01/23/2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 4:58 pm Bladen County business helping federal employees
  • 4:46 pm Elizabethtown murder case remains unsolved
  • 4:35 pm Health and Human Services Agency meeting needs 
  • 3:03 pm Tillis & King Lead Bipartisan, Bicameral Effort to Secure Seasonal Worker Relief in Funding Agreement
  • 2:50 pm Secret about Bladen County Early College
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RALEIGH – Hardly a county in North Carolina can say it is immune from hurricane damage. From Ivan in the mountains, Hugo in the foothills, Fran in the Sandhills, and Isabel and Floyd in the East, hurricanes have cost lives and livelihoods in every region of the state. Scientists are predicting another active hurricane season […]

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Kuraray employees of the Fayetteville site hosted 30 Elizabethtown Middle School students, to learn about pollinators and how to plant a pollinator garden, at their Elizabethtown warehouse.  Students learned the safety rules that are followed at the Fayetteville site, watched a safety presentation, and received safety glasses and gloves for them to keep.  The students […]

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide a new financing option to help farmers purchase portable storage and handling equipment. Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini and Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Administrator Elanor Starmer announced changes to the Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program today during a local and regional food roundtable […]

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Due to current dry and windy conditions, the North Carolina Forest Service and Brunswick County Emergency Services encourage all residents of Brunswick County to postpone any planned burning until sufficient precipitation has fallen. Regardless of the skill of the person burning, a small debris fire only needs the right weather conditions and a few seconds […]

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RALEIGH – N.C. strawberry growers expect to start the season early this year despite a recent cold snap. Many growers in the eastern part of the state are already picking berries nearly two weeks ahead of schedule. “Our growers are very experienced with dealing with late frosts and know how to protect their crops,” said […]

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RALEIGH – With a variety of farm tours and open houses scheduled in April and May, now is a great time to plan a trip to a North Carolina agritourism farm. “With more than a thousand agritourism farms across the state, it is easy to find all types of activities the family can enjoy,” said […]

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Standards Division has collected fines from stores in Duplin, Durham, Johnston, Mecklenburg, Wake and Wilson counties because of excessive price-scanner errors. The Standards Division conducts periodic, unannounced inspections of a business’ price-scanner system to check for accuracy between the prices advertised and the prices that […]

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Fifth grader Alyssa Strickland, fourth grader Addie Bowen, and third grader Chandler Bordeaux from Elizabethtown Christian Academy recently won at the Area 7 Soil and Water Conservation District level of competition with their posters of the theme “We All Live in a Watershed.”  They now advance to State-level competition.  ECA is proud of our winners […]

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RALEIGH – Following the discovery of the federally listed noxious weed cogongrass in northern Scotland County, plant pest regulators will hold a workshop June 2 to help residents identify the grass to be able to report it and help prevent its spread. The free, hands-on workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. […]

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The 4-H Presentation District Competition judges are needed for the annual 4-H Activity Day planned for Saturday, May 14, in Kinston. Becky Spearman said, “4-H has a district activity day every year where kids from 18 counties will do presentations on a lot of different topics.  Agents are asked to be in charge of a […]

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has launched a tag program to promote livestock born and raised in North Carolina. The new Got to Be NC tag program uses special ear tags to identify N.C.-born-and-bred cattle, swine, sheep and goats. The voluntary program is a collaboration between the department’s Got to […]

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By Donald R. van der Vaart Secretary, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Governor Pat McCrory has become a national leader in fighting the Obama administration’s attempts to impose costly federal mandates that would hurt North Carolina’s economy and eliminate jobs. Thanks to the governor’s leadership, North Carolina successfully stopped federal takeover of states’ electricity […]

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Chapel Hill farm was producing dairy products outside state standards RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services on Friday suspended the Grade A dairy permit of Crawford’s Dairy in Chapel Hill for failing to comply with state standards. The department began investigating the farm after two N.C. residents were recently diagnosed with […]

