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Eastern Piedmont NC
Farm School

NC Farm School: An educational value for new and transitioning farmers The N.C. Farm School started four years ago as the Piedmont Farm School, utilizing Cooperative Extension agents from Davidson, Forsyth, Randolph, Montgomery, and Iredell counties. It has now grown to five schools across the state and has even crossed state lines, working with Virginia Cooperative Extension agents. With more than 20 county agents working the N.C. Farm School in the Blue Ridge, Foothills, Southern Piedmont, Sandhills and Eastern Piedmont, the state has a great asset to teach those in need about running farms and how to diversify them. The program was developed to provide a resource to the numerous people visiting the local Cooperative Extension offices seeking help to grow crops, raise livestock, sell to local markets, handle employees, learn regulations, follow restrictions and generate revenues. It is tough for one agent to handle all of those questions because answering those questions is a process. NC Farm Schools helping agents and farmers survive that process by connecting the agents’ production knowledge with the business skills that many new farmers need. In addition, farmers are developing relationships that support them well beyond the classes that happen once a month for seven months. The N.C. Farm School is not like any other program offered in the state, nowhere else can you learn from specialists and current farmers about budgeting skills, marketing expertise, and record keeping. Participants even get to visit local farms in supporting counties to see how those farms operate. It is the best combination to teach business and production while helping to ensure the success of the students who attend. Kelly Connor, a graduate of NC Farm School in the Southern Piedmont, stated, “It would have taken my brothers and I at least 20 years to get the information and education we have received in the short time attending the Southern Piedmont N.C. Farm School. This program is worth more than double the price.” Participants have been able to learn from different-size farms, small to large, and North Carolina has just about every imaginable farm available. Students have visited dairies, mushroom growers, sheep farms, vegetable producers, orchards and more. The farm tours are just icing on the cake. The real star of the show is the business trainings that are held so students can hear directly from farmers about their journeys to becoming the successful businesses owners they are today. This is just one example of the work that Cooperative Extension is doing to help meet the needs and demands of our citizens. NC Farm School is coming to Franklin County in 2016. If you would like more information on the N.C. Farm Schools or you want to hear more about the stories of farmers who attended, visit the NC Farm School website at https://ncfarmschool.ces.ncsu.edu .  There will be interest meetings held at the Franklin County Extension Center (919-496-3344) on January 7, 2016 at 6:30 PM and the Wake County Extension Center (919-250-1015) on January 12, 2016 at 6:30 PM.

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Eastern Piedmont NC
Farm School

NC Farm School: An educational value for new and transitioning farmers The N.C. Farm School started four years ago as the Piedmont Farm School, utilizing Cooperative Extension agents from Davidson, Forsyth, Randolph, Montgomery, and Iredell counties. It has now grown to five schools across the state and has even crossed state lines, working with Virginia Cooperative Extension agents. With more than 20 county agents working the N.C. Farm School in the Blue Ridge, Foothills, Southern Piedmont, Sandhills and Eastern Piedmont, the state has a great asset to teach those in need about running farms and how to diversify them. The program was developed to provide a resource to the numerous people visiting the local Cooperative Extension offices seeking help to grow crops, raise livestock, sell to local markets, handle employees, learn regulations, follow restrictions and generate revenues. It is tough for one agent to handle all of those questions because answering those questions is a process. NC Farm Schools helping agents and farmers survive that process by connecting the agents’ production knowledge with the business skills that many new farmers need. In addition, farmers are developing relationships that support them well beyond the classes that happen once a month for seven months. The N.C. Farm School is not like any other program offered in the state, nowhere else can you learn from specialists and current farmers about budgeting skills, marketing expertise, and record keeping. Participants even get to visit local farms in supporting counties to see how those farms operate. It is the best combination to teach business and production while helping to ensure the success of the students who attend. Kelly Connor, a graduate of NC Farm School in the Southern Piedmont, stated, “It would have taken my brothers and I at least 20 years to get the information and education we have received in the short time attending the Southern Piedmont N.C. Farm School. This program is worth more than double the price.” Participants have been able to learn from different-size farms, small to large, and North Carolina has just about every imaginable farm available. Students have visited dairies, mushroom growers, sheep farms, vegetable producers, orchards and more. The farm tours are just icing on the cake. The real star of the show is the business trainings that are held so students can hear directly from farmers about their journeys to becoming the successful businesses owners they are today. This is just one example of the work that Cooperative Extension is doing to help meet the needs and demands of our citizens. NC Farm School is coming to Franklin County in 2016. If you would like more information on the N.C. Farm Schools or you want to hear more about the stories of farmers who attended, visit the NC Farm School website at https://ncfarmschool.ces.ncsu.edu .  There will be interest meetings held at the Franklin County Extension Center (919-496-3344) on January 7, 2016 at 6:30 PM and the Wake County Extension Center (919-250-1015) on January 12, 2016 at 6:30 PM.

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Franklin County
Teacher Workday 4-H Workshops!!

Please click on the link below to see the flyer with the workshops being offered during teacher workdays in 2015!! Look forward to seeing you there! 2015 teacher workday workshops

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GOVERNOR’S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award. The awards program, created by the Office of the Governor in 1979, recognizes North Carolina’s most dedicated volunteers. Through the years, MORE »

Regional BEEF Production Meeting: Thurs., January 14th

Franklin County area beef cattle producers are encouraged to attend and participate in an educational program on Thursday, January 14th.   “Cattle Deworming Strategies” w/ Dr. Harrison Dudley, NCSU Extension Veterinarian will be the MORE »

Horse Mini-Series begins Wednesday, January 6th

Horse owners in the area are invited to participate in the popular annual “Horse Mini-Series” which will begin on Wednesday, January 6th at the Franklin County Cooperative Extension Center, Annex meeting room.  A MORE »

Field Crop News

The 2016 Regional Tobacco Production Meeting and GAP Recertification Training will be held on January 19, 2016. The meeting will begin at 9:30 am and conclude with lunch. The location is the Granville MORE »

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EVENTS View All
Fumigation License Training (Category F)Tue Feb 23, 2016
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Franklin County Extension Center Annex, Louisburg, NC
— 2 weeks away
Small Farms ConferenceSat Feb 27, 2016
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM Where:
Vance Granville Community College, Louisburg, NC Campus
— 2 weeks away
Private Pesticide Applicator TrainingTue Mar 15, 2016
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Where:
Franklin County Extension Center Annex, Louisburg, NC
— 1 month away
Working Forest Summit for NC LandownersWed Mar 16, 2016
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM Where:
Sampson County Agri-Exposition Center, 414 Warsaw Rd, Clinton, NC 28328, United States
— 1 month away
Annual Tree Give AwaySat Mar 19, 2016
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Where:
Franklin County Farmers' Market, Bickett Blvd., Louisburg, NC
— 1 month away
Private Pesticide Applicator TrainingTue Mar 22, 2016
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Where:
Franklin County Extension Center Annex, Louisburg, NC
— 1 month away
Project Learning Tree K-8 WorkshopTue May 10, 2016
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
Lake Johnson Park, 4601 Avent Ferry Rd, Raleigh, NC 27606, United States
— 3 months away
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