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Tar River Land Conservancy will hold a workshop, The Financial Benefits of Conservation Easements, May 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Edgecombe Community College’s Rocky Mount campus. The workshop is designed for farmers, landowners and their professional advisers. Program topics include state and federal tax incentives available for placing land under conservation easement. For more or to register, contact Cynthia Satterfield at (919) 496-5902 or go to www.tarriver.org.

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The N.C. Percheron Horse Association will hold its annual field day June 6 at 10 a.m. at Rolling Hills Percherons in Winston-Salem. The event is free and will include driving demonstrations, field work with draft horses, draft horses under saddle and wagon rides. For more, contact Linda Greene, (336) 984-7412.

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The Coastal Carolina Saddle Club will hold horse shows June 13, Sept. 12 and Oct. 10 beginning at 10 a.m. Rain dates are the following Sundays. Shows feature English, Western and gaming classes. For more, contact Linda Barker at (252) 560-3213.

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The N.C. State Beekeepers Association will host its annual summer meeting July 9-11 at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro. The theme is Natural Beekeeping in the Face of Diseases and Pests. Workshop topics include discussions on various diseases and pests and how to control them, reducing honey bee stress, keeping bees without foundation or chemicals, natural queen rearing, bee venom therapy and more. In addition, there will be tours of apple and grape orchards, and the expanded Brushy Mountain Bee Farm. For more, go to www.ncbeekeepers.org or contact Michelle Barry at (919) 363-5458.

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There will be an open horse show Sept. 12 starting at 1 p.m. at Biggerstaff Park Horse Complex in Dallas. For more, call Judy Yarbrough at (704) 400-1899.

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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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Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 707-3001; FAX: (919) 733-5047