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Warsaw votes against NOVI; potential third request up in air

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WARSAW — NOVI Energy hit another roadblock in its pursuit to locate an anaerobic digester plant in this area, with the Warsaw Planning Commission voting against the proposed site request Thursday night in a split vote.That request for NOVI Carolina Digester II, proposed for Bruce Costin Road, just outside West Park-Duplin County Business and Industry Center Industrial Park, was struck down in a 3-2 vote. The town’s code enforcement officer Ed Collins said the matter was initially going to be continued until next month so more information could be attained, and a more detailed site plan, could be received from the applicant.

 

Mdiway FFA chapter awarded grant

RALEIGH – Midway High School FFA Chapter has been awarded a program improvement grant from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission. These funds will be used to purchase a front end loader for the agriculture departments tractor. This piece of equipment will help maintain the farm land being used for the benefit of the students enrolled in Midway’s agriculture program .

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The anticipation of federal aid for PEDv losses slim

Many pork producers are wondering and have asked, “Is there any financial assistance available from the federal government for a hog producer that has suffered losses from Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv)?”Several US senators, including North Carolina’s Kay Hagan, have urged the US Department of Agriculture to increase their efforts in the PEDv battle, asking for assistance with vaccine development efforts and have stressed the need for financial aid to pork...

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HCA FFA places at federation competitions

The Harrells Christian Academy FFA continued their busy spring on April 8th by competing at the federation level in a number of different contests. The contests were held at Hobbton High School. Eight different HCA students competed in four different competitions, including Parliamentary Procedure, Prepared Public Speaking, Extemporaneous Public Speaking and FFA Creed. The Parliamentary Procedure team, consisting of Amos Lanier, Will Huff, Anna Burgess, Rachel Bland, Blake Phillips and Holden...

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Lakewood Hunter Safety team advances

The Lakewood FFA Chapter competed in the 2014 District 4 Youth Hunter Education Safety Skills Tournament on Tuesday, March 25 and earned a second place finish, advancing them to the skills tournament later this month.The event was held at the Coharie Shooting League facility near Clinton. Lakewood placed second in the 22 Caliber Rifle competition. Lakewood also placed second overall in the tournament. The team will now advance to the NC Hunter Skills State Youth Tournament on April...

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Lakewood FFA earns grant

RALEIGH — The Lakewood FFA Chapter has been awarded a $5,000 program improvement grant from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission. These funds will be used to purchase additional welders as well as the renovation of the welding booths for the Agriculture Education Program at Lakewood High School. During its 2013 grant cycle, the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission awarded a grant of $180,000 to the North Carolina FFA Foundation to distribute for its Agricultural Education Improv...

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FFA members participate in state leadership conference

GREENSBORO — Members from the Lakewood FFA Chapter participated in the 2014 MEGA Conference conducted by the NC FFA Association on March 23-24.“MEGA Conference provides students with an opportunity to explore the FFA and learn ways to impact their chapters after returning home,” said Gerald Barlowe, NC FFA state advisor. “Students that participate in this conference are the future leaders of this organization.”

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Identifying and managing fire ants

Question: How can I identify and manage fire ants?Answer: Fire Ants can be identified several ways. One way to identify this species of fire ants is by knowing their biological traits. The adult fire ants are reddish to dark brown color. There are several different adult fire ants you should know about. The first one is known as the minor worker fire ant. They are about one-eighth of an inch in length. Next is the major worker, which is about one-quarter of an inch in length. Third...

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‘Southern’ sensation

GARLAND — Barbecue is more than just food for Matthew and Jessica Register. It’s home, family and the fondest memories of growing up in eastern North Carolina — a tasty, deep-rooted tradition they want to pass on to others.“I think anybody who has grown up in eastern North Carolina has grown up on barbecue,” said Matthew. “We love food … and we love barbecue.”“And we both love to cook,” Jessica added.

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USDA encourages early registration for FSA programs

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency administrator Juan M. Garcia recently recommended that farmers and ranchers who plan to participate in FSA programs register in advance. Producers are encouraged to report farm records and business structure changes to a local FSA Service Center before April 15, 2014.Enrollment for the disaster programs authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, including the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) and the Livestock...

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Be part of the celebration

Springtime is upon us. Flowers are blooming, trees are budding, tractors are active in the fields. Plans are well underway for our Extension Centennial Celebration and events that are leading up to that exciting day for Cooperative Extension.Are you planning to join us? For those that travel highway 421, you can see the many events we have planned on the marquee near our driveway. We welcome anyone to visit and attend these events, but especially want to highlight two main events: ...

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Midway FFA members take part in state leadership conference

GREENSBORO — Members of the Midway High School FFA participated in the 2014 MEGA conference conducted by the NC FFA Association March 23-24.“MEGA Conference provides students with an opportunity to explore the FFA and learn ways to impact their chapters after returning home,” said Gerald Barlowe, state FFA ad visor. “Students that participate in this conference are the future leaders of our organization.”

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Butterball CEO urges consumers to celebrate ag’s role

In classrooms and communities across the country on March 25, Americans young and old honored National Agriculture Day with an array of celebrations from region to region. That’s appropriate and essential. As CEO of the familiar Butterball brand, we rely on and value family farms for grain that feeds our turkeys and the farmers that raise them.And while the nation’s farms continue to shrink, the 2.1 million[1] that remain are strong, bigger than before, more efficient, ...

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Tree plants seed in students

A seed for the future was planted Friday, on Arbor Day, through fifth-grade students at Midway Elementary School. Students and teachers teamed up with Just-A-Mere Garden Club to plant a tree to beautify and improve the landscape at the school.Gavin Garrett and Emma Clark, two of the fifth-graders, picked up shovels and worked with the assistance of the garden club members to plant a tree near their classrooms as part of the program Friday afternoon.Help planting was also...

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NCHC regional caucuses: Reaching out across NC

The North Carolina Horse Council has established Regional Caucuses throughout the state so that they can truly represent horse owners’ interests.The caucuses are face to face meetings of members of the equine community or members of the North Carolina Horse Council for the purpose of discussing and promoting the affairs of the equine industry. The basic goal is to protect and enhance the North Carolina Equine Industry and to further the understanding and acceptance of equine ...

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Fire ant activity will soon begin

It is Spring and Red Imported Fire Ants will soon be on the move. It is now time to begin thinking about controlling fire ants.Fire ants forage for food during the spring and fall and prefer oily and greasy foods, but they also feed on other insects. They are most active when temperatures are between 70 and 85 degrees F. Hopefully we will soon start having days with these temperatures.

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