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2015 Farm City Poster
Contest Winners

In conjunction with the 62nd annual Cleveland County Farm City Week, NC Cooperative Extension Cleveland County Center and Cleveland County Farm Bureau sponsored a poster contest for youth in 5th – 7th grade. This year sixteen entries on “Preserving and Protecting our Farmland” were submitted. First and Second place winners were chosen for monetary awards. Hannah Vagnozzi, 6th grader from the homeschool group, Hearts-4-Homeschool, was awarded $100 for her first place entry. Reagan McElhaney, 5th grader from Shelby Intermediate School, Communities in Schools program, was awarded $50 for second place. Both students attended the annual Cleveland County Farm City Breakfast on November 24th to be recognized and receive their awards. Their posters will be on display in the Cleveland County Extension Office.

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NC Cooperative Extension Service

2015 Farm City Poster
Contest Winners

In conjunction with the 62nd annual Cleveland County Farm City Week, NC Cooperative Extension Cleveland County Center and Cleveland County Farm Bureau sponsored a poster contest for youth in 5th – 7th grade. This year sixteen entries on “Preserving and Protecting our Farmland” were submitted. First and Second place winners were chosen for monetary awards. Hannah Vagnozzi, 6th grader from the homeschool group, Hearts-4-Homeschool, was awarded $100 for her first place entry. Reagan McElhaney, 5th grader from Shelby Intermediate School, Communities in Schools program, was awarded $50 for second place. Both students attended the annual Cleveland County Farm City Breakfast on November 24th to be recognized and receive their awards. Their posters will be on display in the Cleveland County Extension Office.

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NC Cooperative Extension Service

ECA Educational
Scholarship Opportunity

ECA Educational Scholarship Opportunity Each year NC Extension & Community Association, Inc. (ECA) offers educational scholarships to NC youth and adults who are pursuing a college education in North Carolina. The purpose of the scholarship is to assist students in obtaining a degree at any North Carolina college, in any field of study, with priority given to Family and Consumer Sciences. (Part-time students must carry no less than six (6) hours per semester and  full-time students must carry no less than twelve (12) hours per semester.) Each of the five North Carolina Cooperative Extension districts award two $800 scholarships (to one youth and one adult.) The application criteria includes: Activities and Honors – 25% Connection and Involvement with Cooperative Extension (NCCES) – 25% Financial Need – 25% Scholarship Potential – 25% Applications must be returned to: Mrs. Joan Parrish, 130 S. Post Road, Suite-1, Shelby, NC 28152, by February 1, 2016. Please contact Nancy Abasiekong, Family & Consumer Sciences Extension Agent, (704) 482-4365) if you need additional information. We look forward to receiving applications from your seniors. Thank you.

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Foothills Farm
School

he demand for locally grown food continues to grow despite a faltering economy.  Direct sales from farms to consumers grew 215% from 1992-2007. The average farmer in NC is 57 years old and looking forward to retirement. We need new farmers to meet the demand for locally grown food in North Carolina. More and more families are looking at ways to supplement their incomes and put their land into something productive. Quite often, I’m faced with the question, “I have some land that I want to do something with… but I don’t know what.  Can you tell me what I can grow and make some money?”  This is an open-ended question, because the success of an agricultural venture really depends on the market and the operator. A successful business starts with a good plan and lots of research, and agriculture is no different. In response to this situation, Cooperative Extension Agents from several counties have developed The Foothills Farm School, a training program for beginning and transitioning farmers. The six-month educational program focuses on operating successful small-scale, sustainable farms. The school offers six seminars taught by agricultural professionals, which give farmers the tools to develop sustainable farming operations.  Session topics include business planning, marketing, and fruit and vegetable production, among others. The school also includes six field trips to working farms, led by innovative, experienced farmers and agricultural professionals. Participants learn low-cost, sustainable farming methods in a range of production systems, including fruits, vegetables, livestock, and specialty crops. Classes meet at the Catawba County Extension Center on the first Tuesday of the month beginning in January from 6 to 8:30 pm. Farm field days are typically on the fourth Thursday of the month from 9 am to 3 pm.  Farm field days will take place at various farms throughout the Foothills. Space is limited. Registration deadline is Friday, December 6, and costs are as follows: one person, $250 and $50 for each additional person. The application can be found at this link and payment should be mailed to Caldwell County Extension Service, 120 Hospital Ave, NE Suite 1, Lenoir, NC 28645. For more information, contact the Gaston Cooperative Extension Service by calling 704.922.2112.

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New Peak-Season Soil
Testing Fee

The Appropriations Act of 2013 contains a provision to implement a new soil-testing fee.  Pending final approval by the Board of Agriculture, a $4 fee will be charged for all soil samples processed by the NCDA&CS Agronomic Division during its busiest season: December through March. There will still be no fee from April through November. Read complete details HERE.

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2016 Eligibility Cards popular

All youth interested in showing in 4-H Qualifying Shows or the NC State 4-H Horse Show will need to complete a 2016 Eligibility Card.  There have been some changes to the eligibility card MORE » – from   Equine Husbandry

National Radon Action Month – January 2016

Did You Know? Radon is: an odorless, colorless, tasteless and naturally-occurring radioactive gas. produced through natural decay of uranium found in most rocks/soils can enter homes through cracks and holes in foundation number MORE »

4-H Training Opportunities

4-H Training Opportunities Start the new year with new ideas. Workshops planned for 4-H Club leaders, teen leaders, and parents. * Saturday, January 9 – 4-H Volunteer Academy A variety of morning workshops MORE »

ECA Educational Scholarship Opportunity

Each year NC Extension & Community Association, Inc. (ECA) offers educational scholarships to NC youth and adults who are pursuing a college education in North Carolina. The purpose of the scholarship is to MORE »

“Dining In” for Healthy Families

Family & Consumer Sciences Day – December 3, 2015 “Dining In” for Healthy Families You and your family are invited to participate in the Family & Consumer Sciences Day on December 3, 2015 — “Dining In” for Healthy MORE »

Farm City Poster Contest Winners

In conjunction with the 62nd annual Cleveland County Farm City Week, NC Cooperative Extension Cleveland County Center and Cleveland County Farm Bureau sponsored a poster contest for youth in 5th – 7th grade. MORE »

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4-H Livestock Club MeetingMon Feb 8, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
130 S Post Rd, Shelby, NC 28152, USA
— 2 days away
Shiitake Mushroom Workshop Rescheduled due to weatherSat Feb 13, 2016
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Where:
Thomas Lewis Farm
— 6 days away
4-H Livestock ClubMon Mar 14, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
130 S Post Rd, Shelby, NC 28152, USA
— 1 month away
Pesticide SchoolTue Mar 29 - Wed Mar 30, 2016 - ALL DAY Where:
130 S Post Rd, Shelby, NC 28152, USA
— 2 months away
4-H Livestock ClubMon Apr 11, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
130 S Post Rd, Shelby, NC 28152, USA
— 2 months away
Cleveland County Household Hazardous Waste CollectionSat Apr 16, 2016
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM— 2 months away
4-H Livestock ClubMon May 9, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
130 S Post Rd, Shelby, NC 28152, USA
— 3 months away
4-H Livestock ClubMon Jun 13, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
130 S Post Rd, Shelby, NC 28152, USA
— 4 months away
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