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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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Floriculture
InfoSearch

Floriculture InfoSearch is a powerful, but focused search engine designed to bring you floriculture information from the scientific literature, trade and association magazines/websites, NC State University, and the American Floral Endowment Floriculture Archive (repository of literature dating back to the 1800s). Use this search engine for all of your floriculture questions. http://floricultureinfosearch.ces.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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Horticulture
InfoSearches Provide Answers!

Looking for answers to fruit, vegetable, weed or floriculture questions? The NC State University Department of Horticulture invites you to try their powerful, but focused search engines designed to provide answers from the scientific literature, trade and association magazines/websites and NC State University, and archive (repository of literature dating back to the 1800s).  Use these search engines for all of your fruit, vegetable, weed and floriculture questions. Floriculture InfoSearch Fruit InfoSearch Vegetable InfoSearch Weed InfoSearch

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NC Cooperative Extension Service

Become an Extension
Master Gardener in 2015

There is nothing more satisfying than to be successful at growing flowers, fruits and vegetables. Knowledge is the key to this success, and there is a great source of knowledge right here in Burke County. Unlock the key to your gardening success with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension's Master Gardener program. This is a weekly class starting in mid-January and running for 13 weeks. The class fee is $100 and includes a large reference notebook. Classes meet on Wednesday mornings from 9:00 - 12:00 and provide training on all aspects of gardening. Master Gardeners become volunteers for Extension horticulture programs in return for a good basic education in horticulture. Forty hours of volunteer time must be given back to Extension during the year. These hours can be earned in many ways. The individual strengths of the Master Gardeners are used in all sorts of projects. Call or come by our office for an application. The deadline for applications for the 2015 class is December 19, 2014. Class size is limited. For more information about the Extension Master Gardener program click here. 

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