Extension Master Gardener Volunteers 
April Educational Program
Stretching for Gardeners and Personal Protection in the Garden
with Joan Furniss and Sara Freeman
April 9th at 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Community Services Conference Room
106 E. Morgan St., Brevard, NC
Join us in learning techniques to stay safe and healthy while working outdoors.  Joan will discuss stretching and exercises to get warmed up for gardening. Sara will personal protection equipment and methods to prevent injury while in the garden.
For more information, call 828.884.3109

Artificial Insemination Class Offered

Artificial insemination (A.I) is a great way to improve the management of your beef herd. There are many benefits to A.I, which includes a shorter calving seaso n, reduced cost, breeding for known traits, and reduced injury to their cattle to name a few. The bottom line is that it allows a producer to bring the best genetics available into their herd with a reduced cost and risk.
Yancey County Cooperative Extension is partnering with Shannon Roberts of Roberts Cattle Service/ABS Global to conduct a A.I workshop. The workshop will include two evenings of lecture and one day of hands on work. 

The lecture portion of the workshop will be held April 4th and 5th at the Yancey Senior Center from 6-9pm.
The hands-on portion will be Saturday April 6th beginning at 9am at a farm location TBA.

The cost of the workshop is $450 per person (or couple).

Registration is on a first come first serve basis. A light meal and refreshments will be served each day.

If you have any questions or to register
Contact Yancey Cooperative Extension (828) 682-6186

Carolina Meat Conference

NC Choices Carolina Meat Conference is a nationally recognized event, specifically focused on bringing together every part of the meat supply chain. Farmers, chefs, butchers, and industry leaders convene for two-days of unparalleled networking, hands-on training, and technical and business assistance.

October 6&7, 2019 at the Charlotte Metro City Center

For further information or to register visit  this website.

Spring and Summer 2019 IPM Classes

Spring IPM Chores April 18, 2019 4:00-6:30 pm 
N.C. Cooperative Extension, Buncombe County Center

Who is Emerging Now? May 23, 2019 
4:00-6:30 pm Mountain Horticulture Crops Research and Extension Center, 455 Research Drive Mills River

What is that Weed? June 20, 2019 4:00-6:30 pm
N.C. Cooperative Extension, Buncombe County Center

Each class is a stand-alone class or can be taken as a group. Both pesticide and Landscape Contractor Credits have been approved. 

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Landscape Contractor CEU Offerings 
Landscape Contractors often are looking for an assortment of opportunities to access the various credits that the need to keep their NC Landscape Contractor License or Pesticide License. One of the things that my role in N.C. Cooperative Extension in Buncombe County is tasked to do is to develop classes in a wide range of areas to provide an assortment of diverse classes to meet this need. Sometimes this may mean that some one will need to take 2-3 short classes to get all of their credits,

Time to get your soil sampled, and we'll mail them in for FREE!

Soil sampling and good soil fertility is the foundation of a good, healthy and productive lawn and garden. We would want to make it as easy as possible for you to get your soil sample, so we'll mail them for free on April 15th. 

If you have questions about soil sampling call us at 884-3109 or check out the website at 


Find out about the great opportunities for youth in  Transylvania County
Is Tuesday April 23rd and you don't want to miss it!

SHIIP Volunteers Needed
We are looking for volunteers for the SHIIP program. SHIIP stands for the Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program. Volunteers/counselors receive training on the Medicare Program and assist seniors in navigating the Medicare program - what drug program is the best for the medications you are taking, if you qualify for Extra Help, etc... Call 828/884-3109 or email for more information or to sign up!

Extension Master Food Volunteer Interest
and Information Session Offered

Family Dinner Series 

April 9, 5:30 pm
Family Fitness: Workouts To Do with the Whole Family
Rosman Elementary School
Childcare will not be provided for this session, since the whole family will participate in the fitness activities.

April 22, 5:30 pm
Bullying/Cyber Abuse
Transylvania County Library

Learn how to help your child stay safe on their devices. This 1-hour program will be facilitated by local experts in social media safety. Please arrive at 5:30 for a FREE dinner from Lola's Hickory House. At  6 pm, the program will start and children can go into the gym for fun and games!

There will be a vegetarian option for dinner, but families with other dietary needs may want to provide their own food.
Protect your Farmland!
Becoming part of a Voluntary Ag District can provide you with a variety of benefits including protection from from nuisance complaints and making the local community aware of what happens on farmland. 

This program is voluntary and free! Click here for more information to see if you qualify. Call us at 884-3109 for more information. 

What's Bugging YOUR Forest? 
If you have hemlocks on your property that are close to a stream or lake, then you probably qualify for financial assistance to get them treated! Hemlocks play a very important role in our ecosystem and when you take care of them, you're taking care of everyone. 

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Persons with disabilities and persons with limited English proficiency may request accommodations to participate by contacting Transylvania County Extension Director, Bart Renner, at (828) 884-3109 or or in person at the County Extension Office at least 14 days prior to the event.