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Thursday, 08 April 2021 11:57

2021 N.C. strawberry season underway

RALEIGH — April signals the start of strawberry season in North Carolina, and local growers are optimistic about the 2021 season and anticipate a crop that should last through Memorial Day.

Published in Lifestyle

DERBY — With lows expected to drop below freezing the next two nights, Richmond County’s peach crops could be endangered.

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Monday, 22 March 2021 15:33

N.C. farms open for spring events

RALEIGH — North Carolina farms across the state will have plenty of outdoor experiences and local food options this spring as they open their gates to welcome visitors. Farms are offering small group, reservation only and timed-ticketed events this spring.

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RALEIGH — Spring is in the air and many growers are already in the field preparing for the 2021 growing season. Similarly, gardeners are preparing beds either for planting vegetables or spring or summer landscape plants, which often includes applying lime to lower excessive soil acidity.

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ROCKINGHAM — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is extending the deadline from March 5 to April 9 for agricultural producers to apply for the Quality Loss Adjustment Program because of recent winter storms and some clarifications to program rules. This program assists producers, including those here in North Carolina who suffered crop quality losses due to qualifying 2018 and 2019 natural disasters. 

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RALEIGH — The board of the Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation of North Carolina has set the 2021 boll weevil assessment at 75 cents per acre of cotton. The amount remains the same as in 2020. 

Published in Lifestyle

WASHINGTON— Agricultural producers who have not yet enrolled in the Agriculture Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage programs for 2021 must do so by March 15. Producers who have not yet signed a 2021 enrollment contract or who want to make an election change should contact their local USDA Farm Service Agency office to make an appointment. Program enrollment for 2021 is required in order to participate in the programs, but elections for the 2021 crop year are optional and otherwise remain the same as elections made for 2020.

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SMITHFIELD, Va. — Smithfield Foods, Inc. announced today it has partnered with Granular, a leading farm management software platform, to help growers in its grain supply chain boost farm sustainability and efficiency while improving crop yields. The offer will be available to grain farmers in North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina and Virginia who sell their grain to Smithfield.

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STATESVILLE — Carolina Farm Credit is now accepting applications for the 12th year of the Ag Biz Planner program and the 5th year of the Ag Biz Basics program.

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WASHINGTON —  Agricultural producers who have not yet enrolled in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage programs for 2020 must do so by June 30. Although program elections for the 2020 crop year remain the same as elections made for 2019, all producers need to contact their local USDA Farm Service Agency office to sign a 2020 enrollment contract. 

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