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Someone’s 100th birthday is a huge milestone and should be celebrated in style. Brenda Thompson didn’t think any differently when she made the Cooperative Extension’s gift commemorating their centennial celebration.Thompson was asked to make a handmade quilt, representing everything the Cooperative Extension represents. The quilt features 20 different squares, each depicting a different part of the Cooperative Extension.“I started working on it when Patricia (Burch) called me and asked me about quilting it,” Thompson said earlier this week. “It was the beginning of January when she called me and I got started on it right away.”

 

Testing your hay is money qell apent

With the cooler nights and shorter days comes the chore of feeding hay. No doubt some of you have already started feeding hay to your cattle. Those who aren’t, I’m sure soon will be. One management practice that should go hand in hand with hay feeding is testing your hay. This is a service from the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS). A simple test can save you a lot of heartache down the road. Most of you will just have your hay tested for nitrate levels,...

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Round Robin event Oct. 4

Staff at the Sampson County 4-H, a department of the Cooperative Extension, offered their thanks recently to Performance Automotive of Clinton for sponsoring a new event this fall called the Round Robin Showmanship Invitational.Being held at the Sampson County Livestock Facility on Oct. 4 at 10:30 a.m., the 15 best showmen from the Eastern Carolina Showmanship Circuit will earn points for exhibiting a pig, calf, goat, and lamb. All animals will be provided, making the occasion a tr...

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Successful ‘bounty’ delivered

See related editorial A4The United Way of Sampson County raised more than $11,000 as part of a recent fundraising feast, a bounty that came out of the abundant giving of many in the community, from farmers to chefs and sponsors to diners.United Way’s “Outstanding in Our Fields: The Bounty,” was held this past Saturday at the South River Lodge, an exclusive farm-to-table dining experience featuring six courses of ...

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Test soil now to avoid new peak-season testing fee

In today’s economy, consumers are always looking for ways to save money. One of the most practical ways to save money is to have your soil tested. Soil testing is a service provided by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services at their Agronomic Division in Raleigh.

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Cape Fear Farm Credit accepting apps Planner Program

FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Farm Credit is now accepting applications for the sixth class to participate in an e-learning financial and business planning course. The Ag Biz Planner curriculum includes financial and business planning, budgeting and other money matters essential to a farm’s success.

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Donors key to UW’s ‘Bounty’

When Charlene Jacobs was approached about donating freshwater prawns for Sampson County United Way’s upcoming fundraising feast, she immediately championed the request with her board knowing it could help the community and showcase what might be a lesser-known piece of the local agricultural landscape.That is the whole aim of United Way’s “Outstanding in Our Fields: The Bounty,” set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the South River Lodge. It is a farm to tab...

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Share the road with your neighbors

Agriculture is the largest industry for Sampson County. With that said, there is no magic path to connect farmers to their fields without being on the highway. Just like other motorist, farmers are legally entitled to travel the highway with their slow moving farm equipment. Statistics from the NC Department of Labor report 51 percent of all farm equipment related accidents result in injury or death.

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Whole Hog Barbecue championship returns to Raleigh

RALEIGH —For the second year in succession, the leading whole hog cooking teams in North Carolina will soon battle hog to hog to determine the pork barbecue cooking champion, as part of Raleigh’s hugely-successful International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) Wide Open Bluegrass festival.The championship will also be supported this year by a brand-new website (wholehogbarbecue.com). The North Carolina Pork Council (NCPC) calls the new website the “defin...

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Animal waste operators year end reminders

As the end of the year fast approaches, I would like to take this opportunity to extend some friendly reminders to our county pig producers. If you are a swine farmer that has an Animal Waste Operator Certification, please be reminded to send in your ten-dollar annual fee. This ten-dollar fee is a requirement each year in order to keep your Animal Waste Operators Certification valid and can easily be forgotten.

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Rescued horses forfeited, adopted out in short order

It did not take long for dozens of horses to get new homes, in the wake of a civil lawsuit brought in an animal cruelty case and the equine forfeiture by their accused and now-previous owner last week.“They are at this point forfeited to the county and we are in the process of adopting them out,” Animal Control Sgt. Jessica Kittrell said. “The majority of them have been adopted out. There are a few that are going to have to continue to be fostered because they bir...

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Ag Ed student grows in faith, education at UMO

MOUNT OLIVE — For so many students, the time spent away at college is the best years of their lives. With the abundance of opportunities for self-growth and independence, life at college proves to be rewarding in so many aspects of a student’s life. That has certainly been the case for Paige Herring, a senior at the University of Mount Olive and a member of Spring Hill OFWB Church.Herring’s journey to UMO started early. Being from Wayne County, she attended Rosewo...

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‘Bounty’ support abounds, tickets still on sale

A dining experience featuring five courses of locally-grown ingredients shaped into expertly-prepared delicacies, all to raise money for community-based initiatives, is now just a few weeks away — and tickets can still be snatched up.Nancy Carr, director of Sampson County’s United Way, said tickets are still available for the exclusive smorgasbord, which has already benefited from nearly a dozen sponsors and 20 businesses supplying a plethora of in-kind donations to dat...

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McIntyre presents Clinton with $1.76M Chemtex check

A federal grant that will pay half the cost to extend infrastructure to a historic economic development project in Clinton was ceremoniously presented to city officials by Congressman Mike McIntyre Wednesday.Federal grant funding in the amount of $1,758,150 was actually awarded to the city in June to construct water and sewer infrastructure to support the future Chemtex (Carolina Cellulosic Biofuels) plant. The biofuels project is anticipated to bring 65 jobs and more than $150 mil...

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4-H Prestage Round Up Youth Livestock ShowSampson County 4-H would like to thank Prestage Farms for sponsoring their 18th annual youth livestock show. Around 40 head of cattle and 100 lambs were exhibited by youth from fifteen different counties from across eastern North Carolina. Youth had the opportunity to show their animal during a market or breeding class and again during the showmanship contest. The Big Blue Store of Clinton contributed prizes for three age divisions during t...

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Rescued horses may soon be forfeited, adopted out

Sampson law enforcement, citizens and numerous donors have ensured that dozens of horses receive proper care following their rescue from “disgusting” conditions two months ago in an animal cruelty case that now has pending civil and criminal implications.Those horses may soon be adopted to new homes if a $15,000 bond is not paid by the previous owner by this week.The removal of the animals from a Bob Rupert Lane property in northern Sampson, near Dunn, in mid...

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