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FIRE ANT QUARANTINE
AREA EXPANDED

The N.C. Department of Agriculture will expand the state quarantine area for the imported fire ant to include all of Graham, Halifax and Macon counties effective January 1, 2016. With this expansion, seventy-four North Carolina counties are now included in the quarantine area. Under quarantine rules, residents and business owners in these counties will need to obtain a permit before moving plants, sod and related equipment into or through non-infested areas. Certificates can be obtained from local NCDA plant protection specialist, Jim Corbin or by contacting the NCDA Plant Protection Section at 800-206-9333 or 919-707-3730. Items requiring a permit include nursery stock, sod, soil, hay and straw, logs or pulpwood with soil, and soil-moving equipment. Also, the movement of any other products, items or infested materials that present a risk of spread from established imported fire ant areas to non-infested areas is prohibited. Failure to obtain the needed inspections and certifications may result in the issuance of a stop-sale notice and rejection or destruction of the regulated article by NCDA. The quarantine is intended to slow fire ant movement into non-infested areas of the state. NCDA continues efforts to monitor the spread of this pest and address mitigation or control measures. The imported fire ant is considered to be a nuisance and a health concern to humans, livestock and wildlife due to its painful sting. More information on Imported Fire Ant Quarantine can be found at http://www.ncagr.gov/plantindustry/plant/entomology/IFA.htm or by contacting your local Cooperative Extension Center.

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NC Cooperative Extension Service

FIRE ANT QUARANTINE
AREA EXPANDED

The N.C. Department of Agriculture will expand the state quarantine area for the imported fire ant to include all of Graham, Halifax and Macon counties effective January 1, 2016. With this expansion, seventy-four North Carolina counties are now included in the quarantine area. Under quarantine rules, residents and business owners in these counties will need to obtain a permit before moving plants, sod and related equipment into or through non-infested areas. Certificates can be obtained from local NCDA plant protection specialist, Jim Corbin or by contacting the NCDA Plant Protection Section at 800-206-9333 or 919-707-3730. Items requiring a permit include nursery stock, sod, soil, hay and straw, logs or pulpwood with soil, and soil-moving equipment. Also, the movement of any other products, items or infested materials that present a risk of spread from established imported fire ant areas to non-infested areas is prohibited. Failure to obtain the needed inspections and certifications may result in the issuance of a stop-sale notice and rejection or destruction of the regulated article by NCDA. The quarantine is intended to slow fire ant movement into non-infested areas of the state. NCDA continues efforts to monitor the spread of this pest and address mitigation or control measures. The imported fire ant is considered to be a nuisance and a health concern to humans, livestock and wildlife due to its painful sting. More information on Imported Fire Ant Quarantine can be found at http://www.ncagr.gov/plantindustry/plant/entomology/IFA.htm or by contacting your local Cooperative Extension Center.

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Junior Gardeners
Club

What is one of the best parts of summer? FRESH VEGETABLES! Come learn how to raise a garden, all about soil fertility, plant care and how to grow your own food. What: Participants will build a small garden planter to take home and tend throughout the summer.  We will meet once per month to talk about how to make our garden grow. When: First meeting and building the garden bed on Saturday May 9th at 2:00pm Where: Cooperative Extension parking lot Other items to know: part of this project will be to record what you did in your garden and to prepare a project record book. If you need help transporting your garden bed home, please let us know.  Please call and sign up to build a gardening box by May 7th.

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Master Gardener Plant
Sale

Macon County Master Gardener Association will be hosting their 14th Annual Plant Sale.  The sale is Saturday, May 14, 2016, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm, at The Macon County Environmental Resource Center, 1624 Lakeside Drive, Franklin, NC 28734 (next to the landfill). All proceeds from the sales go to further development and maintenance of the ERC.

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Local Foods

North Carolina Cooperative Extension is an enthusiastic supporter of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems’ (CEFS) initiative to build the state’s local food economy, from farm to fork. Cooperative Extension is the face of Macon County's local foods initiative, helping to promote North Carolina’s 10% Campaign and to guide efforts to develop a local food economy. The Macon County Center Local Foods contact is Sherrie Peeler. To get more information or to sign up for the 10% Local Foods Campaign click the link below. http://www.nc10percent.com

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4-H Poultry
Project

Would you like to learn about and raise chickens? We have had many requests from 4-Her to start a chicken-raising group. Well, here we go! What: Participants will receive 1-2 chickens to raise throughout the summer and early fall. We will meet once per month to learn all about chickens, bird health, showmanship and other important information. At the Macon County Fair, we will have a special class for 4-H raised birds. When: Organizational meeting will be on Tuesday May 19th at 5:30. Please call to let us know you are interested. 349-2046 Where: Cooperative Extension Office Other items to know: a part of this project is attending meetings and completing a project record book about your experience. You will need to have a Coop to house your chickens.

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Master Gardener Plant Sale

Macon County Master Gardener Association will be hosting their 14th Annual Plant Sale.  The sale is Saturday, May 14, 2016, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, at The Macon County Environmental Resource Center, 1624 MORE »

Mummy Berries in Blueberries

Mummy berry, scientific name Monilinia vaccinii-corymbosi, is a fungal disease of major importance in northern and southern highbush blueberry regions.  It causes considerable damage to the fruit and can cause a grower to MORE »

Backyard Fruits and Vegetables

NC Cooperative Extension in Macon County will be holding classes on “Vegetable Gardening” and on “Growing Backyard Fruit”. Growing Backyard Fruit will be held on Monday, April 11 at the Cooperative Extension Center MORE »

2016 Community Garden Taking Applications

The Macon County Community Garden Committee is now taking applications for garden space in the 2016 Community Garden. The community garden is in its’ sixth season. It has grown from sixteen to twenty MORE »

Tips for Keeping Backyard Chickens

Spring is here and many folks are purchasing baby chicks for their backyard flocks.  Here are a few tips and reminders to help you be more successful with your backyard flock: 1. Select MORE »

Pasture Field Day and Amazing Grazing Program

Pasture Field Day will be held on Saturday, April 23 at the Stan Bryson Farm on Cullowhee Mountain Road.  Dr. Matt Poore will be speaking about the Amazing Grazing program.  amazing Grazing is MORE »

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Nantahala 4-H ClubMon May 2, 2016
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM— 12 hours ago
EPICSMon May 9, 2016
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM— 7 days away
NeedlersTue May 10, 2016
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM— 1 week away
AIRE due to Cooperative Extension OfficeWed May 11 - Wed May 11, 2016 - ALL DAY— 1 week away
ArcheryWed May 11, 2016
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM— 1 week away
4-H Presentation Work NightThu May 12 - Thu May 12, 2016 - ALL DAY— 1 week away
Citizenship Focus Applications Due to Extension OfficeFri May 13 - Fri May 13, 2016 - ALL DAY— 1 week away
Crafty CraftersFri May 13, 2016
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM— 2 weeks away
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