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October 29, 2007

Growers invited to Small Farms Conference, Nov. 17

Growers are invited to the Successful Small Farms Opportunities Conference on Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Vance-Granville Community College, Franklin County Campus in Louisburg. One workshop will focus focus on starting a Community Supported Agriculture system.

Theresa Nartea, Extension farm marketing specialist at N.C. A&T State University, will teach a session entitled, "Community Supported Agriculture: Beginning Tips and Tools for the Curious Farmer" at the conference. Nartea actively engages the audience as she delivers a quality, vibrant program in a simple, easy to understand, practical and in a light, upbeat manner.

The conference was organized by Carl Cantaluppi, Granville and Person horticulture agent, along with Cooperative Extension agents in Franklin, Vance and Warren counties. This session is in response to the first conference offered last November, which drew 115 participants.

Other breakout sessions will relate to the following topics: Managing Your Woodland Portfolio, Mark Megalos, NCCES; Pastured Pork Production, Mike Jones, NC A&T; Leasing Land for Wildlife, Steve Harris, Modux; Hobby Farms vs. Part-Time Farming for Profit and the IRS Rules; Guido van der Hoeven, NCSU; Direct Marketing, Dorothea Booth, The Angel’s Nest Farm and Bakery; Beekeeping, Will Hicks, NCDA&CS; Effectively Listing Your Farm Business at localharvest.org and Other Popular Websites, Theresa Nartea, NC A&T; Organic Production; Farm Financing, Roy Robertson, East Carolina Farm Credit.

To register, contact Franklin County Extension Center, 919.496.3344 or visit the Web site: http://franklin.ces.ncsu.edu.

Posted by Natalie at 02:02 PM

October 26, 2007

Ort, Esbenshade elected to national board

Two administrators in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have been elected to the Policy Board of Directors for the Board on Agriculture Assembly (BAA), a unit of the Commission on Food, Environment, and Renewable Resources (CFERR) of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC).

Dr. Jon Ort, N.C. State University assistant vice chancellor for extension, engagement and economic development, director of North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service and associate dean of the College, was re-elected Cooperative Extension Director for the policy board.

Dr. Ken Esbenshade, associate dean and director of academic programs for the College, was elected Academic Programs Director for the board.

The election of Ort and Esbenshade gives the College representation in two of only nine positions on this national board.

The Cooperative Extension Section represents the directors and administrators of member Extension organizations within NASULGC member institutions. As part of CFERR, this section partners with federal agencies, other public and private institutions and county governments around the nation to bring research-based educational programs to U.S. citizens.

The mission of the Academic Programs Section is to assure that the development of human capital in agriculture, food, natural resources and related areas is a preeminent concern of the land-grant and state university system and its federal partners.

NASULGC’s Commission on Food, Environment, and Renewable Resources focuses on cross-cutting issues related to agriculture, forestry, human sciences, natural resources, ecological sciences, oceans and atmosphere, and veterinary medicine in the functional areas of research, extension, and academic programs. The commission seeks to formulate and implement an integrated federal-relations program and formulate Congressional budget recommendations in these high-priority areas of national concern, and to forge partnerships with government agencies whose mission areas are congruent with the commission’s activities.

Posted by Natalie at 08:43 AM

Nominees sought for 'Small Farmer of the Year Award'

Do you know an exceptional small farm business man or woman? Why not nominate him or her for the 2008 Gilmer L. and Clara Y. Dudley Small Farmer of the Year Award! Now is your chance to embrace and applaud that farmer's accomplishments. The award will be presented during the 22nd Annual Small Farms Week recognition which is March 30 – April 5, 2008.

This award will be presented on Wednesday, April 2, 2008, during the Small Farmers Appreciation luncheon. The award recipient will receive a plaque, a Small Farmer of the Year jacket and $1,500.

The Gilmer L. and Clara Y. Dudley Small Farmer of the Year Award recognizes a North Carolina small farmer who is:
* A creative innovator in his or her production (livestock and/or crop) and marketing strategies;
* A leader, involved in contributing time and other resources to build their communities;
* An environmental steward who protects and enhances the earth's resources; and
* A savvy and wise business man or woman who runs a farm business in an entrepreneurial and enterprising manner.

Read more or submit a nominee

Posted by Natalie at 08:33 AM

October 23, 2007

Cope to lead conservation society

Dr. Gregory Cope, associate professor and department Extension leader in the Environmental and Molecular Toxicology Department at North Carolina State University, has been elected president-elect of the Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society (FMCS) for 2007-2008. He joined the FMCS Executive Committee in 2007 as president-elect and will assume leadership of the society in 2009 for a two-year term.

