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New Strawberry
Diagnostic Tool

An interdisciplinary team of  NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences extension specialists have created a new, mobile-friendly, database driven tool to help strawberry growers visually diagnose disorders. The new Strawberry Diagnostic Key provides a way to filter by visual characteristics to identify problems. Results include details about the disorders and possible management strategies. The Strawberry Diagnostic Key was developed with funding in part from the Strawberry Sustainability Initiativethe Walmart FoundationUniversity of ArkansasSouthern Region IPM CenterNorth Carolina State University Cooperative Extension Service and the North Carolina Strawberry Association.

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Pressure Canner Lid

It's that time of year to have your pressure canner lid checked and tested, especially before you begin to use it.  The plugs and gaskets periodically need to be replaced to ensure you have a good seal on your pressure canner.  Weighted-gauged pressure canners do not need any further testing.  But if you have a dial-gauge canner, you need to have it tested for accuracy annually. To set up an appointment, contact Renay Knapp, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent at 828-697-4891.  Or drop it by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Henderson County Center, located in Jackson Park, at any time for testing later.  All you need to bring is the Presto gauge or lid.  This service is free of charge.


Apple Festival Recipe
Contest Sponsored by NC Cooperative Extension!

Looking for the "best original recipies"!  Look below for the official rules and entry form.


Watch presentation
from 2013 Apple School

Dr. Terence Robinson, a professor and Applied Fruit Crop Physiologist from Cornell University Cooperative Extension in Geneva, NY presents at the N.C. Cooperative Extension Henderson County 2013 Winter Apple School, a new method for planting, growing and maintaining an apple orchard. Implementation of this Tall Spindle Apple Orchard System promises to reduce labor costs and to increase yields and fruit quality. We also follow Dr. Robinson to a local apple orchard in Henderson County so he can demonstrate the techniques he discusses in his presentation.  Click here to view.

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Items needed for Military Families

The Hero FAMILY Pack will provide recreational yet educational items for the entire family to share just before, during and/or after a deployment.  Please deliver items to the NC Cooperative Extension office, across MORE »

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Congratulations NC 4-H Congress Participants!

A highlight of 4-H Congress is the public speaking competition. This year 22 young people from Henderson County, ages 9 – 18, participated in this competition, earning 10 gold, 4 silver, and 2 MORE »

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4-H’ers Learned about Citizenship at Camp popular

Just last Friday, eight 4-H members returned from Reidsville from a week of 4-H camp at Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Center. While at camp, we participated in a reverent Flag Retirement Ceremony and were MORE »

Food Preservation Classes

It is that time of the year again when we begin thinking of preserving some of the summer’s garden bounty. Whether you’re an experienced canner or a novice at food preservation, you’ll want MORE »

Congratulations to 4-H presentation participants!

Congratulations to these people who gave their presentations at the county level: Cloverbuds (ages 5-8): John Paul Torres, Eden Stout, Hadley Melton Fruits & Vegetable Use: (9-10) Katherine Grady Open Class: (14-18) Dahlia MORE »

Congratulations 4-H Project Record Winners!

18 2013 4-H project records from Henderson County went to the West District competition. Gold medal winners will receive $50 checks from NC 4-H: Haley Hargus – Animal Science, 9-10 Andrew Torres – MORE »

Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program Winners

Congratulations Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program teams! Henderson County 4-H Junior Teams placed first and second in the state competition. Luke Maybin was the first place senior, and had the top overall score. Hannah MORE »

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