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Hemp production has been legalized in North Carolina, but only as part of the state's pilot program as allowed under federal law. As such, it will still be awhile before the first fields are planted. The N.C. General Assembly passed

Senate Bill 313
in 2015, but dictated that an Industrial Hemp Commission would need to be established to develop the rules and licensing structure necessary to stay within federal laws. The Commission will be appointed and can begin to meet after $200,000 of non-state monies is raised to fund itself. The law was modified in 2016 in House Bill 992.

Monarch Waystation Certification Program
Each fall, hundreds of millions of monarch butterflies migrate from the United States and Canada to overwintering areas in Mexico and California where they wait out the winter until conditions favor a return flight in the spring. The monarch migration is truly one of the world's greatest natural wonders, yet it is threatened by habitat loss in North America - at the overwintering sites and throughout the spring and summer breeding range as well.
Check out the link below.

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Cornflower  Centaurea cyanus

Prohibited by the State of North Carolina. One of many people favorite wildflowers is this true blue beauty, also called Bachelor Button. So easy to grow, so beautiful in a vase, and so famous in gardens, it a wildflower (native to Europe) many people really enjoy in their wild meadows. However, it is aggressive in the southeast, and one state, North Carolina, has actually prohibited it.

Strawberry News

Advisory tool and links to guide strawberry disease management decisions

Written By (2 months ago) All this wet weather will favor the main strawberry fruit rot diseases including Botrytis Fruit Rot (BFR) and Anthracnose Fruit Rot (AFR). BFR will be the main concern for most growers. We have not consistently identified plant sources with the AFR pathogen. Hopefully, AFR pressure will be low this year for most growers. Some strawberry fields have problems with angular leaf spot, caused by the bacteria Xanthomonas fragariae. The Strawberry Fruit Infection Risk advisory tool shows HIGH risk for both BFR and AFR.

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