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Catawba Valley Cattlemen's Association Meeting                  Tuesday, December 13, 2016

 All families with judging interest are welcome. RSVP 828.465.8240

Educational Program: - Learn how to estimate Frame Size, Body Condition Score, and Grade Feeder Cattle. See and learn how the   4-H team judge and present oral reasons on a set of breeding heifers.

:Glenn Detweiler, 4-H Judging Team and Coaches..

 A review of Cattle Scoring, Body Condition Scoring and grading: Glenn Detweiler. 
4-H judging team & Coaches: Judging breeding heifers.
Time:Tuesday, December 13, 2016 (2nd Tuesday of the month)
APP-address: Agricultural Resource Center 1175 South Brady Ave., Newton, NC


    6:00 pm - Supper

    6:45 pm - Business Meeting - TW Wall, President - Elect Officers and

                                                                                 Cattleman of the Year.

    7:10 pm - Educational Program - Scoring, Grading, and Judging Cattle 

    8:05 pm - Meeting Adjourned - Christmas Deserts provided by the 
                                                                4-H Livestock Club 

Check out the articles on the success of our 4-H  livestock judging team and a review of the Hay needs for winter at our Websites in Catawba and Lincoln Counties 

Produce Safety Rule 
Grower's Training

January 12, 2017

Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center

455 Research Drive Mills River, NC 28759

February 7, 2017

Winter Vegetable Conference

Crown Plaza Asheville, NC

Visit the NC Fresh Produce Safety web page for more info.
Grain Marketing Strategies and Opportunities

James W. Warren Citizens Center, Lincolnton, NC
NC Cooperative Extension Service
January 19, 2017

Dinner Provided!
Please RSVP by Dec 31st by calling Andrew Scruggs  704-736-8461

5:30PM - Welcome/Meal
            Andrew Scruggs, Area Extension Agent
6:00PM - A word from our sponsors
6:30PM - Grain Hedging Strategy and Futures Options
            Edgar Woods, Palmetto Grain Brokerage
7:15PM - Grain Marketing at Smithfield and the Sorghum Seed Program
            Josh Goode, Smithfield Grain
7:30PM - Crop Insurance and its Ties to Grain Marketing
            Nathan Lewsader, Diversified Services
7:50PM - Specialty Crop Marketing Opportunities at Perdue
            Jeff Riddle, Perdue Agribusiness Agribusiness

Advanced Gardener Program

Congrats to our 2016 class of 
Level 1 Advanced Gardener Graduates!

We have a whole new curriculum for 2017's program beginning with January's presentation on Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage and More.  Come out to the first class and learn how to become a certified Advanced Gardener.  You can do it!

Check out the entire class schedule for 2017 here.  Whether you are a beginning gardener or an experienced green thumb this series is designed to provide you with new information, connect you with our gardening community, and help you have fun growing and eating more produce.

Come see what all the gardening buzz is about.  Call Dr. George Place, Catawba County Cooperative Extension Director and Advanced Gardener program instructor for more information: 828-465-8240.
Start the New Year Learning More about 4-H
New Member Orientation Day

Tuesday January 24th
Catawba County Agriculture Resources Center

Join us for a new member orientation day on Tuesday January 24th 2017! We will have a variety of opportunities for new members and their families to learn about all things 4-H. We will discuss 4-H "lingo", presentations, project books, and opportunities beyond the local 4-H club! A NC state 4-H office will join us to help you learn more about the wonderful world of 4-H! This will be a wonderful time for you to get your questions answered, set some 4-H goals for the year,  and meet other 4-Hers. This workshop will also count as a leader training for 4-H volunteers, so you can get some training hours needed for rechartering. 

Parents and children are encouraged to attend together. Youth under 11 must be accompanied by a parent. This is a teacher workday for Catawba County area public schools. 

Call or email us to sign up today! or or 828-465-8240. 
Healthy Living Series

Monday Feb 6, 13, and 20
12:30 to 2:30 PM
Agricultural Resources Center
1175 S. Brady Ave, Newton 28658
Cost: Free

Mark your calendars to attend all 3 workshops or any single workshop that you are able to attend. Aubrey Mast, NC State Extension Associate for Nutrition, will be presenting this enlightening series.  This program is extremely popular - don't miss out.  For more info on the workshop take a look at this description

Check out the Healthy Living website for an incredible array of info on how you can improve your health with foods.

New 4-H Clubs Forming in 2017!

