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NC Cooperative
Extension Service Announces Strategic Plan

The Cooperative Extension Service at NC State outlines its vision for restructuring over the next 22 months by targeting its strengths and improving access to services across the state.

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NC Cooperative Extension Service_Conference Listening Session_11-6-13

NC Cooperative
Extension Service Announces Strategic Plan

The Cooperative Extension Service at NC State outlines its vision for restructuring over the next 22 months by targeting its strengths and improving access to services across the state.

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NC Cooperative Extension Service

Cooperative Extension
Poster Contest

Burke County Cooperative Extension is holding a poster contest for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Prizes will be awarded in a variety of age categories! The purpose of the contest is to create a positive learning experience to celebrate Cooperative Extension’s 100th Anniversary and to further the understanding of agriculture’s impact on our daily lives. Contest deadline is August 22, 2014. Creativity and color are encouraged in student’s original artwork. Keep in mind that these posters will be potentially used for displays during the Burke County Fair, August 26-30, 2014. CONTEST RULES: Posters should measure between 18 and 24 inches high and 24 and 30 inches wide (no larger). Any weight of paper is permitted Use marker, crayons, watercolor, ink, acrylic, tempera paints or colored pencils. Please NO pastels, chalk or pencil drawings. Do not put your name or writing on the front of the poster. Entries must be flat (don’t fold, matt, roll, mount or laminate) The entry form must be securely attached to the back of the entry with tape. Click here for an entry form  

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Canner Gauge
Testing

If your canner has a pressure gauge, it should be tested for accuracy to ensure safe food processing.  Dial gauges on canners should be checked for accuracy and overall condition every year prior to the beginning of canning season. During the canning season, N.C. Cooperative Extension, Burke Center will test dial gauges (see picture below) against a master gauge, which will determine if your gauge is accurate. Dial gauge testing is a free service and will begin Wednesday, June 4th.  Appointments are requested by calling 828-439-4460 or e-mail eleanor_summers@ncsu.edu

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Soil 101: Introduction
to Soil – Online!

Understanding soil is a basic skill needed by anyone interested in agriculture, environmental science, gardening, natural resource management, and water quality. Traditionally, to gain that skill, a person has had to pay college tuition and spend long hours in a classroom. Now, with the power of the internet at your fingertips, the NC Cooperative Extension Service is bringing a first class Introduction to Soil education to your office, dining room table, or local coffee shop. Learn more about this open online course at http://go.ncsu.edu/introduction-to-soil

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New Strawberry
Diagnostic Tool

An interdisciplinary team of  NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences extension specialists have created a new, mobile-friendly, database driven tool to help strawberry growers visually diagnose disorders. The new 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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Sustainable Soils Forum on Sep 18, 2014 in Raleigh, NC

A number of byproduct materials generated by Southeastern industrial sectors have proven value as soil amendments, soil blending ingredients, drainage aids or landscaping components. These materials include Pulp and Paper industry residuals, FGD Gypsum, MORE » – from   Soils

Time to Take Charge of the Lawn

It’s been a rough summer out there for lawns. The frequent, pounding rains along with very hot and humid weather have taken their toll on the fescue lawns in our area. Brown patch MORE »

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It’s Fair Time In Drexel

There’s no feel of fall in the air yet, and the heat of summer is still upon us but even though we aren’t done with summer, its fair time and the Drexel Community MORE »

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Green Beans MUST be Canned with a Pressure Canner

The process for canning green beans has often been controversial as many still remember old-fashioned practices learned from family and friends. Safely canning green beans requires using a tested and reliable method. Pressure MORE »

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Forage Sampling

Do you know the nutrient composition of the hay you have baled or purchased? If not, you really have no idea what you are feeding your livestock. Profitable livestock production is dependent on MORE »

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Rose Rosette Disease

Rose rosette disease has been identified in the south since the 1940s and although it is a killer of wild and cultivated roses, it has been relatively benign in its damaging effects until MORE »

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Tough Beans Perplex Gardeners

Each summer I get a few calls from area gardeners with complaints about tough green beans. Most folks around Burke County grow one of the half-runner type green beans. These beans have been MORE »

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Tomatoes or Walnuts?

It’s a tough choice to have to make.  As southerners, we hold our tomato plants in high esteem and go to great lengths to have the biggest and best plants around.  But, then MORE »

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Designing An All-Season Flower GardenThu Sep 11, 2014
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Ammons Dr, Morganton, NC 28655, USA
— 3 weeks away
Pesticide Recertification ClassTue Sep 23, 2014
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
130 Ammons Drive, Morganton, NC, United States
— 1 month away
Pesticide Recertification ClassTue Sep 23, 2014
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Where:
130 Ammons Drive, Morganton, NC, United States
— 1 month away
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