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Chatham local food policy meeting on Tuesday, August 20 in Pittsboro[Aug. 19, 2013]
Chatham County citizens are invited to join Chatham County Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Public Health Department and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems for a local food meeting on Tuesday morning, August 20 from 9 am-10:30am at the Chatham County Agricultural Building Auditorium (65 East Chatham Street, Pittsboro).
Peak-season soil-test fee coming this fall[Aug. 14, 2013]
The 2013 Appropriations Act passed by the General Assembly approved a $4 fee for soil samples analyzed by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for the period from December through March. The fee is an attempt to lessen the backlog associated with the busy season when the lab is routinely inundated with tens of thousands of samples. The rest of the year — April through November — NCDA&CS will continue to analyze soil samples without a fee.
Chatham County 4-H'er was among top winners at the annual state 4-H Congress in Raleigh[Jul. 9, 2013]
This year's 4-H Congress, held June 22-25, attracted 521 youth and their adult leaders for activities including presentations on a variety of subjects, leadership and citizenship training, service opportunities, officer elections and more. This year's congress was moved from its traditional late July time slot and combined with another 4-H event, Citizenship Focus, which allows 4-H'ers to engage with their elected leaders in the N.C. General Assembly.
Celebrate National Pollinator Week with a virtual garden tour[Jun. 23, 2013]
June 17-23, 2013 is the seventh Annual National Pollinator Week as designated by the U.S. Senate and proclaimed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. It's exciting to see how nationwide the public interest and awareness in pollinators has grown significantly over the past few years. I feel like here in Chatham County, every week is Pollinator Week because it has been a big passion of mine for years and I do alot of educational programming around this topic.
Northwood agricultural classes and FFA win at the North Carolina State Fair[Nov. 9, 2012]
On Thursday, October 11, chickens from the Northwood agricultural classes and FFA participated in poultry show at the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh. Six hens and one rooster placed. Agricultural classes raised the birds from biddies. Great care was provided to maintain herd health and growth.
Five state champion trees designated in Chatham County[Aug. 27, 2012]
Walton Haywood, chair of Grand Trees of Chatham has been advised that four newly recognized state champion trees have been recognized in Chatham County bringing the county total to five. Alan Moore of the North Carolina Forest Service, in an email to Haywood, indicated that the four trees were nominated by someone from Virginia who submits frequent nominations.
Workshop on farming with heritage breeds of livestock and poultry set for May 4-5[Apr. 12, 2012]
Join the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) and the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC) May 4 – 5, 2012, for a two-day workshop that will help transform today’s veterans into tomorrow’s farmers. This first-of-its kind workshop will educate and train America’s service men and women on the skills necessary to steward some of America’s most historic and endangered farm animals.
Asian lady beetles begin their search for safe winter harbor with cooling fall weather[Nov. 20, 2011]
Asian lady beetles begin their search for safe winter harbor with cooling fall weather. To them the sunny side of light-colored buildings seems ideal, although dark colors as well as brick or stone will do. Scientists speculate that some chemical cues (such as the scent of last year's visiting lady beetles) may lure them to sites previously used.
Chatham nonprofits urged to apply for farmland preservation grants[Nov. 4, 2011]
Chatham County nonprofits interested in farmland preservation may be eligible for grants through the N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland and Preservation Trust Fund, according to Brenda Williams, director of the Chatham County Soil & Water Conservation District. The deadline for submitting applications is 5 pm on December 15.
The Cooperative Extension way of "taking the fire out of fire ants"[Sep. 28, 2011]
We would like to respond to Virginia Mary Jacks' strategy for managing fire ants and her wish that "the extension office would remind us of our options to go green!!" We're pleased that she has found the pleasure of watching her rooster's amusement with fire ants. Our sign-in records don't give any indication that she attended our program on fire ants last week, so she may not be in the best position to evaluate whether any of the options we suggested are green. But she does open the door for us to reach a broader audience via the Chatlist.
Register now for non-native and invasive forest plants workshops for landowners[Aug. 1, 2011]
The Non-native and Invasive Forest Plants Workshops for Landowners is a series of six free one-day educational workshops (choose one to attend that is closest to you) featuring presentations by experts in non-native invasive plants that impact North Carolina's forests. Each workshop will engage regionally based stakeholder groups in the planning and educational content.
Yellow jackets are considered beneficial in that other insects are a major part of their diet[Jul. 20, 2011]
A forestry professional recently emailed to report and inquire if I was getting more reports of unusual numbers of yellow jacket nests. I hadn't, but that was the only the first report. There have been others now. And this past weekend I too followed a mower across a nest. It's not the first time that has happened nor even the worst. But three stings were enough to send me inside to slap on cold packs for a while. Now I've marked the spot and finished mowing.
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