Wednesday, January 18, 2017

North Central District ECA Scholarship Applications

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Alleghany County Extension and Community Association (ECA) members are proud to announce they are accepting applications for the 2017 North Central District Extension and Community Association Scholarships.

The $800.00 scholarships are given to a youth and an adult who are continuing their education beyond the high school level in any field of study, but with priority given to a degree in family and consumer sciences.

A youth applicant is defined as a high school senior or a student currently enrolled in college having completed high school without a break in his /her formal education. An adult is an individual who has completed high school and has had a break in his/her formal education and now wishes to further his/her education.

All applicants must be North Carolina residents and planning to attend a North Carolina accredited college, community college or technical institute in the fall of 2017. Scholarships are awarded based on the following criteria:

  • Financial Need 25%
  • Scholarship Potential 25%
  • Activities and Honors 25%
  • ECA Connection 25%

The deadline for applications is February 10, 2017. The application is available here: Alleghany ECA Scholarship Application. You may also obtain an application or get more information by visiting or calling the Alleghany County Center of NC Cooperative Extension at 336-372-5597.

Alleghany County Extension and Community Association (ECA) has three clubs and 44 members located throughout the county. The organization’s mission is to Strengthen Families through:

  • Leadership Development
  • Volunteer Work
  • Educational Support
  • Researched-based education from North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University

The Story of Your Dinner

Each year 1 in 6 people get sick from foodborne illness.  Visit this link to view an informative video that will provide useful tips to keep yourself and your family healthy.

Monday, January 9, 2017

January is National Radon Action Month

January is National Radon Action Month, which means you should test your home for the colorless, odorless gas, which is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers.
Radon is found in every state of the country.  It is a radioactive gas which is emitted as uranium, which is found in soil, decays. The gas rises through the ground reaching the air above through cracks in your home’s foundation where it becomes trapped and builds up within the walls of your house. Any home, new or old, with or without a basement, can test high for radon.

It is important that residents of Alleghany County check their Radon levels due to the county’s geologic makeup.  We are categorized as a Zone 1 which means on average, the county has a high potential for having homes with that would need mitigation.  

A limited number of kits are available FREE OF CHARGE at the Alleghany Extension Office, 90 S Main St, Sparta.  For more information contact the office at (336) 372-5597.  

NC Agritunity Conference & Tradeshow

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NC Agritunity Conference & Tradeshow
Saturday, March 4th, 2017
Iredell County Agricultural Center
444 Bristol Drive, Statesville, NC 28677
Registration starts 7:30am
Programs from 8:30am-4:00pm

NC Agritunity is a one-day educational conference and vendor trade show for large and small farmers. Large commodity producers, livestock producers, small farm managers, beginning farmers, and anyone just interested in agriculture are welcome to attend.  Continuing education credits (CEUs) and pesticide training credits will be available in some of the presentations for existing license holders.  Our Keynote speaker this year will be Dr. Rich Bonanno, Associate Dean, CALS and Director, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service.  To learn more about the educational sessions and featured vendors, please visit the NC Agritunity webpage or contact your local Cooperative Extension Center. 
The event is free and open to the public. 

To register as a participant: You can sign up via the 2017 NC Agritunity registration form or call the Iredell County Cooperative Extension Center at 704-873-0507. Walk-in registration may be limited. 

To register as a vendor: Please contact Danelle Cutting at (704) 216-8970 or Lenny Rogers at (828)632-4451 or via our exhibitor application. For additional information on how to be a vendor please visit our exhibitor website