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The Mid-Atlantic Professional Rodeo Association will host the following rodeo events in May & June: May 4 & 5 at the Double P Arena in Vale; May 18 & 19, Pickens County Fairgrounds, Greenville, S.C.; May 25 & 26, Old Gilkey School Ballfield Arena, Rutherfordton; June 1 & 2 , Iredell County Fairgrounds Arena, Troutman; June 8 & 9, American Legion Park Arena, Edenton; June 15 & 16, Pilot Lions Club Arena, Pilot; June 29 & 30, Rotary Fairgrounds Arena, North Wilkesboro. All events start at 8 p.m. Call (704) 882-6994 for more.

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The 6th Annual Antique Farm Days show will be held May 4 & 5 at the Wayne County Fairgrounds. The event features antique tractors and related equipment, cars, hit and miss engines, food, a kids’ tractor pull and race. Admission is free. For more, call Jerry McGinnis at (919) 735-5503 or go to http://oilslingers.com.

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The Waxhaw Mounted Patrol will hold a horse clinic May 5 beginning at 8 a.m. in Waxhaw. The clinic will focus on safe riding and training techniques. Two sessions will be held from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1-5 p.m. Registration is $75 with horse, or $30 to audit to the clinic without a horse. For more, contact Josie Lodder, (704) 560-1422 or e-mail at jlodder@stantec.com.

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The Sandhills chapter of the United States Equine Rescue League will host its 3rd Annual Field Day May 12 at Circle M City Western Town in Sanford. The event features a trail class fun horse show, exhibits and gate prizes. The entry fee is $7 or two for $10. Kids 12 and under are free. Cost is $20 to ride your horse in the fun event. A current negative Coggins test is required. The event raises money to help abused or neglected horses. For more, go to www.geocities.com/sandhills_region/homepage, or contact Jackie Adams at (919) 395-2080 or e-mail at Kimysue200@msn.com.

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A Texas Longhorn Fun Day will be held May 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Northern Piedmont Agricultural Research Center in Reidsville. For more, contact Zach Moffitt, (336) 879-1752 or Pat Brown, (336) 451-6595.

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Warner Feed and Tack in Waxhaw will host a free horse owners workshop on May 14 at 7 p.m. For more, contact Paul Warner (704) 243-3011.

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The 4th Annual Franklin County Farm Foods and Crafts Tour will be held May 19 & 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be nine farms to visit. Cost is $5. For more, go to http://franklin.ces.ncsu.edu or contact Martha Mobley, extension agent, at (919) 496-3344.

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The Person County Horsemen’s Association and the Person County Cooperative Extension Service will conduct an educational program May 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Wayne and Donna Ross’ farm. Bit fitting and more will be discussed. A sponsored meal will be served. Contact Kim Woods at (336) 599-1195 by May 22 to register or for directions.

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Piedmont Biofuels and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems will hold energy management and renewable energy workshops this spring, focused on reducing farm energy costs, coping with high and fluctuating energy costs, and capturing all the energy resources available on the farm, including wind, solar and biofuels. Piedmont Biofuels is offering free tours of its on-farm biodiesel plant near Moncure every Sunday at 1 p.m., or any day of the week by appointment. On-farm biodiesel demonstrations of a mobile biodiesel reactor can also be arranged in North Carolina. For more, go to the Piedmont Web site at www.biofuels.coop or call (919) 533-0172. CEFS will host an all-day energy risk management workshop, “Fueling the Farm,” at Cherry Research Farm near Goldsboro on July 12. For more, contact Steve Moore at (336) 549-9525.

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The Ammon Blueberry Festival will be held June 2 in Bladen County with a parade beginning at 10 a.m. The event features games, rides, crafts, entertainment, a blueberry cooking contest, an antique car cruise, vendors and more. For information, call Martha Culbreth at (910) 588-4592 or e-mail at dcmc@intrstar.net.

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The Mid-State Tractor Heritage Association will host a series of fundraising events for Jim’s Kids, which helps disabled children. Following is a listing of events and dates: June 9, 9 a.m., a 40-mile tractor ride starting at Southwest High School in Randolph County; Oct. 13, 8:30 a.m. registration, a tractor parade in downtown Asheboro. The parade begins at 11 a.m. All events are open to the public. Cost to participate in the tractor ride is $25, which includes T-shirt and meal. The ride is for tractors only, no SUVS, trucks or four-wheelers permitted. For more information or to register, call Alex Gilmore at (336) 879-6412 or 736-0435, or Kelly Wicker at (336) 629-4303.

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The N.C. Percheron Horse Association will hold its annual field day June 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rolling Hills Percheron stables, 3024 Sell Road, Winston-Salem. Activities include hay making using draft horses, cart and wagon pulling demonstrations, clogging entertainment, and a drawing for a registered Percheron filly. For more, call Karen Jordan, (336) 260-6534.

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The annual open horse show for the U.S. Equine Rescue League will be held at 9 a.m. June 16 at the Piedmont Saddle Club in Colfax. Cost per class is $5 or $30 for all day. For more, call (336) 813-0289 or go to www.USERLtriad.org for a class list.

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A Five-County Beef Tour will be held June 26. The free program focuses on diversification in the beef cattle industry and includes farm visits and lunch. For more contact Martha Mobley, extension agent, at (919) 496-3344.

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The Rural Advancement Foundation International USA has produced two free farmer publications that focus on financing non-traditional farm-based operations and strategies for small-scale farmers. Both are available online or through the mail. The Farmer’s Guide to Agricultural Credit and Farmer and Lender Project: Strategies to Sustain Agriculture and Enhance Rural Development in North Carolina, are available at www.rafiusa.org/pubs/puboverview.html or by calling (919) 542-1396, ext. 207.

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The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services encourages livestock producers to register their farms with the NCFarmID program. NCFarmID is a voluntary program to register farms for a national ID number as a way to protect livestock in the event of a disease outbreak. For more, contact NCDA&CS at (919) 715-2951 or go to www.NCFarmID.com.

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The N.C. Beekeepers Association will hold its Annual Summer Conference in Kinston July 12-14. Workshops will focus on raising queens, labeling honey, organic farming/beekeeping, candle making and the cape honey bee. For more, go to http://www.ncbeekeepers.org/meetings or contact Charles Heatherly at (919) 859-6995 or e-mail at heath7@bellsouth.net.

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NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division, Brian Long, Director
Mailing Address:1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1001
Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 707-3001; FAX: (919) 733-5047