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January 30, 2007

North Carolina soybean growers present service awards

The North Carolina Soybean Producers Association presented annual Meritorious Service Awards at the groups annual meeting to Steve Koenning of North Carolina State University and to James Fletcher of Elizabeth City.

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January 29, 2007

Workshop to Focus on safe produce handling, liability

Media Contacts: Annette Dunlap, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Associate, Value-Added and Alternative Agriculture, 919.515.5969 or annette_dunlap@ncsu.edu, or Tim Hambrick, Forsyth Extension Agent, 336.703.2850 or tim_hambrick@ncsu.edu

A workshop for commercial fruit and vegetable growers that will focus on safe food handling and legal liability issues will be held Feb. 14 at the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Forsyth County Center in Winston-Salem.

The half-day workshop is designed for fruit and vegetable growers who sell their produce at farmers' markets and through pick-your-own operations. It begins at 10 a.m. with registration and ends at 1:15 p.m. with lunch. The workshop cost is a $15 per person, which includes lunch. The event is sponsored by North Carolina Cooperative Extension.

Titled "Profitable Produce: A Workshop on Legal Liability and Handling Food Safely," the workshop will feature presentations by Dr. Lynn Turner, a professor of food science at North Carolina State University, Shirley Outlaw of the North Carolina Farm Bureau, and Ted Feitshans, an extension specialist in agricultural and resource economics at N.C. State University. Turner will talk about "Good Agricultural Practices for Raw Produce Handling," while Outlaw will discuss liability insurance and Feitshans’ topic will be avoiding liability lawsuits.

Registration and other information is available from Tim Hambrick, Forsyth County Extension agent, at 336.703.2850 or tim_hambrick@ncsu.edu or from Annette Dunlap, Extension Associate, Value-added and Alternative Agriculture, at 919.515.5969 or annette_dunlap@ncsu.edu. Information is also available on line at extension’s value-added and alternative agriculture Web site, http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/value-added/

The Forsyth County Extension Center, where the workshop will be held, is at 1450 Fairchild Road, Winston-Salem.

North Carolina Cooperative Extension is an educational agency supported by county governments, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and N.C. State and North Carolina A&T State universities. County agents, backed by specialists at the two land-grant universities, conduct educational programs related to agriculture and forestry, family and consumer sciences, 4-H, community and rural development and other issues.

- Dave Caldwell, 919.513.3127 or dave_caldwell@ncsu.edu -

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January 17, 2007

Birdsell is one of four national Farm Bureau winners

Callie Birdsell

Callie Birdsell, agricultural agent with Cooperative Extension in Watauga County, was of four top winners in the Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet held at the American Farm Bureau Federation's annual meeting in Salt Lake City.

Birdsell was one of three runners-up in the competition, which simulates a committee meeting in which active discussion and participation are expected. Participants are evaluated on their ability to exchange ideas and information on a predetermined topic.

The three runners-up, including Charlene Espenshade of Pennsylvania and Bona Heinsohn of Illinois, each received a $6,000 U.S. Savings Bond and a Farm Boss chainsaw, courtesy of Stihl Outdoor Power Equipment.

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Nartea, Dunn conduct farmers market survey

Theresa Nartea, agribusiness & marketing specialist for the Cooperative Extension Program at A&T, and Wake County Extension agent Morris Dunn worked last fall with the town of Holly Springs in Wake County to put together a survey that is the backbone for a feasibility study for a farmers market.

Officials who authorized the feasibility study are pleased enough with it to distribute hard copies as well as linking it up on the Web site. The study has a number of factors and responses that other cities, towns and farm support organizations should consider in preliminary work to establish a farmers market.

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'Families Eating Smart and Moving More' offers training

Those who missed 'EFNEP's Families Eating Smart and MovingMore' curriculum training last August are welcome to attend a repeat training on Friday, Feb. 16, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Onslow County Extension Center in Jacksonville. By attending the training, you will receive the curriculum CD and a copy of the new EFNEP cookbook. Please register for the training using the LMS system. Note that you do not have to have EFNEP in your county to attend.

