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The Northeast Ag Expo Field Day will take place Thursday, July 25, at Roberts Brothers Inc. in Shawboro. The focus will be on soybeans. Registration begins at 7 a.m., with plot tours and demonstrations from 8 a.m.-noon. Lunch will follow. To register, visit www.ncneagexpo.com/home. The Northeast Ag Expo is conducted annually through the joint efforts of producers, agribusinesses, N.C. State University, commodity groups and the Cooperative Extension Centers of Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Gates, Pasquotank and Perquimans counties.

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The election of pork producer delegate candidates for the 2014 National Pork Producers (Pork Act) Delegate Body will take place at 1 p.m. Aug. 6 in conjunction with a N.C. Pork Council's Board of Directors meeting at the J.C. Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh. All N.C. pork producers are invited to attend. Any producer, 18 years or older, who is a resident of the state and had paid all assessments due may be considered as a delegate candidate and participate in the election. All eligible producers are encouraged to bring with them a sales receipt of hog sales and check-off payment. For more information, contact Amy Cave, N.C. Pork Council, 919-781-0361.

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Beekeepers with bees for rent and growers interested in bee pollination services can post their information on the BeeLinked website at www.ncagr.com/beelinked. The site is hosted by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the N.C. State University Apiculture Program. Anyone interested in listing their information can do so by filling out an online Submit Your Ad form on the BeeLinked page by contacting NCDA&CS at 919-233-8214, by email at NCHoneybee@ncagr.gov or call NCSU at 919-515-1660. The NCDA&CS Plant Industry Division regulates the movement of agricultural or related items capable of spreading harmful insects, diseases and other pests. Beekeepers participating in this program will be required to comply with all honey and bee industry regulations.

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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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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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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