Healthy Living Series
Monday Feb 6, 13, and 20
12:30 to 2:30 PM
Agricultural Resources Center
1175 S. Brady Ave, Newton 28658
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.
2017 Winter Crop Production Meeting
James Warren Citizens Center, Lincolnton, NC
February 7, 2017 at 10:00AM
Upcoming is our 2017 Winter Crop Production Meeting put on by NC Cooperative Extension. This will be a joint meeting of Cleveland, Lincoln, Catawba, Iredell, and Gaston counties. This year's meeting will focus mostly on soybeans with the following NCSU specialists presenting:
- Dr. Jim Dunphy, Soybean Production
- Dr. Wesley Everman, Weed Science
- Dr. Dominic Reisig, Extension Entomology
Lunch will be provided for attendants following the meeting. Click the link below to register or call the Lincoln County Extension Office at 704-736-8461. For questions contact George Place, Catawba County Extension Director, or Andrew Scruggs, Lincoln and Cleveland Field Crops Agent.
Area Extension Agent - Field Crops
Lincoln and Cleveland Counties
Dr. George Place
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!
Beekeeping for Beeginners
When: Monday evenings, February 6 - March 13, 7:00 pm
Where: Meeting Room A of the Agricultural Resource Center, 1175 S. Brady Avenue, Newton, NC 28658
Cost: $50 includes book and membership dues, $35 if you just want the book
**Please plan to arrive at 6:30 on February 6 to pay for the class**
Gardening with Chickens
Advanced Gardener Series
Thursday, February 9, 2016
6:00 - 7:00 PM
Patrick Beaver Memorial Library
375 3rd St NE, Hickory, NC 28601
Tuesday, February 21, 2016
Newton Public Library
115 West C Street, Newton, NC 28658
Tuesday, February 28, 2016
Maiden Public Library
11 S A Ave, Maiden, NC 28650
You can have chickens, eggs, and loads of compost. Find out how backyard chickens can fit with your home production system. Come find out why this program won the Best Adult Education Library program for the state of North Carolina. Take a look at the entire schedule here
and find out how to become a certified Advanced Gardener.
How Advertisers Get Us to Buy Things
$ $ $ $
Monday, February 13, 2017
Newton Senior Morning Out
701 North Main St.
Whether it's the latest gadgets, pills, potions, powders or food, sometimes we make purchases based on emotions. Come and learn how certain advertising strategies might encourage you to open your wallet or click "buy now" on your computer. Call the SMO program at (828) 455-4133 by February 9, 2017 if you plan to attend.
Family & Consumer Sciences
4-H Basket Raffle!
The 4-H basket raffle is kicking off! Tickets can be purchased for $1 each up until our Achievement Night celebration on February 25th where the drawing will take place! Baskets have been created and donated by Catawba County 4-H Clubs.
Some baskets already turned in include:
- Gardening basket
- 2 Charmazing baskets
- A household cleaning basket
- A chocolate basket
And more to come! They can be viewed at the extension office and tickets can be purchased there as well! Help us raise money to support scholarships and the Nolley Foundation!
4-H Plant Sale
Orders Due March 2
Now taking orders for strawberry and blueberry plants. Two varieties of strawberries and four varieties of blueberries are available for purchase. Plants will be delivered and available for pick-up at the Extension Office in mid-March. The order with details and pricing can be found on the Extension website at https://catawba.ces.ncsu.edu/
. This is an annual fundraiser that supports 4-H.
Sherrills Ford Library Club
The Sherrills Ford Library club will hold it's first meeting on Tuesday night February 14th from 6pm to 7:30 pm. This club will have a focus on science and engineer topics and will begin with Junk Drawer Robotics! Contact the library for more information!
FCS Food Safety/Food Policy Council Meeting
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
Catawba County Health Department (behind Catawba County Medical Center).
We will finalize plans for the Food Business Workshop.
Rethinking Your Food Handling Habits
Thursday, February 16, 2017
E. Hickory Senior Morning Out
2123 5th St. N.E.
Hickory, N.C. 28601
We will discuss how unsafe food handling practices can lead to food borne illness and what you can do to keep food safe for you and your family. Please call the SMO program at (828) 320-5963 by Monday, February 13, 2017 if you plan to attend.
Family & Consumer Sciences
Dicamba Resistant Soybean Production Training
Catawba County Cooperative Extension Center
1175 S. Brady Ave, Newton, NC 28658
Feb 28 from 2 - 4 PM
2 hours of X, N, O, D pesticide credits
2 hours of Integrated Pest Management CEU's for Certified Crop Advisors
This training is specifically for Catawba, Lincoln, Cleveland, and Gaston counties.
XtendiMax and Engenia recently received federal registration for use on Xtend cotton and soybean. We anticipate registration for Enlist Duo in the near future.
In addition to federal registration, a pesticide must also be registered within a state before it can be sold.
