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Workshop: Risk Management For Farmers

Monday, June 5
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Agricultural Resources Center
1175 S. Brady Ave
Newton, NC  28658

Cliff Parker, crop insurance expert for the Federal Crop Insurance Board of Directors, will present information on crop insurance, the USDA noninsured crop disaster assistance program (NAP), and other risk management strategies for North Carolina farmers and ranchers. 

Cukes, Squash, Melons Pumpkins and More
Advanced Gardener Series

Thursday, June 8, 2017
6:00 - 7:00 PM
Patrick Beaver Memorial Library
375 3rd St NE, Hickory, NC 28601

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
6:30-7:30 PM
Newton Public Library
115 West C Street,  Newton, NC 28658

Tuesday, June 27, 2017
6:30-7:30 PM
Maiden Public Library
11 S A Ave,  Maiden, NC 28650

Fresh garden cucumbers are a summer time favorite.  Winter squash can be enjoyed all year round.  Learn some new varieties and management strategies for enjoying more garden produce throughout the year.  Come find out why this program won the Best Adult Education Library program for the state of North Carolina. Take a look at the entire schedule here and find out how to become a certified Advanced Gardener.

4-H Summer Fun 
  Youth ages 5 and older are invited to register for 4-H    Summer Fun workshops. Summer Fun lets you explore new areas of interests  with a variety of interactive workshops, trips, and day camps. The Summer Fun schedule will be posted on the Catawba County Extension website this week, but here are multi-day offerings: 

* Farm to Fork - July 11- 13
* Who Killed Henry Ward? - July 18-20
* Animal Science Camp - July 24- 27
* College Pathways - July 24-27
* Mini-Society - August 7-11
* Discovery Days - August 14-17
* Agri-Science Camp - August 15-17
* Real World Real Money - August 22-23

Some other Summer Fun workshops include Robotics, Irish Step, Lego Mania, Healthy YOU, It's Electric, Sewing Basics, and more! 

It is not necessary to be in 4-H to enroll in Summer Fun. For additional information contact Donna Mull at 828-465-8240 or Summer Fun scholarships are also available with applications due by June 8.
  Catawba Valley Cattlemen's Association Meeting
                            (2nd Tuesday of the month,    June 13)           All are invited 
Educational Program: Observations at Demo of 9 Summer Annual
1 month after planting.
                                  Cattle Grading at Feeder Calf Sal
Speaker:       Dr. Clarence Hood, Cattle Producer, Mrs. Paige Smart,
                   SE AgroSeeds,Inc., Mr. Ben Carpenter NC-Dept. of Agriculture
                  -Livestock Grader for NCDA &CS
Date:           Tuesday, June 13, 2017 
Location:     APP-address: Home of: Dr. and Mrs. Clarence Hood,
                                                          2690 Sigmon Dairy Road, Newton, NC
             6:00 pm - Supper is served.
             6:45 pm --- Business meeting - Donald Beard, president
             7:00 pm Educational presentation:Critique of Demo Site: Clarence Hood
                           & Paige Smart.
             7:30 pm  Demo of Feeder Calf Grading: Ben Carpenter
              8:15 pm - Meeting adjourned                     

ASPIRE: ACT Prep Class
Saturdays, 9:00 - 10:30 am
Starts June 17
St. Stephens Branch Library
Register by June 9

ASPIRE is a 30- hour ACT preparatory class offered through NCSU and taught through Cooperative Extension. It is ideal for sophomores and juniors that want to be better prepared or increase their ACT score. Improving your score can help  with getting accepted to the college of your choice and receiving scholarships.   The ASPIRE class include 4 full-length practice tests with a detailed school report, Princeton Review ACT course workbook, and supplemental study materials. The course is $165 with full scholarships available. Students can also qualify to receive a $100 refund, after course completion based on attendance. For information contact Donna Mull, 4-H Agent. Register online at

Lamb & Goat Show
June 23, 5:00pm  

Beef Expo
June 24 10:30 am

Friday Evening & Sat til 4 pm 
Location: Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds
1 American Legion Ave, Newton, NC 28658
Bring the kids, stop-in, enjoy a summer-time snack. Observe youth showing animals. 

