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NC Cooperative
Extension Service Announces Strategic Plan

The Cooperative Extension Service at NC State outlines its vision for restructuring over the next 22 months by targeting its strengths and improving access to services across the state.

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NC Cooperative Extension Service_Conference Listening Session_11-6-13

NC Cooperative
Extension Service Announces Strategic Plan

The Cooperative Extension Service at NC State outlines its vision for restructuring over the next 22 months by targeting its strengths and improving access to services across the state.

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BLUE RIDGE NC Farm School Web Small

Blue Ridge Farm
School 2015

The demand for locally grown food continues to grow despite a faltering economy. Direct sales from farms to consumers grew 215% from 1992-2007. The average farmer in North Carolina is 57 years old, and looking forward to retirement. We need new farmers to meet the demand for locally grown food in North Carolina. Quite often we get people who come in our office and say "I have some land that I want to do something with... but I don't know what. Can you tell me what I can grow and make some money?" This is really an open ended question, because it really depends on the market and the operator on whether an agriculture venture will be successful. Any good business starts out with a good plan and lots of research. More and more families are looking at ways to supplement their incomes and put their land into something productive. The Blue Ridge 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 provide farmers the tools to create a viable business plan. Each business session will focus on different areas of writing a business plan including financial management and effective marketing strategies. The school also includes seven day-long field trips at different working farms led by innovative experienced farmers and agricultural professionals. Participants will learn about low-cost sustainable farming methods, including fruits, vegetables, cows, poultry, goats, specialty crops and agri-tourism. The business classes will meet the second Tuesday of the month beginning in February 2015 from 6:00 p.m-9:00 p.m. at the Upper Mountain Research Station in Ashe County. The farm field days will typically be the fourth Tuesday of the month from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The farm field days will be held at various farms throughout the Blue Ridge area. The registration deadline is December 23rd. Fees for one person will be $250.00 and two people $400.00 ($25.00 late registration fee after December 23rd, 2014 – school is limited to 30 participants). Brochure Blue Ridge Farm School Application

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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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Sustainable Forestry Teachers' Academy - MountainMon Jun 22 - Fri Jun 26, 2015 - ALL DAY Where:
Asheville, NC, USA
— 7 months away
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