Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Crop Science Teen Weekend

Cultivate: Crop Science Teen Weekend
October 24-26th, 2014

Boiled peanuts, putting practice and other agronomic mischief will be unfolding at NC State on October 24-26, 2014 for our first ever, inaugural Crop Science Teen Weekend. "Cultivate" is a brand new program that invites High school-aged youth (sophomores, juniors and seniors) to apply for a residential agronomy experience where hands-on opportunities to explore a broad range of Crop Science possibilities will abound.

Youth will delve into the process of breeding and transforming crops, try their hand at growing and harvesting a diverse selection of agronomic commodities, and discover innovative means by which Crop Science is growing a better world. Youth will visit a variety of agriculture field sites, including our NCSU Crops Teaching Garden, Agroecology Student Farm, Lonnie Poole Golf Course or maybe Carter-Finley field and others. Youth will also be introduced to career possibilities, college-making decisions and leadership development and enjoy evening entertainment and team-building activities.

Apply Now!
The cost of the weekend will be $40 with applications due Friday, October 17th. Notification of acceptance will follow shortly thereafter. Youth can apply now at: http://go.ncsu.edu/cultivate or for more information, visit the Cultivate website.

Please contact Liz Driscoll at liz_driscoll@ncsu.edu or 919.513.7346/ 919.886.3424 or Carla Cave, cccave@ncsu.edu with any questions or comments. 

Agriculture Opportunity for Rising Seniors

North Carolina Farm Bureau is pleased to sponsor 2015 Institutes for Future Agricultural Leaders (IFAL) at NC State University in Raleigh and NC A&T State University in Greensboro the week of June 21 – 26, 2015.   This week-long program is for high school students interested in the agricultural industry.  Emphasis is placed on career opportunities, emerging technology, citizenship and leadership development.  
  1. Applicants MUST be RISING high school seniors in the upper 1/3 of their classes.
  2. Applications MUST BE SIGNED by the county Farm Bureau president.
  3. There is no tuition cost.
  4. Attendance is limited to 40 students. Selection criteria includes: 
    Grade point average Interest and experience with agriculture
    Career interest Priority will be given to Farm Bureau members
  5. Applications Due by the end of March
  6. APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED OF THEIR ACCEPTANCE IN MAY. Students not accepted or placed on a waiting list will be notified as well. County Farm Bureaus will also receive notification of their students’ status. 

    For more information, visit www.ncfb.org

Friday, June 13, 2014

Livestock Events

Check out the upcoming events with the North Carolina 4-H Youth Livestock Program

Western NC Showmanship Clinic
When: August 9
Where: Mountain State Fairgrounds, Fletcher
Who:  This event is open to all youth that would like to learn more about showing livestock

Youth Beef Industry Tour
When: August 3 – 6
Where:  Meet in Raleigh and travel to farms across the State
Who:  Youth must currently be enrolled in High School (Grade 9-12, Age 14-19) or College (Age up to 21).
Learn about all facets of the Beef Industry and is a great opportunity to enhance their knowledge. This is event is totally free to youth who apply and are accepted to participate. This covers travel for the event, lodging, meals, and shirts for each day. This event is sponsored in full by the NC Cattle Assessment.

 Youth Amazing Grazing Day
When: August 9
Where: NCSU Beef Educational Unit
Who:  This event is open to youth ages 14-21
Learn about Pasture-Based Livestock program. More information can be found at the Amazing Grazing website or on our webpage.

Activities for Kids

Join Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture on the 2014 High Country Farm Tour June 28 & 29. Don't miss this kid-friendly event that introduces families to different farms in the High Country region.

This year’s Farm Tour features 20 Farms in Ashe and Watauga Counties during the weekend of June 28th and 29th. Participating farms will hold an ‘open house’ from 2-6 PM and visitors can pick which farms they would like to tour during the course of the afternoon. Passes cost only $25 per car, so it's perfect for a 4-H Group or a van full of your family!

With so many farms there are opportunities for whole family! Greens growing in gutters, rotational grazing and bioshelters are only a few of the innovative approaches featured this year. Furthermore, there are plenty activities for kids including the Lil’ Locovore Learning Series and exciting alpacas, highland cattle, chickens, goats, and pigs to meet!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Ashe County 4th of July Livestock Show

Annual 4th of July Livestock Show
Saturday, July 5
Upper Mountain Research Station
Open to all youth under 18 years of age
Register by June 20

For information, see here

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Environmental Exploration Day

Girl Measuring Baby Deer
Environmental Exploration Day
Rising juniors and seniors
Saturday, July 12
Cost:  $15.00

Spend a day at NC State
Hosted by the NC State College
of Natural Resources

To apply, check here

Hands-on experiments
Explore careers and degrees in Natural Resources
See here for more

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Extension Survey 
In 2014, North Carolina Cooperative Extension celebrates 100 years of service, enhancing the lives, land and economy of North Carolina citizens.  As we do so, we need your help to illustrate our impact and identify ways to better serve you during the next 100 years with a  survey to ask you about what differences we have made in your lives, your businesses, and in your communities.  By taking time to complete this survey, you are helping us to ensure we will be here when you need us for another century! The survey is 22 questions. https://survey.ncsu.edu/coopext/