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Holiday Truffles

What is delicious, portable, comes in lots of chocolatey flavors, and are bite-sized delights perfect for special occasions and …

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Library Garden Series Begins Soon!

Would you like to learn more about gardening? You can by attending the Master Gardener℠ volunteers of Dare County’s Library …

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Holiday Centerpieces On Sale Now!

As thoughts turn toward the holiday season, Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteers of Dare County are gearing up for their …

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2019 Master Gardener Volunteer Program

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Master Gardener℠ volunteer program ofDare County. No formal training is necessary to …

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New Ag Tech in Dare County

We are happy to announce Amy Jordan as our new Agricultural Technician Program Assistant. She is a recent transplant …

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Hurricane Preparedness

A good rule of thumb with any potential disaster is to hope for the best, but plan for the …

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Dare Master Gardener Receives Award!

Local resident and Master Gardener℠ volunteer, Chris Stadther, received a 2018 NCEMGVA Outstanding Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Award on June …

Recent Publications related to Agriculture & Food

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How to Sell Pastured Meat Products to Grocery Stores via Direct Store Delivery

This publication guides small- and medium-scale pastured meat producers in North Carolina through the steps …

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Starch iodine staining pattern used to determine apple maturity.

Maximizing Your SmartFresh℠ Investments

SmartFresh℠ (1-methylcyclopropene, MCP) is a relatively new tool for postharvest management of apples. In 2002, …

Suggestions For Establishing a Blueberry Planting in Western North Carolina

Blueberry production in Western North Carolina differs from the main commercial production areas in the …

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Growing Pears in North Carolina

This publication covers various aspects of growing pears in North Carolina, including soil, varieties, disease …

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Figure 1. General relationship between soil pH and acidity.

Soil Acidity and Liming: Basic Information for Farmers and Gardeners

An introduction to soil acidity and liming for farmers and gardeners to increase crop income …

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2019 Peanut Information

This guide for growers, updated annually, provides information on production and pest management practices applicable …

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Figure 1. Soybean growth in a salt water-impacted field in Hyde

Effects of Wind-Induced Sodium Salts on Soils in Coastal Agricultural Fields

This publication provides information on the impacts wind-driven events have on the soil fertility. Salt …

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Organic Peanut Production

This publication, chapter 12 of the 2019 Peanut Information handbook, discusses organic production of peanuts …

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