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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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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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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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NC Cooperative Extension Service

Guess What's in
Season?????

Be sure to stop by Warren County Farmer's Market on Saturday, July 14, 2012 from 8:00 - 12:00 to find out What's in Season?????  See Crystal M. Smith!!!

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NC continues to
prepare for possible avian influenza outbreak

RALEIGH – State Veterinarian Doug Meckes announced additional precautions that are being put in place to help North Carolina prepare for a possible introduction of highly pathogenic avian influenza. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is requiring all poultry owners, regardless of the number of birds, to register for an NCFarmID number, Meckes said. This will facilitate the department in alerting poultry owners about an outbreak, especially owners in close proximity to a positive farm. Poultry owners can also sign up for a national premises ID number, but it is not required. Anyone already part of the National Poultry Improvement Plan is exempt from this requirement. An online sign-up form will be available after Aug. 1. “In planning our response for highly pathogenic avian influenza, one problem we’ve come across is that we can’t protect birds that we don’t know exist,” Meckes said. “We need to know where poultry are located so we can properly protect commercial and backyard flocks." Information gathered through NCFarmID registration is used solely for animal health purposes. This critical data will provide animal health officials with necessary contact information in case of an animal health concern, and help identify animals and premises that may have been affected. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is also requiring any commercial poultry grower with 200 or more birds to submit a HPAI outbreak plan. A commercial grower would be any grower under contract with an integrated company. “It’s very important that growers think through the worst-case scenario, because a confirmation of high-path avian flu would certainly be a worst-case scenario,” Meckes said. “We want each grower to consider their resources and location to determine how they can best handle an outbreak in a way that is environmentally sensitive and gets them back online as soon as is feasible.” An HPAI Outbreak Plan template will be available on the department’s website after Aug. 1. Growers will need to submit the plan to the Veterinary Division no later than Sept. 15. While only commercial growers will be required to submit the plan, all flock owners are encouraged to plan ahead and consider how they would respond to a confirmed positive. Last month, Meckes and Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announced that bird shows and sales would be halted from Aug. 15 to January 15, 2016. The intent is to prevent birds from commingling and spreading the HPAI virus. Individual sales are still allowed to take place. For more information about avian influenza and the department’s response plans, go towww.ncagr.gov/avianflu.

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NC Cooperative Extension Service

Qualifying Farmer
Sales Tax Exemption

Early July, the North Carolina Department of Revenue made a few changes regarding Qualifying Farmers and sales and use tax exemption of purchases used for farming purposes.  Basically, the new threshold to be a Qualified Farmer for the Ag Use Exemption from sales tax on farm items is a gross income of $10,000 or more and farmers will need to reapply for a new sales tax number from the Department of Revenue before October 31, 2014.  Supporting documentation must be submitted along with the completed E595QF (for Qualifying Farmers) or E595CF (for Conditional Farmers).  Please refer to the following link for FAQ and to see what supporting documents are needed.  An entire tax return is not necessary to submit as documentation - just what is shown in the FAQ.  For instance, a copy of the schedule F will be sufficient for sole proprietors. There are different sections of the tax return to submit for partnerships, LLC's, and corporations, so be sure to see what forms will apply to your farm business as income documentation. Please contact Kelsey Lichtenwalner at the Warren County Extension Office at (252) 257-3640, or e-mail at krlichte@ncsu.edu, if you have any questions.

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Warren County Farm Tour

Are you a farmer who wants to learn about innovative crops and production methods? Or someone who owns an acre or three of land and wants to make it more productive? Or simply someone MORE »

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2014 Project Record Book Forms

Please remember that Project Record Books are due by 5:00 p.m. September 5, 2014 at the Warren County Cooperative Extension Office. Project-Record-Form-for-9-10-year-olds Project-Record-Form-for-11-12-year-olds Project-Record-Book-for-13-15-year-olds Project-Record-Book-for-16-18-year-olds The following documents are Barn Records.  Barn Records are MORE »

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NC continues to prepare for avian influenza

RALEIGH – State Veterinarian Doug Meckes announced additional precautions that are being put in place to help North Carolina prepare for a possible introduction of highly pathogenic avian influenza. The N.C. Department of MORE »

4-H Summer Palooza 2015 Schedule

4-H Summer Palooza Brochure now available. Day camps start as soon as June 15 and go to August 9, 2015. See link below for events and registration forms. MORE »

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The Hidden Dangers of Lush Green Pastures

Winter is finally giving way to warmer weather, which means lush, green pastures for livestock to enjoy are just around the corner. However, these lush pastures are often very high in moisture; therefore MORE »

Backyard Farmer School Starts March 12th!

Warren County Cooperative Extension will conduct a second Backyard Farmer School this March! Whether you are interested in becoming more self-sufficient, or raising something to sell on small acreage, this class is for MORE »

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Bird Conservation in the Face of Future Climate Change WebinarThu Sep 10, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Where:
http://www.sustainableforestswebinars.net/
— 6 days away
Pesticide All Classes - Vance @ 6:30Thu Sep 10, 2015
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Where:
Vance County Regional Farmers Market, 210 Southpark Dr., Henderson NC
— 6 days away
Pesticide Recertification, Cat VTue Sep 15, 2015
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Where:
Warren County Extension Center, 158 Rafters Ln, Warrenton, NC
— 2 weeks away
Pesticide V-class (Vance)Tue Sep 22, 2015
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Where:
Vance County Regional Farmers Market, 210 Southpark Dr., Henderson
— 3 weeks away
4-H Volunteer Leaders MtgMon Sep 28, 2015
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM— 3 weeks away
Extending the Growing SeasonWed Oct 14, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Where:
Warren County Library, Warrenton, NC
— 1 month away
4-H Volunteer Leaders MtgMon Oct 26, 2015
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM— 2 months away
Turf/Landscape UpdateThu Nov 12, 2015
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Where:
158 Rafters Ln, Warrenton, NC 27589, USA
— 2 months away
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