Davidson County Center
June News
NC 4-H Virtual Summer Programs
4-H Summer Programming is going to look different this summer, but there are a variety of workshops to keep your youth engaged all summer long.

Small Ruminant Online Series
There is still one more session in the Northeast District Goat & Sheep Series. The session will start at 6:30 p.m.

Webinar Schedule (Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.):
  • June 2: Breeding Protocols & Breeding Stock Selection

Direct Payments to Farmers - Coronavirus Food Assistance Program
The USDA has made arrangement for farmers to apply for direct payments through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). This includes all the traditional commodity program crops, such as corn, soybeans, small grains, cotton, etc. It also includes direct payments available to producers of livestock and specialty crops.  

USDA-FSA will start taking applications on May 26, 2020.  You can schedule a phone appointment with the Davidson-Davie USDA-FSA office by calling (336) 248-2687. The Davidson-Davie FSA office will continue to be open for business by phone appointment only (no in-person appointments) at this time. FSA staff can also be reached by email:
Small Ruminant Education: Weekly Worm Webinars
Small Ruminant Extension Specialists in Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Virginia teamed up to offer a weekly worm webinar series via ZOOM. Every Tuesday, a different topic pertaining to internal parasites (worms + coccidia) is discussed. The first webinar was held April 10. The last will be June 9. Three more live webinars are still on the schedule.

June 2
What to do when deworming's not enough
Dr. Niki Whitley (Fort Valley State University)

June 9
Breeding worm resistant animals
Dr. Dahlia O'Brien (Virginia State University)

All of the webinars are recorded and the recordings are uploaded to YouTube. Links to the recordings are available on the ACSRPC web page at  h ttps://www.wormx.info/webinar-videos .
NC Choices Launches MeatSuite
MeatSuite is an online marketing tool to help farmers market meat and customers easily find locally produced meat in bulk. 

Local farmers are able to register their farms and customers are able to shop for meat within a given distance from their home.
NC Forage & Grassland Council Winter Conference
The NC Forage & Grassland Council is looking for suggestions from you for topics for the 2021 Winter Conference Series.

Please visit this survey and pick your top 3 topic choices you'd like to learn more about!
Phase 2 - Davidson County Extension
The Davidson County Extension Office has transitioned back to two people in the office during regular business hours. The outside entrance doors still remain locked. You must call the person in the office before you are allowed to enter the building. You will be required to answer questions (name and contact information) before you will be allowed in the building. Staffing and facility adjustments will continue to be updated as the situation warrants.

All Extension Agents are still available via email, phone and other technological means, and will continue to assist you to the best of their ability. Email is the best means to contact the agents. If you call and leave a message, please understand that it may take longer than usual to receive a response. You can find  staff emails here .

NC State Extension has launched the Extension COVID-19 Resources Portal
Squirrel Fencing
I have received numerous calls from people concerned about squirrel damage during May. The first question is “What Can I do to get rid of these squirrels?” This is generally followed by a description of the damage they have caused or the anticipated harvest they stole. I can personally relate to their frustration, as I too have experienced loss to crafty squirrels.

Going back to the original question, there is no pesticide labeled for controlling squirrels. Remembering the food chain, a dead squirrel can be very appealing to someone’s dog or wild animals. If a dog eats a poisoned squirrel, the poison is passed on resulting in the death of the dog. Not a situation anyone wants. I also go on to say there are no effective repellants for squirrels. So, no chemical control recommendations for squirrels.

One way to reduce the negative impacts of a heavy squirrel infestation is install a physical barrier. Try b uilding a fence using 1-inch mesh wire around gardens and high value plants. The fence should be at least 30 inches high and extend 6 inches below the ground with an additional 6 inches bent outward (at 90 degrees) to discourage burrowing. This will need to be accompanied by an electric fence with at least two strands of electrified wire. This will require an electric fence charger. The first strand of electrified wire should be placed 2 to 6 inches above the ground. The second strand should be at the same height as the top of the 1-inch mesh fence. The electrified strands should be places on the exterior of the mesh fence, about 3 inches away from the mesh.

For more information about reducing squirrel damage by habitat modification, exclusion, trapping, and hunting, check out this site: https://content.ces.ncsu.edu/extension-gardener-handbook/20-wildlife#squirrels

For additional questions, please contact Troy at 336-242-2081.
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Upcoming Events:
  • June 2 - Breeding Protocols & Breeding Stock Selection

  • June 2 - What to do when deworming's not enough
  • June 9 - Breeding worm resistant animals

Beginner Farmer Online Series