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Halifax County 4-Hers
Present Success at District Activity Day!

in Halifax County, we have eight youth who have conquered that fear and become stellar examples of presenters and public speakers. The twenty-two counties in the Northeast District hold a competition every year for 4-Hers to show off their skills in a variety of Presentation and Public Speaking Categories. The 2016 District Activity Day was a great success for Halifax County! Eight 4-Hers presented and came away with 7 medals!

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Halifax County 4-Hers
Present Success at District Activity Day!

in Halifax County, we have eight youth who have conquered that fear and become stellar examples of presenters and public speakers. The twenty-two counties in the Northeast District hold a competition every year for 4-Hers to show off their skills in a variety of Presentation and Public Speaking Categories. The 2016 District Activity Day was a great success for Halifax County! Eight 4-Hers presented and came away with 7 medals!

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NC Cooperative Extension Service

NC Choices: Women
Working in the Meat Business

NC Choices is hosting a three day conference focusing on "Women Working in the Meat Business" October 2 - 4, 2016.  Register early at it is first come, first serve and space is extremely limited!  http://www.carolinameatconference.com/women-register FEATURING LEAD INSTRUCTORS Kari Underly: Lead instructor, 3rd Generation Master Butcher, founder of Range® Inc. and Grrls Meat Camp. Elizabeth Karmel: Chef, NC-native, leading grill expert, author, and former owner of Hill Country BBQ in NYC Poppy Davis: Program Director for SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture Education), CPA, JD with a focus on agricultural enterprises, and former National Program Leader for Small Farms and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers. Michele Pfannenstiel: Dirigo Food Safety’s President and CEO, certified HACCP auditor, Director of Food Safety for the national Farmer Veteran Coalition. CUTTING-EDGE TOPICS INCLUDE: Added Costs vs. Added Value for the Chuck: Yields, Waste, and Number Crunching at Each Stage of Processing Smart Growth: Strategizing Your Value-Added Meat Business while Reducing Risk (tax, legal, and food safety) Seasonings, Techniques, New Cuts for the Grill: Hands-on, Open-fire Grilling and Smoking Think Like a Consumer: Marketing Tips to Better Sell by the Piece or in Bulk Identifying, Communicating, and Correcting Common Mishaps in Processed Meat Plus, sign up for a pre-conference “Pasture to Plate” on-farm pasture management workshop for women cattle handlers, Saturday, October 1. Topics include troubleshooting temporary fencing, nutrition, and forage management. This activity requires a separate registration via CEFS’ Amazing Grazing.

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NC Cooperative Extension Service

Small Scale Livestock
Conference

Join this great workshop providing value information to small scale producers or for those considering starting a business!

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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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Consumer Horticulture

Extension's Gardening Portal at NC State University provides access to a wealth of information, events and resources for gardeners in North Carolina.  Managed by the State Urban Horticulture Specialist and Cooperative Extension Horticulture Agents throughout the state, it is your doorway to guidance about successfully growing vegetables, herbs, fruits, flowers and ornamentals in your landscape.

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It’s Not Too Late to Have a Livestock Project!

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Small Scale Livestock ConferenceMon Aug 29 - Mon Aug 29, 2016 - ALL DAY Where:
Pitt County Agriculture Center
— 14 hours away
Labor Day - Halifax County Extension Office ClosedMon Sep 5 - Mon Sep 5, 2016 - ALL DAY— 1 week away
Seminar: Pasture Management & Rotational Grazing Strategies for Horse OwnersThu Sep 8, 2016
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Where:
Ferrell Lane, Ferrell Ln, Halifax, NC 27839, USA
— 2 weeks away
Enfield Lions Club Tri-County ShowSat Sep 10 - Sat Sep 10, 2016 - ALL DAY Where:
Halifax 4-H Horse and Livestock Complex
— 2 weeks away
Dylan Moore DaysFri Sep 16 - Sun Sep 18, 2016 - ALL DAY Where:
Halifax 4-H Horse and Livestock Complex
— 3 weeks away
Halifax County Harvest DaysFri Sep 30 - Sat Oct 1, 2016 - ALL DAY— 1 month away
Halifax Fun Horse ShowSat Oct 22 - Sat Oct 22, 2016 - ALL DAY Where:
Halifax County 4-H Horse and Livestock Complex
— 2 months away
Veterans Day - Halifax County Office ClosedFri Nov 11 - Fri Nov 11, 2016 - ALL DAY— 2 months away
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