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There will be a sheep and meat/dairy goat field day on Saturday, March 19, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Mike Herndon’s farm located at 2543 Barlow Road in Parkton.  This will be an excellent opportunity to learn about goats and sheep. Topics include selecting and culling breeding does, bucks, ewes and rams; artificial insemination […]

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RALEIGH- Don’t play the guessing game with your garden vegetables or yard for the upcoming growing season. Soil testing for your spring plantings and yard maintenance gives you the information needed to maximize your efforts and boost garden yields. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Agronomic Services Division encourages home and community gardeners […]

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RALEIGH – North Carolina cotton growers will vote April 1 on whether to continue a checkoff program that supports their industry. The referendum would reauthorize an assessment of up to $1 per bale of cotton sold, but the N.C. Cotton Producers Association’s board of directors plans to continue the assessment at the current level of […]

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RALEIGH –The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is accepting grant proposals for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Nonprofits and government agencies wishing to apply have until March 25. The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program aims to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in the marketplace. It is managed by the department and […]

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reminds growers that properly timed spring nitrogen applications are essential to the growth and development of wheat. Assessing nitrogen needs now will optimize yield and economic return later, and is especially important for organic grain growers. To decide how much spring nitrogen to apply, growers […]

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RALEIGH –The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is accepting grant proposals for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Nonprofits and government agencies wishing to apply have until March 25. The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program aims to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in the marketplace. It is managed by the department and […]

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is reminding farmers and ranchers that the competitive sign-up deadline for its most popular voluntary conservation program, the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), is Feb. 26, 2016. This will be one of the most competitive general sign-up periods in history, in part due a statutory limit on the number of […]

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Pecan Growers Association will hold its annual conference March 5 at the Pitt County Cooperative Extension office in Greenville. The event is open to current pecan growers and those interested in learning more about pecan production in the state. The meeting includes workshops and an orchard tour. Dr. Lenny Wells, a […]

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will host workshops for farmers market managers March 4 in Winston-Salem and March 18 in Mount Olive. “With more than 250 farmers markets across the state, it is easy for consumers to connect with local farmers in their community,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Our […]

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RALEIGH — The board of the Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation of North Carolina has set the 2016 boll weevil assessment at $1 per acre of cotton, keeping the fee the same for the third straight year. The fee supports the foundation’s efforts to monitor cotton acreage in North Carolina for any re-introduction of the boll […]

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A new building that is under construction at Taylor Manufacturing is beginning to take shape. Ron Taylor said that the next step for the building is to install sprinkler system. He added that the recent rains have had some impact on the construction schedule. “We’ll eventually get there,” said Taylor. He explained that the priority […]

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RALEIGH – Oaks Unlimited Inc., a Waynesville lumber company, has been named 2016 Exporter of the Year by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The Exporter of the Year award honors agribusinesses that have excelled in exporting their products around the world. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler recognized Oaks Unlimited for its exporting success […]

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WASHINGTON, D. C. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that producers who have crops pledged as collateral for a marketing assistance loan can now purchase a commodity certificate that may be exchanged for the outstanding loan collateral. The authority is provided by the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act, legislation enacted by Congress in December. […]

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund will hold four workshops across the state for those interested in protecting their communities’ agricultural lands and learning more about the Voluntary Agricultural Districts program. The Voluntary Agricultural Districts and Farmland Preservation Workshops are for agricultural advisory board members, county representatives, program staff, farmers, […]

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The Bladenboro Historical Society placed monuments in front of four newly planted Crepe Myrtle trees at noon on Friday, Jan. 29. The trees are part of an ongoing landscaping project started this year by the Society. A landscape committee was appointed to research and develop a plan for beautification of the building. With the help […]

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RALEIGH – Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler will be in Washington, D.C., Sunday to Tuesday to discuss national agricultural policy with other commissioners, secretaries and directors of agriculture from across the country. The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture’s annual Winter Policy Conference will bring together leaders to discuss pressing issues and federal policy affecting […]

