Davidson County Center
August News
Visitors to the Farm: The Importance of NC Cooperative Extension, Biosecurity, & Food Safety
Join NC Cooperative Extension and the NC Agromedicine Institute on Friday, July 31 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:15 a.m. for "Visitors to the Farm: The Importance of NC Cooperative Extension, Biosecurity & Food Safety.

Speakers include:
  • A. Richard Bonanno, Ph.D., Director NC State Extension, Associate Dean, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences – NC State University
  • Dr. Otto (Chip) Simmons, III, MSPH, Ph.D. Area Specialized Agent, Fresh Produce Safety - Eastern NC – NC State University
  • Richard Goforth, Specialized Area Poultry Agent, South Central North Carolina, NC Cooperative Extension - Harnett County Center

Join the webinar online or by phone (1-240-454-0879).
  • Meeting number (access code): 120 976 0680
  • Meeting password: 073120

For more information, contact Dr. Robin Tutor Marcom at
Youth for the Quality Care of Livestock Animals
Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) certification is "designed to be useful and help prepare you for your (livestock) show, but also prepare you as a young producer in (the) animal agriculture industry. That’s why the program includes information on multiple species even though you may only be raising one or two – we hope that you see that by raising animals you are part of a larger community that relies on the good faith of everyone doing their part. Also, we hope this training continues to spark your interest in animal agriculture so that you consider pursuing a career in the industry or becoming an entrepreneur and continuing to raise animals to meet the demands of a growing world.”

The focus of the Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) training is on three core pillars: food safety, animal well-being, and character development. This training does meet the Pork Quality Assurance requirements for swine being shown at the NC State Fair. The course will be held via the online platform, Zoom, Friday, July 31 at 10:30 a.m. and should conclude before noon. Registration is $5, and includes three parts:
  • Eventbrite registration
  • Use the coupon code that will be sent to you on Friday, July 24 to sign-up on the Youth for the Quality Care of Animals site.
  • A Zoom link will then be emailed to you which will require you to enter your name the morning of July 31 in order to enter the program

Register using Eventbrite. Please do NOT register through any other websites. Be looking for an email after July 24 from awbowman@ncsu.edu with the “next steps” to finish processing your registration.
Unsolicited Foreign Seed Warning Released from NCDA
N.C. residents warned not to plant unsolicited foreign
seed sent to them
RALEIGH – North Carolina residents who have received seed shipments that they did not order from China or other foreign sources are advised not to plant these seeds because they could be a pathway for introduction of invasive species, insects and plant diseases.

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has been contacted by numerous people who have received the seeds, which are likely the product of an international internet scam known as “brushing.” “According to the Better Business Bureau, foreign, third-party sellers use your address and Amazon information to generate a fake sale and positive review to boost their product ratings,” said Phil Wilson, director of the Plant Industry Division. 

“Seeds are just one of the items used in this scam, however, you could receive other inexpensive items such as rubber bands, plastic toys, or empty bags.”  This type of international shipment of plant material is unlawful and NCDA&CS asks anyone who received one of these unsolicited foreign shipments to save the contents along with all shipping labels and contact the Plant Industry Division toll free at 800-206-9333 or email at  newpest@ncagr.gov.   Plant Industry staff will contact you to gather information and pick up the package.

North Carolina residents are not in violation of any regulations if they received these shipments, but they are the key to identifying and stopping future shipments. 

Managing Predators with a Small or Backyard Poultry Flock
When raising chickens, predators can be a serious issue - whether you live in a rural or urban area. We have put together a panel of specialists from different parts of the country to discuss how to handle predator problems,
  • Introduction / Overview - Jon Moyle, MD
  • Rachel Lynn Dennis – covering Indiana, Michigan, Maryland and Virginia
  • Greg Martin – Pennsylvania area
  • Ashley Wright – Arizona area
  • Wayne Martin – Minnesota area

This workshop, hosted by eXtension, will be held virtually on August 4 at 3 p.m.

Pesticide Trainings
Davidson County Extension will be hosting two Pesticide Trainings through Zoom. In this workshop, you will learn about the Red Imported Fire Ant (FIFA), how it spreads, and how to treat the mounds. We will also be discussing pesticide applicator equipment (focusing on preventing spills and accidents) and application equipment maintenance and cleaning the system.

Registration for the workshops is online. Click the date and time below that works best for your schedule to register.

Please have your pesticide license number ready when completing the registration.

Two hours of pesticide credit in the following categories B, D, G, H, K, L, N, O, & X have been applied for. If you need pesticide credits, you must join the zoom with your camera on and participate in the entire workshop to receive credit.

Zoom is a video conferencing application. If you have never used zoom before, you can use it with your tablet, smart phone, or computer. Please  read this article and download zoom on your device. If you have questions about zoom, or want to join a zoom session before the event, please email Sara Drake, Livestock Extension Agent.
Upcoming Poultry Virtual Workshops
Join us for any of the upcoming Backyard Poultry Programs that you are interested in. These will be held virtually through Zoom.

Selling, Handling, and Storage of Pasture Poultry Products in NC
August 20, 1-2 p.m.

During this free, virtual webinar on Thursday, August 20 at 1 PM, learn from a Food Compliance Officer from the NCDA&CS, who needs a meat handler’s license, what is involved with the application process, and meat label information. He will also cover poultry processing exemptions. Lee Menius, Technical Program Coordinator for NC Choices will help us navigate pasture poultry resources, including mobile processing units, processing for others, and provide resources that you can use to help with your meat processing venture. This workshop is limited to North Carolina residents only.

Register for this session through Eventbrite.

Mark your calendars for the next session:
  • Forages - September 10, 1-2 p.m.

Question. Persuade. Refer (QPR)
Say "Yes" to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.

Agribusiness professionals, agriculture lenders and bankers, veterinarians, vet techs, commodity group members, producers, social service professionals, and concerned others can register at NO COST for any of these programs.

Trainings will be held every Tuesday at 1 p.m. through zoom through October.

Financial Resources for COVID Relief for NC Agribusinesses
The  Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics  and  NC State Extension  compiled a list of organizations that are offering aid and loan programs for those in the agriculture industry who have been financially impacted by COVID-19. The list includes county-level programs as well as state and federal funds.

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Upcoming Events:
Visitors to the Farm: The Importance of NC Cooperative Extension, Biosecurity & Food Safety

Youth for the Quality Care of (Livestock) Animals

Managing Predators with a Small or Backyard Poultry Flock

Pesticide Trainings

Poultry Workshops