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Making agricultural tracks

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TURKEY — As chickens made clucking noises on her farm, Sharon Funderburk tilted her head back and noticed a bird soaring through the sky.“They’re so graceful and beautiful,” Funderburk said about the Mississippi kite which nest and hunts in the area.She often catches a glimpse of the small birds of prey, but has yet to see a much larger creature — a bear.“We’ve seen the tracks, but we haven’t seen the bear,” Funderburk said about the lack of sightings on her land, officially called Beartrack Farm.What began as just field and trees now includes gardens, grain bins, a solar green house, barns and habitats for 12 animal species.

 

Time is now to prepare for Peanut Festival

DUBLIN — Peanut Festival organizers are now accepting applications for the Dublin Peanut Festival $1,000.00 Scholarship pageant to be held Saturday, Sept. 13 at Dublin Elementary School multipurpose building/gymnasium. The pageant begins at 7 p.m. Application deadline is Aug. 21. Apply now online at Facebook.com/DPFScholarshipPageant.Festival organizers are also accepting applications for craft and food vendors. Food vendor application deadline is Sept. 5, with no exceptions....

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Is the Extension Master Gardener program right for me?

To help you decide if you should apply to become a Extension Master Gardenersm volunteer, ask yourself these question:• Do I want to learn more about growing many types of plants?• Am I eager to participate in a practical and intense training program?• Do I look forward to sharing my knowledge with people in my community?• Do I have enough time to attend training sessions and to serve as a volunteer?If you answered...

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Westbrook Grange to dedicate walking trail

NEWTON GROVE – Along with members of Westbrook Grange, Carolyn Jernigan is looking forward to enjoying a picnic with community members and honoring families.The Westbrook Grange July Picnic will be held Saturday, July 19 at the Westbrook Community Building, 4431 Newton Grove Highway, Newton Grove.A path, “Westbrook Grange Walking Trail,” will be dedicated at 4:45 p.m. in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Ethridge Bass and Mr. and Mrs. Maxton Bass. It was designed ...

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No surprise Sampson is still an ag powerhouse

Data collected for the 2012 USDA Census of Agriculture has recently been publicized, and as expected, Sampson County is still leading in a multitude of areas. As we are fully into the harvest season, I thought it might be interesting to take a moment to review where we rank in North Carolina, as well as nationally. In some areas we can also compare how things have changed from the previous census, taken in 2007.Sampson county census data reveals that we now have 1067 farms, an 11% ...

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Leading the Pack

As an educator,Elizabeth Pack wants to make an impact on her students at Lakewood High School so they can perhaps change the world.“In my wildest dreams I would love to be that teacher who inspires that student who totally overcomes the fuel and energy crisis,” she said. “That would be the coolest thing.”Along with her college training, a development program for educators will help her do that.Pack is member of the 2015 Kenan Fellows Pr...

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Lack of rain slows hay output

Hurricane Arthur could spoil July Fourth holiday plans for Carolinians, but many hay producers in Sampson County may actually welcome it, or the rain from the storm, at least.With the year halfway over, the majority of hay production in the area is about three weeks behind due to lack of rain.Paul Gonzalez, an agriculture extension agent for the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service in Sampson County, said it has not been plentiful.“If it continue...

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USDA offers PEDV reporting instructions, other details

The USDA has followed up with more specifics on how to understand and comply with its Federal Order on June 5 that requires pork producers, veterinarians and diagnostic labs to report presumptive or confirmed positive occurrences of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV), Porcine Deltacoronavirus, (PDCoV) or other swine enteric coronavirus diseases (SECDs) that meet the case definition. The details currently available, including the newly revised SECD Herd Plan Requirements and other instruct...

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4-H District Horse Show winner

Courtesy photoMegan Merritt, daughter of Jackie and Joey Merritt of Waycross, recently placed third in the Texas Barrells, fourth in Barrells, and first in Pole Bending at the Southeast District Show in Williamston. This qualifies her to continue on to the state Horse Show in July. Sampson 4-H staff said they wished Merritt the best of luck and were proud to have her representing Sampson County. Anyone interested in information about the 4-H Horse Club or other 4-H activities call ...

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Power from the earth

GODWIN — Inside an office on his Sampson County farm, Tom Jackson looked out the window and pointed at his home, describing the movements of the sun.“In the winter, the sun comes up way back in the east and it goes way across the sky and it shines right in my house,” he said, slowly moving his arm as he described the process. “In the summer it comes up further around the west and goes overhead and throws that shadow down.”Jackson and his wif...

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