4-H Leadership Club:
Now taking sign up for a NEW leadership club beginning in January 2017.  Will meet at  Taste Full of Beans Coffee House in Hickory once a month on a  Friday evening. Ages 10-14.  Interested? Contact Donna Mull or 828-465-8240. Let us know what leadership topics interest you and preferred meeting night. Leaders: Julie and Scott Owens

Inspired Learning Family 4-H Club:  
Meets monthly on a Monday/Tuesday at 5:45pm at Maiden Rosenwald Faith Center on Fleetwood Drive in Mt. View. Some topics include cooking, animals, science, gardening, community service projects, civics and more! Co-sponsored with Inspired Learning Afterschool program!

Claremont Library 4-H club:
This club will be meeting weekly on Thursday from 4:30-5:30 at the Claremont branch library. The club will be suitable for all ages K-6 and they will be following the Acres of Adventure curriculum!

Juntos 4-H Club:
Meets  the 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at  St. Stephens High School.  Programs on personal finance, leadership, communication and community service.  Homework help and snacks, too.  Contact Holly Ellwanger at or or 828-465-8240. Limited to High School students with participating families/students also participating in the bilingual Juntos Family Nights and Academic Success Coaching.
Public Speaking Club:
This club will begin meeting in January on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 4:00-5:30pm. Members of this club will begin working on public speaking skills and work toward 4-H presentations! Leaders: Kat & Sue Stulpin!

Become a Master Gardener in 2017
Feb 7-April 27, 2017
Classes held every Tuesday & Thursday 9 AM-Noon
Agricultural Resources Center
1175 S Brady Avenue
Newton, NC  28658

The $100 non-refundable deposit will cover the entire cost of the course including the extensive Master Gardener manual and multiple field trips.

The course will be led by Dr. George Place, 
Director of Catawba County Cooperative Extension Service.

This course can be taken by both beginning and experienced gardeners.

We will cover a wide array of topics with experts from around our region including: vegetable production, soil health management, berries, tree fruit, integrated pest management, plant problem diagnosis, garden
disease management, home lawn maintenance, landscaping, ornamentals and much more.

Only 20 seats available, so reserve yours now by calling 828-465-8240!
2017 Market Gardener School
2nd & 4th Saturday of March and April
Small Farms Demonstration Site
4918 Hickory Lincolnton Hwy, 
Lincolnton, NC 28168
Cost: $50 per person

Got less than 5 acres? Are you currently growing your own vegetables and wanting to sell the extra? Market Gardener School can help you. The Catawba County Cooperative Extension Center will be hosting a 4 session Market Gardener School. Participants can receive hands on learning experience from staff. Participants will receive Catawba County Market Gardener Certification upon completion. For any participants who attend ALL the sessions, their registration fee will be returned as a gift card to their local farm supply store. 

Topics covered include: soil health, season extension technique, post harvest handling, and marketing. You can find the brochure, application, and more information about the workshop via our extension website. For additional questions or to register, please call Der Holcomb at 828-465-8248 or via email at Participants must register to attend the school.
2017 NC Farm School
North Carolina Cooperative Extension & Clemson Cooperative Extension invites you to attend one of two upcoming interest meetings to learn more about NC Farm School:
December 13th, 2016 at 6:00 pm
York County Extension Office
120 North Congress St., York, SC 29745
December 15th, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Lincoln County Extension Office
115 W. Main St., Lincolnton, NC 28092
This seven-month educational program focuses on operating successful small-scale and sustainable farms. The school offers eight business sessions taught by agricultural professionals, which give farmers the tools to develop sustainable farming operations.  Session topics include business planning, business structure, tax and legal issues, record keeping, marketing, and risk management, among others.
The school also includes six field trips to working farms, led by innovative, experienced farmers and agricultural professionals. Participants learn low-cost, sustainable farming methods in a range of production systems, including fruits, vegetables, livestock, and specialty crops.
Classes meet at the Gaston County Extension Center (1303 Dallas-Cherryville Hwy, Dallas, NC) on the third Tuesday of the month beginning on February 21st from 6 to 9 pm. Farm field days are typically on the fourth Thursday of the month from 9 am to 3 pm.  Farm field days will take place at various farms throughout the region. To learn more about NC Farm School or the Catawba River NC Farm School, please visit our website at . Please call Der Holcomb at 828-465-8248 or email at,  if you're interested in attending the school or the interest meeting. 

Please join us at one of the above interest meetings to get your questions answered and see if the Catawba River NC Farm School is a good fit for you!