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Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension I love the North Carolina State Fair. My wife will tell you that around June 1 I start the countdown to the opening of the fair. Everything about the fair – the farm animals, the exhibits, the food, the happy people, and even the rides – appeals to […]

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Forest Service has confirmed that laurel wilt, a devastating disease of redbay and other plants in the laurel family, has been identified in Onslow County in an area along N.C. Highway 50 just north of Holly Ridge. The disease has been identified across the Southeast in portions of South Carolina, Georgia […]

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RALEIGH – Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announced that the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will activate its toll-free weather emergency hotline Friday to help farmers affected by the winter storm connect with resources. “Farmers who have an agricultural emergency can call 1-866-645-9403,” said Troxler. “We are ready to help connect farmers with local […]

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Rowan and Yadkin counties in North Carolina as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by drought and excessive heat that occurred from April 25, 2015, and continues.   “Our hearts go out to those North Carolina farmers and ranchers affected by […]

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Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin offering farm ownership microloans, creating a new financing avenue for farmers to buy and improve property. These microloans will be especially helpful to beginning or underserved farmers, U.S. veterans looking for a career in farming, and those who have […]

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North Carolina Cooperative Extension (Bladen, Cumberland, Hoke, Robeson and Scotland County Centers) will host the Seventh Annual Cape Fear Regional Cattle Conference on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at the Southeastern N.C. Agricultural Events Center located at 1027 Hwy. 74 East, Lumberton.  This conference is an excellent opportunity to receive updates on the cattle industry, learn new […]

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An integral part of fulfilling Farm Bureau’s mission is to make leadership development available to our members. Education is an important component of  leadership. Providing opportunities for our future leaders to obtain an education is  important to us. Farm Bureau is  proud to offer the following to our members. The R. Flake Shaw University Scholarship […]

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The N.C. Pesticide Board recently approved the following settlement agreements for individuals in Ashe, Bladen, Catawba, Columbus, Granville, Hoke, Lenoir, Lincoln, Robeson, Sampson and Wilson counties. (Ashe County) Charles W. Greer of Warrensville agreed to pay $600 for damage caused to a neighboring property by drift from a pesticide application. N.C. pesticide law states no […]

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RALEIGH – Registration is open for the fifth annual Food Business Conference, which will be held April 5 in Greensboro. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will host the conference from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Greensboro-High Point Airport Marriott. It is geared for people interested in expanding their food business […]

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WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Isle of Wight, Patrick, Southampton and Surry counties in Virginia as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by flooding that occurred from Sept. 24, 2015, through Oct. 6, 2015. “Our hearts go out to those Virginia farmers and ranchers affected […]

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is hosting two events aimed at farmers and agribusinesses on Feb. 4 in the Holshouser Building at the State Fairgrounds. The 11th annual Agricultural Development Forum will focus on N.C. farm families’ preparation for the future and innovative solutions to hunger and food insecurity. It […]

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RALEIGH – N.C. farmers interested in learning about the requirements for selling their products to Harris Teeter stores can take part in a free information session Feb. 26 in Brunswick County. The meeting will be hosted by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at N.C. Cooperative Extension’s […]

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RALEIGH – Flue-cured tobacco growers in North Carolina will have a chance to vote Wednesday, Jan. 27, on whether to continue their self-assessment to support export promotion and expansion programs conducted by Tobacco Associates for the next three crop marketing years. The exact assessment will be approved by the N.C. Tobacco Associates Board of Directors, […]

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There will be an Agriculture and Forest Landowners meeting on Wednesday, January 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Powell Melvin Agricultural Service Center Auditorium located at 450 Smith Circle Drive in Elizabethtown. Topics will include Evaluating Conservation Easements, Solar Leases & Land Lease Proposals; Economic Outlook of Agriculture; Current Projects and Future Opportunities […]

