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2015 4-H Summer
Programs

We are now offering our exciting and fun-filled 4-H summer programs for 2015.  Spaces are limited (first come, first served) so sign up now!  Sign up starts on June 4th at the Wilkes Cooperative Extension Office from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. NO REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED BEFORE THIS DATE. Please click this website to see our brochure: 4Hsummer2015

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2015 4-H Summer
Programs

We are now offering our exciting and fun-filled 4-H summer programs for 2015.  Spaces are limited (first come, first served) so sign up now!  Sign up starts on June 4th at the Wilkes Cooperative Extension Office from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. NO REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED BEFORE THIS DATE. Please click this website to see our brochure: 4Hsummer2015

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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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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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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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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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Pollinator Garden Tour Wednesday July 8 popular

Wednesday July 8 at 5:30 pm Chatham County Agriculture Agent Debbie Roos will be giving a tour of Chatham County Cooperative Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden at Chatham Mills in Pittsboro. The garden was designed to MORE » – from   Growing Small Farms

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Beetle Invasion 2015!

Some years I have problems with certain pests; and other years, I do not.  This year, I am seeing very high numbers of Japanese beetles which are causing quite a bit of damage MORE »

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Hardware Disease in Livestock popular

Hardware disease may occur when sharp, heavy objects such as nails or wire are consumed by cattle.  These objects fall to the rumen floor and are swept into the reticulum (another stomach compartment) MORE »

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Growing Peaches Can Sometimes Be the Pits

For anyone who has tried to grow their own apples and peaches, they know it can be quite challenging at times.  Peaches, in particular, have a number of pests that can make the MORE »

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FDA Announces Veterinary Feed Directive Rule

Over the next year, many livestock producers will need to become more familiar with their veterinarians. Or, if they don’t have a veterinarian, find one. The FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) announced MORE »

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Open Air Market - Market Chef DemonstrationsFri Jul 17, 2015
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
Main Street, Wilkesboro, NC
— 1 week away
Market Chef at Wilkes Farmers MarketSat Jul 18, 2015
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Where:
C B D Loop, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659, USA
— 2 weeks away
Master Gardener Association MeetingWed Aug 5, 2015
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
Wilkes Cooperative Extension Center, 201 Curtis Bridge Road, Wilkesboro, NC
— 4 weeks away
Open Air Market - Market Chef DemonstrationsFri Aug 21 - Fri Aug 21, 2015 - ALL DAY Where:
Main Street, Wilkesboro, NC
— 1 month away
Open Air Market - Market Chef DemonstrationsFri Aug 21, 2015
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Where:
Main Street, Wilkesboro, NC
— 1 month away
Open Air Market - Market Chef DemonstrationsSat Aug 22 - Sat Aug 22, 2015 - ALL DAY Where:
Main Street, Wilkesboro, NC
— 1 month away
Master Gardener Association MeetingWed Sep 2, 2015
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
Wilkes Cooperative Extension Center, 201 Curtis Bridge Road, Wilkesboro, NC
— 2 months away
Office Closed - Labor Day HolidayMon Sep 7 - Mon Sep 7, 2015 - ALL DAY— 2 months away
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