Catawba County Cooperative Extension Service

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    Turf and Ornamental Pest ID Class

This 2 hour course will revolve around turf and ornamental pest ID and treatment options. 

2 pesticide credits available for categories:
D, L, N, O, X

Tuesday, January 30, 2018
10 AM - 12 PM
Catawba County Cooperative Extension
Meeting Room A
1175 S. Brady Ave
Newton, NC 28658

2018 Southwest Piedmont Winter Grain Meeting

Monday, January 22, 2017 | 10:00 AM
Lincoln County Extension Office
James Warren Citizens Center
115 W. Main Street, Lincolnton, NC 28092

Lunch Provided
Pesticide Credits Available:
NC (1 hour D, O, N, X); SC (1 credit of core)
RSVP by calling the Lincoln Co. Extension Office at 704-736-8461 by Friday, January 19th.
  • 10:00AM - Travis Snodgrass, NCDA&CS
    • Brief update on auxin herbicide use in soybeans and grain fumigation requirements
  • 10:30AM - Dr. John Havlin, NCSU
    • Soil Fertility Management for Field Crops

  •  Lunch - Andrew Scruggs, NC Cooperative Extension
    • Brief overview of local plot and project results including variety selection, nematode management, seed treatments, and more.
2018 (Shelby) Area Beef Conference
Wednesday,  January 3, 2018, 
3-7 PM
Cleveland County Center
Statesville) Area Beef Conference
Thursday, January 4, 2018, 3-7 PM
Iredell County Agricultural Resource Center
444 Bristol Drive, Statesville, NC 28667

:   Bulls Selection, Animal Marketing, Summer Annuals, Utilizing Genomics and more.

You must RSVP your attendance to be included in the meal. Call Glenn on his cell at  405-219-1902 even if it is the last minute. He will be happy to assist you.
    Advanced Gardener Program 2018

Patrick Beaver Memorial Library - 2nd Thursday of the month from 6-7 PM
Newton Library - 3rd Tuesday of the month from 6:30-7:30 PM
Maiden Library - 4th Tuesday of the month from 6:30-7:30 PM

Jan - Pruning - How, When, and on What
Feb - Manage Your Lawn
Mar - Soil, Composting, and Plant Nutrients
April - Flowers, Shrubs, and Pollinator Gardens
May - Vegetable Gardening For a Resilient Community
June - Garden and Landscape Diseases and Disorders
July - 2 Minute Talks - Fire Ants, Brown Patch, Soil Testing, and 20 Other Topics
Aug - Identify and Control Your Weeds
Sept - Home Food Production - The 4 Season Strategy
Oct - Edible Landscaping With Fruit
Nov - Landscape Design - Putting It All Together

These presentations are free and open to the public.  Persons can attend programs of interest or attend all presentations for program certification. 

This year's curriculum will offer two different certification programs
Master Gardener Certification
                Cost: $100
Requirements - Attend all 11 presentations, complete 10 hours of extension workshop education , complete on-line quizzes and exams, complete weed collection project, complete home landscape project, complete 1000 ft2 garden design project, complete 40 hours of community service in gardening activities.
Advanced Gardener Certification:
                Cost: Free
Requirements - Attend 9 of the 11 presentations, complete 20 hours of service/learning activities.     
    Annual Garden Calendar For Catawba County

Visit our on-line garden calendar to find out:
When should you prune, fertilize your lawn, start a fall garden, dig up your bulbs
Find out what will be in bloom this month!
NC Agritunity 
Trade Show and Conference

Feb 10, 2018
8 AM - 2:30 PM
Iredell Cooperative Extension Center
444 Bristol Drive
Statesville, NC 28687

Track 1: Value Added Products and Food Business

Value Added Meat Products With Choice Cuts -  9:00-10:00 AM  
Canning Guidelines: Food Safety For Home Prepared foods -  10:30-11:30 AM
Rules & Regulations For Home Prepared Foods -  1:30-2:30 PM

Track 2: Vegetable and Fruit Production

Vegetable Pests and Problems -  9:00-10:00 AM **
Small Fruit Pests and Problems - 10:30-11:30 AM **
Tissue Sampling For Nutrition -  1:30-2:30 PM

Track 3: Small Farm Livestock

Backyard/Pasture poultry - 9:00-10:00 AM **
Grazing Management for Small Ruminants 10:30-11:30 AM **
Parasite Prevention and Management in Sheep & Goats1:30-2:30 PM **

** pesticide credits available for the session
Call the extension office today to register: (704) 873-0507
Catawba Valley Beekeepers Association
Bee School

Feb 5 - March 12, 2018
7 PM
Catawba County Extension Service
1175 S. Brady Ave
Newton, NC 28658

Classes will begin on Monday, 5 February 2018 at 7 pm and held on Monday night for six weeks. 
A hands-on workshop for assembling the various hive components is planned for Saturday, 10 February at 9 am. Classes and workshop will be at the Catawba County Extension Office.

