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
Newton Public Library
115 West C Street,
Newton, NC 28658
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
Observations at Demo of 9 Summer Annual
1 month after planting.
Cattle Grading at Feeder Calf Sal
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
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
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
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.
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 240º 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.
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.
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
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.
NC State Gardening, Agriculture, and Pest Updates
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complete list of NC State News
that you can subscribe to and get the latest research based info. Be the first to know!
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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 email@example.com or in person at the County Extension Office at least 14 days prior to the event.