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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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Craven County (pictured alphabetically), Wendy Paschal, Katherine Paul and Sarah Willis.

4-H Delegation
Attends Electric Congress

Craven County (pictured alphabetically), Wendy Paschal, Katherine Paul and Sarah Willis.[/caption] A delegation from Craven County attended the 68th annual 4-H Electric Congress July 13-15 at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. 180 4‑H’ers, adult leaders and N.C. Cooperative Extension agents from 54 counties attended the three-day event. Since 1947, Duke Energy and Dominion North Carolina Power have sponsored the annual congress to emphasize energy conservation and safe electricity use. The 4-H electric energy program is one of the most popular activities among Tar Heel 4-H’ers. For more information about this specific program within 4-H click here. The 4-H program is the youth education program of North Carolina Cooperative Extension, based at North Carolina State and North Carolina A&T State universities. More than 232,000 young people between the ages of 5 and 19 participate in North Carolina 4-H activities each year with the help of 20,563 adult and youth volunteers. Pictured from left are Sarah Willis, 16, daughter of Rusty and Etta Willis in New Bern; Katherine Paul, 13, daughter of Sheryl Harris in Grantsboro; Also, Wendy Garner Paschal, 4-H Youth Development Agent in Craven County.

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Protect Peanuts Using
Peanut Disease Advisory

NC peanut production typically involves 4-6 fungicide applications to successfully protect peanuts from diseases that may greatly reduce yield or kill plants.  Whether or not fewer treatments can be made depends upon peanut plant development, cultural practices chosen by the producer and climatic factors.  Regrettably, conditions that favor rapid and healthy peanut production also favor fungal disease development. To assist peanut producers in the ability to maximize disease protection yet utilize the least amount of fungicide applications, North Carolina State University (NCSU) provides daily peanut disease advisories.  This advisory provides site-specific, detailed weather information along with specific recommendation as whether or not a fungicide application is needed. This information is found at http://ncsupeanut.blogspot.com/. In order to gain full advantage of the advisory, several items are noteworthy.  First, there are many sites evaluated but data from areas within close proximity may or may not provide the same recommendation since humidity, rainfall, temperature and other slight differences in climatic data may impact the recommendation.  Thus, it is wise to examine and monitor the two closest sites when feasible to do so.  Secondly, since Scelrotinia is more rapidly spread when individual plants are less fully canopied or at least within 6 inches of each other, there are two recommendations.  One recommendation is for rows greater than 6 inches apart and the other for rows within 6 inches.  Make sure to follow recommendations that fit field conditions!  Additional climatic data, disease information, growing degree days and other information is abbreviated within each recommendation.  Details of this data is found within the “How to Use the Lead Spot Advisory” and “How to Use the Sclerotina Advisory” on the web page. In addition to the daily advisory, several successful fungicide programs have been outlined to provide specific information to guard against potential disease resistance, to provide specific recommendations for fields with known disease history and, to optimize product choices to reduce the chances of yield reduction from disease.  To download a copy of these sample fungicide programs, click HERE. Historically, following the advisory program and applying the best fit fungicide spray program has provided optimum disease control yet reduced costs compared to a routine regimen of applying a fungicide every two weeks.  By utilizing the Integrated Pest Management approach of identify the disease and favorable climatic conditions for rapid development of this disease; matching specific preventative and/or curative fungicides to manage this disease; and applying cultural practices when available, growers realize a profit while reducing pesticide use. Email the author:        mike_carroll@ncsu.edu Follow the author on Twitter:            @mcarroll_craven

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NC Cooperative Extension Service

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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Datana spp. caterpillars feeding on blueberry. Photo via NC State University Plant Disease and Insect Clinic.

What to watch for: Caterpillars in berries popular

The season’s first question about caterpillars in blueberries has arrived, so growers and homeowners should be on the look out for developing populations. Several caterpillars species in the genus Datana feed on NC MORE » – from   Entomology

Hopper burn damage from potato leaf hopper on red maple

Maple Nursery IPM Update popular

I had several questions related to problems with maples last week. In the process I noticed damage from maple spider mite, hopper burn (potato leaf hopper), maple shoot borer, anthracnose, and canker diseases. MORE » – from   Wilson County Center

Earworms/Bollworms in Bt Corn popular

Earworms (known as bollworm in cotton) have been fairly absent in our system over the past few years.  Arguably, at least a small part of this has to be due to widespread plantings MORE » – from   Entomology

Protect Peanuts Using Peanut Disease Advisory

NC peanut production typically involves 4-6 fungicide applications to successfully protect peanuts from diseases that may greatly reduce yield or kill plants.  Whether or not fewer treatments can be made depends upon peanut MORE »

Selecting Soybean Varieties for Late Planting popular

Soybean is a photosensitive plant. In other words, day length signals the plant to cease vegetative growth and begin flowering and setting pods. Indeterminate varieties, generally speaking, will continue to simultaneously grow vegetatively MORE »

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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EVENTS View All
Peletah 4-H ClubWed Jul 27, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Peletah Ministries, Neuse Blvd, New Bern, NC
— 4 days away
Peletah 4-H ClubWed Aug 3, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Peletah Ministries, Neuse Blvd, New Bern, NC
— 2 weeks away
Peletah 4-H ClubWed Aug 3, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Peletah Ministries, Neuse Blvd, New Bern, NC
— 2 weeks away
Peletah 4-H ClubWed Aug 10, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Peletah Ministries, Neuse Blvd, New Bern, NC
— 3 weeks away
Little Fork Ranch 4-H Club MeetingThu Aug 11, 2016
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Little Fork Ranch, 3300 Aurora Road, Ernul NC 28527
— 3 weeks away
Clover Rangers 4-H ClubSun Aug 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
Clover Rangers 4-H ClubMon Aug 15, 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
4-H County Council MeetingTue Aug 16, 2016
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM— 3 weeks away
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