Thursday, April 30, 2009

RC Car Race

During the intermission of the 2009 Carquest Spring Mowdown Lawnmower Race on Saturday, May 9th there will be a RC(remote control) Car Race. If you are a student in grades 6-8 or an adult and would like to participate in the race, click here for your entry form. Entry forms are due to Joe Whisnant or to the Extension Office by Thursday, May 7th.

There is also a raffle taking place. If you would like a chance to win a RC Car (valued at $200) stop by Carquest in Sparta to enter. Tickets for the raffle are $1 each or 6 for $5.

Monday, April 27, 2009

2009 Strawberry Field Day

The Piedmont Research Station in Salisbury is hosting the 2009 Strawberry Field Day on Tuesday, May 5th. Registration is at 9:30 a.m. and the program will begin at 9:50 a.m. Highlights of the program includes: strawberry tunnel research, plant material considerations for tunnels, strawberry breeding research and biological mite management. Click here for directions. For more information, contact Barclay Poling at 919.418.9687 or

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Did you know it is National Park Week?

National Park Week is an annual Presidentially proclaimed week for celebration and recognition of National Parks. Consider visiting one of the National Parks in North Carolina!

Here is a little challenge-can you name all the National Parks in NC? (there are nine).

For more information and a list of National Park Week events in NC, go to

Miss America gives credit to 4-H

Ask Katie Stam about her passion for community service, and she'll tell you it all started with 4-H. Long before winning her title as Miss America, Katie Stam from Seymour, Ind. would spend hours in 4-H performing in creative dramatics, competing at the Jackson County fair, and visiting with 4-H friends and family. It was there that she learned the values of leadership, mentorship, and community service. And like most 4-H kids, she collected blue ribbons and trophies along the way to mark her accomplishments.

In January the Indiana farm girl was crowned Miss America 2009 and now that she's in the national spotlight, Stam is getting the message out that community service is important and rewarding. Stam's platform, Promoting Community Service and Involvement, aims to get youth involved in their own neighborhoods.

With community service as her national platform, Stam could potentially transform the way millions of young people think about giving back to their communities and 4-H. "4-H is such an advocate for community service," says Stam. "It encourages you to reach out to people in so many different ways."

She is also the National Goodwill Ambassador for Children's Miracle Network and is the official spokesperson for Zerosmoke.Stam is currently being considered for Time Magazine's annual 100 Most Influential People List. The annual list asks the public to rate each candidate on their influence on the world. Those recognized fall in one of five categories: Leaders & Revolutionaries, Builders & Titans, Artists & Entertainers, Scientists & Thinkers, and Heroes & Icons. Within each category, the 20 most influential people are selected, for a grand total of 100 each year.

This article was reprinted from The Cattle Business Weekly.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Soil Testing

Have you ever wondered what a soil test is or what the purpose of one is? Here is a in-depth fact-sheet from NCDA that gives you the answers to these questions and more. If you have further questions or need more information regarding soil testing, please feel free to contact our office.

Aquaculture Workshop

The McDowell County Center of NC Cooperative Extension is hosting a Small Scale Aquaculture Workshop on Monday, May 4, 2009. The registration deadline is Thurs., April 30th. Click here for the flyer that contains all the information regarding this workshop.