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NC Cooperative
Extension Service Announces Strategic Plan

The Cooperative Extension Service at NC State outlines its vision for restructuring over the next 22 months by targeting its strengths and improving access to services across the state.

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NC Cooperative Extension Service_Conference Listening Session_11-6-13

NC Cooperative
Extension Service Announces Strategic Plan

The Cooperative Extension Service at NC State outlines its vision for restructuring over the next 22 months by targeting its strengths and improving access to services across the state.

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Grants Help Mountain
Region's Farms Succeed

WNC AgOptions intent to apply deadline Oct. 12; application deadline Nov. 16 MARSHALL — Mountain farms will soon benefit from N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission's recent funding of WNC Agricultural Options. With support from the Commission, WNC AgOptions will award area farmers a new round of $3,000 and $6,000 grants, for a total of $145,000. WNC AgOptions is accepting applications until November 16. WNC AgOptions, a program of N.C. Cooperative Extension and WNC Communities, continues its nine-year history of helping farmers diversify their businesses. "I am excited that the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission funded this program again this year," said Ross Young, Madison County Extension Director and WNC AgOptions steering committee leader. "There is no doubt that agriculture in Western North Carolina has become stronger because of WNC AgOptions and we expect the 2013 program to continue with outstanding applications from farmers hoping to keep their farms strong in these ever-changing times." WNC AgOptions awards farmers who propose diversification projects that will help their businesses grow and succeed. The seed money offsets the risk of trying something new and gives farmers the chance to demonstrate new farming techniques and marketing tactics to the agricultural community. Applications are available at www.wncagoptions.org and at local Cooperative Extension Centers. Interested applicants should contact their local Extension Agents by October 12 to notify them that they intend to apply. The application postmark deadline is November 16. One recent WNC AgOptions recipient, Wildwood Herbal in Buncombe County, is harvesting tilapia from a new sustainably designed aquaponics system and will include fish in CSA shares this fall. Another 2012 recipient, David Hughes in Mitchell County, is transitioning entirely from tobacco to potatoes. He is thrilled with the results of his project, as soils in his county often produce at least twice the yield that is expected for potatoes. In part due to the publicity of her grant project, Donna Gains of High Mountain Meadows Farm in Clay County is already taking calls from customers requesting goat cheese even before the completion of her new creamery, due to open this fall. "The innovative ideas that farmers undertake, the opportunity to showcase these ideas to whole communities, and the proven and continuing success of the WNC AgOptions program are key reasons why our board chose to fund this great project for another year," said Bill Teague, Chairman of the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission. Eligible farms are in: Avery, Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga and Yancey counties as well as the Cherokee Indian Reservation. The WNC AgOptions steering committee strongly encourages eligible farmers who have never received grant funding to apply. The administrator of WNC AgOptions is WNC Communities, a non-profit organization that has roots as far back as 1947 and hands in the development of such influential regional projects as the N.C. Arboretum, the WNC Agricultural Center, and, most recently, the WNC Regional Livestock Center. WNC Communities is dedicated to providing a unique forum for leaders in western North Carolina to carry out innovative programs to improve the quality of life for rural communities and to enhance the agriculture economy. Members of the WNC AgOptions steering committee include: representatives from N.C. Cooperative Extension, N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services–Marketing Division, WNC Communities, Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project and other leaders in agribusiness. RAFI-USA's Tobacco Communities Reinvestment Fund manages a similar grant program for farmers in the Piedmont, Central and Coastal regions of North Carolina. For more information, see the following: WNC Agricultural Options: www.wncagoptions.org; N.C. Cooperative Extension Centers: www.ces.ncsu.edu; N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission: www.tobaccotrustfund.org; WNC Communities: www.wnccommunities.org.

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Free Soil Testing

Fall is the season for taking soil samples.   The Cherokee County Cooperative Extension Service will ship all samples brought to the office during the months of October and November.  The soil lab in Raleigh will usually run the samples within a couple of weeks during these two months.  Samples will be shipped each Friday.  The North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services does not charge North Carolina residents for the testing service.  This service is available to gardeners, farmers, homeowners and anyone else wanting to test their soil.  It is recommended to test your soil every two years.  Taking a soil sample is easy and directions can be found on our website at http://cherokee.ces.ncsu.edu.  Soil test results can be viewed online at http://agronomy.agr.state.nc.us/NewPALS/GrowerLogin.aspx.  If you have questions about taking soils samples or understanding the results, you can call Keith Wood at 828-837-2210 or email at keith_wood@ncsu.edu. NC is one of the few states in the country that provides free soil sampling, although mailing them to Raleigh can cost as much as $3-4 per sample.  For the months of October and November, Cherokee County Cooperative Extension will provide shipping for all samples that are brought to the office. Soil sample boxes, information sheets and instructions can be picked up at the Extension Office Monday-Friday 8:00-12:00, 1:00-5:00.  The office is located at 40 Peachtree Street in downtown Murphy. We recommended that soils be tested every 2-3 years.  Samples will be shipped weekly and results can be expected within approximately two weeks from the shipping date.

