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N.C. MarketReady Announces 2012 Equipment Funding for Agricultural Operations

The North Carolina Value-Added Cost Share program is accepting applications for the 2012 equipment cost share funding cycle. The program provides up to $50,000 to agricultural producers and processors seeking to purchase specialized equipment to start or grow a value-added operation.

New N.C. Blackberry Production Budget Available

North Carolina blackberry growers have an updated sample operating budget to guide them in tracking, maintaining and managing their business costs.

PHHI Researcher Receives Vegetable Publication Award

Dr. Penelope Perkins-Veazie, a postharvest physiologist with the Plants for Human Health Institute, received the 2011 Vegetable Publication Award from the American Society for Horticultural Science.

N.C. MarketReady Faculty Teach Business Planning at Piedmont Farm School

Two N.C. State University faculty members based at the N.C. Research Campus will be instructors in the 2012 Piedmont Farm School, presented by N.C. Cooperative Extension. Mike Roberts and Jonathan Baros, both affiliated with the N.C. State agricultural and resource economics department, will teach business planning seminars. Baros is also a member of N.C. MarketReady, the Cooperative Extension outreach of the Plants for Human Health Institute.

Southeast Strawberry Expo 2011

The Southeast Strawberry Expo heads to the Raleigh-Durham area from November 6-8, 2011. This year's event will take place at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham. The Expo traditionally offers workshops, a farm tour, a trade show and educational sessions.

N.C. MarketReady Awards 2011 Equipment Cost Share

The N.C. Value-Added Cost Share (NCVACS) program, administered by N.C. MarketReady, recently selected 12 agricultural operations to receive nearly $170,000 in funding for value-added equipment purchases.

Putting the Pieces Together: Sequencing the Blueberry Genome

Watch a video outlining how Dr. Allan Brown is leading a team that is sequencing the blueberry genome. The work is a major step toward understanding the genetic information of the blueberry and is expected to yield new discoveries in both medical and agricultural research.

2011 International Workshop on Anthocyanins

The Plants for Human Health Institute will host the 2011 International Workshop on Anthocyanins from September 11-14, 2011. This will be the first time the event takes place in North America.

Food Safety Expert Shares Canning Tips During a Live Online Demonstration

Dr. Ben Chapman, a food safety specialist with N.C. Cooperative Extension, will join Brenda Sutton, The Produce Lady, in a live, one-hour demonstration on proper canning techniques for tomatoes. Viewers will have an opportunity to interact with the experts by using an online chat box to ask any questions about food preservation and safety.

Get a Taste of This!

Join The Produce Lady and the Triad's top chefs in celebrating local foods at the first ever "Get a Taste of This!" event in Greensboro. More than 10 area chefs will prepare regional dishes using fresh, local produce and meats.

PHHI Adds Two Scientists at the N.C. Research Campus

The Plants for Human Health Institute will add two more scientists to its faculty in the summer of 2011. Dr. Slavko Komarnytsky and Dr. Xu Li will research fruits and vegetables and their impact on human health.

Agriculture and Culinary Arts Partner to Breed Better Berry

Watch as representatives from N.C. State University's Plants for Human Health Institute and Johnson & Wales University discuss the N.C. Strawberry Project. The institutions have developed a dynamic, first-of-its-kind partnership that will help breed a better N.C. strawberry.

“Chefs-of-Tomorrow” Visit Local Farm to Learn About Agriculture

More than 30 culinary students from Johnson & Wales University visited a local farm and agricultural research station on April 1, 2011, as part of the N.C. Strawberry Project, a first-of-its-kind partnership between North Carolina State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis and Johnson & Wales University.

Blackberry and Raspberry Research with Dr. Perkins-Veazie

Dr. Penelope Perkins-Veazie discusses research that is under way to develop a rating system for the firmness of blackberries and raspberries. When finalized, this system will help growers determine what variety of blackberry or raspberry is best suited for their operation.

The Produce Lady Resources Webinar

The Produce Lady program provides resources that promote N.C. grown fruits and vegetables. Join our team for a webinar where we'll share ideas for using these resources with your clientele, such as farmers and consumers.

A Basket Full of Fresh Resources

The Produce Lady and N.C. Strawberry Project Share Resources for Farmers, Consumers