N.C. Extension Agent an Advocate for Asparagus

Carl Canaluppi stands before an asparagus field in the fern-growth stage. N.C. isn’t known (yet) for its asparagus production. In fact, it’s a relatively new introduction to Southern cuisine. That doesn’t deter Carl Cantaluppi, an N.C. Cooperative Extension area horticulture agent with the Granville and Person County Centers. He has been evaluating asparagus trials in North Carolina since 1994 and suggests that N.C. farmers will find asparagus to be a high-value, low-input specialty crop ideal for direct market.

N.C. Market Ready Fresh Produce Safety – Field to Family Training Curriculum

One of the first tools released by N.C. MarketReady will be the Fresh Produce Safety – Field to Family training curriculum to help fruit and vegetable growers across the state minimize fresh produce safety risks. The training manual will be distributed statewide in November to Cooperative Extension agents who will offer workshops for growers. The training manual focuses on Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), including what it takes to obtain GAPs certification, and managing risks from field to market.

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.