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Extension and research at NC State address timely issues impacting our state. Extension delivers trusted information directly into the hands of farmers and agribusinesses, helping them translate knowledge into solutions that grow our economy and communities.

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Hydroponics and Growing Indoors

Learn to grow healthy fruits and vegetables indoors! When: August 20, 2019, at 10 a.m. Where: Rutherford County Library Hydroponics and Growing …

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Foothills Farm Tour

N.C. Cooperative Extension in Rutherford County and Polk County Agricultural Development are partnering to bring you the first ever …

Kitchen Science Youth Age 12-19

Learn culinary skills by exploring the science behind the magic of baking. To register call 828-287-6010 or email cynthia_robbins@ncsu.edu. All …

New Soil Sampling Fees

Beginning December 1, 2013 a new soil-testing fee will be charged for all soil samples processed by North Carolina …

Recent Publications related to Agriculture & Food

Land Application of Municipal Sludge: Advantages and Concerns

This factsheet explains how proper land application of municipal biosolids can protect public health and …

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Devrinol (napropamide)

This pesticide factsheet covers the use and characteristics of Devrinol (napropamide).

Starch iodine staining pattern used to determine apple maturity.

Maximizing Your SmartFresh℠ Investments

SmartFresh℠ (1-methylcyclopropene, MCP) is a relatively new tool for postharvest management of apples. In 2002, …

Figure 2. Fitting the top in place.

Cool and Ship: A Low-Cost, Portable Forced-Air Cooling Unit

This publication gives instruction for building and using an inexpensive postharvest cooling system. The cool …

Figure 1. The effects of temperature on the growth of Monolinia

Chlorination and Postharvest Disease Control

At present, chlorination is one of the few chemical options available to help manage postharvest …

Figure 1. Liquid icing single cartons of produce.

Crushed and Liquid Ice Cooling

This publication is intended to help growers, packers, and shippers of fresh produce make informed …

Figure 1. Typical conventional hydrocooler.

Hydrocooling

This publication is intended to help growers, packers, and shippers of fresh produce make informed …

Figure 1. Cooling time for various airflow rates.

Forced-Air Cooling

This publication covers the characteristics and benefits of forced-air cooling to cool fresh produce to …