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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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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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Munsell color book being used to determine the hue, value and chroma of a soil.

Soil 101: Introduction
to Soil – Online!

Understanding soil is a basic skill needed by anyone interested in agriculture, environmental science, gardening, natural resource management, and water quality. Traditionally, to gain that skill, a person has had to pay college tuition and spend long hours in a classroom. Now, with the power of the internet at your fingertips, the NC Cooperative Extension Service is bringing a first class Introduction to Soil education to your office, dining room table, or local coffee shop. Learn more about this open online course at http://go.ncsu.edu/introduction-to-soil

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Fruits and vegetable produce stand

Horticulture
InfoSearches Provide Answers!

Looking for answers to fruit, vegetable, weed or floriculture questions? The NC State University Department of Horticulture invites you to try their powerful, but focused search engines designed to provide answers from the scientific literature, trade and association magazines/websites and NC State University, and archive (repository of literature dating back to the 1800s).  Use these search engines for all of your fruit, vegetable, weed and floriculture questions. Floriculture InfoSearch Fruit InfoSearch Vegetable InfoSearch Weed InfoSearch

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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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Master Gardeners planting garden with local children.

Gardening Tips:
Become an Extension Master Gardener

Do you look forward to reading this column each week to learn something new about gardening? Do you want to learn even more about gardening, and use your knowledge to not only improve your own garden but to better the community? The Extension Master Gardener program is a training program offered by North Carolina Cooperative Extension that educates the participants on a variety of gardening topics including proper pruning, fertilizing, care of trees and shrubs, how and when to plant, growing fruits and vegetables, composting, plant identification, disease and insect control, and much more. Participants use this knowledge to become better gardeners, and also pass their knowledge and expertise along to others by participating in volunteer projects throughout the county. The next training session will begin on September 12th, 2013. The class will run for 11 weeks, meeting every Thursday from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Halifax County Agricultural Center in Halifax. The class will include lecture, demonstration, video, guest speakers and field trips. Participants will receive a total of 40 hours of training and will be expected to contribute at least 40 hours of volunteer service for the Halifax County Cooperative Extension horticulture program through Master Gardener community service projects. Halifax County offers this training once each year and is currently accepting applicants for the upcoming class. Gardeners with all levels of experience and knowledge are welcome to apply for the class and will be accepted as space permits. The most important qualification for acceptance into the Master Gardener program is a love of gardening and the willingness to share what you have learned with others. The cost of the training is $100, which includes the cost of the Master Gardener training manual and other materials used for the class, as well as the cost of field trips taken by the class. For more information or an application for the Master Gardener class, please contact Matthew Stevens at 583-5161 or matt_stevens@ncsu.edu. The deadline for application will be September 3rd, 2013. Many Master Gardeners who have completed the class and the initial volunteer requirement choose to remain active volunteers and continue to contribute to volunteer projects and training of new Master Gardeners. These active members attend monthly meetings that consist of both a business meeting and an educational program, so the learning process of Master Gardeners continues well past the 40-hour training period. Ongoing Master Gardener projects include a youth educational programs with schools and youth groups across Halifax County, maintaining a memorial garden on the grounds of the Halifax County Agricultural Center, Arbor Day celebrations, contributions to the landscaping of the Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Center and Eco-Park in Scotland Neck, and much more. While we hope that all Master Gardeners will stay active in the program for many years, only the initial 40 hours of volunteer service are a requirement of the program. Matthew Stevens is the horticulture extension agent for Halifax County Cooperative Extension. If you have any questions about this article or other aspects of your home gardening, please contact Matthew at 583-5161 or matt_stevens@ncsu.edu.

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Gardening Tips: Master Gardener Class

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Over the past ten days I’ve had a number of calls about a white, fluffy substance growing on the leaves of various vegetable and ornamental plants. This is due to a common fungal MORE »

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