North Carolina will issue a special local needs (SLN) label
That SLN label will state the following: The producer, certified applicator, or person responsible for the application of this product on cotton or soybeans, in-crop, must attend Auxin Herbicides - Best Management Practices training that is approved by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture.
Training is mandatory if one wants to use the new products.
BASF, Dow, and Monsanto, will be presenting training also. Company training will not fulfill the requirement on the SLN labels.
Monday, February 20, 2017
West Hickory Seniors Morning Out
400 17th St. SW
From clogged arteries to gout . . . join us as we learn about inflammation and how it affects the body. We will also discuss how healthy eating can reduce the risk of inflammation. If you plan to attend, please contact the W. Hickory SMO at 828-323-8746 by Thursday, February 16, 2017.
Family & Consumer Sciences
Food Safety Manager's Certification two-day training
Wednesday, February 22, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
and Friday, February 24, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
for registration information
So, You Want to Start a Food Business?
Thursday, March 2, 2017
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Catawba County Cooperative Extension
Are you thinking about selling at a farmers' market, starting a home-based food business or opening a restaurant?
This workshop will address some things you need to know before you start a food business in Catawba County, including who will regulate your business. To Register call 828-465-8240. There is no charge.
NC Agritunity Conference & Tradeshow
Saturday, March 4th, 2017
Iredell County Agricultural Center
444 Bristol Drive, Statesville, NC 28677
Registration starts 7:30am
Programs from 8:30am-4:00pm
NC Agritunity is a one-day educational conference and vendor trade show for large and small farmers. Large commodity producers, livestock producers, small farm managers, beginning farmers, and anyone just interested in agriculture are welcome to attend.
Continuing education credits (CEUs) for Certified Crop Advisors is available for all sessions and pesticide training credits (N, D, O, and X) will be available in eight of the presentations.
Our Keynote speaker this year will be Dr. Rich Bonanno, Associate Dean, CALS and Director, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. To learn more about the educational sessions and featured vendors, please visit the NC Agritunity webpage or contact your local Cooperative Extension Center.
The event is free and open to the public.
To register as a participant:
You can sign up via the 2017 NC Agritunity registration form
or call the Iredell County Cooperative Extension Center at 704-873-0507. Walk-in registration may be limited.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants must register to attend the school.
Food Safety from Field to Fork
For Farmers' Market Vendors
Thursday, March 23, 2017
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Catawba County Cooperative Extension
The workshop will cover safe food handling practices to reduce the risk of foodborne illness.
Presented by Ann Simmons
4-H NEEDS YOU!
We are still looking for volunteers that are willing to lead summer fun classes this year! Please contact Michelle at email@example.com or call 828-465-8240 to let us know you want to help!
Growing School Gardens Training
Saturday April 1st, 2017
Catawba County Extension Center
Join us if you're a teacher, assistant, school or summer camp staff member for a 1-day intensive training on:
- Starting a school garden & gardening basics
- Incorporating research-based school garden curriculum into classrooms
- Funding & engaging stakeholder
Participants who attend the training can apply for grant funding to start/operate a school garden; earn up to 5 hours of training credit--FREE to anyone interested in attending!
For additional information or to register, please call Der Holcomb or Donna Mull at 828-465-8240 or firstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.com
Join Us at 4-H Camp
We are now accepting registration for 4-H Summer Camp. We will attend Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Center the week of June 18-23. Youth ages 8-14 may attend camp and it is not necessary to be 4-H to attend camp.Registration and details available on the camp flier that is posted on the Extension website at https://catawba.ces.ncsu.edu/.
The cost for camp is $435 but during the month of February we are offering a $35 early registration discount to 4-H club members. 4-H'ers may also use scholarship money they have earned or apply for extra scholarship assistance, if you need help with the cost.
Kiwanis Camp scholarships are available, thanks to continuing support from Hickory Kiwanis Club. The deadline to apply for the Kiwanis scholarship is March 1.
Contact Donna Mull to request a camp scholarship form and scholarship information.
4-H Summer Camp Spotlight:
Fur, Fish & Game Rendezvous
Camp Millstone, Ellerbe NC
This is the premier summer camp for youth interested in hunting, fishing, wildlife and the outdoors! Classes may include:
* Snake & animal ID
*Tracking & trapping
* Ethical hunting
To register, or for more information, visit the website at millstone4hcamp.com or email Erehn at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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
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.
Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loans
Catawba County farmers can apply for the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan program due to financial losses associated with the drought disaster this season. The loan amount can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 2.5 percent for private nonprofit organizations and 3.125 percent for small businesses, with terms up to 30 years. The SBA determines eligibility based on the size of the applicant, type of activity and its financial resources.
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 www.ncdaorganic.org.
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 email@example.com. Posters are responsible for the content they submit. To receive the digest version or for questions about the listserv, please e-mail Amber_Polk@ncsu.edu. Please visit our website atwww.cefs.ncsu.edu.
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Plant Management Network Newsletter
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Council For Agriculture, Science, and Technology Newsletter
Got To Be NC Agriculture
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