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Oxford Research Station will host a Malting Barley Field Day April 21 from 10 a.m. to noon at Currin Farms, 650 Roberts Chapel Road in Stem. The field day will include a tour of field plots and presentations on barley varieties, a study on nitrogen recommendations, timing of fungicide applications, a no-till wheat study and marketing. To register, or for more information, contact the Granville County Cooperative Extension Office at 919-603-1350 or online at


The inaugural Mint Hill Historical Society Rodeo will be held April 21 and 22 at 8201 Bartlett Road in Mint Hill. Gates open at 6 p.m., with the rodeo starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. A special junior rodeo event will be held April 22 at 11 a.m. Tickets for the junior event are $5. For information, contact Sue McDonald at 704-573-0726.


The Carolina Feather Club will hold a swap meet for poultry and small animals May 13 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Everett Farm, 305 Macedonia Church Road, Monroe. For more information, contact Les Everett at 704-577-3905.


As a way to help farmers and agricultural workers stay safe at work, the N.C. Department of Labor offers safety videos on a variety of topics through its YouTube channel. Video topics include: preventing green tobacco sickness, hazard communication, tobacco harvester safety, heat stress, migrant housing requirements, forklift safety, and information about the NCDOL’s Gold Star Growers program. The videos are in English and Spanish to increase understanding of safety hazards and preventing accidents. To learn more about the NCDOL and the Agricultural Safety and Health Bureau, go to or call 1-800-NC-LABOR (800-625-2267). NCDOL is also on Facebook and Twitter (@NCDOL).


Beekeepers with bees for rent and growers interested in bee pollination services can post their information on the BeeLinked website at 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 or by contacting NCDA&CS at 919-233-8214 or by email at 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.


The N.C. Ag Finance Authority provides credit to agriculture in areas where financing is not available at reasonable rates and terms. The agency originates, services and finances farm loans, rural business loans, disaster loans and cotton gin loans. It also offers tax-exempt ag development bonds for agribusiness processing, ag-related manufacturing or ag waste disposal. For more about Ag Finance Authority programs or to request a loan application, call 919-790-3949 or email at


NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division, Andrea Ashby, 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

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