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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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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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Horticulture
InfoSearches Provide Answers!

Looking for answers to fruit, vegetable, weed or floriculture questions? The NC State University Department of Horticulture invites you to try their powerful, but focused search engines designed to provide answers from the scientific literature, trade and association magazines/websites and NC State University, and archive (repository of literature dating back to the 1800s).  Use these search engines for all of your fruit, vegetable, weed and floriculture questions. Floriculture InfoSearch Fruit InfoSearch Vegetable InfoSearch Weed InfoSearch

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Floriculture
InfoSearch

Floriculture InfoSearch is a powerful, but focused search engine designed to bring you floriculture information from the scientific literature, trade and association magazines/websites, NC State University, and the American Floral Endowment Floriculture Archive (repository of literature dating back to the 1800s). Use this search engine for all of your floriculture questions. http://floricultureinfosearch.ces.ncsu.edu/

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10% Bulding North Carolina's Local Food

Buying Local - NC 10%
Campaign

The newest effort to help save farmland is to spend 10% of your monthly food budget locally.  A family of four will spend on average $400 a month on groceries.  Ten percent of that is $40 a month that you can commit to buying local food.  That's only $10 a week!  Local citizens can help preserve our rural character by helping farmers earn a living from their farms. Polk County has three tailgate markets where locally grown foods can be purchased directly from our farmers. The Tryon Tailgate Market on Thursday afternoon, the Saluda Tailgate Market on Friday afternoon and the Columbus Tailgate Market is on Saturday morning. Our tailgate markets open in April and remain open through November. According to the 2010 US Census we have 9,038 households in Polk County. Locally grown produce is available 8 months out of the year. If each household would spend 10% or $40 a month on locally grown food that would total $320 (8 months x $40) X 9,038 (# households) = $2.89 million dollars a year!

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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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Fall Is For Planting

Contrairy to what most folks believe, Fall is by far the best time to set out new trees and shrubs in the South. Unlike our neighbors to the north, it is hot, dry MORE »

Treat Kudzu Now For Best Results

Kudzu in Polk County and the piedmont area is in bloom. Why does that matter? Herbicides containing the ingredient Glyphosate are more effective when applied to the vines while in flower. Don't miss MORE »

The Royal Paulownia

Many newcomers to the WNC mountains see a tall tree with rather large lavender blossoms and wonder what it is. A surprise to many, the tree is growing wild but is native to MORE »

Improve Your Health With Better Choices

Interested in learning about eating well and shopping smart? Better Choices, a Steps to Health program created for limited resource audiences, might be just what you’re looking for. This FREE, eight-class series reviews MORE »

Fire Ant Control in Pastures

Are you the unfortunate large animal owner with fire ant problems? You're not alone. Polk County farm owners are wrestling with the insect pest that has quickly become one of the worst problems MORE »

Buying Local in Polk County

The newest effort to help save farmland is to spend 10% of your monthly food budget locally.  A family of four will spend on average $400 a month on groceries.  Ten percent of MORE »

Bridle Bunch Wins Third At State Horsebowl

The Polk County 4-H Bridle Bunch Club recently participated in the State Horsebowl Competition, at St. Andrews College in Laurinburg, SC.  The senior team placed third overall.  Bradley Kay took first place in MORE »

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Be Wary of Sneezeweed

Bitter sneezeweed (Helenium ararum) is an erect, annual weed, 10 inches in height with narrow leaves. The showy yellow flowers are seen in August and September and are located at the end of MORE »

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Commercial Pesticide SchoolTue Apr 14, 2015
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM— 6 months away
Commercial Pesticide SchoolWed Apr 15, 2015
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM— 6 months away
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