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NCHP, farmers weigh concerns

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Dozens of Highway Patrol officials, including the state commander himself, joined Sen. Brent Jackson for a educational seminar informing local farmers of the rules and regulations regarding weight limits, agricultural exemptions for vehicle and load weight and how inspections are conducted in the field.The goal, Jackson and Highway Patrol leaders said, was to hash out any misunderstandings concerning new laws, discuss them and get on the same page.“This is just a conversation we’re trying to have to get to what we need to know,” Jackson said. “We just wanted to have an open and honest discussion.”

 

Peak-season soil fee period announced for 2014-15

Growers and home gardeners or landscapers are reminded to send in their soil samples to the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Agronomic Services Lab by Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. to avoid upcoming peak-season fees.There will be a $4 fee per sample for those received during the lab’s peak-processing time of Nov. 25 through March 31. Samples received before Nov. 25 or after March 31 will be processed without a fee. Most soil samples for home grounds and gardens...

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Hobbton FFA takes part of UMO land judging clinic

MOUNT OLIVE — The University of Mount Olive (UMO) Agriculture Education Department recently hosted a land judging clinic at Cherry Research Station in Goldsboro. Students participating in the event came from high schools in Alamance, Bertie, Brunswick, Cumberland, Johnston, Lenoir, Sampson, and Wayne counties.According to Stephen Edwards, UMO assistant professor of agriculture education, the event serves two purposes. Edwards said, “Number one, this event is a good way ...

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Haulin’ Ag Part 1 – Resources and your driver’s license

Having the right type of driver’s license and tags on your vehicle sounds simple enough, but is it? If you are hauling agricultural commodities and livestock, there are certainly rules and guidelines to be familiar with. This is just one component to remember when driving on public roads, hauling ag commodities. There are many guidelines to follow and be familiar with. Today, let’s focus on the driver’s license.First, we need to think about what, who, where, and h...

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Jackson receives Friends of Forestry Award

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Forestry Association (NCFA) recognized North Carolina State Senator Brent Jackson with its 2014 Friend of Forestry Award last Thursday at the association’s annual meeting at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro.

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North Carolina poultry farmers are ahead of other states

Please read the following article “Study: Fertilizing with Poultry Litter at the Right Time” that was printed in the Sept. 26, 2014, issue of World Poultry News. It basically proves what Cooperative Extension and other agencies in North Carolina have been teaching and promoting for several years.

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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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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 wh...

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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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