Cost is $50 and includes textbook and first year membership in the North Carolina  Beekeepers Association and Catawba Valley Beekeepers Association. Payment made at the first class.

To register please call Beth Cloninger at 828-465-8240.
Please fill out this form and bring it to the first class.
                Thank you from Family & Consumer Sciences

During 2017, we met many wonderful people and shared information on preparing and preserving foods and selling safe food. Whether you tasted dishes at farmers markets,  attended classes on healthy living and chronic disease prevention, or partnered with us to offer programs, we appreciate your support. Below are some photos from a few of our events. 
"So you want to start a food business" workshop for food entrepreneurs.
Spaghetti squash demo at Hickory Farmers Market.

Sharing recipes and food samples: Healthier holiday appetizers event at Lowes Foods Community Table.

Upcoming ServSafe Certification Classes

 The next two-day certification class will be held Wednesday, February 21 and Friday February 23, 2018 at Catawba County Extension, 1175 S. Brady Ave., Newton NC. Contact Beth at 828-465-8240 for more information or to register.   If you need the class prior to February, there will be a  two-day class in Iredell County on Wednesday, January 24 and Friday January 26, 2018. For information about the Iredell County class, call Ann Simmons at 704-878-3157
Master Gardener  Volunteer Course

Enrollment is now open for the 2018 course.


Only 7 more seats available so reserve yours now 

by calling 828-465-8240 or register here!


The 12 week course consists of two semester sessions:

Spring Semester Feb 28 - April 4

Fall Semester Aug 29 - Oct 3 

Class each Wednesday     9 AM to noon


Course is led by Dr. George Place, Director of Catawba County

Cooperative Extension Service


This course is designed for beginners and advanced gardeners alike with a focus on hands-on learning, field trips, and direct interaction with regional experts.


We will cover a diverse set of topics relating to home gardens, landscape, ornamentals, pruning, soil health, weeds, insects, diseases and disorders, vegetables, fruit, and more.


Cost: $100 non-refundable deposit will cover entire cost of course.

Putting Small Farms to Work

Small Fruit Production:   Feb 20, 9 AM to 3 PM
Lincoln County Extension office

Pastured Poultry Production: March 20, 9 AM to 3 PM
Catawba County Extension office

Small Ruminant Production: April 17, 9 AM to 3 PM
Catawba County Extension office

Pastured Pork Production: May 22, 9 AM to 3 PM
Catawba County Extension office

Each workshop includes a classroom session, followed by a nearby farm visit
Lunch is included with each session
Topics for  each session include site selection/ facilities/infrastructure needed to get  started, production systems, breed/ variety selection, start-up costs, expected
return on investment, basic  animal husbandry, best management  practices, post-harvest handling, processing,  marketing, etc.
Cost:  $25 for each session or $75 for all 4 sessions.

Register on-line here or call our office 828-465-8240.
Six Steps to Safe Food and Legal Sales for 
Small Farms under FSMA

Alexander County Extension Service
376 1st  Ave SW 
Taylorsville NC
Friday, Feb 23, 2018
11 AM - 2:30 PM
Cost: Free
Lunch provide (please register)

The  FSMA for Small Farms workshop will cover practices that are expected by the FDA, by wholesale buyers, and by knowledgeable consumers.  

Participants will also learn how FSMA will affect any CSA's & Food Hubs.  We will discuss required practices under FSMA as a preparation & requirement for potential GAP audits & certifications.

Interested growers should register by  2/20/18  by e-mailing Lenny Rogers at  or calling the Alexander Cooperative Extension Center at  828-632-4451 .
Landscapers and Green Industry Pro Day

Killian's Hardware
3790 Springs Rd NE
Hickory, NC  28601
Thursday, March 1, 2018
8:00 AM - noon.

