Franklin County area Horse Farm Tour

FRANKLIN COUNTY CENTERFranklin County area Horse Farm TourIT's BACK! The 25th Annual Franklin County area Horse Farm Tour. Learn the latest educational information along with learning directly from the Farm owners and N.C. Cooperative Extension. Everyone is excited to be a host farm this year.HOLD the DATE: Friday, August 6, 2021We will start bright and …

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Industrial Hemp Commission to host public meeting Aug. 5th, 21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASETUESDAY, JULY 27, 2021CONTACT:Beth Farrell, agricultural program specialistNCDA&CS919-707-3014Industrial Hemp Commission to host public meetingvia conference call Aug. 5WHO/WHAT:The N.C. Industrial Hemp Commission will hold a public meeting for an update on the future direction of the N.C. hemp program. WHEN/WHERE:Thursday, Aug. 52 p.m.Access to the conference call can be made at http://go.ncsu.edu/industrialhemp or by calling 1-929-205-6099 …

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For the Love of Moths

Moths are important pollinators View as Webpage July 27, 2021 Moths are an incredibly diverse group of insects. North America is home to more than 12,000 species—an astonishing number compared to our relatively paltry 800 or so species of butterflies! There’s a common misconception that moths are only active at night, but many species are …

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In Case You Missed It: USDA Extends COVID-19 Relief for Single-Family Housing Borrowers

In Case You Missed It: USDA Extends COVID-19 Relief for Single-Family Housing Borrowers WASHINGTON, July 23, 2021 – United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Justin Maxson today announced that the Department is extending the COVID-19 Special Relief Measure for USDA’s Single-Family Housing Guaranteed Loan borrowers. Read the full stakeholder …

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The Real Truth About Fake Meat, Agritourism, Weekly News

+ Feed Calculation for Ruminants View as Webpage Photo Credit: Rocking Chair Ranch in Bolinbroke, GA Dear Rebecca, As schools begin to plan for this upcoming school year, some districts are considering adding heavily processed, genetically modified, artificial "meat" patties to their menu. Barely a week goes by without news of the latest celebrity-endorsed meat …

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July 2021 🐝 What’s up in Food & Farming Policy?

How is is local food and farming being affected on a policy level? View this email in your browser Dear Rebecca, Welcome to the July 2021 edition of The Buzz. There is a great deal going on in the world of sustainable agriculture. Advocacy makes a big difference in how legislators vote on important policies, …

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Whitley Named Administrator of USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service

Whitley Named Administrator of USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service WASHINGTON, July 22, 2021 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today named Daniel Whitley the new Administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service. Whitley has served as the agency’s Acting Administrator since December 2020. Whitley is no stranger to FAS stakeholders and the agricultural trade …

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APHIS Administrator Announces Several Animal Health Leadership Changes

Dear Stakeholders: I’m reaching out to update you about several animal health senior leadership changes that will become effective on August 1. As part of an intentional leadership transition to focus on the future of Veterinary Services (VS), I’ve named Dr. Rosemary Sifford as VS’ next Deputy Administrator and Chief Veterinary Officer of the United …

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We’re hiring, Origin of Livestock proposed rule comments and tech advice on fecal egg counts

and news from your peers View as Webpage Photo Credit: Hillside Meadows in Verona, KY Dear Rebecca, Hoping you are doing well as our next program update comes around. Lots of good news to share this week, including the announcement that we are accepting applications for Auditor and Slaughter Facility Specialists. AGW is seeking contract …

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Proposal to Exempt Plants with Additional Modifications Developed Using G enetic Engineering That are Otherwise Achievable by Conventional Breeding

Contact: Richard Coker richard.s.coker The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is soliciting feedback on a proposal to add three modifications that plants could contain and be exempt from USDA’s biotechnology regulations. These modifications are similar and functionally equivalent to modifications that could otherwise be achieved through conventional breeding. …

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