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Policies and Procedures

The McSwain Extension Education and Agriculture Center is available. Lee County Farm Bureau Auditorium Contact us for: Policies and Procedures / Facility Use Request Form

Plant Sciences Initiative Study Report

Plant Sciences

Plant sciences initiative could spark NC economic growth, study finds A new economic study, released Jan. 12, shows that North Carolina has an opportunity to be the global hub for advanced plant sciences research and for the application of that research to expanding agricultural productivity. One page summary of the Initiative  View the Report

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Solar Energy Property
Tax Resources

With a surge in solar power installations across North Carolina, Extension specialists have developed materials to address questions about tax implications, land appraisal and more. Solar Generation Property Taxation Solar and Wind Energy Development Opportunities: Tax Implications

Food Processing and Manufacturing Initiative

Food Processing and
Manufacturing Initiative

NC food processing and manufacturing initiative feasiblity study released The agricultural resources, industrial capacity and research innovation assets present in North Carolina create opportunities to catalyze development of value-added food processing and manufacturing businesses, according to a joint NC State-NCDA&CS economic feasibity study released Jan. 12. One page summary of the Initiative View the Full Report

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Prune With The Right Tools

Make your life easier, simpler (and safer) by trimming plants with the right tools. Pruning cultivated plants helps keep them healthy, attractive, and full of flowers and fruit.  Most of your regular garden MORE »

Using Pesticides Safely

Pesticides.  To some, the word makes them cringe.  To them it screams danger and death.  Others hear the word and think of the backbreaking work that pesticides eliminate.  Before pesticides, the only option MORE »

Get Ready For Spring – Build a Cold Frame!

Is your mailbox starting to fill up with seed catalogs for the new year?  Are you getting excited by visions of gorgeous spring flowers and delicious, fresh greens?  If you don’t have your MORE »


It’s time to forget about winter weather, and start thinking about fun in the sun! This summer, Lee County boys and girls from ages 8 to 14 can spend a fun-filled week, July MORE »

Understanding Lime Recommendations

Taking a soil test before planting any landscape or garden can be invaluable, if you know how to use the information you get back. The soil analysis holds lots of important information; however, MORE »

Winter on the Farm

After record breaking warm weather in December, it seems as if winter may have finally arrived.  People often ask me, what do farmers do in the winter?  Most are surprised that winter can MORE »

Stunning Choices for a Winter Landscape

Gardens should have four seasons of interest.  Of course, a lot of emphasis is placed on a spring and summer show.  Even fall can be beautiful by picking trees and shrubs with fall MORE »

Start the New Year with Family Goals

I need to lose 10 pounds! I’m going to start exercising more! I am going to stop watching so much television and read more books! How often have we made resolutions that we MORE »

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Hearts and Hands ECASat Feb 20, 2016
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
McSwain Extension Education and Agriculture Center
— 6 days away
Area Farmers MeetingMon Feb 22, 2016
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Where:
McSwain Center
— 1 week away
Farmers' Market Scale CertificationTue Feb 23, 2016
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM— 1 week away
Annual Farmers' Market MeetingTue Feb 23, 2016
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM— 1 week away
Area Farmers MeetingThu Mar 3, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
McSwain Center
— 3 weeks away
Lemon Springs ECA MeetingThu Mar 3, 2016
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM— 3 weeks away
Heart and Hands ECASat Mar 5, 2016
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
Mc swain Extension Education and Agriculture Center
— 3 weeks away
Livestock MeetingTue Mar 8, 2016
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
McSwain Center
— 3 weeks away
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