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Nickels for Know-How
Referendum

The Watauga County Nickels for Know-How Referendum will be held on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at the Watauga County Extension Office from 8am to 5pm. The referendum is being held to let users and produces of feed or fertilizer decide if they wish to continue the self-assessment program. This program has been in place since 1948, and the law requires that a new referendum be held every six years. A 2/3 favorable vote will mean that growers are willing to continue to assess themselves to support agricultural research and education. The assessment is fifteen cents per hundred pounds on feed and fertilizer produced in North Carolina. The funds, about $1.4 million annually, are collected by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and then allocated by the NC Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc.’s 148 volunteer Board of Directors to support agricultural research and extension projects at NC State University benefitting agriculture in North Carolina. For more information on the referendum please call your County Extension Office at: 828.264.3061

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NC Cooperative Extension Service

Nickels for Know-How
Referendum

The Watauga County Nickels for Know-How Referendum will be held on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at the Watauga County Extension Office from 8am to 5pm. The referendum is being held to let users and produces of feed or fertilizer decide if they wish to continue the self-assessment program. This program has been in place since 1948, and the law requires that a new referendum be held every six years. A 2/3 favorable vote will mean that growers are willing to continue to assess themselves to support agricultural research and education. The assessment is fifteen cents per hundred pounds on feed and fertilizer produced in North Carolina. The funds, about $1.4 million annually, are collected by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and then allocated by the NC Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc.’s 148 volunteer Board of Directors to support agricultural research and extension projects at NC State University benefitting agriculture in North Carolina. For more information on the referendum please call your County Extension Office at: 828.264.3061

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Watauga Extension
Offers Ginseng Workshops in September

If you own mature forestland (or a nice wooded backyard) with good soil and drainage, ginseng may be a viable way to produce income from your underutilized woods. Ginseng is a tricky plant to grow successfully and takes between 7-10 years to reach a size favored by the Asian markets to which it is exported. The market for ginseng has averaged over $800 per dried pound over the last few years. Cooperative Extension will be hosting a series of classes & field demonstrations on wild-simulated ginseng production in September at the Watauga County Agricultural Conference Center, 252 Poplar Grove Road, Boone. Dr. Jim Hamilton from Cooperative Extension will provide an overview of ginseng production and field demonstration on how to successfully plant and cultivate wild-simulated ginseng. Topics will include: Background on ginseng Site selection, soil fertility requirements, & companion plants Site preparation Planting methods Production issues—(pest mitigation & poaching issues) The market for ginseng September Ginseng Workshops at the Ag Conference Center: How to Plant Ginseng: Field Demonstration (choose 1 session) September 7 @ 2pm-3:30pm; 20 participants max September 8 @ 4pm-5:30pm; 20 participants max Wild Simulated Ginseng Production: Classroom Presentation September 29 @ 6pm-8pm; 40 participants max Cost to attend field and/or classroom workshop is $75. Participants will receive a starter kit of ½ pound of stratified ginseng seed and a copy of “Growing & Marketing Ginseng and other woodland medicinals”— (a value of over $100). Seed and guidebook supplies are limited to the first 40 total paid registrants. Registration and payment is required in advance. Please call or come by the Watauga County Extension Office to register for workshop sessions. Checks may be made out to Watauga County CES. It is recommended that you send in a soil sample of the area you are thinking about planting and bring your soil report to the workshop. Additional seed may be available upon request. This workshop series is made possible through a grant from the NCDA North Carolina Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and PHARMN (Preserve Heritage Agriculture & Regional Markets Now…www.pharmn.org) For more information, contact Dr. Jim Hamilton at the Watauga County Cooperative Extension at 264-3061 or at jim_hamilton@ncsu.edu.

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NC Safe Plates course
offered

NC Safe Plates is a new Food Safety Manager Certification Course developed by NC State University and an alternative to ServSafe. This course will prepare food service managers to complete the National Registry of Food Safety Professionals Food Safety Manager Certification Examination. NC establishments must have at least one supervisor certified as a food protection manager through an American National Standards Institute (ANSI)- accredited program or face a two-point violation from the health department. Managers will receive a certificate to display in their operation which will verify with local Environmental Health Departments that they are in compliance. Upcoming Class – Monday through Wednesday, September 19 – 21, 2016, from 9:00am – 1:00pm. The two-hour exam will be on Thursday, September 22, 2016 from 9:00am – 11:30am. Please register and pay by Thursday, September 8th at Watauga County NC Cooperative Extension, 971 West King St., Boone, NC 28607. The cost of the class is $120.00 which covers the book, exam, handouts and refreshments. The class will be held at the Agriculture Conference Center, 252 Poplar Grove Rd., Boone. For more information call Margie Mansure or Kirsten Dillman at 264-3061, Margie_mansure@ncsu.edu or  Kirsten_dillman@ncsu.edu

