North Carolina Strawberries

Strawberry season in North Carolina begins in April, and what better way to welcome the spring heat than with cool, fresh and nutritious locally grown strawberries. Did you know that N.C. ranks third in the U.S., with nearly 2,000 acres producing about 19 million pounds of strawberries each year? This delicious fruit accounts for roughly $18 million of annual farm income in N.C. Unlike other leading strawberry-producing states, almost all of the berries produced in North Carolina are sold for fresh market right here in the state - direct to consumers as Pick-Your-Own, at farm stands or to local supermarket chains. Visit the N.C. Strawberry Association to learn more.

Discovering Nature’s Possibilities – N.C. State University Seminar Series at the David H. Murdock Core Laboratory Building, N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis.

Every Tuesday in May from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Join N.C. State University at the new N.C. Research Campus for a series of seminars that will introduce you to our scientists, staff and groundbreaking research in Kannapolis. Presentations will be delivered by our researchers and will provide the community with health, nutrition and produce safety information they can use to enhance their daily lives. These seminars have been developed for producers and consumers, so everyone is encouraged to attend!

North Carolina Eggs

Ranking 12th in egg production in the United States, North Carolina has over 8.5 million layers that produce over 6.5 million table eggs per day - that's more than 2.3 billion eggs each year. Eggs are North Carolina's 7th largest cash farm product. That’s a lot of potential Easter eggs! The North Carolina Egg Association represents egg producer members in the state of North Carolina. For more information, you can visit http://www.NCEgg.org.

Gary Bullen

Gary Bullen, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and the Program for Value-Added and Alternative Agriculture, supports new enterprise evaluation, business skills development and direct marketing initiatives at N.C. State University. Most recently, Gary has developed a set of Business Development Files to assist growers interested in starting or expanding an agricultural business. Please contact your Cooperative Extension agent to begin the step-by-step process in evaluating your agricultural business endeavor.

Sixth Annual Franklin County Farm Food & Craft Tour & LOCAL FOOD FESTIVAL

May 16 and 17, 2009, 11 a.m. through evening. On Saturday and Sunday, May 16 & 17, 2009, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., the public is invited to tour eight Franklin County farms in addition to attending the LOCAL FOOD Festival in the evening of May 16. A farm-related photography contest, youth fishing clinic and 5K Walk/Run will also be held on the weekend. For details on all the weekend events, visit www.FranklinCountyFarmFresh.com or call Martha Mobley, Agricultural Extension Agent, at 919-496-3344. http://franklin.ces.ncsu.edu and www.FranklinCountyFarmFresh.co

Fresh Produce Safety Train-the-Trainer Workshop Series

North Carolina Cooperative Extension and the North Carolina Fresh Produce Safety Task Force invite N.C. Cooperative Extension agents to fresh produce safety training. The intended audience includes agriculture, family & consumer science, and any other agents having an audience dealing with fresh produce production, harvesting, storing, transporting and marketing. 2009 Dates April 30 & May 1 – Mountain Horticultural Crop Research & Extension Center, Mills River (formerly known as Fletcher). Registration deadline is April 16.