Public Affairs Home
News Releases
Agricultural Review
Photos and logos
Century Farm Family
Agricultural Hall of Fame
In The Field Blog
View from the tractor (Op/Ed)
Sign-up for News Releases
Contact Us



CONNECT w/ NCDA&CS
Friend us on Facebook In the Field Blog powered by WordPress
Twitter NCDA&CS videos on YouTube
Google+ Flickr
Agricultural Review

Bucolic Briefs

The Mid-Atlantic Professional Rodeo Association will host the following rodeo events in July and August: July 6 & 7 at the Grassy Creek Arena in Robbins; July 20 & 21 at the Caldwell County Fairgrounds in Lenoir; Aug. 3 & 4 at the Level Cross Community Center in Level Cross; Aug 17 & 18 Lake Waccamaw Boys and Girls Home Arena; Aug. 24 & 25 at Double P Arena in Vale. All events start at 8 p.m. Call (704) 882-6994 for more.

***

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.

***

Piedmont Biofuels and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems will hold energy management and renewable energy workshops 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 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. Participants will learn about innovative energy-saving strategies and find out how to incorporate renewable energy into their operations. Hands-on demonstrations and instruction will be emphasized. For more, contact Steve Moore at (336) 549-9525.
The workshops are sponsored by the National Center for Appropriate Technology, with funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency.

***

The 13th Annual Franklin County Horse Farm Tour will be held Aug. 4 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The tour includes three farm visits with educational programs at each stop. For more, contact Martha Mobley, extension agent, at (919) 496-3344 or go to http://franklin.ces.ncsu.edu.

***

The N.C. Goat & Sheep Producers Roundup II will be held Aug. 17 & 18 at the Sanford Lions Club Fairground in Sanford. The event offers the latest research and management information on goat and sheep production. For more, contact Martha Mobley, extension agent, at (919) 496-3344 or go to http://franklin.ces.ncsu.edu.

***

The election of pork producer delegate candidates for the 2008 National Pork Producers (Pork Act) Delegate Body will be held Aug. 21 at 1 p.m. in conjunction with the board of directors meeting of the N.C. Pork Council. The meeting will be held at the University Club, 4200 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. All North Carolina pork producers are invited to attend. Any producer who is a resident of the state and has paid all assessments due may be considered as a delegate candidate and participate in the election. All eligible producers are encouraged to bring a sale receipt with them proving that hogs were sold in their name and the checkoff deducted. For more, contact the N.C. Pork Council, (919) 781-0361.

***

The 2007 Equestrian Exchange Consignment Sale will be held Aug. 31-Sept. 3 in the Holshouser Building at the State Fairgrounds. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 31-Sept. 2 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 3. The sale offers the opportunity to buy and consign anything equestrian-related. Pre-registration is required. Volunteers shop before consignors and consignors shop before the public. Items can be dropped off Aug. 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pickup for unsold items will be Sept. 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, contact Lynn Beeson at (336) 643-3773.

***

The Cabarrus County Fair will host its first horse pull Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Cabarrus Arena. More than $5,000 in prize money will be offered for the top teams. For more or to register, contact Marvin Bost at (980) 521-1302 or e-mail at fouracresfarm@hotmail.com.

***

The Mid-State Tractor Heritage Association will host a fundraising tractor parade Oct. 14 in downtown Asheboro. The event benefits Jim’s Kids, a group helping disabled children. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with the parade starting at 11 a.m. This event is open to the public. For more information or to register, call Alex Gilmore at (336) 879-6412 or 736-0435, or Kelly Wicker at (336) 629-4303.

***

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 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.

***

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 identification 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.

***

NC BiomassTrader, a free Web-based service that allows companies to list bio-based materials wanted or for sale, is now up and running. To use the service, go to the Web site at www.ncbiomasstrader.org. Companies can either list an item wanted or available for sale. There is no cost for listing materials, and no finder’s fee. Negotiations and trading are handled directly between interested parties.
The trading service takes advantage of an increased interest in bio-related feedstocks and residues as new business opportunities seek replacements for fossil fuel-based products and fuels.
Examples of materials include pallets, wood waste from industrial processes, urban trimmings, crop residues, animal waste products, mulch and food processing wastes and oils.
For more, contact Bob Leker, State Energy Office, at (919) 733-1907.

***



 

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