04/23/2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 11:35 pm This Day in History for April 23
  • 10:52 pm Touchstone Energy Beach Diamond Invitational Softball: West Brunswick 7, East Bladen 0
  • 10:49 pm Bulldog Baseball Easter Tournament: East Bladen 4, West Bladen 0
  • 6:31 pm Inspire cleaner living on Earth Day, five tips to celebrate
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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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NC Wildlife Resources Commission

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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USDA

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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USDA

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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