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The N.C. Pecan Growers will hold its spring meeting and orchard tour June 5 at an orchard near Goldsboro. Registration is $15 and begins at 8 a.m. The program ends at 12:30 p.m. followed by lunch. For more, contact Bill Bunn at (919) 815-5764 or e-mail at carya@intrex.net or go to www.ncpecans.org.

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There will be a free hunter safety class June 19 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the American Legion Post 208 in Waxhaw. The class meets the requirements to obtain a hunting license in all 50 states. For more information, contact Stony Rushing at (704) 764-7960 or go to takeaimtraining.com.

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B&M Stables in Four Oaks will offer a series of half-day horsemanship clinics with horse trainer Blaine McLaughlin. Following are clinic dates: June 19, July 24, Aug. 28, Sept. 25, Oct. 23 and Nov. 20. Classes run 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and cost $75. Classes are limited to five riders. For more, contact Michele McLaughlin, (919) 934-1344 or by e-mail at sileeno@ipass.net.

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The Johnston County Horse Show Series has announced its 2010 schedule, which is open to riders and horses from all riding levels, breeds and disciplines. All events will be held at the Johnston County Livestock Arena in Smithfield. Following are upcoming dates and start times: June 26, Sept. 4, Oct. 2. All shows start at 8:30 a.m. Rain dates for all events will be the following day. For more, contact Michele McLaughlin at (919) 934-1344, by e-mail at sileeno@ipass.net or go to www.ipass.net/blaine_mclaughlin.

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Turtle Island Preserve near Boone will offer educational camps for boys and girls ages 7-18. The preserve features horses, goats and chickens. For more, contact Eustace Conway, director, (828) 265-2267.

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The N.C. Commercial Flowers Growers Association will host its 2010 Landscape Color Field Day June 30 at the J.C. Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh. The event starts at 8 a.m. with registration and self-guided tours, followed by a welcome at 10:30 a.m. Keynote speaker Tommy Sevier, national policy director with the N.C. Farm Bureau, will speak at 10:45 a.m. Landscape session topics include: Tips for Landscape Installations and Great New Plants, Weed Management in Color Beds, and Top 7 Disease Problems in Landscape Beds. Greenhouse session topics include: New Plants and New Ideas, Great New Plants from Proven Winners, and Greenhouse IPM. Attendees can earn pesticide credit hours for the workshops. For more, contact the NCCFGA at (919) 877-9392 or go to www.nccfga.org or www.ncflowers.org.

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The North Carolina chapter of Re-Run, a non-profit organization that places ex-racehorses into adoptive homes, now has thoroughbred racehorses available for adoption. Thoroughbreds are versatile and do well in any number of disciplines including shows, events, fox hunting or pleasure riding, according to Elizabeth Macdonald with Re-Run. For more, go to www.rerun.org or contact Elizabeth Macdonald at hemacd@mindspring.com.

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The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Veterinary Division is looking for small or large backyard or independent poultry flocks to test for avian influenza throughout the state. A minimum of 10 birds per flock would be tested by oral swabs four times each year at no cost to the owner. This program is to maintain surveillance for bird flu in North Carolina. Bird owners with questions or who want to be sure their flock is free of bird flu, can contact Dr. Sarah Mason or Jimmy Collie at (919) 733-7601.

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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