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Author: Simon Gonzalez

USDA Deputy Secretary Chavonda Jacobs-Young with CEFS staff, apprentice farmers and mentors.

Sep 14, 2023

USDA Deputy Secretary Visits Veteran Farmer Registered Apprenticeship Program

USDA officials, led by Chief Scientist and Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics Chavonda Jacobs-Young, learned about a successful program to introduce military veterans to farming on a visit to Wayne County. 

Sep 1, 2023

Extension Volunteer Provides Well-Seasoned Gardening Advice

Avron Upchurch, a 93-year-old NC State Extension Master Gardener volunteer, doesn't miss an opportunity to share his agriculture and horticulture knowledge. 

a butterfly on a flower

Aug 9, 2023

Counting Pollinators for a Cause

Join North Carolina's first-ever statewide pollinator count on Aug. 18-19. All you need is a spot with flowering plants you can observe for 15 minutes. 

Neil Moye on a dairy farm

Jul 12, 2023

NC State Extension Helps a Farmer Launch a Successful Dairy

Dairy farms used to be rare in Greene County. When Neil Moye began to think about starting one, he knew where to turn for expert advice. Learn how Extension agents and specialists helped him get his farm up and running. 

Kenny Sherin teaching on a computer

Jun 7, 2023

NC State Extension to Expand Digital Skills Education

NC State Extension was awarded a $1.33 million grant from the North Carolina Department of Information Technology to expand digital skills training programs. 

a group shot of the new NC PSI Extension agent network

Apr 27, 2023

N.C. Plant Sciences Initiative Launches Extension Agent Network

12 NC State Extension agents were selected from a competitive pool to beta-test N.C. PSI technology in the field. 

Group holding a "We Recover Together" banner

Apr 18, 2023

An Extension 4-H Program Helps Prevent Opioid Misuse

To prevent opioid addiction, Yancey County volunteers are turning to the power of community building, with training from NC State Extension's Empowering Youth and Families Program. 

Dave Herpy headshot

Apr 5, 2023

Herpy Named Organizational Development Coordinator for NC State Extension

In his new role, Dave Herpy will implement professional and leadership development programs for a workforce of 1,000-plus individuals. 

apples being sliced by a machine

Feb 14, 2023

Extension Food Safety Experts Help an Apple Farm Expand Its Business

Personal attention and expertise from NC State Extension food safety experts helped a North Carolina apple farm safely expand its business into providing sliced apples for healthy school lunches. 

Marlena Chieffo standing in a greenhouse wearing a shirt that says "Support your local farmers"

Nov 11, 2022

NC State Apprenticeship Programs Introduce Veterans to Farming

NC State Extension is connecting veterans, like Darius McKoy and Marlena Chieffo, to agriculture and farming through multiple apprenticeship programs.