News Roundup

By on June 12, 2009

News RoundupEach week we’ll round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from newspapers across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. Click on the links to go straight to each paper’s full story.

  • “NC farmer’s markets to accept food stamps,” Asheville Citizen-Times. A statewide initiative is making it possible for farmers markets in 12 North Carolina counties to accept Electronic Benefits Transfer card payments from consumers who are in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps. …
     
  • “Best Dish: State restaurant contest features local food,” Durham Herald-Sun. From now through July, six expert chefs will double as secret judges as they taste North Carolina cuisine in 19 of the state’s premiere restaurants. …
  • “Budding gardeners get their hands dirty,” Wilmington Star. Eight-year-old Davion Rivera looked at the planter boxes at Bruce Drysdale Elementary and paused. He held a bag in his hand. Other students congregated around the boxes. “What do you use the cow manure for?” asked Rivera in a matter-of-fact way. …
  • “North Carolina’s ‘green’ jobs sector swells over 10 years, study shows,” WRAL. Clean energy, or “green,” jobs soared in North Carolina over a 10-year period to nearly 17,000, according to a new study from the Pew Charitable Trusts. …
  • “Beekeeping supplier gets award,” Wilkes Journal-Patriot. Brushy Mountain Bee Farm in the Brushy Mountain community, one of the largest beekeeping equipment suppliers in the nation, has been recognized for boosting its sales by over $2 million and nearly doubling its workforce from 2007 to 2008. …
  • “Program offers free lunch to kids over summer,” News & Observer. Now that school is out, organizations around the state are getting funding to provide food to children who usually get free or reduced-price school meals. The Summer Food Service Program, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provides free meals for those kids. …
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