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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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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 four garden spaces since its’ beginning. Spaces are 500 square feet each and are tilled. Gardeners must supply their own fertilizer, seeds and plants and agree to abide by garden regulations. There is a charge of twenty five dollars per garden spot. It is requested that a portion of each gardener’s produce be donated to Macon County Care Net. In the past four years, the community garden has provided a substantial amount of fresh vegetables to Care Net for distribution to those in need. For an application or more information, call North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Macon Center, at 349-2046.

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Amazing Grazing

“Amazing Grazing” is the title of NC State university’s pasture-based livestock education program.  Please join NC Cooperative Extension this Saturday, May 2 from 9:00 am til 2:00 pm at 1469 Sugarfork Road for this informative program.  The three major themes of the Amazing Grazing Program include:  Improved Profitability (Haying is one of the most expensive activities we undertake on livestock farms), Improved Animal Health and Well Being (Good pasture management including rotational grazing improves temperament of the animals), and Improved Environmental Sustainability (Improving your grazing management does many things to improve the environment).  When these three themes can be achieved in a production system, it becomes clear that pasture-based systems are good for farmers, good for their neighbors, and good for our non-farming population.  For more information, call Pam Bell, 421-2909 or Rob Hawk, 736-6919.  The program will be outside so dress appropriately.

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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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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 starting at 2 pm. We’ll cover apples, peaches, pears and cherries as well as blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and grapes. Please call 349-2046 to pre-register. The class on vegetable gardens will be Thursday, April 14 at the Cooperative Extension Center starting at 2 pm. Topics will include selecting a garden site, soil testing and fertilizer, varieties, and disease and insect management. There is no cost but pre-registration is requested. To register or for more information contact Macon County Cooperative Extension at 349-2046.

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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

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Pasture Field Day and Amazing Grazing Program

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