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RALEIGH – Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announced today that the suspension of live poultry shows and sales has been lifted, a week earlier than when the ban was set to expire. Troxler also released the registration requirements for small flock owners. “I promised at the beginning that we would review the ban in January, and […]

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WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack  announced Wednesday, Jan. 6 that in 2015, wildfires burned a record 10,125,149 acres across the United States, surpassing the previous record set in 2006. The Secretary renewed the call for Congress to pass the bi-partisan Wildfire Disaster Funding Act. In 2015, there were more than 50 fires that exceeded […]

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Smithfield Foods’ Tar Heel plant was recently awarded the 2015 Guardian of the Envirothon Award by the North Carolina Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. Envirothon is a program that pits high school and middle school teams competing against each other utilizing their knowledge of natural resources and ecology in a field day-type event, […]

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The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission held the first of several public hearings scheduled to take place across the state regarding proposed changes to state regulations regarding gamelands, management of wildlife and fishing. NC Wildlife Resources Commission spokesperson Jodie Owen said that about 50 people were in attendance at the hearing which was held at […]

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The Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation was held December 6-8 at the Sheraton Four Seasons and Joseph S. Koury Convention Center in Greensboro. During the meeting, Bladen County Farm Bureau President Ray Allen was recognized among his peers at the Presidents’ and Agents’ Luncheon. Farm Bureau President Larry Wooten presented each winning […]

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Regional Chicken Project is an opportunity for youth ages 5 to 18 involved in FFA and 4-H in the Cape Fear Region to learn more about the livestock industry. Through this project, youth will get to choose whether to purchase hens or broiler chicks at a discounted rate. The birds will be raised and youth […]

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  We are holding another Holiday Hay Fundraiser Saturday, Dec. 19, from 11 a.m.  until 3 p.m.!  For $10 Abigale and Big Red will be giving Christmas Pony rides.  Sadly our photographer will not be available. All proceeds will go to the hay fund.  Each horse goes through about a round bale a month.  Presently we […]

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  The N.C. Forest Service is encouraging people to exercise caution this holiday season when caring for you Christmas trees. “Real Christmas trees offer a great addition to your holiday decorations, but they do need a little extra attention,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “With proper care, a real tree can last up to two […]

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WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today reminded farmers and ranchers that the next general enrollment period for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) begins today, Dec. 1, 2015, and ends on Feb. 26, 2016. December 2015 also marks the 30th anniversary of CRP, a federally funded program that assists agricultural producers with […]

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2015 – Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the availability of $350 million to help landowners protect and restore key farmlands, grasslands and wetlands across the nation. The funding is provided through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), created by the 2014 Farm Bill to protect critical water resources and wildlife habitat, […]

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The Powell-Melvin Agricultural Center in Elizabethtown was packed full Tuesday evening for the Bladen County Farm-City Week Banquet.  The banquet is held every year to help celebrate National Farm-City Week and the partnerships between rural and urban communities. This year the nationally recognized week is November 23rd through November 27th.  Sandra Cain, County Extension Director […]

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 A FREEZE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO 8 AM EST MONDAY… … FREEZE WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING… * TEMPERATURES…WILL DROP TO BETWEEN 30 AND 32 DEGREES. * TIMING…THE 32 DEGREE OR LESS READINGS WILL OCCUR FOR UP TO 3 HOURS…MAINLY BETWEEN 430 AM AND 730 […]

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WASHINGTON, November 6, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has appointed members of the USDA Minority Farmers Advisory Committee (MFAC). The committee provides farmer, rancher, industry and public perspectives on USDA strategies, policies and programs that impact minority farmers and ranchers. The Committee held its first public meeting September 22-24, 2015, in Savannah, Ga., to […]

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RALEIGH – County governments and nonprofit groups pursuing farmland preservation projects have until Dec. 18 to apply for funding assistance from the N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund. This year’s request for proposals includes statewide general appropriations of $1.6 million for traditional farm preservation projects and an additional $1 million to protect military […]