NC Agritunity Conference & Tradeshow
Saturday, March 4th, 2017
Iredell County Agricultural Center
444 Bristol Drive, Statesville, NC 28677
Registration starts 8:00am
Programs from 8:00am-3:30pm

NC Agritunity is a one-day educational conference for farmers of all types, featuring a tradeshow and a keynote speaker. Large commodity producers, livestock producers, small farm managers, beginning farmers, and anyone just interested in agriculture are welcome to attend.
Participants will choose from presentations in three educational tracks: livestock, field crop production, small farm management. The program features NC State Extension specialists, agents, and individuals from agricultural organizations. Continuing education credits (CEUs) and pesticide training credits will be available in some of the presentations for existing license holders (this will be noted on the agenda).  Participants will also be able to visit tradeshow vendors including agricultural businesses, suppliers and manufacturers, non-profits, and service agencies. 

The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be available for purchase on site.
Please register in advance by calling Iredell County Cooperative Extension Center at 704-873-0507. Walk-in registration may be limited. For more information, please contact your local County Extension Center or visit: at any time. 

Winter Farmers Market

Nov 16, 2016 to April 12, 2017
Wednesdays 10 AM to 2 PM 

The Crossing at Hollar Mill
883 Highland Ave. SE
Hickory, NC

Closed dates: Dec 7, Jan 25, and Feb 1

Get ready Hickory!  A winter farmer's market is in the works so that we can enjoy fresh, local produce all year round.  If you love this idea be sure to stop by on Wednesday and purchase something.  We need your business to keep year round farmer's markets in Catawba County.
The Catawba County ECA Camisole Group would like to have some new volunteers who can sew and assist in making camisoles for breast cancer patients who are in Catawba County Hospitals.  

The group meets the first Monday of the month at 9:30 a.m. at Catawba County Cooperative Extension, 1175 S. Brady Avenue, Newton, N.C. If you are interested in volunteering, please call the Catawba County Cooperative Extension office  at 828-465-8240, leave your contact information, and someone from the group will contact you.

4-H Club Spotlight: Snackmakers!

Snackmakers is a club focused on cooking, nutrition, and related topics for children 8 years & older. They meet the 3rd Thursday at 4 p.m., at the Extension Center. This club has also done some community service and even helped us by baking some goodies for an event we hosted at the ARC!

 Leader: Amy Wilson Carter,, 704-325-0343.  

NCDA&CS offers organic certification cost-share assistance

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (NCDA & CS) is offering organic growers the opportunity to recoup up to $750 of their certification cost. Growers must have been certified between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016 and complete an application available at

Visit the NCDA website to see more information about this cost share opportunity.

USDA Low Interest Loans For Storage Facilities

The Farm Storage Facility Loan Program provides low-interest financing so producers can build or upgrade permanent facilities to store commodities. Eligible commodities include grains, oilseeds, peanuts, pulse crops, hay, honey, renewable biomass commodities, fruits and vegetables. Eligible facility types include grain bins, hay barns and facilities for cold storage.

Local Food List Serv

The Local Foods Action Plan Listserv is a statewide listserv to facilitate a local food economy moderated by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS).  The listserv is open to the public and members are encouraged to post on any topic dealing with the cultivation of local food, farms and communities by emailing Posters are responsible for the content they submit.   To receive the digest version or for questions about the listserv, please e-mail  Please visit our website

NC State Gardening, Agriculture, and Pest Updates

You can sign up for the latest news on gardening, pest advisories, livestock, energy, and many others.  Check out the complete list of NC State News that you can subscribe to and get the latest research based info.  Be the first to know! 
Plant Management Network Newsletter

Check out the latest issue of this incredible agriculture resource.  Take a look at the massive list of information links for all things related to agriculture.
Council For Agriculture, Science, and Technology Newsletter

Check out the latest issue of the CAST newsletter.  Two articles worth noting show the future of robotics in agriculture - very interesting!
Extension Master Gardener Newsletter
Got To Be NC Agriculture

Visit the Got to Be NC website and see excellent resources for starting your own food business.

Visit the NC Growing Together website to see the latest newsletter, recent resources, and schedule of upcoming workshops, webinars, and meetings.

NC Farm Link

Take at look at this incredible website that helps connect farmland seekers with farmland owners. There is also an amazing list of resources for farmers.
Small Farm Grant and Loan Assistance

We will post various grant and loan opportunities that arise in this space of our monthly updates.  Simply click on the opportunity of interest for more information.

Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination statement

2.1.  North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University commit themselves to positive action to secure equaopportunity regardless of racecolor, religion, creed, national origin, sexage, disability, or veteran'status. In additionthe two Universities welcome all person without regard to sexual orientation.  North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and local governments cooperating.
2.2.  Persons with disabilities and persons with limited English proficiency may request accommodations   to participate by contacting Catawba County Extension Director, George Place, at (828)465-8240 or or in person at the County Extension Office at least 14 days prior to the event.


Dr. George Place
Catawba County Cooperative Extension Director

Agricultural Resources Center, Newton, NC 28658


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