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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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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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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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Solar panels

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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40 Gallon Challenge

Take the pledge to conserve water! Complete the survey to identify ways that you could save an additional 40 gallons of water each day.  There are indoor and outdoor strategies. Boost your county’s MORE » – from   Gardening

4-H National Conference

Craven County 4-H Members Attend 2016- National 4-H Conference Wendy Paschal 252-633-1477 A delegation of North Carolina 4-H youth representing six counties including Craven County, attended National 4-H Conference in Chevy Chase, Maryland.  MORE »

Blueberry Jam Canning Class

Canning Classes Blueberry 2015 Saturday June 11th from 9a-12p at the Craven County Agricultural Building. Cost is $10 and includes a take home product. To register contact Kelly Beasley at MORE »

Diseases of Wheat Increasing popular

Over the past few days, several disease outbreaks in wheat have been noted by NCSU faculty and Extension.  It is strongly advised to scout fields regularly.  Some of these diseases can cause severe MORE »

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Green Bears 4-H Club MeetingWed May 11, 2016
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Where:
1815 Brices Creek Road, New Bern, NC, United States (Township 7 Fire Station)
— 5 days away
Peletah 4-H ClubWed May 11, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Peletah Ministries, Neuse Blvd, New Bern, NC
— 5 days away
Little Fork Ranch 4-H Club MeetingThu May 12, 2016
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Little Fork Ranch, 3300 Aurora Road, Ernul NC 28527
— 6 days away
Clover Rangers 4-H ClubSat May 14, 2016
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Where:
Riverdale United Methodist Church, 5195 U.S. 70, New Bern, NC 28562, United States
— 1 week away
Landscape & Turf Disease UpdateMon May 16, 2016
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
300 Industrial Dr, New Bern, NC 28562, USA
— 1 week away
Clover Rangers 4-H ClubMon May 16, 2016
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Where:
Riverdale United Methodist Church, 5195 U.S. 70, New Bern, NC 28562, United States
— 1 week away
Pesticide CollectionTue May 17, 2016
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Where:
The Curb Market, Corner of 13th & Evans Street, Morehead City,NC
— 2 weeks away
4-H County Council MeetingTue May 17, 2016
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM— 2 weeks away
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