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4-H Plant Sale
Orders Due March 2

Now taking orders for strawberry and blueberry plants. Two varieties of strawberries and four varieties of blueberries are available for purchase. Plants will be delivered and available for pick-up at the Extension Office in mid-March.  The order with details and pricing can be found on the Extension website at  This is an annual fundraiser that supports 4-H. 
            So, You Want to Start a Food Business?
                                    Thursday, March 2, 2017
                                   5:30 - 7:00 p.m. 
                              Catawba County Cooperative Extension

Are you thinking about selling at a farmers' market, starting a home-based food business or opening a restaurant?
This workshop will address some things you need to know  before you start a food business in Catawba County,  including who will regulate your business. To Register call 828-465-8240. There is no charge.

NC Agritunity Conference & Tradeshow
Saturday, March 4th, 2017
Iredell County Agricultural Center
444 Bristol Drive, Statesville, NC 28677
Registration starts 7:30am
Programs from 8:30am-4:00pm

NC Agritunity is a one-day educational conference and vendor trade show for large and small farmers. Large commodity producers, livestock producers, small farm managers, beginning farmers, and anyone just interested in agriculture are welcome to attend.  

Continuing education credits (CEUs) for Certified Crop Advisors is available for all sessions and pesticide training credits (N, D, O, and X) will be available in eight of the presentations.  

Our Keynote speaker this year will be Dr. Rich Bonanno, Associate Dean, CALS and Director, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service.  To learn more about the educational sessions and featured vendors, please visit the NC Agritunity webpage or contact your local Cooperative Extension Center. 

The event is free and open to the public. 

To register as a participant: You can sign up via the 2017 NC Agritunity registration form or call the Iredell County Cooperative Extension Center at 704-873-0507.  Walk-in registration may be limited. 

Delicious Roots and Shoots
Advanced Gardener Series

Thursday, March 9, 2016
6:00 - 7:00 PM
Patrick Beaver Memorial Library
375 3rd St NE, Hickory, NC 28601

Tuesday, March 21, 2016
6:30-7:30 PM
Newton Public Library
115 West C Street,  Newton, NC 28658

Tuesday, March  28, 2016
6:30-7:30 PM
Maiden Public Library
11 S A Ave,  Maiden, NC 28650

Spring gardening season has arrived.  There are plenty of delicious root crops that you can get growing to add color to your diet and get some great greens for salads. 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.

Killians Pro Day  
Thursday , March 9th, 8 AM - 2 PM  
Killians Hardware
3790 Springs Road  NE, Hickory, N.C. 

Schedule Of Events

8:30 - 9:00 AM      Meet and Greet

9:00 - 11:00 AM     Calibration for Efficient Chemical Applications for Turf and                                        Ornamentals -  Matt Lenhardt, NC Cooperative  Extension and                               Jimmy Abernathy, CVCC
                       (2 pesticide CEU's for N, D, O, L, and X licenses)

11:00 - 12:00 PM   Labor and Equipment Cost Tracking for Green Industry
                              Jimmy Abernathy

12:00 - 1:00 PM     Lunch

1:00 - 2:00 PM       Turfgrass Weed Management
                              George Place, NC Cooperative Extension
                              (1 pesticide CEU for N, D, O, L, and X licenses)
Catawba Valley Cattlemen's Association Meeting
Educational Program: - Tractor Safety

Speaker: - Mr. Donald Beard
Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 
           (2nd Tuesday of the month)
Location: APP-address: Agricultural Resource Center 1175 South Brady Ave. Newton, NC
    6:00 pm - Supper
    6:45 pm - Business Meeting - 
                                                                                      Donald Beard, President
                                                                      7:00 pm - Educational Program 
                                                                      8:00  pm - Meeting Adjourned

 2017 Spring Beef BBQ Fundraiser
          Catawba Valley Cattlemen's Association

Place: Hickory American  
           Legion  Fairground
Date: Saturday, March 18th, 2017 
Time: 5 - 8 pm 
Cost: $ 10.00  per plate
          Carry outs available

For more information, call Beth Rogers at 828-465-8240 or Glenn Detweiler at 405-219-1902. Please visit our website at for additional information.

Food Safety from Field to Fork 
   For Farmers' Market Vendors

Thursday, March 23, 2017

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Catawba County Cooperative Extension
The workshop will cover safe food handling practices to reduce the risk of foodborne illness.
Presented by Ann Simmons 

Call 828-465-8240 to register

Growing School Gardens Training
Saturday April 1st, 2017 
Catawba County Extension Center

Join us if you're a teacher, assistant, school or summer camp staff member for a 1-day intensive training on:
  • Starting a school garden & gardening basics
  • Incorporating research-based school garden curriculum into classrooms
  • Funding & engaging stakeholder
Participants who attend the training can apply for grant funding to start/operate a school garden; earn up to 5 hours of training credit-- FREE to anyone interested in attending!

For additional information or to register, please call Der Holcomb or Donna Mull at 828-465-8240 or
ServSafe Food Safety Manager's Certification Course
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  and
 Tuesday, April 25, 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

Join Us at 4-H Camp
June 18-23
Ages 8-14

We are now accepting registration for 4-H Summer Camp. We will attend Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Center the week of June 18-23. Youth ages 8-14 may attend camp and it is not necessary to be 4-H to attend camp.Registration and details available on the camp flier that is posted on the Extension website at

The cost for camp is $435. 4-H'ers may also use scholarship money they have earned or apply for extra scholarship assistance, if you need help with the cost.  

Kiwanis Camp scholarships are available, thanks to continuing support from Hickory Kiwanis Club. Only a few days remaining to apply for Kiwanis Camp scholarships.  Contact Donna Mull to request a camp scholarship form and scholarship information. 
Winter Farmers Market

Nov 16, 2016 to April 12, 2017
Wednesdays 10 AM to 2 PM 

The Crossing at Hollar Mill
883 Highland Ave. SE
Hickory, NC

Closed dates: Dec 7, Jan 25, and Feb 1

Get ready Hickory!  A winter farmer's market is in the works so that we can enjoy fresh, local produce all year round.  If you love this idea be sure to stop by on Wednesday and purchase something.  We need your business to keep year round farmer's markets in Catawba County.

Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loans

Catawba County farmers can apply for the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan program due to financial losses associated with the drought disaster this season. The loan amount can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 2.5 percent for private nonprofit organizations and 3.125 percent for small businesses, with terms up to 30 years. The SBA determines eligibility based on the size of the applicant, type of activity and its financial resources.  

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.
Local Food List Serv

The Local Foods Action Plan Listserv is a statewide listserv to facilitate a local food economy moderated by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS).  The listserv is open to the public and members are encouraged to post on any topic dealing with the cultivation of local food, farms and communities by emailing . Posters are responsible for the content they submit.   To receive the digest version or for questions about the listserv, please e-mail .  Please visit our website at .
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Plant Management Network Newsletter

Check out the latest issue of this incredible agriculture resource.  Take a look at the massive list of information links for all things related to agriculture.
Council For Agriculture, Science, and Technology Newsletter

Check out the latest issue of the CAST newsletter.
Extension Master Gardener Newsletter
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

2 . 1 .   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.
2.2.  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