03/22/2019
  • 11:57 am Bladen’s Best of the Best for 2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 8:33 am Thoughts While Shaving
  • 8:01 am This Day in History – March 22
  • 11:48 pm Baseball West Bladen 5, South Robeson 2
  • 11:45 pm Boys Tennis East Bladen 6, South Columbus 3
  • 11:44 pm Middle School Baseball Clarkton School of Discovery 2, Williams Township 1
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On Friday, May 20, the West Bladen FFA Chapter was happy to welcome Sarah Draper, National FFA Officer from the Western Region, and Jacob Fipps, NCFFA Vice President. They came during fourth period to talk to the Agriculture classes that were offered at that time. The West Bladen FFA officers were also there to meet […]

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RALEIGH – The State Farmers Market is looking for the largest watermelon in North Carolina. The public weigh-in and awards ceremony is part of the market’s Watermelon Day on July 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. “North Carolina is the eighth-largest producer of watermelons in the nation,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “I encourage […]

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Wait no longer Bladen County for organic food offered at the farmer’s market. Otter Branch Organics from Rose Hill will be at the farmers market this Friday and Saturday, July 22nd and 23rd. The farmers from Rose Hill will be selling organic okra, sweet banana peppers, specialty bell peppers, free range organic eggs, and pepper […]

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My heart is heavy, for a lot of reasons. I wasn’t there for either the Minnesota shooting or the Baton Rouge incident. I don’t know why that young man in Dallas decided, in his own words, to hate white people, especially white police officers. Most of my career, I’ve been a police reporter. While I […]

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GOLDSBORO – N.C. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler today announced the federal designation of 33 counties as the North Carolina Sentinel Landscape, and the development of voluntary programs of incentives for landowners and local governments that desire to participate. He was joined for the announcement at the Cherry Research Farm by leaders of North Carolina’s military […]

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The North Carolina Wildlife Federation’s Farmer’s & Communities Manage Deer program will conduct a community meeting in Riegelwood on Thursday, July 21, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Riegelwood Community Center. The meeting is open to the public. For farmer’s who are searching for assistance with crop damage from deer, a hunter or a […]

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The Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown was a busy place on Friday afternoon. Vendors were on hand offering all manner of fresh summer produce including watermelons, cantaloups, squash, zucchini, tomatoes, blueberries and more.   After making their selections, folks were able to enjoy a sweet treat from Burney’s Sweets and More or venture into […]

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Forest Service has released its 2016 seedling catalog. “The Forest Service produces about 16 million quality seedlings for more than 50 species of conifer and hardwood trees each year at its nurseries in Goldsboro and Crossnore,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “The catalog contains information about the types of tree species, […]

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RALEIGH –The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is seeking 200 seasonal employees to assist its Cooperative Grading Services during the 2016 peanut season. “North Carolina farmers grow more than a 160 tons of peanuts,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “That’s a lot of peanuts that need grading to ensure consumers are getting a […]

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RALEIGH – Organic growers in North Carolina can apply for partial reimbursement of the cost of becoming certified or for recertification through a program offered by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Growers who are certified or recertified between Oct. 1, 2015, and Sept. 30, 2016, can apply for assistance through the program. […]

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RALEIGH – A Pitt County quarter horse has been confirmed as having died after contracting Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis. EEE is a mosquito-borne disease that is preventable in equine by vaccination. The horse exhibited signs of generalized weakness, stumbling, depression and inability to stand or eat. This is the first reported case of EEE in North […]

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Lumberton – Southeastern Health (SeHealth) announces the successful completion of its new accreditation process for Southeastern Regional Medical Center (SRMC) from DNV GL – Healthcare. By earning accreditation, Southeastern Health’s SRMC has demonstrated it meets or exceeds patient safety standards set forth by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. DNV GL’s accreditation program […]

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will celebrate N.C. Peach Month in July with several special events. While some peach orchards were hit hard by cold weather this spring, the department says there is still a lot to celebrate. “We had an unusually cold April, which affected midseason varieties across the […]

