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NC Pesticide Board Seeking to Fill Vacancies

The N.C. Pesticide Board, which oversees pesticide regulations in the state, is seeking a conservationist and a practicing farmer to fill two vacancies on its Pesticide Advisory Committee.

The 20-member committee advises board members and the commissioner of agriculture on matters related to N.C. Pesticide Law. For more information or questions about the committee, or application process contact Jim Burnette at 919-733-3556, or click here 

Rain Garden Workshop Planned for the Pee Dee

The Florence Darlington Stormwater Consortium and the Environmental Discovery Center at Lynches River County Park are hosting a rain garden workshop for professionals. The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 15 at the Lynches River County Park Community Building in Coward.

The program is designed for landscape architects, installers, nursery professionals, engineers, site designers, and community planners.
The workshop will feature an overview of water quality in the Pee Dee; the benefits of rain gardens; rain garden design, construction and maintenance; and plant selection. Attendees will participate in a rain garden installation at Lynches River County Park. For more information visit our calendar. 

NPPC Joins Other Groups to Stop Animal Abuse

The National Pork Producers Council has joined with the National Pork Board, the dairy industry and the Center for Food Integrity – a not-for-profit corporation that builds consumer trust and confidence in today’s food system – to launch an initiative to encourage the immediate reporting of animal abuse, neglect, mishandling or harm.

The “See It? Stop It!” initiative provides tools for farms to affirm that proper animal care is the responsibility of all employees and that animal abuse is not acceptable or tolerated. Farm workers will be encouraged to report abuse.

Both the U.S. pork and dairy industries provided funding for the initiative. Additional information about it, including an employer checklist, guidance for integrating the initiative into existing animal well-being programs, posters for use in barns and guidance on employee training is available at .

Dairy Successfully Using Waste to Power Fleet

Officials from the Department of Energy say Fair Oaks Farms is a pacesetter for the dairy industry. The Indiana farm has used electricity generated by the manure gathered from its own barn floors to power milking equipment, barns, a cheese factory and more for years. Now – the farm is using manure to fuel its delivery trucks as well. According to the Department of Energy – it’s the largest natural gas fleet using agricultural waste to drive the nation’s roads. Fair Oaks has also opened two fueling stations to the public. Fair Oaks Chief Executive Gary Corbett says the farm is taking two-million gallons of diesel off the highway each year. 

Gypsy Moth Treatment Scheduled

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will soon treat gypsy moth infestations in Granville and Warren counties.
The treatments are anticipated to occur between April 5 and April 25, depending on weather conditions and insect development. Two fine-mist applications of the biological pesticide Bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki, or Bt(k), will be made four to 10 days apart. Treatments will be accomplished using low-flying helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft.

The proposed 922-acre treatment block in north-central Granville County is located about 15 miles from Stovall. The block is primarily rural, dominated by large expanses of uninhabited woodlands, but also contains some farm fields in cultivation. The proposed 1,285-acre treatment block in Warren County is located about 10 miles southeast of Warrenton. Field monitoring activities conducted by NCDA&CS last year determined that a reproducing population of the highly destructive gypsy moth exists in both counties and represents a threat to hardwood trees. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.