With about 375 members from throughout North America and the world, the FMCS is dedicated to the conservation of freshwater mollusks, North America's most imperiled animals, through research, education, and outreach. Membership in the society is open to anyone interested in freshwater mollusks and who supports the mission of the society, including advocating for conservation of freshwater molluscan resources, serving as a conduit for information about freshwater mollusks, promoting science-based management of freshwater mollusks, and promoting and facilitating education and awareness about freshwater mollusks and their function in freshwater ecosystems.

Cope joined NC State as an assistant professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Department of Toxicology, in 1997. Prior to his appointment at NC State, Cope was a research fisheries biologist and aquatic toxicologist with the United States Geological Survey’s Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center in La Crosse, Wis., for six years.

Cope earned his bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, master’s degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and doctorate in toxicology and fisheries biology from Iowa State University.

Posted by Natalie at 02:48 PM

October 19, 2007

Moyer receives research and education award

Jim Moyer receives award
Dr. Jim Moyer, right, head of N.C. State's Department of Plant Pathology, receives the 2007 Alex Laurie Award for Research and Education from the Society of American Florists (Photo courtesy of SAF)

Dr. James W. Moyer, head of North Carolina State University’s Department of Plant Pathology, received the Society of American Florists’ (SAF) 2007 Alex Laurie Award for Research and Education on Sept. 27 at the annual Industry Awards Dinner during SAF’s 123rd Annual Convention in Palm Springs, Calif.

The Alex Laurie Award, established in 1948, is presented annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to research and education in the floriculture industry. The award is named for Alex Laurie who, throughout a career that spanned more than 60 years, laid the groundwork for research that revolutionized the floriculture industry and who left a lineage of students, teachers and researchers continuing to provide the information necessary to ensure the industry’s future.

Active in both teaching and research on viruses affecting floral and vegetable crops, Moyer’s expertise is recognized and relied upon worldwide. In the 1980s, Moyer discovered the existence of a new virus, the impatiens necrotic tospovirus (INSV), which others had assumed to be merely a strain of the tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV).

The INSV became extraordinarily important to the floriculture industry because it is spread by the difficult-to-manage Western flower thrips.

“Dr. Moyer has improved our industry by developing critical knowledge of viruses and genetic engineering,” says Margery Daughtrey, senior extension associate with Cornell University’s Department of Plant Pathology. “Of equal importance, he has always been available to the flower industry, offering his considerable expertise and good counsel.”

Moyer’s work on the biology of INSV supplied research that was the basis for developing test kits industry members use to diagnose INSV. He has continued to investigate both INSV and TSWV, conducting research to help solve growers’ problems, and is currently investigating ways that viruses are able to adapt to new hosts and to overcome resistance in plants.

Posted by Natalie at 02:09 PM

October 18, 2007

Neighborhood of sisterhood gets national Extension attention

Patricia Lynch, an assistant professor with the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, is part of a trio of authors that has published an article on a program that increased fruit and vegetable consumption among women in an African American community in the Midwest in the August issue of the Journal of Extension.

Lynch was joined in putting the article together by two colleagues with the University of Nebraska, Marilyn Schnepf and Georgia Jones. The article gives an overview of a program, “Sisters Together,” that worked through a church in Lincoln, Neb., to get participants on board for nutrition education classes, and guidance on health issues and the benefits of physical activity.

Read more from ag e-dispatch

Posted by Natalie at 08:45 AM

October 16, 2007

Wake County says: If you build it, they will come

Keisha Cousar, right, Wake County 4-H development educator, leads a session at Knightdale High School. With her are freshmen students Joanne Leary, left, and Shamara Stanton. (Photo courtesy of Keisha Cousar)

If you meet them where they are, they will appreciate it, and if you ask them what they like, they will tell you. Those phrases helped build the foundation of a highly active 4-H club at Knightdale High School.

Four students had a vision for females at Knightdale to have a club where they could discuss issues that concern them and gain life skills as it related to self-esteem, self-awareness and self-empowerment. The vision of those four has turned into a mission for at least 65 female students who showed interest in joining Every Sister Help a Sister a 4-H club where they "empower the growth of diverse sisterhood."

The club started in February 2007 with four female students who had a vision after completing a Teen Discovery group. One of the goals of teen discovery is for young people to identify a topic or focus area in which they would like to continue working and then form a 4-H club. So the ladies started brainstorming and knew they wanted to create a club that could empower and involve more female students in having the opportunity as they had in teen discovery to learn more about themselves and each other.

When asked why she would want to join, senior Ashley Stevens said, "I wanted to join an organization where I could be expressive and be myself around other young ladies who show respect towards themselves and others. Every young lady should be a part of this club to make a difference in the world of sisterhood."

The girls wanted to establish a school-based club that bridges the gap between female-to-female relationships by promoting educational excellence, empowerment, mentorship, and accountability and community service by providing an open and inclusive environment for diverse females to express themselves to each other, give back to their community and build a rapport with positive adults which will lead to a positive self identity, self motivation and social educational awareness.

