Skip to main content

Logo for N.C. Cooperative Extension N.C. Cooperative Extension Homepage

Agriculture & Food

Extension and research at NC State address timely issues impacting our state. Extension delivers trusted information directly into the hands of farmers and agribusinesses, helping them translate knowledge into solutions that grow our economy and communities.

Men Talking by Garden

Tired of Gardening Miss-Information?

N.C. Cooperative Extension is hosting “Garden Mythbusters: There’s a Resource for That!” Trying to identify a plant? Need a …

Cover photo for Ten Acre Tuesday's Webinar Series

Ten Acre Tuesday's Webinar Series

N.C. Cooperative Extension of Gaston County is offering a series of six livestock workshops on Tuesday evenings from 7 to …

Cover photo for Gaston Grower Spotlight - November 2020

Gaston Grower Spotlight - November 2020

Giving Thanks to Our Office November’s grower spotlight highlights some of N.C. Cooperative Extension of Gaston County’s staff and their …

Cover photo for Shiitake Mushroom Workshop

Shiitake Mushroom Workshop

Course Objective This workshop teaches the basics of shiitake mushroom backyard cultivation. We will cover everything you need to know …

Cover photo for Gaston Grower Spotlight - September 2020

Gaston Grower Spotlight - September 2020

September’s Gaston Grower Spotlight highlights the practice of double cropping small grains and soybeans. Double cropping wheat and soybeans …

Cover photo for Parents, Pets, and Pesticides

Parents, Pets, and Pesticides

Are you curious how pesticides may impact your family and pets? Parents, Pets, and Pesticides is a one-hour course …

Cover photo for Industrial Hemp Webinar

Industrial Hemp Webinar

Join us for an online webinar on hemp uses and its impacts on the modern-day world! Date: July 29, 2020 Time: …

Recent Publications related to Agriculture & Food

Map of North Carolina that identifies three major physiographic

Forages for North Carolina: General Guidelines and Concepts

This publication is an overview of forage species and their use in livestock production systems …

2 weeks ago
Graph of typical moisture loss patter in forages

Forage Conservation Techniques: Hay Production

This publication addresses aspects of hay production as a method of conserving forage crops.

2 weeks ago
Logos for 12 online marketplace companies.

Using Web Marketplaces to Reach Untapped Markets

This publication explains how microentrepreneurs can use emerging web-based marketplaces to sell services, goods, and …

2 weeks ago

Abbreviated Guide to Creating a Livestock Food Safety Plan Under the Preventive Controls for Animal Food (PCAF) Rule

This guide outlines steps that a facility producing livestock food could follow when developing its …

3 weeks ago
cross section graphic of a single screw extruder

Extrusion Processing: A Versatile Technology for Producing Foods and Feeds

This factsheet introduces extrusion as a food and feed production process. Topics include the basic …

10/30/20
Basic hive equipment.

How to Become a Beekeeper in North Carolina

Beekeeping is a very enjoyable and rewarding pastime that is relatively inexpensive to get started. …

10/30/20
A gleaning event

Gleaned Sweetpotatoes: Storage, Recipes, and Quick Facts

Do you have sweetpotatoes that have been gleaned that you plan on using or donating? …

10/21/20

Eat Smart Move More North Carolina: Growing Communities Through Gardens

Gardens bring communities together. Not only are community gardens a good way to get more …

10/14/20