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Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund announces 2015 grant recipients RALEIGH – The Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund recently awarded more than $1.7 million to help communities across the state protect farmland and promote agricultural enterprises, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announced today. “The trust fund was able to fund 18 projects this […]

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LOUISVILLE, October 29, 2015—Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today announced a commitment by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to prioritize $5.6 billion over the next two years within USDA programs and services that serve new and beginning farmers and ranchers. Deputy Secretary Harden also announced a new, tailored web tool designed to connect burgeoning […]

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(Elizabethtown, NC), October 23, 2015 — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Bob Etheridge reminds agricultural producers that FSA provides a receipt to customers who request or receive assistance or information on FSA programs. “If you visit our office, you’ll receive documentation of services requested and provided,” said Etheridge. […]

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2015 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 19 counties in North Carolina as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain and flooding that occurred from Sept. 22, 2015, through Oct. 4, 2015. Those counties are: Alleghany Columbus Hyde Sampson Ashe Craven Jones Tyrrell […]

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There will be a Ruminant (Beef Cattle, Meat Goat, and Sheep) Nutrition and Forages series held at the Bladen County Extension Office located at 450 Smith Circle Drive in Elizabethtown this fall. The series will consist of 3 night classes. The classes for beef producers are Thursdays, November 5, 12 and 19 from 6:30-8:30 pm.  […]

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Ag’em Up Days, a two day Agricultural Field Day Adventure for Bladen County 3rd graders, was held on October 7th and 8th, 2015 at the Bladen County Parks and Recreation field and picnic area located on HWY 701 in Elizabethtown, NC. Bladen County Cooperative Extension, Bladen County Farm Bureau, Cape Fear Farm Credit, Bladen County […]

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Woody Marlowe has farmed for about 50 years, working through hurricanes and drenching rains. The long time Bladen County farmer said he’s never seen anything like the damage caused by nearly two consecutive weeks of rain. Friday afternoon, he showed N.C. Farm Service Agency Executive Director Bob Etheridge some of the damage in his sprawling […]

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As clouds continued trapping the sunshine Tuesday, Gov. Pat McCrory, and state Commissioner of Agriculture, Steve Troxler toured Bladen County and invited farmers, industry leaders and community leaders to meet at Lu Mil Vineyard in Dublin to give feedback on the impact of the non-stop rain. The two weeks of rain every day has been […]

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RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is activating a toll-free hotline for farmers in the event of agricultural damage caused by this weekend’s extensive rainfall. Farmers can call 1-866-645-9403 to connect with resources to help with recovery from flood or wind damage and power outages. “With all the rain anticipated across […]

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RALEIGH – Farmers across the state are urged to clear drainage ditches, secure signage and loose objects, stock up on fuel and feed to be prepared for days of wet weather that may be followed by hurricane conditions. The state has already seen almost a week of rain that has saturated the ground. If Hurricane […]

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The Bladen County Tobacco Research Referendum will be held on Thursday, November 19, 2015. Sandra Cain, Bladen County Cooperative Extension Director and County Referendum Chairman has established the polling location as the Bladen County Extension Office located at 450 Smith Circle Drive in Elizabethtown. Cain explained that the referendum is being held to let tobacco […]

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RALEIGH – Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler signed an emergency order today expanding the quarantine for emerald ash borer to include the entire state, following the discovery of borers in several more counties across the state. “We have surveyed the state to see if we could find evidence of this highly destructive pest in previously undetected […]

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Bladen County 4-H’ers took part in the 2015 North Carolina 4-H Congress, held in July 18-21. The event attracted 518 youth and their adult leaders for activities including presentations on a variety of subjects, leadership and citizenship training, service opportunities, officer elections and more. 2015 4-H Congress participants and awards presented to Bladen County youth […]

