“Problems with Deer & More Summer Events”
Deer continue to damage many farm crops each year, especially soybeans. If your farm income is being lost because of deer damage and if you are interested in receiving additional income, you might want to learn more about a new statewide program that generates funds from hunting leases. There is a strong demand for farm locations that will allow “still hunting” of deer, turkey, dove, and more; that is, without the use of dogs. Landowners, farmers leasing land and hunting clubs who hunt on farmland may enroll in the new program, receiving $2/acre for hosting a 15-day hunt in 2013 and a hunt kit for long-term deer management and income opportunity. For more information, contact the Franklin County Extension Center, 919-496-3344, firstname.lastname@example.org or call Guy and Judy Gardner with the North Carolina Wildlife Federation at 919-608-3386 or email them at (email@example.com).
Over the years, we have worked very closely with the goat & sheep industry in the county and statewide. These small ruminants are a perfect fit for many of the smaller farms in the state. Goat meat (chevon) is the most widely eaten meat in the world. The United States continues to import more chevon, especially from Australia & New Zealand, because we cannot produce sufficient supplies due to the strong ethnic demand nationwide. For the first time, the National Goat Conference will be held North Carolina, September 15–18, at the Joseph Koury Convention Center in Greensboro. Sessions will include the latest goat research, demonstrations, profitable goat enterprises, farm tours, and more. For more information, visit www.ag.ncat.edu and click on goat conference or give me a call at the Extension Center in Louisburg.
We have many events planned throughout the year at the Extension Center, but one popular event is long-standing: the Annual Horse Farm Tour. This will be our 18th tour. If you are an equine enthusiast, mark your calendar for Friday, August 2nd and carpool to three Bunn area horse farms. You will learn the latest legislation affecting the horse industry, learn about pasture management and rotational grazing, see riding demonstrations, network with other horse owners, talk with the farm owners and tour their facilities, and lastly, enjoy a delicious pig-picking lunch with all the trimmings for lunch. If you plan to attend, give us a call at the Extension Center before July 31st for a lunch and handout headcount. The Franklin County Horse Specialized Committee sponsors this event. I hope to see you on the 2nd for a fun-filled, educational day of events!