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"Vermicomposting" Session

Conservation Field
Day

Conservation Field Day was held on October 7, 2015 with 5th-grade students from across Rutherford County.  The Rutherford Extension Center highlighted "Vermicomposting" with the students.  Other agencies that were part of the Field Day included RS Central FFA, Chimney Rock State Park, Forestry Products, Farm Service Agency, Duke Energy, Rutherford County Beekeepers, SWEEP, and NC Forest Service.

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"Vermicomposting" Session

Conservation Field
Day

Conservation Field Day was held on October 7, 2015 with 5th-grade students from across Rutherford County.  The Rutherford Extension Center highlighted "Vermicomposting" with the students.  Other agencies that were part of the Field Day included RS Central FFA, Chimney Rock State Park, Forestry Products, Farm Service Agency, Duke Energy, Rutherford County Beekeepers, SWEEP, and NC Forest Service.

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Food Processing and Manufacturing Initiative

Food Processing and
Manufacturing Initiative

NC food processing and manufacturing initiative feasiblity study released The agricultural resources, industrial capacity and research innovation assets present in North Carolina create opportunities to catalyze development of value-added food processing and manufacturing businesses, according to a joint NC State-NCDA&CS economic feasibity study released Jan. 12. One page summary of the Initiative View the Full Report

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Catfaced strawberry

Strawberry Diagnostic
Tool

An interdisciplinary team of  NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences extension specialists have created a mobile-friendly, database driven tool to help strawberry growers visually diagnose disorders. The Strawberry Diagnostic Key provides a way to filter by visual characteristics to identify problems. Results include details about the disorders and possible management strategies. The Strawberry Diagnostic Key was developed with funding in part from the Strawberry Sustainability Initiativethe Walmart FoundationUniversity of ArkansasSouthern Region IPM CenterNorth Carolina State University Cooperative Extension Service and the North Carolina Strawberry Association.

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Solar panels

Solar Energy Property
Tax Resources

With a surge in solar power installations across North Carolina, Extension specialists have developed materials to address questions about tax implications, land appraisal and more. Solar Generation Property Taxation Solar and Wind Energy Development Opportunities: Tax Implications

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Plant Sciences Initiative Study Report

Plant Sciences
Initiative

Plant sciences initiative could spark NC economic growth, study finds A new economic study, released Jan. 12, shows that North Carolina has an opportunity to be the global hub for advanced plant sciences research and for the application of that research to expanding agricultural productivity. One page summary of the Initiative  View the Report

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New Pest for North Carolina – Emerald Ash Borer

 New Pest Update – Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine Area Over North Carolina            The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was introduced into the United States in 2002 in the Michigan area.  Since then, it’s MORE »

2016 WNC Agricultural Options Grants

WNC Agricultural Options program is now accepting grant applications from farmers who are diversifying or expanding their farm businesses.  WNC AgOptions helps to offset farmers’ risk of trying new ventures with $3,000 and MORE »

Recertification Safety Training

Please refer to the monthly Recertification Opportunity Class listings on the NCDA&CS web-site for class offerings. If you no longer need to maintain your Private Applicator’s License, or have questions concerning your training MORE »

New Soil Sampling Fees

Beginning December 1, 2013 a new soil-testing fee will be charged for all soil samples processed by North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Science’s (NCDA&CS) Agronomic Division. A $4.00 Fee will be MORE »

Extension Master Gardener Volunteers

Rutherford County is one of the 73 counties across North Carolina offering the Master Gardener Volunteer Program. Our trained Volunteer staff provide educational assistane to county residents concerning lawns, fruit & vegetable production, MORE »

Commercial Agriculture in Rutherford County

Within Rutherford County a wide-range of animal and crop diversity exists. Full- and part-time commercial producers rely on the Cooperative Extension Service to provide the latest research to assist their operations in being MORE »

Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD)

     Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) is an invasive pest of soft skinned fruit and was first detected in North Carolina during 2010.  The insects will lay their eggs in sound, harvestable fruit and MORE »

Vertical Gardening

     Going up!   If garden space is limited, vertical plantings may be an option to use and can be a wonderful addition to a raised bed or container garden.  Whether you utilize a MORE »

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Food Preservation - Hands-On Workshop - RelishesTue Jul 26, 2016
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Where:
193 Callahan Koon Rd, Spindale, NC 28160, USA
— 21 hours away
Food Preservation - Hands-On Workshop - RelishesTue Jul 26, 2016
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM Where:
193 Callahan Koon Rd, Spindale, NC 28160, USA
— Tomorrow
"Masters' Morning" - Rutherford County Extension Master Gardener VolunteersThu Aug 4, 2016
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM Where:
Rutherford County Extension Center - Auditorium
— 1 week away
Food Preservation - Hands-On Workshop - Salsa & SaucesTue Aug 9, 2016
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Where:
193 Callahan Koon Rd, Spindale, NC 28160, USA
— 2 weeks away
Food Preservation - Hands-On Workshop - Salsa & SaucesTue Aug 9, 2016
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM Where:
193 Callahan Koon Rd, Spindale, NC 28160, USA
— 2 weeks away
Food Preservation - Hands-On Workshop - JuicesThu Aug 11, 2016
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Where:
193 Callahan Koon Rd, Spindale, NC 28160, USA
— 2 weeks away
Food Preservation - Hands-On Workshop - JuicesThu Aug 11, 2016
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM Where:
193 Callahan Koon Rd, Spindale, NC 28160, USA
— 2 weeks away
Rutherford County Beekeepers AssociationTue Aug 16, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Ruttherford Extension Center - Auditorium
— 3 weeks away
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