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Agriculture & Food

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.

Farmers Feed Us All

As our society becomes more urban, fewer Americans ever see the connection between the food they eat, the clothing …

Vote! It Makes Good Sense!

Political season is upon us, and unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past several months, you …

Farm-City Week Activities

Join city and country folk as we celebrate our annual Farm-City Week. Farm-City Week in Lee County is November …

Out With the Old!

We may think of spring as the time for cleaning, but right now is the time to find some …

The Art of Farming

Farming is often considered a science based practice, and for good reason. Whether you are growing corn, soybeans, sweet …

Raising Backyard Poultry

Backyard poultry has become increasingly popular across our area in recent years. For some, one or two chickens are …

Understanding Pesticide Labels

We often hear about pesticides in the media. Typically, pesticides are painted in a bad light, as dangerous chemicals …

Ask an Expert

Lee County residents now have the expertise of all of the nation’s land-grant universities at their fingertips, thanks to …

Invaders From Another Place

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

Weeds Under Water

What do you consider a weed? Often our first thought goes to the dandelion in the lawn, grasses in …

Land of the Pines

Did you know that North Carolina has a state toast? It begins with the line, “Here’s to the land …

A Hard Year for Farming

“It’s been a hard year.” That’s a quote which its seems like I hear farmers say every year. This …

Time to Thank a Farmer

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

History at the Fair

The Lee Regional Fair is known to be a strong supporter of agriculture, but did you know history can …

Recent Publications related to Agriculture & Food

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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 …