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Join the Teen
Leadership Council

Let Your Voice Be Heard![/caption] Calling all Cherokee County teens that are 11-18 years old!!!!  Are you a teen             looking to make a difference in Cherokee County?  Are you a teen that would like to             have a voice in the community?  Are you a teen that wants to gain valuable leadership             skills for your future?   Are you worried that you do not have enough community service projects to get into the university you want to attend? Well look no further on how to get involved to help yourself and your community. The first meeting of the Teen Leadership Council of Cherokee County will be on September 25, 4:30PM, at the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Office. The office is located at 40 Peachtree Street in the Courthouse Annex building on the second floor.  There will be light refreshments served at 4:30PM meeting to start at 5:00PM and youth can learn more about the teen led program at this time.  The council is sponored by grant funds from the Cherokee Preservation Foundation.  Cherokee County 4-H is hosting this council.  We encourage parents to attend this first meeting of the council.  The funding from the grant will help the teen council to complete projects that they feel would benefit Cherokee County.  Funding will also go to help youth attend leadership building programs or camps. Contact the North Carolina Cooperative Extension at 828-837-2210 for more information.

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Photos from Pawpaw Orchard Show & Tell popular

Photos by Debbie Roos, Agricultural Extension Agent. These photos are from Chatham County Cooperative Extension’s Pawpaw Orchard Show & Tell held on September 8, 2014 at Full of Life Farms outside of Pittsboro. Grower Wynn Dinnsen grows MORE » – from   Growing Small Farms

Photos from NCSU Class Visit to Peregrine Farm popular

Photos by Debbie Roos, Agricultural Extension Agent. Chatham County Cooperative Extension Agriculture Agent Debbie Roos hosted a group of about 30 students from Dr. Chris Gunter’s Vegetable Production class at North Carolina State University. The MORE » – from   Growing Small Farms

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Learn to Grow in a High Tunnel popular

The Cherokee County Cooperative Extension Service is offering a high tunnel production series of classes.  A high tunnel is a non-heated greenhouse structure where crops can be grown year round in the soil.  Growing crops MORE »

Pollinator Garden Tour Wednesday September 10 popular

Wednesday September 10 at 5:30 pm Chatham County Agriculture Agent Debbie Roos will be giving a tour of Chatham County Cooperative Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden at Chatham Mills in Pittsboro. The garden was designed to provide MORE » – from   Growing Small Farms

Farmer Sales Tax Exemptions

NC DOR prepared these FAQs regarding sales tax issues affecting agriculture.  These FAQs cover nearly all of the topics, they came from NC DOR and are a helpful guidance. There have been many MORE »

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2014 Tomato Field Day

2014 Tomato Field Day is August 7, 2014Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center, Mills River, NCOptional Tour: 1:00 pm (Fruits, Ornamentals, Field Crops, Hops)Registration: 2:30 pmWelcome: 3:00 pmTours: 3:15 – 6:00 pmSupper: 6:00 pmLocation:Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center URL:http://harvest.cals.ncsu.edu/ncars/Contact:Jeff Chandler MORE »

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Local Meat Workshop in Canton, NC

NC Choices and WNC Agriventures present a one-day workshop for aspiring and practicing local and meat producers.  Join us Wednesday July 23rd at the WNC Regional Livestock Center in Canton, NC for a day of presentations and butchery demonstrations MORE »

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Healthy Lifestyles Classes for SeniorsMon Sep 22, 2014 Today
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Where:
Andrews Community Center Main St Andrews, NC 28901
— 12 hours ago
Moog Components Group Sensible Fitness Mon Sep 22, 2014 Today
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Where:
1995 N Carolina 141, Murphy, NC 28906
— 7 hours ago
High Tunnel ClassTue Sep 23, 2014
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
Center For Applied Technology, (CAT Building), Marble, NC 28905
— 11 hours away
Penland SeniorsTue Sep 23, 2014
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM— 12 hours away
Sewing and So-OnTue Sep 23, 2014
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Where:
Mountain Folk Center, Hwy 64 Murphy, NC
— 15 hours away
ASPIRETue Sep 23, 2014
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Where:
Murphy High School, 234 High School Cir, Murphy, NC, United States
— 20 hours away
Moog Components Group Sensible Fitness Wed Sep 24, 2014
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Where:
1995 N Carolina 141, Murphy, NC 28906
— 2 days away
ASPIREThu Sep 25, 2014
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Where:
Murphy High School, 234 High School Cir, Murphy, NC, United States
— 3 days away
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