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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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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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Solar panels

Solar Energy Property
Tax Resources

With a surge in solar power installations across North Carolina, Extension specialists have developed materials to address questions about tax implications, land appraisal and more. Solar Generation Property Taxation Solar and Wind Energy Development Opportunities: Tax Implications

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Catfaced strawberry

New Strawberry
Diagnostic Tool

An interdisciplinary team of  NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences extension specialists have created a new, mobile-friendly, database driven tool to help strawberry growers visually diagnose disorders. The new Strawberry Diagnostic Key provides a way to filter by visual characteristics to identify problems. Results include details about the disorders and possible management strategies. The Strawberry Diagnostic Key was developed with funding in part from the Strawberry Sustainability Initiativethe Walmart FoundationUniversity of ArkansasSouthern Region IPM CenterNorth Carolina State University Cooperative Extension Service and the North Carolina Strawberry Association.

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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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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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Brown stink bug feeding above the crown of seedling corn. This will result in leaf holes, but probably not stunting, tillering, or plant death.

How to Avoid a Stink Bug Disaster in Corn popular

Stink bug pressure is already heavy this year.  A lot of seedling injury has been reported (see previous article).  This is caused from adults that overwintered from last year, either in soybean stubble, MORE » – from   Entomology

Planting Cotton Late popular

The weather during our optimum planting period has not been real cooperative. Tomorrow (May 25) is the insurance cutoff for planting purposes. Cotton planted within 5 days after the final planting date will MORE » – from   Cotton

Tobacco flea beetle. Photo via Sterling Southern.

Organic tobacco flea beetle management popular

In addition to questions about organic aphid management in tobacco, I have also received several questions about organic flea beetle management. Most of these questions have been some version of “What organically acceptable MORE » – from   Entomology

Cotton Planting Conditions for May 19, 2016 popular

The cotton planting conditions have not been as promising as forecast have suggested so far this season. Temperatures have fairly consitently been below 10 day forecast. Below is the estimated planting conditions based on MORE » – from   Cotton

Nominations Sought for Business Scholarship

Nominations are being sought for a $750 scholarship offered by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Administrative Professionals Association (NCCEAPA) through 4 pm on Friday, March 10, 2016.  The scholarship is available to North MORE »

2016 Sheep and Meat/Dairy Goat Field Day

The livestock agents from Bladen, Cumberland, Hoke, and Robeson counties will be putting on a field day for sheep, meat goat, and dairy goat producers on Saturday, March 19 from 9:30 a.m. to MORE »

2016 Cape Fear Cattle Conference

This conference is an excellent opportunity to receive updates on the cattle industry, learn new management practices, and visit with other cattle producers in the area. The program includes a meal and time MORE »

4-Hers Compete in Regional Chicken Show

On May 14, 2015, the soccer field at Bladen County Parks and Recreation on HWY 701 in Elizabethtown was converted to a show field for the evening. A show for chickens! We had MORE »

Teen Success

To grow and thrive, teens need supportive adults and a positive environment. Everyone wants to be successful in life, even as a teenager, you can achieve success in your life; it just takes MORE »

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Quilt Club MeetingTue May 31, 2016 Today
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Where:
116 W Prospect Ave, Raeford, NC 28376, USA
— 2 hours ago
Sandhills Small Ruminant Association Meeting Thu Jun 2, 2016
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Where:
116 W Prospect Ave, Raeford, NC 28376, USA
— 2 days away
Master Gardener MeetingTue Jun 7, 2016
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
116 W Prospect Ave, Raeford, NC 28376, USA
— 7 days away
Quilt Club MeetingTue Jun 7, 2016
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Where:
116 W Prospect Ave, Raeford, NC 28376, USA
— 7 days away
Hot Shots MeetingThu Jun 9, 2016
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
116 W Prospect Ave, Raeford, NC 28376, USA
— 1 week away
Gardening With Limited Space DemonstratonSat Jun 11, 2016
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Where:
Home Foods, 119 N. Main Street, Raeford, NC
— 2 weeks away
Hugs for HokeSat Jun 11, 2016
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Where:
116 W Prospect Ave, Raeford, NC 28376, USA
— 2 weeks away
Project Learning Tree K-8 WorkshopThu Jun 16, 2016
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
Millstone 4-H Camp, 1296 Mallard Dr, Ellerbe, NC 28338, United States
— 2 weeks away
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