agriculture Building unless otherwise noted. Most of our classes require that each child/parent bring their own lunch. Please make sure that you take note of these dates so that your child will have lunch on these days. Each child will have to prepay and turn in forms for workshops in order to reserve their spot. We must have at least five participants in order to have the workshop. If we do not have enough we will call you the day prior to the workshop to let you know it has been cancelled.  Just click on the clover for the complete registration package! Summer Workshops At a Glance: Canning Beans Breadmaking NC Museum of Science and History Cliffs of the Neuse Island & Sound Exploration Cruise Travel the World of 4-H Purple! Gold! ECU College Tour Introduction to Bugs! End of Summer Cookout

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Brown stink bug feeding above the crown of seedling corn. This will result in leaf holes, but probably not stunting, tillering, or plant death.

How to Avoid a Stink Bug Disaster in Corn

Stink bug pressure is already heavy this year.  A lot of seedling injury has been reported (see previous article).  This is caused from adults that overwintered from last year, either in soybean stubble, MORE » – from   Entomology

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Now hiring . . . popular

  POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Project Coordinator     Organization: North Carolina Community Garden Partners (NCCGP) in collaboration with the North Carolina Public Health Foundation   Location: Home-based, with ability to travel throughout the state MORE » – from   Community Gardens

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Butterflies in Your Backyard popular

New and Improved and even better than before, “Butterflies in Your Backyard” has been updated and  re-released with a beautiful new cover.  Available for free on-line, both as a pdf and, for easy MORE » – from   Gardening

Get More with Milk!

“Get More with Milk!” In celebration of June Dairy Month, posters are now being accepted for the 4-H Dairy Poster Contest sponsored by the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association (SUDIA).  The deadline for MORE »

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Peletah 4-H ClubWed Jun 1, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Peletah Ministries, Neuse Blvd, New Bern, NC
— 5 days away
Peletah 4-H ClubWed Jun 1, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Peletah Ministries, Neuse Blvd, New Bern, NC
— 5 days away
Peletah 4-H ClubWed Jun 8, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Peletah Ministries, Neuse Blvd, New Bern, NC
— 2 weeks away
Little Fork Ranch 4-H Club MeetingThu Jun 9, 2016
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Little Fork Ranch, 3300 Aurora Road, Ernul NC 28527
— 2 weeks away
Blueberry Jam Canning ClassSat Jun 11, 2016
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
Cooperative Extension Services, 300 Industrial Dr, New Bern, NC 28562, United States
— 2 weeks away
Clover Rangers 4-H ClubTue Jun 14, 2016
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Where:
Riverdale United Methodist Church, 5195 U.S. 70, New Bern, NC 28562, United States
— 3 weeks away
Peletah 4-H ClubWed Jun 15, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Peletah Ministries, Neuse Blvd, New Bern, NC
— 3 weeks away
Peletah 4-H ClubWed Jun 15, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Peletah Ministries, Neuse Blvd, New Bern, NC
— 3 weeks away
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