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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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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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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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Learn About Risk From
Radon

You can’t see, smell, or taste radon, but it could be present at a dangerous level in your home. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America and claims the lives of about 20,000 Americans each year. In fact, the EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General urge all Americans to protect their health by testing their homes, schools, and other buildings for radon. Exposure to radon is a preventable health risk, and testing radon levels in your home can help prevent unnecessary exposure. If a high radon level is detected in your home, you can take steps to fix the problem to protect yourself and your family. Take Action in January EPA has designated January as National Radon Action Month. To browse activities that took place in your area and view results during the 2011 National Radon Action Month; read more about Radon Leaders Saving Lives. If you would like to organize an event in your neighborhood, see the Event Planning Kit to get started. Four Things You Can Do During National Radon Action Month 1.  Test your home - EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General recommend that all homes in the U.S. be tested for radon. Testing is easy and inexpensive. Learn more about testing your home, including how to obtain an easy-to-use test kit. Locally, the kits are provided free of charge at the Cooperative Extension office: 40 Peachtree Street, Murphy, NC. 2.  Attend a National Radon Action Month event in your area - Look for radon events in your community.  To learn more about radon come by the Cooperative Extension Office in Murphy.  A continuous loop power point will be played for the month of January explaining the effects of radon gas. 3.  Spread the word - Spend time during National Radon Action Month encouraging others to learn about radon and test their homes. Tell your family and friends about the health risk of radon. Encourage them to test their homes. Plan an activity in your community to help raise awareness. Use EPA’s National Radon Action Month Event Planning Kit as a guide. Write an op-ed or letter to the editor. View tips and a sample op-ed and letter to the editor from EPA’s National Radon Action Month Event Planning Kit. Attract media attention by working with a local official to get a radon proclamation.  View tips and a sample proclamation from EPA’s National Radon Action Month Event Planning Kit. 4.  Buy a radon-resistant home - If you are considering buying a new home, look for builders who use radon-resistant new construction. Read more about radon-resistant new construction, "Building Radon Out: A Step-by-Step Guide to Build Radon-Resistant Homes". Contact your state radon program for information about radon testing, mitigation, and radon-resistant new construction in your area. NCDHHS . NC Radiation Protection . 1645 Mail Service Center.  Raleigh, NC 27699-1645 Office (919)571-4141 . Fax (919)571-4148 . For more information in Cherokee County, NC, contact the local Cooperative Extension office at 837-2210.

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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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Vegetable Gardening Class

Want to grow fresh vegetables but do not know where or how to start? With rising food prices and more vegetables being shipped in from other countries, home vegetable gardening is regaining popularity. MORE »

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Homesteading Classes begin February 28

Broadly defined homesteading is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency.  A series of Homesteading Classes will be taught by North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Cherokee County Center beginning February 28.  Classes will include such topics as MORE »

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Shiitake Mushroom Workshop to Be Offered

For anyone interested in growing your own mushrooms, there will be a mushroom workshop at Brasstown Community Center on February 23, 9:00-1:00. The educational seminar will provide information and hands-on training for growing MORE »

BQA

Beef Quality Assurance Training

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service will be holding a Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification program for local beef cattle producers.  BQA is a voluntary program in which cattle producers assume responsibility for MORE »

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Local Food Guides are Available

Agricultural Extension Agent, Keith Wood has compiled a directory of local producers of food & farm products.  These directories are free as long as supplies last and can be picked up at our MORE »

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2015 Master Gardener Training

The Cooperative Extension Offices of Clay and Cherokee Counties will be offering a Master Gardener Volunteer Certification training beginning Monday, February 2, and continuing on Mondays and Thursdays through March 30th. The training MORE » – from   Clay County Center

Lawn & Landscape Professionals Seminar

Dr. Barbara Fair an NC State Extension Horticulture Specialist; Cliff Ruth, Extension Area Horticulture Agent; Silas Brown, Clay County Extension Agent; and Keith Wood, Cherokee County Extension Agent will be presenting a Lawn MORE » – from   Clay County Center

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EVENTS View All
Master Gardener TrainingMon Feb 2, 2015
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
Brasstown Community Center
— 2 days away
Master Gardener TrainingMon Feb 2, 2015 @ 9:00 AM -
Mon Mar 30, 2015 @ 12:00 PM Where:
Brasstown Community Center
— 2 days away
Moog Components Group Sensible Fitness Mon Feb 2, 2015
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Where:
1995 N Carolina 141, Murphy, NC 28906
— 2 days away
ASPIRE ACT Prep Mon Feb 2, 2015
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Where:
Tri-County Early College High School, 21 Campus Circle, Murphy, NC 28906, United States
— 2 days away
Steps To Health 3rd Grade MESWed Feb 4, 2015
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM Where:
Murphy Elementary School, 315 Valley River Avenue, Murphy, NC 28906, United States
— 3 days away
Moog Components Group Sensible Fitness Wed Feb 4, 2015
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Where:
1995 N Carolina 141, Murphy, NC 28906
— 4 days away
Getting started with integrated pest managementWed Feb 4, 2015
6:45 PM - 9:15 PM Where:
Folk Center Cir Murphy, NC 28906
— 4 days away
Master Gardener TrainingThu Feb 5, 2015
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
Brasstown Community Center
— 5 days away
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