Posted by Natalie at 09:38 AM

January 12, 2007

Wake County establishes endowment to honor Turner

In honor and in celebration of her retirement, friends, family and colleagues of Frances Turner, family and consumer sciences agent in Wake County, have established the Frances Turner Family and Consumer Sciences Endowment to support Wake County FCS programs.

Turner retired Jan. 1, after working 27 years for North Carolina Cooperative Extension's Wake County Center. She had served a total of 31 years, eight months with Cooperative Extension.

When fully funded, the Frances Turner Family and Consumer Sciences Program Endowment will provide funding in perpetuity for FCS programs conducted by Wake County Cooperative Extension, which include energy conservation and family economics education. Additionally, priority will be given to funding educational programs for FCS volunteers and staff or other leadership development programs.

"This is wonderful recognition, which is greatly deserved," said Brent Henry, Wake County Extension director. "Frances has had a long and productive career and has been a dedicated and exemplary public servant. She truly deserves this honor." He added.

Turner began her Cooperative Extension career in 1973 as a trainee agent in Gaston County. In 1978, she was appointed as assistant Extension agent for home economics in Pasquotank County, before moving to Wake County in 1979 where she served in a split position in 4-H and clothing/textiles, and as a family and consumer sciences educator since 1983. Turner also served as interim county Extension director on three occasions.

Those interested in contributing to the endowment fund should make checks payable to Frances Turner FCS Endowment and mail contributions to N.C. Family and Consumer Sciences Foundation, PO Box 7645, N.C. State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7645. All contributions are tax-deductible.

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January 11, 2007

Awards program announced for Master Gardeners

North Carolina Cooperative Extension, in cooperation with Southern Shows Inc., will kick off a Search for Excellence Awards program for Extension Master Gardeners. The awards to recognize 2006 efforts will be presented at the Southern Spring Home & Garden Show at the Charlotte Merchandise Mart on March 2. (The show runs from Feb. 28 through March 4.) The deadline, Jan. 16, is fast approaching.

Southern Shows has long been a champion of the volunteer work of Extension Master Gardeners and for the past 10 years has held a Master Gardener Luncheon to celebrate and recognize the contributions Master Gardeners make to communities across the state. This year, instead of the luncheon, March 2 will be Extension's Successful Gardener and Master Gardener Day and will feature the Search for Excellence winners, a container gardening contest, Extension's Successful Gardener Learning Center (open throughout the show) and seminars.

This is a great opportunity for Master Gardeners to receive much-deserved recognition.

The winning applicants will be encouraged to attend the Southern Spring Home & Garden Show where information about their award-winning work will be part of a special awards ceremony on March. 2. Please help support this new awards program by encouraging your Master Gardeners to apply. For more information, contact David Goforth, Cabarrus County.

In addition, the day of the awards ceremony, we will have a Container Gardening Contest. Participants will be selected from among the EMGs who register at the show that morning.

Posted by Natalie at 04:09 PM

January 05, 2007

Communication Services updates home page, news site

The Communication Services Department has updated its Web page to give Extension and college employees better access to its news and educational resources. The home page can be reached at: http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/agcomm/index.html.

Under the "Resources" link, employees can find links to logo download sites, publication information, media library resources and order forms for various Communication Services products.

Recent news releases can be found under the department's "News" link. From the news page, visitors can find links to other college and university news resources, including Extension Online News, Economic Perspective audio downloads and N.C. State's New Services' site. Perspectives Online can be reached from all departmental Web pages.

Posted by Natalie at 09:01 AM

Jack Parker joins advancement team

Jack Parker, retired swine specialist in the Northeast District, has joined the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service's Advancement Team as the Northeast regional director of development.

