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Blueberries (in a bucket)

FCS@Home: Blueberries

There’s nothing more sweeter than a summer blueberry. There’s also nothing more healthier than a summer blueberry! These small …

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What Is EFNEP?

If you’re not familiar with EFNEP, EFNEP offers free nutrition classes to help families and youth cook healthy meals …

Vegetables at a Farmers Market

Summer Vegetables & Heat

With the high heat of summer, I often receive calls from folks asking why their vegetables are not producing. …

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Extension Events - July 2021

July 3 Union County Farmers Market – Monroe & Stallings Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteers “Let’s Get Growing” July 5 MED instead of Meds Course July …

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Gardening Tips

National 4-H offers tons of resources and activities ranging from different topics created by 4-Hers. Today, I’d like to …

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Managing Summer Annual Pastures

Summer annual forages, like sorghum, sudan-grass, and millets are becoming an increasingly common method of providing additional forage during …

Union County Rankings Chart

Agri-Business in Union County

Agriculture is the single largest component of the economy in Union County. With ample farmland, a skilled workforce, and …

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Fire Ants

Did you know that fire ants are actually native to southern Brazil? They currently can be found in eleven …

Fresh NC Produce for Sale

Visit NC Farms - Local Produce

Union County has quite the selection of fruits and vegetables. With summer setting in, and the changing of seasons, …

June 2021 Extension Events

June 2021 - Extension Events

June 1 How to Be a Successful Gardener June 5 Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteers’ “Let’s Get Growing” Ask a Master Gardener℠ Volunteer Union County …

Blueberries, Raspberries and Blackberries in a Pile.

Berries Galore!

Warm weather brings a bounty of produce, including juicy and delicious berries! Right now, is the time when many of …

Union County Local Beef Packaged - Visit NC Farms

Visit NC Farms - Local Meat!

It’s grilling season! With plenty of opportunities to fire up the grill, summer is a great time to spend outdoors …

Recent Publications related to Agriculture & Food

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2020 Uniform Peanut Performance Tests

This report provides the results of the 2020 tests conducted to evaluate the commercial potential …

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Terrestrial Flatworms, Land Planarians & Hammerhead Worms

This factsheet offers information on the identification and management of various flatworms that may be …

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Estimating Available Time to Plant and Harvest Peanuts

This publication looks at historical records to estimate the number of days available for planting …

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Growing Cotton for Ornamental, Educational, Non-Commercial, or Atypical Commercial Reasons in North Carolina

This publication provides information about steps and procedures for growing cotton for alternative purposes. It …

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Collard Greens and Common Ground: A North Carolina Community Food Gardening Handbook

Community gardens have been part of the American landscape since the mid-1700s. Today, community gardens …

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The Status and Trends of Wetland Loss and Legal Protection in North Carolina

This publication provides an overview of historical wetland trends in North Carolina and discusses how …

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Getting Data from the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) Using R

This publication provides information and guidance on using computer code to access the National Agricultural …

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Establishing Nitrogen and Potassium Fertilizer Rates for Floral Hemp Production

This publication provides nitrogen and potassium fertilizer recommendations for optimum floral hemp yield and cannabidiol …

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