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Extension and research at NC State address timely issues impacting our state. Extension delivers trusted information directly into the hands of farmers and agribusinesses, helping them translate knowledge into solutions that grow our economy and communities.

Household Hazardous Waste Day

When: Saturday, November 3, 2018 Time: 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Where: Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center Address: 1801 Nash Street Who: All …

Pond Clinic

Have a pond? Want to learn more about it? Then do we have an opportunity for you! North Carolina Cooperative …

Imagine the Possibilities

In recent years, we’ve heard a lot in the news about GMOs, also known as transgenic crops. Transgenic crops …

The Family Farm

While we have been working on the Reshaping the Landscape project, a constant theme in every story was the …

Time to Thank a Farmer

Farming has a long history in the United States, from techniques used by the Native Americans, to practices brought …

Beating the Fall Rush

We have fallen into Fall quite quickly here in Lee County and that means a few things but among …

Safe Pesticide Use

Whether you are a farmer, tending thousands of acres, or homeowner who wants to grow a successful garden or …

Safe Travels

As we get into the heart of summer vacation, more folks are on the road. But people aren’t the …

Invaders From Another Place

Invaders. A word that may conjure up thoughts of the movies, maybe images little green men with ray guns …

Cover photo for Join Sandhills Farm to Table!

Join Sandhills Farm to Table!

Enjoy boxes of fresh, delicious produce picked at peak ripeness from Sandhills Farms for your table. Deliveries are from …

Farming Is Risky Business

Sanford has been experiencing a lot of growth lately. New stores and services are popping up fast along Horner …

North Carolina Christmas Trees

It’s no secret that Christmas trees are a big part of the agricultural landscape of North Carolina. So big …

Recent Publications related to Agriculture & Food

Figure 2. Fitting the top in place.

Cool and Ship: A Low-Cost, Portable Forced-Air Cooling Unit

This publication gives instruction for building and using an inexpensive postharvest cooling system. The cool …

Figure 1. The effects of temperature on the growth of Monolinia

Chlorination and Postharvest Disease Control

At present, chlorination is one of the few chemical options available to help manage postharvest …

Figure 1. Liquid icing single cartons of produce.

Crushed and Liquid Ice Cooling

This publication is intended to help growers, packers, and shippers of fresh produce make informed …

Figure 1. Typical conventional hydrocooler.

Hydrocooling

This publication is intended to help growers, packers, and shippers of fresh produce make informed …

Figure 1. Cooling time for various airflow rates.

Forced-Air Cooling

This publication covers the characteristics and benefits of forced-air cooling to cool fresh produce to …

Figure 1. Common produce packages.

Design of Room Cooling Facilities: Structural & Energy Requirements

Proper temperature control is essential to protecting the quality of fresh produce. By constructing and …

Growing Blueberries in the Home Garden

Blueberries can be grown in home gardens anywhere in North Carolina if the right species …

Illustration of a red raspberry trellis

Raspberries in the Home Garden

In the case of specialty or non-traditional small fruit crops in the Southeast, red raspberries …