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County Extension

  • The South is the place to grow muscadines

    Tom Woods
    Agricultural Technician

  • Build a healthy plate

    Myra Burgess
    Food and Nutrition, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service

  • ’Tis the season for fresh apple cider

    Cooler weather, less humidity and colorful leaves all signal the coming of fall. Another sign is the arrival of apple cider at local markets and roadside stands.
    What’s the difference between apple juice and apple cider? While frequently confusing, technically they are the same thing: the juice from 100 percent apples (sometimes you can get cherry cider, pear cider or other fruit cider, but the traditional fruit used is apples).

  • Now is the time to plant trees

    Tom Woods
    Agricultural Technician

  • Parents can set limits on TV watching, video games

    In last week’s column, I wrote about September being “National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.” One of the big things people are talking about on this subject is the need for people of all ages (but especially children) to get more physical activity.
    Physical activity is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. It helps control weight, builds muscle, reduces fat, promotes strong bones, muscle and joint development and decreases the risk of obesity.

  • Cattle owners may vote on referendum

    All cattle owners in North Carolina are invited to vote on the state’s Cattle Industry Assessment Referendum on Thursday, Oct. 4.
    The N.C. Cattlemen’s Association requested and was granted permission from the N.C. Board of Agriculture to conduct a referendum to continue the assessment and voting will take place at the Cooperative Extension office in each county.

  • Local students win 4-H scholarships

    Students from across the state have received 4-H scholarships from the North Carolina 4-H Development Fund to attend institutions of higher learning.
    The foundation has awarded 76 scholarships to students from 45 of North Carolina’s 100 counties, including one in Brunswick County.
    Kendrick Morgan, 20, son of Lonnie Mitchell Jr. and Darrilyn Morgan of Shallotte, received the Edward Gore/General Hugh Shelton 4-H Renewable Leadership Scholarship. He currently is attending N.C. State University, where he is studying sociology.

  • Curbing childhood obesity

    This is a sad statistic: One out of every three American children is already overweight or obese.
    September is National Childhood Obesity Month, a time designated to bring further awareness to this problem and encourage action.
    In the past four decades, obesity rates in the United States have soared among all age groups. This rise in obesity has affected our youth in alarming fashion. More than 23 million children and teenagers in the United States ages 2-19 are obese or overweight, a statistic that health and medical experts consider an epidemic.

  • Growing great evergreens for screens and hedges

    Tom Woods
    Agricultural Technician
    Story by Charlotte Glenn
    Need some privacy? Want to screen out the view into your neighbor’s yard? Consider planting a living fence of evergreen shrubs, but look beyond the common disease-plagued Leyland Cypress! Local garden centers carry many evergreens suitable for screening…and fall is the perfect time to plant.

  • 4-H’ers take part in dairy event

    During the month of July, a group a 4-H’ers took a trip to N.C. State’s dairy facilities. The young campers, along with their leaders, had the opportunity to learn about the campus’ own source of dairy products.