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Forest Service is encouraging land owners in Western North Carolina to watch for signs of damage in eastern white pines following reports of declining health in some of those trees in Ashe, Haywood, Madison, Mitchell, Transylvania and Swain counties. “We have gotten reports that some of these trees have branch dieback, […]

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RALEIGH — This has been a wet spring, with weather affecting some crops early this season, including flue-cured tobacco planted in sandier soils. Agronomists with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in and near the coastal plains are reporting some leaching losses of fertilizer from excessive rainfall. Specifically, they are seeing potassium losses […]

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Bladen County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Chris Tatum announced that producers who file accurate and timely reports for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage can prevent the potential loss of FSA program benefits. Please pay close attention to the acreage reporting dates below for 2016. “In order to comply with […]

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(Elizabethtown, NC), June 1, 2016 –Bladen County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director CED Chris Tatum, announced that the nomination period for local FSA county committees began on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. “County Committees are unique to FSA and allow producers to have a voice on federal farm program implementation at the local level,” […]

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The nomination period for the Bladen FSA county committee begins on June 15, 2016. Nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the Bladen County FSA Office by close of business on Aug. 1, 2016. County Committees are unique to FSA and allow producers to have a voice on federal farm program implementation at the […]

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RALEIGH – Consumers can expect a strong North Carolina blueberry crop this season, according to the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Blueberry harvest began in mid-May and is expected to last through August. “Most of the growers we’ve heard from expect to have a solid crop this year,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. […]

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) will provide an estimated $300 million in cost-share assistance payments to cotton producers through the new Cotton Ginning Cost-Share program, in order to expand and maintain the domestic marketing of cotton.   “Today’s announcement shows USDA continues to […]

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  Gooden Farms 689 David Gooden Road Elizabethtown, NC Call: Grady 910-874-2860     or     Chris   910-872-3321   Share:

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Fourteen restaurants and a meal delivery service are competing in the 2016 “Dig into Local” Best Menu NC contest sponsored by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The contest showcases the state’s best menus featuring N.C. products and ingredients. It runs through September. Following is a list of contestants, by town: *Albemarle: Off […]

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Farmers will get the opportunity to create free web pages by attending a Regional Web Page at Bladen Community College 7416 Highway 41 North Bladenboro.  The workshop will be held on Thursday, June 9, in Building 1, Room 102, from 9 a.m. until noon.  Area Farm Management Agents Nelson Brownlee and James Hartsfield will present […]

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RALEIGH – Twenty-seven North Carolina students have been awarded 2016 N.C. State Fair Youth Livestock Scholarships, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announced. The scholarships are designed for high school seniors and college students who have participated in the junior livestock or market turkey shows at the N.C. State Fair. The scholarships were funded by sponsors of […]

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The nomination period for local FSA County Committees will begin on June 15, 2016. Nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the Bladen County FSA Office by close of business by Aug. 1, 2016. This year, nominations and elections will be held in LAA 3, which includes Central, Colly, Cypress Creek, Frenches Creek, Lake Creek, Turnbull, and […]

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced that 29 agritourism farms will receive funding for marketing projects. The Agritourism Marketing Cost Share program is administered by the department’s agritourism office with funding from the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission. “I’m pleased that we are able to award a total of $50,000 […]

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WASHINGTON, May 23, 2016 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini today announced that incentives resume this month for farmers and foresters who grow and harvest biomass for renewable energy and biobased products. The funds come through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), which was reauthorized by the 2014 […]

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On May 10, 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 89 youth ranging in age from 5 to 18 involved in 4-H and FFA from counties across the region come out to show […]

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RALEIGH – N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services inspectors recently conducted a month long sweep at gas stations across the state looking for credit card skimmers. Inspectors visited 972 stations in 12 counties and checked 8,567 dispensers. The inspectors found three skimming devices. The devices were found in Mecklenburg and Nash counties. Thieves can […]

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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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