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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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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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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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NC Cooperative Extension Service

Prepare to Avoid Peak
Season Soil Sampling Fee

The North Carolina legislature has approved a new rule, specific to soil testing, that affects farmers and other clients. According to SESSION LAW 2013-360 SENATE BILL 402 there will be $4 fee for all soil samples processed by the NCDA&CS Agronomic Division during its busiest season: December through March. There will still be no fee from April through November. Rationale: * To improve lab efficiency by encouraging more growers to sample early, thereby fostering a more balanced sample load throughout the year * To enhance sustainability of the soil-testing program by generating receipts that will be earmarked for lab improvements, such as automated equipment, additional peak-season personnel and computer-programming enhancements [The draft 2013 Appropriations Act ensures that receipts generated by the new fee will be appropriated to NCDA&CS for this purpose for FY 2014 and 2015.] NOTE: This year, December 1st falls on a Sunday and is preceded by the Thanksgiving holidays. Wednesday, November 27th, will be the last business day of the month for the soil testing lab. Any soil samples arriving after 6 p.m. on November 27th will be subject to the peak-season fee because they will not be logged in and processed until December 2nd. Sample drop offs must take place during business hours (6 a.m.–6 p.m., Mon.–Fri.). A locked gate will prevent access to the loading dock area after hours and on weekends. This change will help increase the security of samples and improve customers’ access to Agronomic Division personnel. Payment should not be placed inside shippers. By late Fall 2013, clients will have the convenience of entering sample and payment (credit card or escrow account) information online in the PALS website. Cash and checks will be accepted for peak-season samples only if deposited in advance in an escrow account. The above information was provided by NCDA&CS Beat the rush! October and November are very good months for submitting soil samples.

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Ask The Master
Gardener

The first group of Ashe County Master Gardener students, under the guidance of Travis Birdsell, Extension Agent, Agriculture, graduated in the Fall of last year.  After 13 intensive classes, guest lectures, a difficult final exam, and continuing education throughout the year , eight master gardener interns and one certified master gardener are ready to serve our fellow Ashe County gardeners.  The interns will be staffing the "Ask the Master Gardener" phone hotline at the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Ashe County Center at (336) 846-5850 and email account (MGAshe@AsheCountyGov.com) beginning March 16th, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, and continuing each Monday.   Additional days/hours may be added at a later date.  We are anxious to put our new skills to the test!  But, please be patient with us...We are still learning.  We will make every effort to answer your questions correctly and timely.  The Master Gardeners will also be participating in service projects around the County.  So, stay tuned! For additional information regarding Master Gardeners and other programs available at the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Ashe County Center please call (336) 846-5850.

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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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Ask The Master Gardener

The first group of Ashe County Master Gardener students, under the guidance of Travis Birdsell, Extension Agent, Agriculture, graduated in the Fall of last year.  After 13 intensive classes, guest lectures, a difficult MORE »

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