2018-09-05 / Living

EXTENSION NOTES

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension office is providing two opportunities for residents to learn more about farming, including a field day and a farm school.

PASTURE AND LIVESTOCK MANAGEMENT FIELD DAY

Explore the world of pasture and livestock management at the second-annual Tri-County Pasture Field Day on Sept. 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event will be held at Rogers Cattle Company at 945 Woodsdale Rd., Roxboro, and is being hosted by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, and Soil and Water offices in Durham, Orange and Person counties.

Several stations will offer information on a variety of topics, including sprayer calibration and safety, on-farm energy use and efficiency, proper hay storage and feeding, and multi-species grazing habits and considerations.

Plans are in the works, but not finalized yet, for an optional unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or drone) demonstration at 3 p.m. for anyone who wants to see how the devices might fit into production agriculture.

Lunch will be served for those who register.

This is a field day, and participants should expect moderate walking and are encouraged to bring their own chair.

As details are still being finalized and a headcount is needed for lunches, RSVP and register by calling 919-560-0558.

2019 NC FARM SCHOOL HAS ARRIVED

North Carolina Farm School business training will return in 2019 to eastern North Carolina and has a new location in the upper Piedmont of the state.

Leigh Guth, the program’s director in Pitt County, will host the program in Greenville, along with a cast of agents from the surrounding counties. Paul Westfall, the program’s director in Person County, will kick off a new location for the school in Roxboro.

Those joining the program in 2019 can expect the best that the North Carolina State Extension has to offer in business training.

Students will have the opportunity to develop a new farming enterprise based on the best fit for their goals utilizing the resources that the North Carolina Farm School has to offer.

In addition, students get a real sense of farming life during the program.

Students will meet farmers in the area on valuable field visits that allow a real look at what works and what doesn’t. Some of the most important benefits students receive are North Carolina Farm School field days.

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