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Tufa Pot Workshop
Have you ever seen those cool concrete looking pots made of cement, peat moss and vermiculite? Well, now you can make one for your own yard. We will be having a Tufa Pot Workshop on May 16 and 23, from 9 am until noon. READ MORE
It’s time for County Committee Elections 2017
The nomination period for local FSA County Committees will begin on June 15, 2017. Nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the Bladen County FSA Office by close of business by Aug. 1, 2017. READ MORE
4-Hers Compete in 3rd Annual Regional Chicken Show
White Lake – On May 2, 2017, the lakeside picnic shelter at the NC FFA Center at White Lake, NC was converted to a show field for the evening. A show for chickens! We had almost 60 youth ages 5 to 18 involved in 4-H and FFA from counties across the Southeast region come out to show their hens and broilers that they have been raising and caring for over the last few months. READ MORE
Events: Farm Fresh Friday set to offer variety of goods
Farm Fresh Friday is already gearing up once more. “Farm Fresh Fridays” is a rain or shine event and vendors will be on site today at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. READ MORE
Defense Department program awards $9.2 million for conservation projects near N.C. military bases
Projects will protect farms, forests, plus training areas for Marines, Air Force
RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has secured $9.2 million in federal funding to protect land from development and maintain agricultural, forestry and military uses. READ MORE
USDA Announces Commodity Credit Corporation Lending Rates for May 2017
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation today announced interest rates for May 2017. The Commodity Credit Corporation borrowing rate-based charge for May is 1.000 percent, unchanged from 1.000 percent in April. READ MORE
FSAfarm+, FSA’s Customer Self-Service Portal
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) has launched a new tool to provide farmers and ranchers with remote access to their personal farm information using their home computers. Farmers and ranchers can now view, print or export their personal farm data all without visiting an FSA county office. READ MORE
Farm Storage Facility Loans
FSA’s Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program provides low-interest financing to producers to build or upgrade storage facilities and to purchase portable (new or used) structures, equipment and storage and handling trucks. READ MORE
Enrollment Period for 2017 Safety Net Coverage Continues Through Aug. 1
Producers on farms with base acres under the safety net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs, can visit their local FSA office to sign contracts and enroll for the 2017 crop year. The enrollment period will continue until Aug. 1, 2017. READ MORE
USDA Farm Service Agency Offers Text Alerts to Bladen County Producers
Bladen County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Chris Tatum announced that farmers and ranchers in North Carolina now can receive notifications from their county office through text messages on their cell phone. READ MORE
Census of Agriculture Countdown Begins for America’s Farmers and Ranchers
04/20/2017 05:00 PM EDT
WASHINGTON, March 16, 2017 – America’s farmers and ranchers will soon have the opportunity to strongly represent agriculture in their communities and industry by taking part in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the census, to be mailed at the end of this year, is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches, and those who operate them. READ MORE
N.C. strawberry growers expect second wave of crop
Events planned in May in Raleigh, Colfax, Charlotte
RALEIGH – It has been about a month since most areas of North Carolina saw their last freeze, and for local strawberry growers and eaters that means the second wave of strawberries is almost here. READ MORE
Troxler announces three new directors
RALEIGH – Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler today announced three new appointments at the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to replace division directors who are retiring. READ MORE
USDA Announces 2017 Cotton Loan Rate Differentials
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) today announced the 2017-crop loan rate differentials for upland and extra-long staple cotton. READ MORE
USDA Announces No Actions under Feedstock Flexibility Program
WASHINGTON, DC– The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation announced today that it does not expect to purchase and sell sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program in the second quarter of 2017. READ MORE
Rouzer Agriculture Subcommittee hosts hearing, “The Next Farm Bill: Livestock Producer Perspectives”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee Chairman David Rouzer held a public hearing entitled, “The Next Farm Bill: Livestock Producer Perspectives.” This hearing continues the series of House Agriculture Committee hearings that set the stage for the next farm bill. This hearing provided representatives from four of the major livestock producer groups the opportunity to discuss their experiences with current programs, challenges facing the industry and priorities for the upcoming farm bill. READ MORE
Bladen Conservation District – New Rental Equipment
The Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District has a new rental tool available. It is a Grassworks – Carpet Wick Applicator. It can be used on many low growing crops such as peanuts, soybeans, cotton, grain sorghum, and pastures, to kill unwanted weeds.
The Carpet Wick Applicator is light weight and easy to use. It has a steel rotating drum that is covered with a synthetic carpet material – wetted by a 12-volt pump. The synthetic carpet holds the herbicide until transferred to the undesirable grasses and weeds. The drum turns in the opposite direction that the Weed Wiper is traveling to apply more herbicide directly to the unwanted weed.
There are many benefits to a wiper applicator. The first is the use of Roundup (glyphosate) herbicide. This allows control of most weeds in many crops, as long as the weed is taller than the crop.
The herbicide is applied only to the weeds. This reduces the amount of herbicide used per acre, reduces the amount of chemicals introduced into the environment and reduces or eliminates damage to non-target species.
Call the Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District Office for usage and rental information at (910) 862-3179 Ext. 3
Grain Drills Available for Rent!
The Bladen Soil & Water Conservation District has two grain drills available for rent to Bladen and surrounding county farmers.
John Deere (1590) –This is a 10’ wide no-till drill that is used to plant all small grain crops such as wheat, oats, and rye, as well as plant soybeans and most grass seeds.Great Plains (706NT) – This is a 7’ wide no-till drill that will plant all small grain crops. It will also plant grass seeds and native grasses, and can be used with smaller tractors.The rental fee for either drill is $8.00 per acre, with a minimum charge of $50.00. To assure availability, call the Bladen Soil & Water Conservation District office at (910) 862-3179, Ext. 3, or visit the office at 122 Powell-Melvin Ag Center, 450 Smith Circle, Elizabethtown.