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The 15th Annual N.C. Pecan Growers Workshop and Orchard Tour will be held Feb.14 at the Duplin Center in Kenansville. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Late-season orchard management and harvesting will be addressed. The event will conclude in the orchard of Frank Thomas in Beulaville. Cost is $15. For more, contact Laurie Wood, NCDA&CS marketing specialist, at (910) 532-4208 or e-mail laurie.wood@ncagr.gov, or Bill Bunn, NCPGA president, at (919) 815-5764 or e-mail at carya@intrex.net.

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The N.C. Commercial Flower Growers Association’s Carolina Garden Expo will return to the Greenville Convention Center Feb. 13 and 14. Industry representatives, including retailers, landscapers and suppliers, will be on hand to answer gardening and landscaping questions. Garden supplies and plants will also be for sale. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb.13, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 14. Cost is $5. Seminars are free with paid admission. For more, go to www.carolinagardenexpo.com or contact the NCCFGA at (919) 334-0093.

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The 3rd Annual Agritourism Networking Association Conference will be held Feb. 19 and 20 at the Park Inn Conference Center in Hickory. A reception will be held Feb. 19 at Woodmill Winery and Vineyard in Vale. The conference will feature eight, one-hour workshops. For more, contact Martha Glass, manager, Agritourism Office, at (919) 733-7887 or martha.glass@ncagr.gov.

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The Watauga County Beekeepers Association will present a beginner beekeeping class Feb. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the IG Greer Auditorium on the Appalachian State University campus. Feb. 28 is the snow date. Cost is $15 for an individual or $20 for a family of two. Space is limited. To pre-register or for more information, contact Amy Johnson at (828) 719-6825 or e-mail at mountainbeehoney@yahoo.com.

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The Northern Piedmont Specialty Crops School program will be held Feb. 27 at the Person County Extension Center in Roxboro. Attendees must pre-register by Feb. 20 to guarantee a seat and lunch. Topics to be covered include: community supported agriculture, successful direct marketing tips, fruit dehydration, marketing techiniques and agritoursim ideas. The cost is $25 per person and includes lunch. Additional family members or business associates of attendee can join the class for $15 each including lunch. For more or to register, contact Carl Cantaluppi at (919) 603-1350 or e-mail at carl_cantaluppi@ncsu.edu.

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The East Coast World Finals Rodeo will be held March 6-8 at Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte. The event is sanctioned by the Mid-Atlantic Professional Rodeo Association. For more, call (704) 882-6994.

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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 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.

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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