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Organic Grain Workshops Scheduled

July 06, 2007

Media Contact: Molly Hamilton, North Carolina Cooperative Extension assistant, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, North Carolina State University, 828.628.2675 or molly_hamilton@ncsu.edu

Three workshops on growing organic grains, sponsored by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, will be held across Eastern North Carolina beginning July 17.

The first workshop on organic corn and soybeans is July 17 in Wayne and Duplin counties, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Participants will see crop rotations and learn how growers at Burch Farms of Faison and Parker Farms of Goldsboro manage their organic corn and soybean crops. The workshop will also include information on fertility options and weed management strategies for organic grain crops. A $10 workshop fee will include lunch.

An Aug. 2 workshop on organic grain production will be held at Looking Back Farm in in Tyner from 6-8:45 p.m. Participants will tour the farm and see corn and soybean production and learn about organic weed and fertility management on this farm. The $10 registration fee includes dinner.

An Aug. 7 workshop from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. focuses on organic grain research and includes a farm tour. It will be held at Macha-Pungo Farms in Pantego and Vernon James Research and Extension Center in Plymouth. The workshop will showcase organic corn and soybean production as well as on-farm organic weed management trials. Participants also will visit Rose Acres's poultry litter composting facility. At the research and extension center in Plymouth, participants will see organic grain research focused on weed and fertility management. The $10 registration fee includes lunch.

Registration and other information is available online at http://www.cefs.ncsu.edu/calendar.htm, by calling 919.513.0945 or by email at cefs_info@ncsu.edu. Molly Hamilton can also provide information at 828628.2675.

The workshops are part of the Seasons of Sustainable Agriculture series of workshops hosted by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems. Continuing education and pesticide credits are available for all workshops. The Center for Environmental Farming Systems in Goldsboro is a partnership of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T State University and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The center develops and promotes food and farming systems that protect the environment, strengthen local communities and provide economic opportunities in North Carolina and beyond.

The workshops receive support from the Golden LEAF Foundation and cooperation from Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and the Center for Agricultural Partnerships.

Written by:
Natalie Hampton, 919.513.3128 or natalie_hampton@ncsu.edu

Posted by Dave at July 6, 2007 11:01 AM