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Bladen County 4-H’ers took part in the 2015 North Carolina 4-H Congress, held in July 18-21. The event attracted 518 youth and their adult leaders for activities including presentations on a variety of subjects, leadership and citizenship training, service opportunities, officer elections and more. 2015 4-H Congress participants and awards presented to Bladen County youth […]

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By: Charlotte Smith We saw some Bladen County Farmers hard at work this week harvesting their corn. We wondered how the season was this year for our county. Shane Harrelson said, “This looks to be a good year.” Harrelson said his family has been farming since the 1930’s in Bladen County. The family of Farmers […]

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is holding five regional meetings to inform backyard poultry owners about the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus that is expected to be introduced in the state this fall. Veterinarians with NCDA&CS and the N.C. State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will give an […]

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RALEIGH – Five more counties have come under quarantine rules restricting the movement of hardwood firewood, ash nursery stock and other ash materials following the discovery of more trees infested with emerald ash borers. The addition of Durham, Graham, Johnston, Orange and Wilson counties brings the total number of counties under quarantine to 12. Agriculture […]

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Kenansville, NC: A large gathering of over 2,000 hog farmers, pork industry employees, and supporters filled the Duplin County Events Center Wednesday evening to hear from industry leaders, elected officials and fellow farmers about attacks on their industry at Rally ‘Round the Farm, the inaugural event of NC Farm Families (NCFF). “It is time for […]

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RALEIGH – Organic growers in North Carolina can apply for partial reimbursement of the cost of becoming certified or for re-certification through a program offered by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Growers who are certified or re-certified between Oct. 1, 2014, and Sept. 30, 2015, can apply for assistance through the program. […]

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(Raleigh, NC), July 2, 2015 — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Etheridge reminds agricultural producers that FSA provides a receipt to customers who request or receive assistance or information on FSA programs. “If you visit our office, you’ll receive documentation of services requested and provided,” said Etheridge. “It’s […]

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(Elizabethtown, N.C.), July 1, 2015 –Bladen County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Chris Tatum, announced that the nomination period for local FSA county committees began on June 15, 2015. Nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the Bladen County FSA Office by close of business on Aug. 3, 2015. “County Committees are […]

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WASHINGTON, June 15, 2015 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that eligible producers may now formally enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for 2014 and 2015. The enrollment period begins June 17, 2015, and will end Sept. 30, 2015. “The extensive outreach campaign […]

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In March, 2015, the Department of Justice submitted a status report on the Hispanic and Women farmers who had filed claims against USDA because of discriminatory practices that included having their loan or loan servicing applications denied because of their race or gender. Of the nearly 54,000 claims filed, approximately 22,000 claims had been deemed […]

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WASHINGTON, June 8, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced that the nomination period for local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees begins on Monday, June 15, 2015. “Through the county committees, farmers and ranchers have a voice. Their opinions and ideas get to be heard on federal farm programs,” said Agriculture Secretary […]

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Dry weather helping yields RALEIGH – Blueberry growers across North Carolina are expecting a record crop as they start harvesting for the season, thanks to recent dry weather. “Too much rain at harvest can damage blueberries and ruin a crop,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Fortunately, the weather is cooperating and we are seeing some […]

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Free basic coverage and discounted premiums available for new and under served loan applicants (Elizabethtown) May 28, 2015 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director, Bob Etheridge, announced that producers who apply for FSA farm loans will also be offered the opportunity to enroll in new disaster loss protections […]

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On May 14, 2015, the soccer field at Bladen County Parks and Recreation on HWY 701 in Elizabethtown was converted to a show field for the evening. A show for chickens! We had forty-five youth ages 5 to 18 involved in 4-H and FFA from counties across the region come out to show their hens […]

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I don’t know about you, but I can eat bacon for breakfast every day for months before desiring a change of taste. Think of ham steaks, ham sandwiches, ham salad, or mmmm, pork chops. Who doesn’t enjoy some bacon bits crumbled over a fresh salad? How about a succulent and delicious pork tenderloin cooked on […]