Youth Development Educator from Wake County 4-H Youth Development, Kiesha Cousar, affirms that, "for these ladies to consistently convene together confirms a great need for each adolescent female to have quality experiences that will allow them to embrace and enhance their positive potential."

This year the club plans to accomplish their goals and objectives by providing prevention education topics such as financial literacy and violence prevention, empower hour topics which will focus on healthy relationships and embracing diversity in sisterhood, mentor match opportunities to allow club members to reach back and teach their peers, and an accountability sister system that will encourage members to check on each others total well being. The group also will be participating in community service projects that will exercise their civic education learning towards making a difference within their school, neighborhood, and community.

Posted by Natalie at 02:35 PM

October 15, 2007

Keith named Yadkin Extension director

Nancy Keith, a long-time North Carolina Cooperative Extension agent in Yadkin County, has been named to direct the Extension program in the county.

Keith’s appointment as Yadkin Extension director was announced by Dr. Jon Ort, director of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service at North Carolina State University, and Eric Williams, Yadkin County manager. Her appointment is effective Oct. 8.

With the exception of six-month period in 2002, when Keith taught biology and physical science at North Iredell High School, she has been an Extension agent in Yadkin County since 1989. When she was named Yadkin Extension director, Keith was serving as an Extension area specialized dairy agent.

Keith holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in animal science from North Carolina State University. She also has an associate degree from Mitchell Community College in Statesville. She succeeds Jack Loudermilk as Yadkin Extension director. Loudermilk retired in March.

"Nancy has been based in Yadkin County for over 15 years," said Bob Edwards, director of Extension’s Northwest District, which includes Yadkin County. "She is familiar with the people and needs of Yadkin County."

Edwards added, "She has prepared herself very well for the position of county Extension director by attending a 12-month intensive training program for aspiring county extension directors and has accepted many leadership roles within the district and state. I am very pleased to have Nancy as part of the great northwest district administrative team."

-D. Caldwell

Posted by Natalie at 10:38 AM

Onslow Extension employee receives honor

Carmen Blakewood, a Jacksonville resident born in Puerto Rico, said Hispanics are definitely a presence in Onslow County.

"There's a lot of Hispanics from everywhere here," she said, mentioning there are immigrants from places like Puerto Rico, Cuba and Mexico.

That presence was evident at the Infant of Prague Church's Parrish Hall on Sunday, where the Onslow Hispanic Latino Association hosted its fourth annual Dia de la Raza, or Day of the Race, a celebration of local Hispanic culture.

(Note: Ana Rosa Reyes, who provides administrative support for Cooperative Extension in Onslow County, was one of two recipients of the Amigo Award presented at this event.)

Read more from jdnews.com

Posted by Natalie at 08:41 AM

October 12, 2007

A lifetime of 4-H work is rewarded

Betsy Vatavuk
Betsy Vatavuk (News & Observer photo by Harry Lynch)

The walnut chest with brass handles holds the papers, photographs and cards that mark the milestones.

It sits against the wall in Betsy Vatavuk's bedroom. The drawers hold her 4-H memories. She has been a member since she was 7 years old, following her parents, who were lifelong members.

Like the porcelain dolls, embroidered pillows and Persian rugs she has kept throughout her 62 years, she has kept the chest, a time capsule of her life.

This weekend, she is in Washington, D.C., where she is being honored at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center. Vatavuk has received the 2007 National 4-H Salute to Excellence Award for being an Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer.

Read more from The News & Observer.

Posted by Suzanne at 10:35 AM

October 09, 2007

Local food is focus of workshop

Agents and growers are invited to a five-part workshop series on local foods, to be held in Person County beginning Oct. 17, and continuing on Wednesdays through Nov. 14. All sessions will be held at the Person County center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension.

The workshop series has been organized by Carl Cantaluppi, area horticulture agent for Person and Granville counties, and Mike Lanier, area agribusiness agent based in Orange County. A registration fee of $25 covers the entire series, including lunch for the first session and a notebook of materials.

"There has been a growing interest among farmers, consumers and grocery chains in promoting and marketing locally grown foods. Farmers who grow and market locally provide a fresher product to the consumer, compared with food that is grown in distant areas and shipped in," Cantaluppi says.

The first workshop will be held noon to 3 p.m. and will include a lunch of pasture-raised chicken, grown by Bailey Newton of Triple B Farms in Bullock. The workshop session, entitled "Buying Locally to Promote the Local Food Concept," will include guest panelists from Whole Foods and Weaver Street Market in Carrboro.

To register, contact Cantaluppi at carl_cantaluppi@ncsu.edu or 336.599.1195.

