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Extension and research at NC State address timely issues impacting our state. Extension delivers trusted information directly into the hands of farmers and agribusinesses, helping them translate knowledge into solutions that grow our economy and communities.

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Buttercup Control

It is that time of year again. In the next couple of weeks, that familiar golden blanket will engulf many …

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Small Ruminant Workshop

SMALL RUMINANT WORKSHOP MARCH 30, 2019 WNC Regional Livestock Center, Canton, NC Workshop Agenda 9:30 a.m. Registration/Sponsor Visit 10 a.m. Welcome 10 a.m. Vitamins and …

About the Onion...

The onion belongs to the lily family, Amaryllidaceae, and the genus, Allium. Alliums are perennial herbs with bulbous, onion-scented …

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Plant Bulbs Now for Spring

Now’s the time to think spring; to conjure thoughts of yellow daffodils and bright tulips, of hyacinths and even …

Food Safety Modernization Act Workshop

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Macon County Center will offer a workshop for small farms on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The …

Mosquito Control Around the Home

Mosquitoes are important pests because their biting activity often interferes with outdoor activities. They may transmit disease organisms to …

Pesticide Disposal Day

N.C. Cooperative Extension, Macon County, will hold a pesticide disposal/collection day in cooperation with the N.C. Department of …

Apple Grafting Workshop

The Macon County Center of NC Cooperative Extension will hold a grafting workshop on Tuesday, March 13. The class …

Shiitake Mushroom Workshop

NC Cooperative Extension will hold a class on “Growing Shiitake Mushrooms”. The class will be Tuesday, February 27, …

Recent Publications related to Agriculture & Food

Figure 2. Fitting the top in place.

Cool and Ship: A Low-Cost, Portable Forced-Air Cooling Unit

This publication gives instruction for building and using an inexpensive postharvest cooling system. The cool …

Figure 1. The effects of temperature on the growth of Monolinia

Chlorination and Postharvest Disease Control

At present, chlorination is one of the few chemical options available to help manage postharvest …

Figure 1. Liquid icing single cartons of produce.

Crushed and Liquid Ice Cooling

This publication is intended to help growers, packers, and shippers of fresh produce make informed …

Figure 1. Typical conventional hydrocooler.

Hydrocooling

This publication is intended to help growers, packers, and shippers of fresh produce make informed …

Figure 1. Cooling time for various airflow rates.

Forced-Air Cooling

This publication covers the characteristics and benefits of forced-air cooling to cool fresh produce to …

Figure 1. Common produce packages.

Design of Room Cooling Facilities: Structural & Energy Requirements

Proper temperature control is essential to protecting the quality of fresh produce. By constructing and …

Growing Blueberries in the Home Garden

Blueberries can be grown in home gardens anywhere in North Carolina if the right species …

Illustration of a red raspberry trellis

Raspberries in the Home Garden

In the case of specialty or non-traditional small fruit crops in the Southeast, red raspberries …