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Biosecurity for Birds

Bird Biosecurity
Webinar and Twitter chat

While good biosecurity is always a good way to protect the health of backyard poultry, it is even more important right now. Highly pathogenic avian influenza cases were confirmed in some areas of the country earlier this year and proper biosecurity is essential to prevent this disease from entering a flock or spreading to new flocks. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is encouraging all backyard bird owners to practice good biosecurity and is offering a free webinar and Twitter chat to help new and veteran poultry owners learn more about maintaining healthy flocks. The hour-long webinar will take place on Thursday, August 6 at 7 p.m. EDT, 6 p.m. CDT, 5 p.m. MDT and 4 p.m. PDT. To guarantee a place at the webinar, register now at healthybirdswebinar.com and then enter the password: Chickens. A Twitter chat will run alongside the webinar. Join the Twitter chat using #Chickenchat 2015 to get answers to your questions. To submit advance questions for either event, post them Healthy Harry’s Facebook page. The event is hosted by Andy Schneider, also known as “The Chicken Whisperer®,” a national media personality who serves as the Biosecurity For Birds campaign spokesperson and Dr. Jo Anna Quinn, a veterinary medical officer and poultry health specialist with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). Dr. Megin Nichols, a health investigator from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also will participate. These experts will share information and answer questions about raising backyard poultry, how to keep your flocks free from disease and predators and how to protect your family from disease your birds might spread. They will explore such topics as what to expect from your birds during the fall and ways to protect your flock during cold winter months. The USDA webinar and chat is part of its Biosecurity For Birds outreach campaign to help educate backyard bird owners about steps they can take to protect their flocks from disease.  For more information about Biosecurity for Birds please visit, http://healthybirds.aphis.usda.gov.

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Biosecurity for Birds

Bird Biosecurity
Webinar and Twitter chat

While good biosecurity is always a good way to protect the health of backyard poultry, it is even more important right now. Highly pathogenic avian influenza cases were confirmed in some areas of the country earlier this year and proper biosecurity is essential to prevent this disease from entering a flock or spreading to new flocks. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is encouraging all backyard bird owners to practice good biosecurity and is offering a free webinar and Twitter chat to help new and veteran poultry owners learn more about maintaining healthy flocks. The hour-long webinar will take place on Thursday, August 6 at 7 p.m. EDT, 6 p.m. CDT, 5 p.m. MDT and 4 p.m. PDT. To guarantee a place at the webinar, register now at healthybirdswebinar.com and then enter the password: Chickens. A Twitter chat will run alongside the webinar. Join the Twitter chat using #Chickenchat 2015 to get answers to your questions. To submit advance questions for either event, post them Healthy Harry’s Facebook page. The event is hosted by Andy Schneider, also known as “The Chicken Whisperer®,” a national media personality who serves as the Biosecurity For Birds campaign spokesperson and Dr. Jo Anna Quinn, a veterinary medical officer and poultry health specialist with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). Dr. Megin Nichols, a health investigator from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also will participate. These experts will share information and answer questions about raising backyard poultry, how to keep your flocks free from disease and predators and how to protect your family from disease your birds might spread. They will explore such topics as what to expect from your birds during the fall and ways to protect your flock during cold winter months. The USDA webinar and chat is part of its Biosecurity For Birds outreach campaign to help educate backyard bird owners about steps they can take to protect their flocks from disease.  For more information about Biosecurity for Birds please visit, http://healthybirds.aphis.usda.gov.

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Tobacco Issue

There is an issue with some tobacco in the area.  Below are some pictures with at least a partial range of the symptoms.  If you have tobacco that looks like this, please contact Tim Hambrick, Area Field Crop Agent at (336) 703-2856 or tim_hambrick@nscu.edu.

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N.C. continues to
prepare for possible avian influenza outbreak

RALEIGH – State Veterinarian Doug Meckes announced additional precautions that are being put in place to help North Carolina prepare for a possible introduction of highly pathogenic avian influenza. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is requiring all poultry owners, regardless of the number of birds, to register for an NCFarmID number, Meckes said. This will facilitate the department in alerting poultry owners about an outbreak, especially owners in close proximity to a positive farm. Poultry owners can also sign up for a national premises ID number, but it is not required. Anyone already part of the National Poultry Improvement Plan is exempt from this requirement. An online sign-up form will be available after Aug. 1. “In planning our response for highly pathogenic avian influenza, one problem we’ve come across is that we can’t protect birds that we don’t know exist,” Meckes said. “We need to know where poultry are located so we can properly protect commercial and backyard flocks." Information gathered through NCFarmID registration is used solely for animal health purposes. This critical data will provide animal health officials with necessary contact information in case of an animal health concern, and help identify animals and premises that may have been affected. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is also requiring any commercial poultry grower with 200 or more birds to submit a HPAI outbreak plan. A commercial grower would be any grower under contract with an integrated company. “It’s very important that growers think through the worst-case scenario, because a confirmation of high-path avian flu would certainly be a worst-case scenario,” Meckes said. “We want each grower to consider their resources and location to determine how they can best handle an outbreak in a way that is environmentally sensitive and gets them back online as soon as is feasible.” An HPAI Outbreak Plan template will be available on the department’s website after Aug. 1. Growers will need to submit the plan to the Veterinary Division no later than Sept. 15. While only commercial growers will be required to submit the plan, all flock owners are encouraged to plan ahead and consider how they would respond to a confirmed positive. Last month, Meckes and Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announced that bird shows and sales would be halted from Aug. 15 to January 15, 2016. The intent is to prevent birds from commingling and spreading the HPAI virus. Individual sales are still allowed to take place. For more information about avian influenza and the department’s response plans, go towww.ncagr.gov/avianflu.

