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The N.C. Aquaculture Development Conference will be held Feb. 9-11 at the DoubleTree by Hilton New Bern – Riverfront. An optional pre-conference aquaponics workshop will be held Feb. 8. An introduction class and farm tours will be held Feb. 9, aquaculture presentations and an aquafoods festival will be Feb. 10, and freshwater and mariculture workshops will be held Feb. 11. Cost for the full conference is $110 for registration by Feb. 2 and $150 after that date. The pre-conference workshop is $150 or $80 for students. For registration, contact Chrissie Shepard at 919-513-2192 or For more information, go to


The Successful Small Farms Opportunities Conference will be held Feb. 25 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Louisburg College in Louisburg. Topics include production and marketing of heritage poultry, cut flowers, getting farm loans, small farm enterprise budgets, hands-on shiitake mushroom production, fence building 101, pastured pork production and marketing. Cost for the conference is $60 and includes registration, materials, snacks and lunch. For more information, contact Martha Mobley, Franklin County agricultural extension agent, 919-496-3344 or at, or go to or


The Cape Fear Poultry Association will hold APA/ABA-sanctioned open and junior shows March 11 at the Johnston County Livestock Arena in Smithfield. Entries are being accepted for bantams, large fowl, waterfowl, turkeys, guineas and all breeds listed in the APA/ABA standards. The entry deadline is March 5. For more information, contact Wilbur Haney, show director, at 919-796-2936 or email at The show catalog and entry form can be found at


The Equestrian Exchange Tack Consignment Spring Sale will be held March 23-26 at the Holshouser Building at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. This sale is an opportunity to buy and consign anything related to equestrian sport, tack and show clothing for all disciplines of riding, including barn supplies and other animal items. Bar code tagging on our website allows consignor to view sales from home. Consignors drop off items March 21 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and March 22 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A special premier shopping night open to the public will be March 23 from 5 to 10 p.m. Cost for the premier night is $10 cash for adults, free for ages 12 and under. Open shopping with free admission will be March 24 and 25 from 10 a.m. and 10 p.m., and March 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Some items will be discounted on the final day. Consignors will pick up unsold items March 28 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Consignors earn 75 percent of sales amount, unsold items can be donated to N.C. nonprofit equestrian organizations. Volunteers are needed for the event. Volunteers shop before consignors, and consignors shop before the public. For more information, go to or contact Lynn Beeson at 336-362-6248 or Tanya Wright at 540-977-1950.


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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