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Cooperative Extension

Aug 10, 2015

Extension-trained volunteers assist local apple industry

When Jean Marie Saltz decided to take over her family’s sixth-generation apple orchard in Henderson County, she saw it as a way to provide local people with fresh local produce while allowing herself to get back to something she had loved since childhood. From Cooperative Extension's Master Pomology volunteer course, she gained the knowledge she needed to run the operation. The only problem was that her father and grandfather, who’d guided the farming operation for decades, had passed away. Who, she wondered, could she turn to for answers to all her questions about farming? 

Aug 10, 2015

Study helps farmers along Dan River make decisions following coal ash spill

When 39,000 tons of coal ash entered the Dan River in 2014 from a ruptured pipe at a Duke Energy steam plant near Eden, farmers who grow crops and graze cattle along the river banks turned to Cooperative Extension with questions about contamination. And NC State University soil scientists provided research-based answers. 

Aug 5, 2015

Prepared to perfection

For 12 Franklin County preteens and teens, a new Young Chefs program proved to be an experience prepared to perfection. The weeklong program provided aspiring chefs with the chance to learn not just about cooking, but about local food, agriculture, business and nutrition. 

Jun 5, 2015

Extension Master Gardeners blaze virtual trail with radio show

The first radio show in the nation to be produced solely by Cooperative Extension Master Gardener volunteers celebrates its one-year anniversary this month. The show, also available online, is produced by Durham County Master Gardeners. 

Feb 24, 2015

New website links new and transitioning growers to farm schools 

Beginning farmers and growers considering new enterprises now have a new place to start: the NC Farm School website. 

Feb 12, 2015

Retired Extension administrator, long-time agricultural advocate dies at 84

Dr. Paul Dew, retired North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension administrator and a leader in the state’s agricultural community for four decades, passed away Feb. 10. A memorial service is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, in Raleigh. Dew worked for the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service for 32 years, serving at all levels, from agricultural agent to interim director. 

Field of sorghum ready for harvest.

Feb 5, 2015

Growing the Grain Industry

Solutions benefit both crop and animal producers. 

Feb 5, 2015

‘Dynamic, Fluid and Awesome!’

Master planning ensures the beautiful functionality of the JC Raulston Arboretum – and continually reaffirms the unique prescience of its namesake. 

Feb 5, 2015

Focus Forward

NC State University’s largest outreach effort, the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, enters its second century with a new strategic plan focused on agriculture, food and 4-H youth development. 

Feb 5, 2015

Strange Invader

Extension takes on hydrilla, the ‘King Kong of aquatic weeds.’