Calibration for Pesticide and Fertilizer Application
8-10 AM
2 pesticide credits available for categories:
A, D, G, H, L, M, N, O, X

Insect Identification and Management
10 AM - noon
2 pesticide credits available for categories:
A, D, G, H, L, M, N, O, X

District 4-H Winter Enrichment Day 
Saturday, January 20
7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
Union County Extension Office & Extreme Ice snowman-family.jpg
Ages 12 and older 
Cost: $20 (includes lunch) 

A day just for 4-H teens with morning workshops to start off the new year, a short District 4-H Council meeting, and afternoon ice skating. This is a great chance to learn more about 4-H and meet other 4-H'ers from the district. We will travel and attend as a county group.

Deadline to register is January 10 with payment due at the time of registration. Contact Donna Mull, 4-H Agent, at or 828-465-8242 for more info or to register to attend. You may use scholarship money you have earned toward the registration fee, if you wish. 
4-H Volunteer/Parent Training: 4-H Basic
Tuesday, February 6
5:30-6:15 - Light Dinner Available
6:15-8:00 - Workshops

Catawba County Agricultural Resources Center
1175 South Brady Ave, Newton

Catawba and Alexander counties are teaming-up to offer some 4-H Workshops for 2018. The workshops are designed to help club leaders and parents learn more about important and helpful topics.  

February offers the chance to learn about:  
* Presentations
* Project Work
* Judging
* Growing through Out-of-County 4-H Travels
* Judging 

Come and learn more about these wonderful NC 4-H opportunities! If you would like to attend register by February 1.  You can register yourself for the workshop here.You can also contact Donna Mull, 4-H Agent, at or 828-465-8242 for information or to register. 

The next workshop will be in April on Exploring 4-H Curriculum. 

Private Applicator License Renewal
& Early Weed ID and Control
Mark your Calendar now for April 3, 2018, 10 AM - 1 PM

Private Applicator License Renewal
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
NC Pesticide Credits Available: 2 hours of V

Early Weed ID and Control
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 | 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM
NC Pesticide Credits Available: 1 hour of  D, O, N, X

Catawba County Extension Ag Resource Center
1175 Brady Ave. , Newton, NC 28658
RSVP by calling the Catawba Co. Extension Office at 828-465-8240 by Monday, April 2nd.
  • 10:00AM, "V" Training - Travis Snodgrass, NCDA&CS
    • New Rules and Regulations
  • 11:00AM - Glenn Detweiler
    • Practical Safe Use of Sprayers and Spray Tip Technology

  •  12:00 D,O,N,X (Your choice) - Dr. George Place, and Glenn Detweiler
    • Early Weed ID and Correct Chemical Controls
2017 Advanced Gardener 
Photo Competition Winners

4-H Clubs & Groups

A variety of 4-H clubs are available in Catawba County for youth ages 9 and older. The clubs are led by volunteer leaders and meet at different times and places. Most of the clubs are special-interest, meaning they focus on a particular topic or theme.General interest clubs are also part of 4-H. Below is a list of clubs and 4-H affiliated groups. Email or call Donna Mull at 828-465-8242 or to request a club list with details about meeting times, locations and ages.. 

Community-Based Clubs & Grioups
Snowy Creek 4-H Horse Club
Catawba County Livestock Club
Balls Creek Adventurers 4-H Club
Robotics Competition Team 
Catawba County Youth Council
Archery Club
Sew Awesome Sewers
Junior Rangers
Snack Makers 4-H Club
DIG (Discoveries in Gardening)
Top Shots Shooting Sports
Bright Ideas STEM Club

School Clubs:
Montessori Leadership Club
St. Stephens High School Juntos 4-H Club

Coming Soon - Early 2018
Global Cultures Club 
Electric SPIN Club  

Our club offerings change, so check this spot each month for club updates. We welcome the chance to grow this list, add new clubs, and new 4-H'ers! Contact Donna Mull or Tina McGillvary at Cooperative Extension to learn more about starting a 4-H Club. 

