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Extension is Planning
for Another Century of Success.

The N.C. Cooperative Extension Service has launched a strategic visioning initiative to evaluate the organization’s business model and chart a course through choppy economic waters. NCCES has seen recurring budget cuts of $20 million since 2000, resulting in the loss of roughly 90 positions over the past four years.

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NC Cooperative Extension Service_Conference Listening Session_11-6-13

Extension is Planning
for Another Century of Success.

The N.C. Cooperative Extension Service has launched a strategic visioning initiative to evaluate the organization’s business model and chart a course through choppy economic waters. NCCES has seen recurring budget cuts of $20 million since 2000, resulting in the loss of roughly 90 positions over the past four years.

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NC Cooperative Extension Service

Foothills Farm
School

The demand for locally grown food continues to grow despite a faltering economy.  Direct sales from farms to consumers grew 215% from 1992-2007. The average farmer in NC is 57 years old and looking forward to retirement. We need new farmers to meet the demand for locally grown food in North Carolina. More and more families are looking at ways to supplement their incomes and put their land into something productive. Quite often, I’m faced with the question, "I have some land that I want to do something with... but I don't know what.  Can you tell me what I can grow and make some money?"  This is an open-ended question, because the success of an agricultural venture really depends on the market and the operator. A successful business starts with a good plan and lots of research, and agriculture is no different. In response to this situation, Cooperative Extension Agents from several counties have developed The Foothills Farm School, a training program for beginning and transitioning farmers. The six-month educational program focuses on operating successful small-scale, sustainable farms. The school offers six seminars taught by agricultural professionals, which give farmers the tools to develop sustainable farming operations.  Session topics include business planning, marketing, and fruit and vegetable production, 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 Catawba County Extension Center on the first Tuesday of the month beginning in January from 6 to 8:30 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 Foothills. Space is limited. Registration deadline is Friday, December 6, and costs are as follows: one person, $250; two people, $300; families of three or more, $350. The application can be found at this link. For more information, contact the Caldwell Cooperative Extension Service by visiting http://caldwell.ces.ncsu.edu or calling 828-757-1290.

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Health Summit

Teens Attend National 4-H Health Summit – Leigha Williamsons and Megan Johnson, Catawba County 4-H’ers, recently attended the National 4-H Youth Health Summit at the National 4-H Center just outside Washington, DC.  The Health Summit was the first one of a series of National Youth Summits offered by National 4-H Council and the National 4-H Center. The Health Summit, was the first of three summits planned for 2014 with summits focused on agri-science and robotics planned for later in the year.  The summits were designed to engage high school youth and advance their skills and knowledge, and engage them in developing action plans to bring change in their community. Johnson, 16 years old, is a student at Challenger High School and resides in Claremont. Williamson, 16 years old, is a student at Bandys High School and a member of the Balls Creek Adventurers 4-H Club.   They were joined by at the Summit by Amy Chilcote, state 4-H curriculum specialists from NCSU and Donna Mull, Catawba County 4-H Agent. The Catawba County team was selected to represent NC 4-H at the National Summit based on their leadership and active long-term involvement in health programs through 4-H”. Wiliamson represents her school on the Catawba County Youth Council and has been part of the Health Rocks Teens Reaching Youth Team for several years.  Johnson shared her interest in cooking and nutrition by organizing and teaching Kids in the Kitchen 4-H Day Camps and is in her second year of leading Snack Makers 4-H Club, a special interest cooking club for younger children.  Mull is a tenured Extension Agent who has been involved in supporting teen-led healthy lifestyles programming in her work with 4-H teens and Catawba County Youth Council, as well as teaching Health Rocks, a national drug prevention and healthy living curriculum. The Health Summit brought together over 200 youth and adults from 35 states.  During the 4-day event the youth/adult teams participated in workshops designed to deepen their understanding on teen health topics, learning about  4-H curriculum and programs being used in different states and developed a plan to broaden health programs offered through 4-H in NC.   Workshop topics included nutrition, teen driving, bullying and more. Johnson valued being able to learn more about distracted driving and explained, “ people usually only think about texting, but there are so many more ways that you are distracted while driving”.  As a result of attending the conference, “ I hope to bring driving safety and the other healthy living topics I heard about back to my school and my 4-H community”.  Williamson said, “I enjoyed meeting new people from different states and learning about how their 4-H programs work. I also learned how I can make myself a healthier person and things that I can bring back and put in action to make my community and my state a healthier place”. 4-H is a community of seven million young people around the world learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. 4-H programs are offered through land-grant universities and Cooperative Extension through  more than 3000 local Extension offices serving each county. For information about youth health programming offered by 4-H, joining, or starting a 4-H club in your area, contact Donna Mull, at Cooperative Extension, at 465-8240 or donna_mull@ncsu.edu.  4-H is a volunteer-led youth development program of ages 5-18. [gallery ids="275451"] Picture 1:  Megan Johnson (left) and Leigha Williamson (right) represented North Carolina 4-H at the National 4-H Youth Health Summit in January.  They were selected to attend based on their leadership, active involvement in health related programs, and long-term involvement in 4-H.  During the conference they participated in workshops on a variety of health related topics, received training on 4-H health curriculum and programs used by other states, and developed an action plan to expand health programming offered through 4-H in North Carolina. Picture 2: Leigha Williamson (left) and Megan Johnson (right) represented North Carolina 4-H at the National 4-H Youth Health Summit in January.  They were selected to attend based on their leadership, active involvement in health related programs, and long-term involvement in 4-H.  They are pictured working on plans to expand health programming offered through NC 4-H with delegates presenting their completed action plans on the final day of the Summit.

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4-H Summer Camp
Betsy-Jeff Penn 2014

We are now taking appilcations for 2014 Summer Camp. Camp Flyer

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2014 4-H Calendar

2014 Calendar 4Hhttp://www.ces.ncsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/2014-Calendar-4H.pdf

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Catawba County to Host Community Food Councils Webinar popular

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Help! Moles are tunneling up my yard!

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Backyard Chickens Workshop March 25!

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