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Get Creative with
Spring Salads

Spring is the time of year to eat more salad, and not just to help you shape up. Salads can be delicious, extremely refreshing, and an art form.  Begin your creation with ultra-fresh ingredients from local farmers, or from your own garden. Use a salad spinner to dry the leaves after washing. Then put together a variety of greens and add whatever flavors suit you. Fresh herbs, like basil, parsley, chives and most any vegetable will add interest. Add crunchiness with nuts, seeds, or croutons, and more flavor with cheese. No salad is complete without an easy to make, homemade dressing. Just find a jar with a lid and combine three parts olive oil with one part acid. Acid could be lemon juice or any type of vinegar.  Add a pinch of salt and pepper and shake the jar. Many variations may be made from this basic recipe by adding various herbs, garlic, mustard, or even honey. Lightly dress your salad to enjoy your sensational creation! This recipe is a jazzed-up version of the three parts oil to one part acid classic. Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing 2 tablespoons honey 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon ground pepper ¼ cup balsamic vinegar ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil 1 garlic clove, minced In mixing bowl measure honey, mustard, salt, pepper and garlic. Stir with fork to combine. Add balsamic vinegar and stir. Gradually add oil, whisking with fork to incorporate. Stir until fully emulsified. Store in a jar with lid. Makes one cup. Taken from http://chinesegrandma.com/ This Caesar dressing has a tanginess that will make your tongue tingle. Caesar Salads are so delicious, but the traditional recipe contains raw eggs, posing a risk of foodborne illness. While I’m not an anchovy fan, the ingredient is essential. You’ll never realize it’s in the dressing. Eggless Caesar Dressing 5 anchovy filets 3 cloves garlic, chopped 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper ¼ cup lemon juice 2 tablespoons sherry or red wine vinegar 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard (I used brown spicy) ½ cup extra virgin olive oil ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until emulsified. Refrigerate in a sealed container for up to one week. Toss liberally with romaine lettuce, croutons and additional Parmesan for an authentic eggless Caesar salad. Makes one cup. Taken from http://www.thekitchn.com  Margie Mansure, M.S., R.D. is a registered dietitian/nutritionist and extension agent with NC Cooperative Extension. She offers personalized classes to improve the health of citizens in Watauga County through worksites, schools and community groups. margie_mansure@ncsu.edu. (828)264-3061

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Daisy

Consumer Horticulture

Extension's Gardening Portal at NC State University provides access to a wealth of information, events and resources for gardeners in North Carolina.  Managed by the State Urban Horticulture Specialist and Cooperative Extension Horticulture Agents throughout the state, it is your doorway to guidance about successfully growing vegetables, herbs, fruits, flowers and ornamentals in your landscape.

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Hands-on Canning Class

To learn how to safely preserve your garden bounty, sign up for a hands-on canning class, offered by Margie Mansure, Extension Agent specializing in nutrition and foods at Watauga County Cooperative Extension. Participants MORE »

Nickels for Know-How Referendum

The Watauga County Nickels for Know-How Referendum will be held on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at the Watauga County Extension Office from 8am to 5pm. The referendum is being held to let users MORE »

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Update: Pickling Demonstration Cancelled

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Pickling Demonstration that was scheduled for Saturday July 23rd has been cancelled.  The website will be updated if the class is able to be rescheduled.    If you MORE »

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Watauga County BeekeepersTue Sep 6, 2016
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM— 2 weeks away
Nursery Weed Management Field DayWed Sep 7, 2016
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM Where:
Hawksridge Farms 4243 S. NC 127 Hwy, Hickory, NC
— 2 weeks away
NC Safe PlatesMon Sep 19, 2016
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Where:
Agricutural Conference Center, Boone
— 4 weeks away
NC Safe PlatesTue Sep 20, 2016
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Where:
Agricutural Conference Center, Boone
— 4 weeks away
NC Safe PlatesWed Sep 21, 2016
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Where:
Agricutural Conference Center, Boone
— 4 weeks away
NC Safe PlatesThu Sep 22, 2016
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Where:
Agricutural Conference Center, Boone
— 4 weeks away
Nursery Crop Field DayFri Sep 23, 2016
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM Where:
Hard & Flossie Clark Family Park, Lenoir, NC 28645, USA
— 4 weeks away
Watauga County BeekeepersTue Oct 4, 2016
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM— 1 month away
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