                       Food Safety During a Power Outage

When the power goes out, you may wonder about the safety of your refrigerated or frozen foods. If the power is out for 48 hours or less, and your freezer is nearly full, your food may still be fine.  According to food safety experts, a closed freezer can keep food at 40°F or below for up to 48 hours--if full and kept cold. A closed refrigerator will keep food 40°F or below for about 4 hours after a power loss.The following link will take you to a fact sheet that will help you decide what you need to keep and what you should toss when the power is out longer than expected:

If you still have questions after reviewing the fact sheet, please call Ann Simmons at 704-878-3157 or email for more information.
Extension Video Highlight 

Need help with food preservation?

Stop by the Extension office and pick up a free guide with instructions on how to can and freeze selected fruits and vegetables. 

Call Ann Simmons at 704-878-3157 or email if you have questions or need to schedule an appointment for dial-gauge pressure canner lid testing.

Visit the National Center for Home Food Preservation  website for information on how to preserve your favorite foods by canning or freezing. 
Does your farm business donate food?  Read this article to understand how food donations can help your tax expenses.

N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund Grants

County governments, nonprofit groups and certified beekeepers pursuing farmland preservation projects and beehive grants have until Dec. 15 to apply for funding assistance from the N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund. This year's request for proposals includes statewide general appropriations for traditional farm preservation projects and the new N.C. Beehive Grant Fund for the purchase and construction of beehives.

The trust fund's purpose is to support projects that encourage the preservation of qualifying agricultural, horticultural and forest lands to foster the growth, development and sustainability of family farms.

Grants can be awarded to secure agricultural conservation easements on lands used for agricultural production; to support public and private enterprise programs that promote profitable and sustainable agricultural, horticultural and forestland activities; for the development of agricultural plans; and for the purchase and construction of new beehives.

The N.C. Beehive Grant Fund is accepting its first cycle of applications this fall for certified beekeepers to establish new beehives. The request for proposals includes $25,000 for beehive projects on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible recipients.

"The new beehive grants will further support family farms in North Carolina," said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. "NCDA&CS is committed to conserving working lands throughout our great state and enhancing the agribusinesses that keep farms productive."

Grant application and guidelines. Call 919-707-3072 with any questions. 

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Dec. 15.

NCSU Official Variety Test Results for Wheat and Oat

The 2017 NC OVT Wheat and Oat data is now available, and can be found on the new NC OVT website ( or by clicking the following link:
For any questions please contact Ryan Heiniger, NCSU Official Variety Testing Program Director at 919.515.2827 or  

NCDA&CS offers organic certification cost-share assistance

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (NCDA & CS) is offering organic growers the opportunity to recoup up to $750 of their certification cost. Growers must have been certified between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016 and complete an application available at .

Visit the NCDA website to see more information about this cost share opportunity.

USDA Low Interest Loans For Storage Facilities

The Farm Storage Facility Loan Program provides low-interest financing so producers can build or upgrade permanent facilities to store commodities. Eligible commodities include grains, oilseeds, peanuts, pulse crops, hay, honey, renewable biomass commodities, fruits and vegetables. Eligible facility types include grain bins, hay barns and facilities for cold storage.

Visit the USDA Farm Storage Facility Loan website for more info.
NC State Gardening, Agriculture, and Pest Updates

You can sign up for the latest news on gardening, pest advisories, livestock, energy, and many others.  Check out the complete list of NC State News that you can subscribe to and get the latest research based info.  Be the first to know! 
Got To Be NC Agriculture

Visit the Got to Be NC website and see excellent resources for starting your own food business.

Visit the NC Growing Together website to see the latest newsletter, recent resources, and schedule of upcoming workshops, webinars, and meetings.

NC Farm Link

Take at look at this incredible website that helps connect farmland seekers with farmland owners. There is also an amazing list of resources for farmers.
Small Farm Grant and Loan Assistance

We will post various grant and loan opportunities that arise in this space of our monthly updates.  Simply click on the opportunity of interest for more information.

Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination statement

North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University commit themselves to positive action to secure equaopportunity regardless of racecolor, religion, creed, national origin, sexage, disability, or veteran'status. In additionthe two Universities welcome all person without regard to sexual orientation.  North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and local governments cooperating.
Persons with disabilities and persons with limited English proficiency may request accommodations to participate by contacting Catawba County Extension Director, George Place, at (828) 465-8240 or or in person at the County Extension Office at least 14 days prior to the event.

Dr. George Place
Catawba County Cooperative Extension Director
Agricultural Resources Center, Newton, NC 28658