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Apr 20, 2009

PowerPoint Presentations from Value-Added Producer Grant Workshops

A series of workshops were held across the state Dec. 8 - 11, 2008, to help producers understand how to apply for USDA-Rural Development’s Value-Added Producer Grant. 

Apr 20, 2009

The Produce Lady Airs on Almanac Gardener

Watch The Produce Lady on UNC-TV’S Almanac Gardener this spring. N.C. Cooperative Extension agent and local foods expert, Brenda Sutton, will appear on upcoming shows. The Produce Lady is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission. 

Apr 20, 2009

Message from the Director

Value-Added Team Relocates to North Carolina Research Campus at Kannapolis; Receives Recent Grants 

Apr 20, 2009

The New Farm Bill: What Does It Mean to North Carolina?

Congress recently passed a new farm bill. Dr. Blake Brown, economist and policy analyst, takes a look at what it means to North Carolina agriculture and beyond. 

Apr 20, 2009

New Farm Bill

The USDA provides detailed information on the new farm bill. 

Apr 20, 2009

The Changing Face of North Carolina Agriculture

Dr. Blake Brown, director of the Program for Value-Added & Alternative Agriculture, writes about North Carolina agriculture and how it has changed over the past two decades, the factors that drove the change and what this means for today’s farmers. 

Apr 20, 2009

Tips That Help You Sell More at Market

If you’re a farmer that sells your products at a local market, how do you respond when a customer asks you how to prepare a certain food item? If your response is, “I don’t know, I just grow it!” then The Produce Lady can help you. 

Apr 20, 2009

Who will grow our food?

Blake Brown, director of the Program for Value-Added and Alternative Agriculture, is quoted in a Raleigh News & Observer article on the next generation of farmers. Read more. 

Apr 20, 2009

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. 

Apr 19, 2009

N.C. State names director for Kannapolis institute