Farm to Fork Feast

Friday, June 23th
335 Main Ave SW
Hickory NC   28602
5:30 to 9:30 PM
The Farm to Fork Feast will be hosted at Market on Main in downtown Hickory and will be featuring a spectacular menu with Catawba County cultural themes sourced entirely from local farms, all prepared by Chef John Duke.

Enjoy cocktails on the patio with live music starting at 5:30 PM.  Multiple food options will be available throughout the restaurant for you to explore while you socialize with our local food community. 

Tickets are limited and are selling out fast.  

You can also purchase tickets by contacting the NC Cooperative Extension.  Call today to reserve your seats before they are gone. 828-465-8240
Eat, Drink & Be Local Week

June 17th - 24th Schedule

June 17th Sat. 10-1pm 
Hickory Farmers Market- Cooking demo 

June 19th Mon. 6:30-8pm 
Avaline's Farm Tour 2027 U.S Hwy 321 S. Newton

June 20th Tues. 6-7pm
Fermentation class (vegetables and kombucha) with Aubrey Mast
Hickory Soup Kitchen/ 110 2nd St. Pl. S.E Hickory

June 21 Wed.  10-2pm
Hickory Farmers Market- kids corner activities

June 21 Wed.  6-8pm
 Coto Family Farm tour - 726 Bert Yarbro Rd. Vale, NC

June 22 Thurs. 11-1pm
Hickory Public Health Market/ food demo/activities/ 3070 11th Ave Dr SE, Hickory

June 22 Thurs. 6:30-9pm 
Seventeen Twelve Spirits/ Bottling party and distillery tour-Foothills Distillery-300 Thornburg Dr SE, Conover, NC. Free but  Register now at eventbrite or call 828-465-8240

June 23 Fri. 
5:30- 9pm Farm to Fork Feast at Market on Main-tickets $25 
You can also purchase tickets by contacting the NC Cooperative Extension.  Call today to reserve your seats before they are gone. 828-465-8240

June 24th Sat. 
2-4pm  Family fun day at JRH Farms/ 1746 33rd St. NE Hickory

Throughout the week watch for special locally sourced dishes in area restaurants such as Highland Ave, Cafe Rule, Tasteful Beans (Others to come)

Dial-Gauge Pressure Canner Lid Clinics 

Pressure canners are used to preserve low acid foods such as green beans, corn, okra, meats and other foods that have not been acidified. When a dial gauge canner is used, these foods must be processed at 240ยบ F at 11 pounds of pressure for a specified period of time to kill the bacteria that produces botulism. 

Pressure canner gauges should be tested for accuracy at least once per year. Inaccurate gauges can lead to improperly processed food. Food that is not properly processed may cause food borne illness.

Cooperative Extension offers dial-gauge pressure canner lid testing as a service to the community. The schedule for June and July is below, however if these times are not convenient call Ann Simmons at 704-878-3157 for an appointment.  

June 15, 2017:  2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the Agricultural Resources Center (Extension Office), 1175 S. Brady Ave., Newton, N.C. Testing is also offered at other times by appointment.

June 22, 2017:  2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Fort Dobbs Hardware, Turnersburg Hwy., Statesville, N.C.
July 5, 2017: 2:30 - 3:00 p.m. at Conover Library, 403 Conover Station S.E., Conover, N.C. 
July 6, 2017: 2:30 - 3:00 p.m. Claremont Library, 3288 E. Main St., Claremont, N.C. 

ServSafe Food Safety Manager's Certification Course
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  and
 Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Agricultural Resource Center, 1175 S. Brady Ave., Newton, N.C.
For registration information visit  or call 828-465-8240

Introduction to Canning Classes Offered
Classes will be offered at the Conover and Claremont libraries and  are designed for those new to home canning and for those who need an update. The sessions will cover when to use pressure canning and boiling water bath canning, canning procedures, equipment, and choosing a research-based canning guide. 

Dial-gauge canner lid testing will be offered from 2:30 - 3:00 p.m. before each class. You are not required to attend a class to have your canner lid checked. For more information or to register, call 828-465-8240 by July 3, 2017. There is no charge.
Conover Library, 403 Conover Station S.E., Conover, N.C. on Wednesday, July 5 from 3:00 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Claremont Library,  3288 E. Main St, Claremont, N.C.   on Thursday, July 6 from 3:00 p.m. until 5 p.m. 

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

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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