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Agriculture

US drought grows to cover widest area since 1956

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A new report shows the drought gripping the United States is the widest since 1956. Full story...
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Hagan says amendment will help farmers get info they need

US Senator Kay Hagan is back to work in Washington today after passage of her amendment to the Farm Bill yesterday. She spoke to WWAY via satellite. Her "Plain Language" amendment will help farmers get information they need.

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Farmers turns back the clock at Southern Farm Days

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The Cape Fear Farm Heritage Association is all about preserving the past and making history come alive. Saturday and Sunday, you can take a trip back in time at Southern Farm Days. Full story...
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Cold weather affects crops

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videoWhat looked to be one of the warmer winters in quite some time took a drastic turn early Sunday morning. As temperatures dipped into the mid-20's the extreme change may have had area farmers in a cold sweat. Full story...
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Warm winter having impact on crops, azaleas

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video The relatively warm winter has many people saying, "This is why I live in the south." But that weather raises some concerns among farmers, who say some of their crops are now at risk. Full story...
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Animal building ID'd as source of State Fair E. coli cases

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Health and agriculture officials say a building that houses sheep, goats and pigs at the North Carolina State Fair is the likely source of an E. coli outbreak that sickened 27 people. Full story...
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Bladen County holds Ag day for third graders

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Ag’em Up Day gave students an opportunity to get hands-on while exploring different aspects of agriculture. Seven different stations were set up, which included lessons on cotton, soil, and swine just to name a few. Full story...
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Crops in Pender County suffering because of drought conditions

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With the severe drought in southeastern North Carolina, farmers are getting hit pretty hard. Above normal temperatures and rainfall deficits in the area mean bad news for local crops. According to NCDrought.org, 17 coastal counties are currently experiencing a severe drought. Full story...
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Gov. Perdue: Never seen anything like storm toll

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Gov. Bev Perdue says she's never seen anything like the destruction caused by a storm system that claimed at least 21 lives statewide. Full story...
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Feast DownEast focuses on local farms

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videoThe Feast DownEast is working to build a sustainable local economy by supporting the efforts of local farmers and their produce. Today, the organization held a conference to meet with farmers and buyers to educate both on how they can have a brighter future. Full story...
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NC ag commissioner to tout state's Christmas trees

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With halls about to be decked and bells ready to jingle, North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler is ready to talk about the final touch for Christmas. Full story...
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US Ag Secretary visits Bladen County

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video Political visit or not, local farmers got the chance to meet with someone who directly affects their lives. The US Agriculture Secretary met with farmers in Bladen County today to talk about the future of agriculture and promote rural development. Full story...
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Weather ups and downs delay strawberry crop

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video A wacky winter and now a wild spring are giving North Carolina strawberry farmers a strange season. The state Agriculture Department says the season is shaping up to be a big one, but farmers in our area say it's starting late. Full story...
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Poplar Grove hopes to creates buzz about beekeeping

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You may not realize it, but the beekeeping industry is a necessary business. Full story...
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Farmers markets helps "Buy Local" push

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videoEvery Thursday morning vendors set up a farmers market at the Waterford Shops in Belville. But today was a little different, with an increased focus on buying local. Full story...
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