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Food Processing and Manufacturing Initiative

Food Processing and
Manufacturing Initiative

NC food processing and manufacturing initiative feasiblity study released The agricultural resources, industrial capacity and research innovation assets present in North Carolina create opportunities to catalyze development of value-added food processing and manufacturing businesses, according to a joint NC State-NCDA&CS economic feasibity study released Jan. 12. One page summary of the Initiative View the Full Report

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Food Processing and Manufacturing Initiative

Food Processing and
Manufacturing Initiative

NC food processing and manufacturing initiative feasiblity study released The agricultural resources, industrial capacity and research innovation assets present in North Carolina create opportunities to catalyze development of value-added food processing and manufacturing businesses, according to a joint NC State-NCDA&CS economic feasibity study released Jan. 12. One page summary of the Initiative View the Full Report

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Catfaced strawberry

New Strawberry
Diagnostic Tool

An interdisciplinary team of  NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences extension specialists have created a new, mobile-friendly, database driven tool to help strawberry growers visually diagnose disorders. The new Strawberry Diagnostic Key provides a way to filter by visual characteristics to identify problems. Results include details about the disorders and possible management strategies. The Strawberry Diagnostic Key was developed with funding in part from the Strawberry Sustainability Initiativethe Walmart FoundationUniversity of ArkansasSouthern Region IPM CenterNorth Carolina State University Cooperative Extension Service and the North Carolina Strawberry Association.

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NC Cooperative Extension Service

Preservation
Materials Available for Loan

“So Easy To Preserve” Food Preservation Materials  Home food preservation is becoming more popular as families are growing more of their own food and trying to eat healthier as well as save on food costs. The Wilkes County Center of N.C. Cooperative Extension Service has available for loan the “So Easy to Preserve” book and DVD that provide in-depth instruction on proper food preservation techniques.  Material(s) may be checked out with a deposit check for the cost of the materials.  The deposit is returned when the borrowed materials are returned.  Cost of the book is $18 and cost of the DVD is $40.  There are a limited number of copies of each available for loan.  These materials contain the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture recommendations for safe food preservation. So Easy To Preserve is now a 375-page book with over 185 tested recipes, along with step by step instructions and in-depth information for both the new and experienced food preserver. Chapters include Preserving Food, Canning, Pickled Products, Jellied Fruit Products, Freezing and Drying. This 5th edition has 35 new tested recipes and processes, in addition to a new section with recommended procedures for home canned salsas. The “So Easy to Preserve” video series is eight shows (20 to 35 minutes each) which provide a discussion of preservation principles and how-to demonstrations of methods.  (The book is not contained on the DVDs.) Features include home canning of tomatoes, vegetables and fruits; freezing fruits and vegetables; drying fruits and vegetables; pickling; making jams and jellies; and, a show devoted to the canned specialties of hot chile salsa, mango chutney and spicy jicama relish. The methods demonstrated continue our tradition of teaching USDA-recommended practices for food safety as well as high quality finished products.  This series was produced with the assistance of CSREES-USDA under the National Center for Home Food Processing and Preservation project. Contact our office at 336.651.7330 for information regarding the loan of these food preservation materials.

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Plant Sciences Initiative Study Report

Plant Sciences
Initiative

Plant sciences initiative could spark NC economic growth, study finds A new economic study, released Jan. 12, shows that North Carolina has an opportunity to be the global hub for advanced plant sciences research and for the application of that research to expanding agricultural productivity. One page summary of the Initiative  View the Report

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Wilkes County 4-H
Programs

Wilkes County 4-H offers monthly special interest programs, community clubs, and after school programs at eight community schools.For more information please contact the Wilkes County 4-H Office at 336-651-7331

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Share the Road!

The agricultural industry is the largest employer in Wilkes County and North Carolina. Motorists traveling Wilkes County’s rural roads may occasionally find themselves sharing the road with large, slow-moving farm equipment. In 2014, MORE »

Ginkgo Leaves

Tree Talk: Meet the Ginkgo Tree

The Ginkgo tree is an ancient species that has much to offer in your landscape —especially their brilliant, but short lived fall color.  But you have to be a little… sexist… when you MORE » – from   Gardening

webworms

Pests Coming Out of the Woodwork!

It is common for insect populations to build up over the summer.  Pests in and around the landscape start to cause enough damage that control measures are needed.  Two insects, in particular, are MORE »

summer pinching

Can You Prune Peach Trees in Summer? Yes!

I spent a couple of hours this weekend pruning a peach tree in my yard.  Many homeowners don’t even consider pruning this time of year because they think they are harming the tree.  MORE »

Nectarines

It’s Time Again for That Juicy Goodness!

The residents of Wilkes County are fortunate to have a wide array of crops being grown in the area.  Along with the standard fruits and vegetables, we also have newer crops being grown MORE »

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EVENTS View All
Master Gardener Association MeetingWed Sep 2, 2015
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
Wilkes Cooperative Extension Center, 201 Curtis Bridge Road, Wilkesboro, NC
— 3 days away
Office Closed - Labor Day HolidayMon Sep 7 - Mon Sep 7, 2015 - ALL DAY— 1 week away
Bird Conservation in the Face of Future Climate Change WebinarThu Sep 10, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Where:
http://www.sustainableforestswebinars.net/
— 2 weeks away
Open Air Market - Market Chef DemonstrationsFri Sep 18, 2015
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
Main Street, Wilkesboro, NC
— 3 weeks away
Market Chef at Wilkes Farmers MarketSat Sep 19, 2015
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Where:
C B D Loop, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659, USA
— 3 weeks away
Wilkes Agricultural Fair Take In of ExhibitsSun Sep 27, 2015
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM Where:
Tomlinson Park Fairgrounds, Willow Lane, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659
— 4 weeks away
Wilkes Agricultural Fair Opens to PublicTue Sep 29, 2015
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Where:
Tomlinson Park Fairgrounds, Willow Lane, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659
— 1 month away
Wilkes Agricultural Fair Goat ShowTue Sep 29, 2015
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
Tomlinson Park Fairgrounds, Willow Lane, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659
— 1 month away
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