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The N.C. Tomato Growers Association is offering a $1,000 merit/need-based scholarship for the 2013-2014 academic year. Any North Carolina resident who pursues a horticulture or agribusiness undergraduate or graduate degree at a four-year North Carolina college or university is eligible to apply. The deadline to subkit an application is June 30.
The award will be based on a student's demonstrated scholastic achievement, initiative, leadership, financial need and extracurricular activities.Recipient must maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average out of a possible 4.0 on all coursework during the scholarship period. In addition, recipient must be enrolled for the entire school year to receive the full scholarship, which will be paid through the financial office in two installments at $500 per semester.
For an application, contact Melinda James, president of the N.C. Tomato Growers, at 828-526-3989 or email at osagem@msn.com. Completed application should be mailed to N.C. Tomato Growers Association, c/o Melinda James, 1604 Hale Ridge Road, Scaly Mountain, NC 28775. For more go to www.nctomatoes.com.
The winner will be announced in August at the Tomato Field Day at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in Fletcher.


The N.C. Work Horse and Mule Association will hold an auction June 15 at 9 a.m. at the Wayne County fairgrounds in Dudley. Items accepted for auction include horse-drawn equipment, tractor equipment, plows, disks, horses, mules and donkeys. The fairgrounds will be open June 13 and 14 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for consignments. The hours the day of the auction are 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Up-to-date Coggins required for equine. There will be no vet on site. Stalls are available for $7 per horse, but sellers or buyers need to bring their own hay and feed. Commissions run from 6 (horses) to 15 (tack and carriages) percent. For more information or for vendor spaces, contact John Flowers at 919-778-1626. Other contacts are Carolyn Walker at 919-778-9847, or Diane Aldridge at 919-222-8041, or at http://www.ncworkhorseandmulesassociation.org/.

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The Piedmont Saddle Club in Colfax will open its lighted arena every Friday night from 5-9 p.m. for horse riders. The cost is $10 per horse and equine owners must provide proof of Coggins testing and sign a waiver. The events are open to the public. Contact info@piedmontsaddleclub.org for more information.

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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