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Carolina Farm Credit
New Small Grant Program

Carolina Farm Credit has a new small grant program in a 54 county region in the western half of NC. The grants are up to $5000 for agriculture and rural development projects. The application is short and the deadline is Sept. 1, 2015. To learn more about the program: http://www.carolinafarmcredit.com/news/press-releases/2015/carolina-farm-credit-taking-applications-for-corpo.aspx To complete the grant application:  http://carolinafarmcredit.com/about/community/corporate-mission-fund.aspx For more information, please contact Carolina Farm Credit, Rural Hall at (336) 969-2030.

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Enhancing Sustainability
Series Continues with the 2015 Small Scale Production Field Day

The Enhancing Sustainability Series continues with the 2015 Small Scale Production Field Day Date: August 25 Time: 6:00 PM Location: Stokes CES Demonstration Garden- 700 North Main Street in Danbury Join Stokes Horticulture Agent Randy Fulk for this detailed discussion covering- Organic Weed Control Cover Crops Intro to Drip Irrigation 1 hour of pesticide credit in category X will be offered There is no charge to attend the session For more info contact- Randy Fulk- Horticulture Agent 700 N. Main St., Danbury, NC 27016 336-593-8179 randy_fulk@ncsu.edu

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Tree Talk: Meet the Ginkgo Tree

The Ginkgo tree is an ancient species that has much to offer in your landscape —especially their brilliant, but short lived fall color.  But you have to be a little… sexist… when you MORE » – from   Gardening

2015 Feeder Calf Sale Schedule

July 23, 2015 7pm – Harward Brothers Livestock Market in Statesville, NC.  For more information, contact Teresa Herman at (704) 878-3153. August 26, 2015 7pm – Carolina Stockyards in Siler City, NC.  For MORE »

Presto Pressure Canner testing

This time of year our office receives numerous calls about canning questions.  The Stokes County Cooperative Extension office is happy to provide assistance with your home canning questions. FREE Presto Pressure Canner testing MORE »

Summer 2015 Newsletter

Our newsletters were dropped into the mail today. However if you would like to read it now, click below.  Please share with your friends and let us know if you would like to MORE »

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NC Safe Plates

Food Protection Manager Course – “NC Establishments must have at least one supervisor certified as a food protection manager through an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited program or face a two-point violation MORE »

2015 Summer Fun

4-H Summer Fun Info is now available!  Click the below links for all the information you will need! *Just a reminder that page 3 (Informed Consent Page) of the Enrollment Forms needs notarizing. MORE »

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Piedmont Farm School

The Piedmont Farm School is a 7-month educational program that trains beginning and transitioning farmers with a strong commitment to operate successful small-scale, sustainable farms.  The school offers seven business-planning seminars, which will MORE » – from   Forsyth County Center

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King Farmer's MarketWed Sep 2, 2015
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Where:
Stokes Family YMCA, 105 Moore Road, King, NC 27021, United States
— 2 days away
King Farmer's MarketWed Sep 9, 2015
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Where:
Stokes Family YMCA, 105 Moore Road, King, NC 27021, United States
— 1 week away
Bird Conservation in the Face of Future Climate Change WebinarThu Sep 10, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Where:
http://www.sustainableforestswebinars.net/
— 1 week away
King Farmer's MarketWed Sep 16, 2015
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Where:
Stokes Family YMCA, 105 Moore Road, King, NC 27021, United States
— 2 weeks away
ALC MeetingFri Sep 18, 2015
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM— 3 weeks away
King Farmer's MarketWed Sep 23, 2015
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Where:
Stokes Family YMCA, 105 Moore Road, King, NC 27021, United States
— 3 weeks away
Chicken Tractor/Chicken 101Tue Sep 29, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Northwest Forsyth Center, 3111 Big Oaks Drive, King, NC 27021, United States
— 4 weeks away
King Farmer's MarketWed Sep 30, 2015
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Where:
Stokes Family YMCA, 105 Moore Road, King, NC 27021, United States
— 4 weeks away
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