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Six virtual auxin best practices classes planned for January, February and March.

By on January 18, 2022

Summary: NCDA&CS and local county agriculture extension office to offer six virtual Zoom training opportunities for growers. Dates announced for January through March. Summary of Talking Points: The start of the year typically ushers in commodity association meetings and trainings,

Applications being accepted for swine and dairy grants for losses due to COVID-related shutdowns.

By on January 4, 2022

Summary: In the latest budget, the N.C. General Assembly approved $30 million in federal COVID funds for one-time assistance to swine and dairy producers for losses due to closures or lost contracts. Summary of Talking Points: In this year’s budget,

Wrapping up 2021 and looking forward to 2022.

By on December 28, 2021

Summary: Highlights from 2021 and a reminder about the upcoming Southern Farm Show Feb. 2-4, 2022. It doesn’t seem possible that it is Dec. 28 – the week of 2021. This has been both a quick year and a long

Looking for special events to enjoy with the family? Holiday events abound at farmers markets and agritourism farms. This year, plan to shop and support local.

By on December 21, 2021

Summary: Agritourism farms and farmers markets across the state are planning family friendly activities around the holidays, so if you are looking to finish up some last-minute shopping or just looking for something fun to do to get out of

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Farmland preservation remains a critical priority for North Carolina. Latest grant cycle open until Dec. 17

By on December 15, 2021

Summary: County governments and nonprofit groups encouraged to apply for funding for farmland preservation projects as the threat to farmland in North Carolina remains significant. The deadline for the latest round of funding is Dec. 17. One of my top

Burn ban in effect statewide and a reminder about being safe on the farm.

By on December 7, 2021

Summary: A statewide burn ban in now in effect because of extremely dry conditions across the state. Fire risk remains high as the N.C. Forest Service continues to battle the Grindstone Fire at Pilot Mountain. Commissioner Troxler remains people to

Christmas trees and the Thanksgiving meal – North Carolina agriculture is front and center during the holidays.

By on November 23, 2021

Summary: If you celebrate Thanksgiving with a traditional meal of turkey, ham, sweet potatoes and all the fixings, then you are celebrating North Carolina agriculture and North Carolina farmers as well. North Carolina agriculture is a top producer of much

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The N.C. Forest Service offers 25 % discount on seedling sales for military members.

By on November 16, 2021

The N.C. Forest Service Nursery and Tree Improvement program ensures that residents of North Carolina have access to the best native trees and genetics available for use on their land. During the month of November, a 25 % discount is

Rising costs of inputs impacting farmers

By on November 9, 2021

Summary: Farmers have had a good year with yields, good harvest weather and stronger commodity prices. The rising costs of inputs and limited availability is causing concern as we plan for 2022. As we begin to prepare for the holiday

Still time to submit soil samples for free testing.

By on November 8, 2021

Farmers and homeowners are reminded to submit soil samples now to the Agronomic Services lab to avoid peak-season fees. The fees are expected to take effect Dec. 1 this year. I like to try to remind growers and homeowners as