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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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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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NC Cooperative Extension Service

2016 Peanut
Information Available

The NCSU 2016 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 2016 Peanut Information Download

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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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Craven County 4-H'ers
Excel in Community Service!

We have had a busy winter so far in the 4-H community!  Two of our clubs have volunteer their time and resources to complete excellent service projects to give back to their community. In January, the Green Bears 4-H Club, led by Marie Mynster, held a winter apparel drive and collected gently used or new coats, scarves and gloves.  The youth collected 3 coats, 4 bags of gloves, hats and scarves to be given to those who are in need. In February, the Stanley White Center Afterschool Program 4-H Club, led by Cynthia White, collected bottled water for the communities in Flint, Michigan who are suffering from the toxic water crisis.  The youth brought in bottles and flats of water to be sent north for those who are desperately in need. For more information on our County 4-H Program, contact Wendy G. Paschal, Extension Agent at 252-633-1477 or email at wendy_paschal@ncsu.edu

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New Video: Gardening When Deer Live Nearby

Enjoy this excellent new 20 minute video on strategies for coexisting with deer in the landscape. Lois Chatham and Sara Haigh, Extension Master Gardener Volunteers in Dare County,  identify deer resistant plants and strategies to keep deer MORE » – from   Gardening

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New Video on Gardening on The Outer Banks

Check out this outstanding new video by Extension Master Gardener Volunteers in Dare County! Kudos to Shannon Brooks and her whole team, especially EMGV Barbara Koeblin, the media talent for this 23 minute episode MORE » – from   Gardening

Soil Fumigation License Required 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 MORE »

4-H Family Camp Opportunity!

Are you looking for the perfect weekend getaway for you and your family? Join us for our 1st Annual 4-H Family Camp at Millstone 4-H Camp in Ellerbe, NC! With activities like Canoeing MORE »

2015 Craven County Cotton Variety Test Results

Over the past few years, NC Cooperative Extension has performed large-scale cotton varietal test throughout North Carolina to evaluate early season vigor, first fruit set, plant regulator growth response and yield (Read more MORE »

Evaluating Stevia as Alternative Crop Enterprise

Stevia is a perennial herb that contains glycosides up to 300 times sweeter than sugar.  As such it is commonly used as a no-calorie sugar substitute. Typically, within Eastern NC, transplants are grown MORE »

Planning a Deer Food Plot in Eastern NC

Sorting through the reality and hype of the potential advantages of wildlife food plots for deer can be confusing.  Numerous articles promote use of food plots for various reasons and advertisements often make MORE »

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EVENTS View All
Clover Rangers 4-H ClubSun Feb 14, 2016
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Where:
Riverdale United Methodist Church, 5195 U.S. 70, New Bern, NC 28562, United States
— 22 hours away
Clover Rangers 4-H ClubMon Feb 15, 2016
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Where:
Riverdale United Methodist Church, 5195 U.S. 70, New Bern, NC 28562, United States
— 2 days away
4-H County Council MeetingTue Feb 16, 2016
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM— 3 days away
Little Fork Ranch 4-H Club MeetingTue Feb 16, 2016
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Little Fork Ranch, 3300 Aurora Road, Ernul NC 28527
— 3 days away
Private Applicator Safety Training (Category V)Wed Feb 17, 2016
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Where:
300 Industrial Dr, New Bern, NC 28562, USA
— 4 days away
Peletah 4-H ClubWed Feb 17, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Peletah Ministries, Neuse Blvd, New Bern, NC
— 4 days away
4-H County Council MeetingThu Feb 18, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM— 5 days away
Horticulture WorkshopSat Feb 20, 2016
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
Craven Ag Building, 300 Industrial Drive, New Bern, NC
— 7 days away
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