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By Jefferson Weaver The state moved a step closer to expanding captive deer farms Monday, as a proposal to move regulation of deer on hunting preserves from the Wildlife Resources Commission to the Department of Agriculture passed the senate. Approved on a 44-2 vote, the changes are included in the N.C. Farm Bill for this […]

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Want to know what makes NC Blueberries special? Blueberries were first planted in NC as a cash crop in 1936, by a farmer from New Jersey, who wanted an extended growing season. In Bladen County, the peak harvest begins in mid May and extends through the first of June. There are two main types of […]

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RALEIGH, N.C. (April 2, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking the assistance of turkey hunters with a study of North Carolina’s wild turkey population. Successful hunters who want to participate are asked to remove the un-feathered portion of a lower leg, place it in a sealable plastic bag labeled with the county […]

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WASHINGTON, March 27, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today provided farm owners and producers one additional week, until April 7, 2015, to choose between Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), the safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres also […]

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(Elizabethtown) – The Executive Director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Bladen County, Chris Tatum, reminds foreign persons with an interest in agricultural lands in the United States that they are required to report their holdings and any transactions to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.   “Any foreign person […]

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Agricultural Marketing Service Contact: Sam Jones-Ellard (202) 660-2268 Samuel.jones@ams.usda.gov WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing procedures for the upcoming referendum regarding the continuation of the Sorghum Checkoff Program and is announcing the dates it will conduct the referendum. The Sorghum Promotion, Research, and Information Order requires that a […]

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By: Mrs. Shanna Harrelson While studying various introductory soil science topics such as general soil composition/type, erosion, agriculture, overgrazing, and land use, Mrs. Shanna Harrelson’s West Bladen High School’s Honors Earth/Environmental Sciences classes welcomed Mr. Ryan Harrelson, Bladen County Extension Director (with NC State University and NC A & T University) to their classroom. Mr. […]

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The North Carolina Board of Agriculture met recently and approved a referendum request from the N.C. Blueberry Council. The Council had requested approval to conduct a referendum among commercial blueberry growers in 12 counties, including Bladen.  Growers will be voting to assess themselves to support research and education about blueberries.   According to various sources, the […]

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RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service urges home gardeners and landscapers to prepare now to submit soil samples over the next few months to optimize growing conditions. Beginning in April and until the last of November, there is no charge for soil testing, and sample results are usually ready within about […]

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Bruce McLean, Ag Extension Horticulturist, is offering two upcoming classes for homeowners. One is about “Making the Most of Your Vegetable Garden”.  Discussions include siting your garden, organic vs conventional, pest control, fertilization, irrigation, selecting varieties, soils, planting, growing and harvesting. This class is schedule for Tuesday, March 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. at […]

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Farmers Now Have Until March 31 to Update Yields and Reallocate Base Acres; Deadline for Choosing Between ARC and PLC also Remains March 31 WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2015 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that a one-time extension will be provided to producers for the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, […]

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WASHINGTON  —U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Bob Etheridge today reminds producers of upcoming important deadlines for the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres is Feb. 27, […]

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The Bladen County Cooperative Extension office is sponsoring a Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Certification Class on Tuesday, March 3, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at their office at 450 Smith Circle in Elizabethtown.   The BQA program’s mission is to maximize consumer confidence of beef by focusing the producers’ attention to daily production practices that influence […]

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Application deadline is April 1 The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the N.C. State Fair today announced the creation of the N.C. State Fair Youth Livestock Scholarship Program. The scholarships are designed for high school seniors and students currently enrolled in an institute of higher education who have participated in the junior […]

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Bladen County Cooperative Extension and the NC Blueberry Council invite Bladen County Blueberry Growers to a special meeting on Tuesday, February 17 at Lu Mil Vineyard.  The meeting and dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. and will last until 8:30 p.m.    Presenters include Bill Cline–NCSU Extension Specialist and Researcher; Richard Blaylock–US Department of Labor, Wage and […]

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