"Jack brings a wealth of experience to this new position. In addition to his years as a District Specialist, his previous projects include several naming-opportunity campaigns for the Eastern 4-H Center, and various projects for his church," said Dr. Jon Ort, Cooperative Extension Service director in announcing the appointment.

"Jack is a current member of the 4-H Livestock Endowment Advisory Board and the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service Advisory Board, and he will work in the Northeast District -- and with the eastern counties of the North Central District -- as we launch the new Campaign for Counties."

Parker joins Reagan Ammons (West and Southwest regions), Maurene Rickards (Northwest and Central regions) and Milton Coleman (South Central and Southeast regions) as they work with counties to assist with resource development. To complete our regional team, Sharon Runion Rowland will work with the counties surrounding Wake County, while continuing to provide overall leadership for the Cooperative Extension Advancement Team.

Other Advancement Team members are:

* Dr. Michael Martin joined the team in November as executive director of development for the 4-H Development Fund. Martin, Beth Farrell, Punk Daniels and Sarah Ray will work as a team for private resource development for the 4-H program.

* Maurene Rickards will continue her leadership as executive director of development for the N.C. Family and Consumer Sciences Foundation.

* Sonia Murphy has also joined the College Advancement Team as director of planned gifts. She is traveling the state presenting planned giving workshops and working with individual donors.

* David Hays, Keith Oakley, Sharon Runion Rowland and Sarah Ray continue their work on land gifts. By the end of December 2006, the team had closed more than $20 million in land gifts that will benefit Cooperative Extension.

* The Advancement Team is supported by bookkeeper Crystal Green and Jo Yarley, assistant for 4-H.

* The team currently has one vacant SPA position: development assistant for the Cooperative Extension Service Foundation and the FCS Foundation. (Ann Norcross, the current development assistant, is transferring to the Chemistry Department.)

Posted by Natalie at 08:39 AM

January 02, 2007

Making Magic Motorsports Expo is Jan. 6

The 2007 Making Magic Motorsports Expo will be held Jan. 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Dorton Arena on the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. This one-day fundraising event will bring together the world of NASCAR and the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) through a variety of activities.

The Making Magic Alliance is a community partnership of local volunteers, business donors, Wake County Human Services and the N.C. 4-H Development Fund. For more information about the expo, go to http://makingmagicalliance.org.

Proceeds from the 2007 Making Magic Motorsports Expo will help sustain Making Magic, a program that promotes the health, economic and educational success of vulnerable children and families in Wake County.

"The expo provides the whole family an opportunity to have fun while supporting the youth of Wake County," said Luna Toler, of Wake County Human Services and Event Logistics Committee Chair of the Motorsports Expo. "There will be something for everyone at this unique fundraiser."

Tickets are available in Raleigh at Ray Price Harley-Davidson/Buell, Inc. on South Saunders Street and at the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Wake County Center office, located in the Wake County Office Park off Poole Road.

Additional pre-sale ticket locations and dates begin Jan. 2-5 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. and 6 p.m.–8 p.m., at Triangle Town Center and Cary Towne Center malls, and on Jan. 5, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. Prices are $10 for ages 11-adult, $6 for ages 6-10, and children under age 6 are free. Group discount rate of 15 percent is available for purchases of 10 or more tickets.

Ray Price Harley-Davidson/Buell, Inc., the expo’s signature sponsor, will showcase the Samson/Ray Price Nitro Harley and a variety of motorcycles. Patrons also can view top race cars and motorcycles, view and bid on specialty items provided by racing teams and community members at the silent auction and challenge their need for speed in virtual racecar simulators.

In addition, the Magic Children’s Corner, presented by GlaxoSmithKline, will feature several interactive activities, including live performances, inflatables, video games, remote-controlled racing and more.

Making Magic works collaboratively with summer camp providers to incorporate academic support, physical fitness, life-skills development and family-involvement programming, which have proven to be valuable assets for vulnerable children and families. There are 19 program sites throughout Wake County, and more than 1,500 at-risk children have benefited from Magic Camp experiences since 2002.

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