The other workshops and speakers are:
Session 2, Oct. 24, 10 a.m. to noon
How the Energy Outlook is Raising the Stakes for Local and Organic Food Production

Mike Lanier

Session 3, Oct. 31, 1-3 p.m.
Staggered Planting and Season Extension Techniques

Steve Moore, Center for Environmental Farming Systems, Goldsboro

Session 4, Nov. 7, 1-3 p.m.
Organic Vegetable Production

Alex Hitt, Peregrine Farms, Graham

Session 5, Nov. 14, 1-3 p.m.
Produce Enterprise: Marketing, Post-Harvest Handling, Insect and Disease Identification and Control

Carl Cantaluppi

Posted by Natalie at 10:51 AM

October 05, 2007

4-H camping program receives award

Sertoma 4-H camp
A camper enjoys horseback riding at North Carolina's Sertoma 4-H Educational Center in Westfield.

North Carolina 4-H Camps and Conference Centers have been awarded the Edie Klein Award for Program Excellence. The award was presented by Tony Oyenarte, president-elect of the Southeastern Section of the American Camp Association. The presentation was made during the Section’s Fall Conference in Jacksonville, Fla. The American Camp Association has 263 accredited camps in the Southeast.

The Edie Klein Award for Program Excellence is given in recognition of existing programs of exceptional nature occurring at a camp or retreat center in the Southeast. Nominations are judged on uniqueness, creativity and imaginative programming; relevance to the needs of participants; involvement of target participants in planning or implementation; adaptability and potential for program replication; cooperative efforts with other organizations, agencies, or camps, and the ability of the program to meet its stated objectives.

Larry Hancock, Extension specialist for the North Carolina 4-H Camps & Conference Centers, said that the award was a pleasant surprise reflective of the efforts of many. He noted the partnerships that the 4-H camps have with N.C. State University campus departments, civic clubs, state associations and the military that provide unique programming for the state’s youth.

The American Camp Association noted that the North Carolina 4-H Camps and Centers have a rich tradition that dates back to 1927. The Association pointed out the relevance of current programming as evidenced by the NC Legislature providing $7.5 million in funding for improvements of the NC 4-H Camps.

Posted by Natalie at 08:50 AM

October 04, 2007

4-H professionals receive awards

The following 4-H professionals recently received awards:

TC Blalock Awards (1-3 years): Morgan Maness, Patricia Cahoon
TC Blalock Awards (4-6 years): Julie Jones, Jennifer Brewer
Dalton Proctor Award: Juanita Bailey
Michael A. Davis Award: Katherine Williams
Program Assistant Award (1-3 years): Kelly James
Program Assistant Award (4-6 years): Joyce Bailey
Program Assistant Award (more than 7 years): Linda Blackburn
Achievement Service Awards: Lori McBryde, Angela Shaver, Kyleen Burgess, Julie Jones
Distinguished Service Awards: April Dillon, Katherine Williams, Ellen Owens, Sandy Hall
Meritorious Award: Juanita Bailey
25-Year Service Awards: Ed Emory, Reba Green-Holley
Diversity Award: Sandy Hall

Communicator Awards
Excellence in Teamwork: Morgan Maness, Barb Swanson, Kevin Moore, Peggie Lewis
Excellence in Camping Team: Angela Shaver, Sandra Kelly, Stacie Kinlaw, Carol Strickland, Willie Kay McDuffie, Kathy Cooper
4-H After-school Award of Excellence: Reba Green-Holley
Power of Youth: Spring Williams
Excellence in Teen Program Individual: Angela Shaver
Educational Package Individual: Morgan Maness
Educational Package Team: Laura Byrd, Karen McNight, Union Co. Public School Vocational Agriculture Education Program
Educational Piece Exhibit: Laura Byrd
Feature Story: Teri Bost
Media Presentation: Judy West
News Story: Judy West
Periodic Publication, Individual: Melody Sikes
Periodic Publication, Team: Angela Shaver, Devona Beard, Sandra Kelly, Kent Wooten, Becky Spearman, Ryan Harrelson
Promotional Piece, Individual: Beth Davis
Promotional Piece, Team: Sean Higgins, Brynn Dutcher
Published Photo: Sean Higgins
Radio: Rebecca Liverman
Personal Column: Sean Higgins
Promotional Package Individual: Ginger Morlock
Promotional Package Team: Laura Byrd, Anthony Proctor, Laura Grier
Interactive Website: Laura Byrd
Educational Piece, Individual: Morgan Maness

Regional and National Awards:
Excellence in 4-H Afterschool Programming - National Winners:
Reba Green-Holley, Shevon Riddick, Lovie Roscoe, Gates County
Interactive Website - National Winners: Laura Byrd and Anthony Proctor, Union County
Communicator Award, Exhibit - Southern Region Winners: Laura Byrd, Anthony Proctor and Laura Grier, Union County
Communicator Award, Personal Column: Sean Higgins, Granville County

Posted by Natalie at 03:45 AM