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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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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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NC Cooperative Extension Service

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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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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NC Cooperative Extension Service

Tobacco Field Day
Events

Forsyth County Blackshank Mgmt. - you will be able to see several different varieties (Ph genetics and Florida 301 genetics) and how they stand up to blackshank without the aid of chemical help. Blackshank Chemical Trial.  You will see the effect of Ridomil, Presidio, and Ultra Fourish alone, and/or in combinations along with different timings. July 23, 2015 at 3:30 pm at the Buck Byerly Farm located on Oscar Rd., Winston Salem. 2 hours Pesticide Credit in NODX Stokes County You will see several varieties, all chosen because of yield capability, earliness, mechanical harvest ability, blackshank resistance etc. July 27, 2015 at 3:30 pm near the intersection of Stateline Church Rd. and Collinstown Rd. Rodney Rogers Farm.  Look for signs! 1 hour Pesticide Credit in NODX Surry County You will see several varieties, all chosen because of yield capability, earliness, mechanical harvest ability, blackshank resistance etc. July 28, 2015 at 3:30 pm on Old Cadle Ford Rd. approx. 1 mile off of US 601.  Badgett Farm.  Look for signs! 1 hour Pesticide Credit in NODX

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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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Frost Ring on Apple- Debbie Roos

Some apple growers are noticing that some of their apples are looking a little strange, with odd colored scabby rings around the fruit. This is called frost ring and is a result of the freeze we MORE »

Meetings for Landscape Contractors

There will be 2 sessions offered for landscape contractors on July 20. The sessions will be offered at the Guilford County Extension office located in the Guilford Agricultural Ceneter, 3309 Burlington Rd. In MORE »

New Fungicides Labeled for Fruit Crops

These newly released materials from Bayer Crop Science are labeled for many common fruit and berry crops. Luna Tranquility (Fluopyram and Pyrimethanil) is registered for apple, blackberry, blueberry, grape, peach and strawberry. Luna 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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EVENTS View All
Soybeans Class/CookingMon Jul 25, 2016
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
Cooperative Extension, 700 N Main St, Danbury, NC 27016, United States
— Tomorrow
Cattlemen's Association Meeting- TentativeMon Jul 25, 2016
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM— Tomorrow
4-H Junk Drawer RoboticsWed Jul 27, 2016
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
Rockingham County Cooperative Extension
— 3 days away
4-H Junk Drawer RoboticsThu Jul 28, 2016
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
Rockingham County Cooperative Extension
— 4 days away
4-H Junk Drawer RoboticsFri Jul 29, 2016
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
Rockingham County Cooperative Extension
— 5 days away
Bread Making ClassMon Aug 1, 2016
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
Cooperative Extension, 700 N Main St, Danbury, NC 27016, United States
— 1 week away
Cake DecoratingWed Aug 3, 2016
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Where:
Artist's Way Creations Bakery Cafe, 508 Main St, Danbury, NC 27016, United States
— 1 week away
ZipliningThu Aug 4, 2016
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Where:
Carolina Ziplines Canopy Tour, 1085 Nickell Farm Rd, Westfield, NC 27053, United States
— 2 weeks away
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