Dicamba training begins Jan. 25

By on January 17, 2018

Tobacco and other crops are sensitive to dicamba and 2,4-D, so it is important to use best management practices when applying them. Last year, applicators were required to attend training for use of auxin products. The training is specifically designed to help farmers and pesticide applicators understand how to apply these new formulations safely to avoid damaging other crops.

Due to label revisions for Engenia, XtendiMax and Fexapan , training will also be mandatory for the 2018 season.

Training has been expanded this year to include certified and non-certified applicators. This year most auxin products will be restricted-use pesticides, which means that certified operators and non-certified applicators who apply auxin products under another applicator’s license will have to be trained.

The Structural Pest Control and Pesticides Division, in conjunction with N.C. State University, has scheduled 31 training across the state from Jan. 25 through March 12. The training will review how to reduce incidents of herbicide drift by properly setting up your sprayer with the correct nozzles and operating pressure and thoroughly cleaning out your equipment.  The protection of sensitive areas and susceptible crops are also discussed.

Even if you attended training in 2017, you must also attend this year. All applicators and pesticide dealers who attend the training will receive 1.5 hours in the categories of N.O,D,X.

Attendees will receive a pocket card (certificate) of completion. It can be used to show to dealers at product purchase and to inspectors during inspections. Other changes for this year include Engenia, XtendiMax and Fexapan now being classified as restricted-use pesticides and require extensive record keeping for each field within 72 hours.  The records must also be maintained for two years.

Please see a training schedule below. Contact the Structural Pest Control and Pesticides Division, 919-733-3556.

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Today’s Topic: The annual Agricultural Development Forum is just around the corner Feb. 1 at the Southern Farm Show in Raleigh.

By on January 16, 2018

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The department’s Agricultural Development Forum will be held Feb. 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.

Grower/Buyer Exchange set for Feb. 20

By on January 15, 2018

On Feb. 20, the department will host produce buyers from Lowes Foods and US Foods at the Grower/Buyer Exchange. The event, organized by the department’s Marketing Division, is geared to N.C. fruit and vegetable growers interested in selling their products

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News Roundup: Jan. 6-12

By on January 12, 2018

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. “Former Mebanite envisions community farm,” Burlington Times News: Imagine a sustainable farm that offers programs

Recipe: Pot Roast in the Crock Pot

By on January 11, 2018

January is National Slow Cooker Month. It’s a great time to pull out your Crock Pot and learn a few new recipes to come home to on cold January nights. This one is from WRAL’s Local Dish and features North

Even a Tree has its Ups and Downs: Weather fluctuations & tree health

By on January 10, 2018

Furnaces are cranking and fireplaces are roaring as cold weather gets a firm grip on North Carolina. If you’ve been in North Carolina long though, you are probably already hoping for and expecting a reprieve with warmer weather. Unfortunately, while

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Today’s Topic: Latest farmland preservation efforts preserve more than 800 acres; first joint partnership between Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund and the U.S. Air Force.

By on January 9, 2018

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The department’s Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund recently signed the first two conservation easements under a joint partnership with the

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News Roundup: Dec. 30 – Jan. 5

By on January 5, 2018

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Recipe: Baked Apple French Toast

By on January 4, 2018

This week a large portion of our state had snow in the forecast. Which means that a lot of you probably stocked up on the bread and milk. Here’s a recipe that will help you use up some of your

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Today’s Topic: Fire ant quarantine area expanded; Warren County added

By on January 2, 2018

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” As of Jan. 1, portions or all of 75 of the state’s 100 counties now fall under fire ant quarantine rules. Residents