Catawba County Cooperative Extension Service


    Eat, Drink and Be Local
July 14-20th, 2019

  Farm Tours, Cooking Demos
               Beer Making Workshop
                 Schedule of Events

Local Farm Feast
July 20th 
The Main Cellar City Club
332 1st. Ave. SW
Hickory  5:30-9:30
Tickets :  Eventbrite 

Featuring Chefs
Rick Doherr    Cafe Rule
John Duke   Dukes and Cuban Cantina
Ben Sullivan  Highland Ave.

Music by The Neighbors          


Home Horticulture and  
Green Industry

Home Horticulture Classes!

Meet Me in the Garden - Select dates, Weekly June/July (free)

More Color in Your Yard - August 8, 20, 27 (free)

Visit the  horticulture webpage  to find out more information about classes and to read articles about home landscaping topics.

Advanced Gardener Program 2019
June - Garden Diseases and Disorders

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


Are you planting soybeans after July 1?  You may need to increase seeding rates.  Take a look at this research.

Are foliar yield enhancement products worth it?  Take a look at this 6 year study.

Thresholds help you to decide if and when to spray insects to crop loss and unnecessary applications.  Take a look at these thresholds for corn earworm, stink bugs, and kudzu bug in soybeans.

Paraquat training is now required for applications containing products with a 2019 label.  Read more about how to complete required training on-line.

Auxin Herbicide Training is required for all persons planning to apply dicamba (Engenia, FeXapan, or XtendiMax) to Xtend cotton or soybeans or 2,4-D (Enlist Duo or Enlist One) to Enlist cotton or soybeans. Take a look at the full schedule of training sessions around the state. 1 CEU for pesticide licenses N, D, O, X will also be given.  Contact us (828-465-8240) if you missed the training.  We do have a video viewing option.

Soybean growers have a new tool from the Official Variety Testing (OVT) that takes place throughout NC. Take a look at this variety selector tool.

Are you interested in growing Industrial Hemp?  Take a look at these articles and contact our office for more info.   

In these classes, you will learn how to make the most of seasonal produce with simple, fast recipes and a bag of produce sourced from local farmers. Cost is $10 per class, which includes the cost of the produce. Each class will feature different recipes. 

2019 Class Schedule
Extension Center 1175 S. Brady Ave. Newton
May 15th, July 17th, and September 18th

Hickory Soup Kitchen 110 2nd Pl.S.E Hickory
June  12th, August 21st, October 16th

For more information call 828-465-8240, or email 

WarmSeason Annuals Novel Fescue   
Catawba Valley Cattlemen's Association Meeting 
(2nd Tuesday of the month, July 9)

Speakers: Mr. David Hollar, Mr. Mike Bowman 

Informational Program: Farm Bureau: Past, Present, and Purpose.  James River Equipment: Past, Present, and Purpose.

Location: 2616 Northwest Blvd, Newton, NC

Meeting Agenda: 

6:00 Supper is served.
6:45 Business Meeting -Mr. Andrew Rector, president
7:00 Informational Program: 
8:00 Meeting Adjourned
We welcome all people interested in our educational topic.   
  Visitors eat free but need to initial the attendance sheet. 

Educational Meeting Strip Grazing Holcomb blend Beef Expo 2018
4-H Summer Spark 
Now Accepting Registration 
Ages 6 and older

4-H Summer programming is off to a great start. No need for summer brain drain with all that is offered in 4-H! Lots of different learning activities for the summer months to let children explore and spark new interests. It is not necessary to be a 4-H member to participate. Below are classes/camps with opening remaining - we have already closed some classes that are full! 

Hands to Service
Barn Quilt Painting
Quest to Madagascar
Giant Games

Investigate Health
Taste of 4-H
New for 2019, we are offering the option of an online registration and payment, but the paper option is still available if that works better for you. The complete schedule and online registration is posted on the Cooperative Extension webpage.  

Retiring and New Youth Council Officers. Lauran Surratt, Incoming President, receives the gavel from Carrigan Price, who served as president for the past school year. 
Catawba County Youth Council
Now Accepting Applications
High School Students

Looking for an opportunity to grow your leadership skills and become more involved in government? Consider joining the Catawba County Youth Council. 

The Council is comprised of selected high school students that represent each high school in the county and home schoolers. The council meets monthly and with programs focused on local government, non--profit organizations, leadership topics, and other topics selected by the teens. The council participates in community service projects and teens have the chance to attend citizenship conferences, such as the Youth Legislative Assembly and NC 4-H Citizenship Focus.

We are now applications for new students who would like to considered to be part of the Youth Council for the coming school year. Applications and more information is posted at Interested students can also contact Donna Mull at to request an application. We are especially in need of student representatives from Bandys, Bunker Hill and Maiden but have openings to new students from most all the schools in the county. Membership is limited to residents of Catawba County. 

The Youth Council is a collaborative program of Catawba County Government, Catawba County United Way, and 4-H. 

 Family Consumer Science (FCS) - 
Food and Nutrition

"Farm to Fork" Recipe Page

Visit the " Farm to Fork"  recipe page for recipes and resources to help you prepare produce that you grow or purchase at local farmers markets.

Attention - Aspiring Food Business Entrepreneurs:  

Click on the link below for answers to questions regarding starting a food business. Whether you are interested in selling value-added products at a farmers market or starting a 
food truck. You will find information to help you, including agencies that regulate food businesses.

Need help with food preservation?

Stop by the Extension office and pick up a complimentary guide with instructions on how to can and freeze selected fruits and vegetables. For your convenience,  the guides have been distributed to several local libraries but supplies are limited.

You can also visit the National Center for Home Food Preservation  website for extensive information on how to preserve your favorite foods. 
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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.

Las universidades NC State y NC A & T están comprometidas colectivamente a llevar a cabo acciones positivas para asegurar la igualdad de oportunidades y prohibir la discriminación y el acoso independientemente de la raza, el color de la piel, el país de
origen, la religión, la ideología política, el estado civil y situación familiar, el sexo, la edad, la condición de veterano de guerra, la identidad sexual, la orientación sexual, la información genética o la discapacidad de la persona. Colaboración entre las
Universidades NC State y NC A & T, el Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos, y los gobiernos locales. 
Las personas con discapacidades y las personas con dominio limitado del inglés pueden solicitar adaptaciones para participar comunicándose con el Director de Extensión del Condado de Catawba, George Place, al (828) 465-8240 o o personalmente en la Oficina de Extensión del Condado al menos 14 días antes al evento.
Dr. George Place
Catawba County Cooperative Extension Director
Agricultural Resources Center, Newton, NC 28658