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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

4-H Summer Camp
Betsy-Jeff Penn 2014

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

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Catawba County
Voluntary Agricultural District Program

Catawba County Voluntary Agricultural District Program information and applications. Standard Enhanced

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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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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

Catawba County will be hosting the Community Food Councils: Challenges and Opportunities webinar, led by the UNC School of Government in partnership with the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) and the NC Division of MORE »

Help! Moles are tunneling up my yard! popular

This winter has been a particularly good year for moles.  We have received a lot of calls here at the Extension Center asking for help to control moles in people’s yards.  What’s a MORE »

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Growing Communities through Gardens

The American Community Garden Association defines community gardens as “any piece of land gardened by a group of people.” This could take the form of neighborhood gardens with family plot allotments, school teaching MORE »

Backyard Chickens Workshop March 25!

Raising Backyard Chickens Workshop March 25th 1:00-3:00 PM Western Piedmont Council of Governments- Conference Room 1A 1880 SECOND AVE NW, HICKORY, NC 28601 COST: $5 (PAY AT DOOR) REGISTER BY CALLING 828-465-8240 SPACE MORE »

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ASPIRE Tue Apr 15, 2014
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM Where:
Agricultural Resources Center
— 11 hours ago
4-H Horse Trip - Wild Mustang AuctionFri Apr 18 - Fri Apr 18, 2014 - ALL DAY Where:
Archdale, NC
— 2 days away
Catawba Valley Beekeepers AssociationMon Apr 21, 2014
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Agricultural Resources Center
— 6 days away
ASPIRE Tue Apr 22, 2014
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM Where:
Agricultural Resources Center
— 7 days away
ASPIRE Tue Apr 29, 2014
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM Where:
Agricultural Resources Center
— 2 weeks away
4-H County Council and Mini-Graden OrientationThu May 1 - Thu May 1, 2014 - ALL DAY Where:
Agricultural Resources Center
— 2 weeks away
ASPIRE Tue May 6, 2014
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM Where:
Agricultural Resources Center
— 3 weeks away
ASPIRE Tue May 13, 2014
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM Where:
Agricultural Resources Center
— 4 weeks away
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