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Happening this Weekend: 'Lettuce Grow Wilmington' at New Hanover Co. Arboretum

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videoHappening this weekend the New Hanover County Arboretum will host "Lettuce Grow Wilmington," an event to promote urban gardening in the Port City. The event includes a screening of "Growing Cities" the award winning documentary about urban gardening. Full story...
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Report highlights child labor on US tobacco farms

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An international rights group says children as young as 7 are working long hours in US fields harvesting tobacco under sometimes hazardous and sweltering conditions. The Human Rights Watch report released Wednesday details findings from interviews with more than 140 children working on farms in North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia. Full story...
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Feast Down East promotes food economy

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videoIt was a delicious day at UNCW for the 4th Annual Feast Down East Regional Conference. The conference focuses on getting local goods from farm to table. Full story...
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Final tobacco quota payment will not be reduced

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It appears former or current US tobacco growers will get their full, final annual payment from the quota buyout approved by Congress almost a decade ago. Full story...
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Ex-Rep. Etheridge to lead NC federal farm office

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Former congressman and state schools superintendent Bob Etheridge is the new executive director of the North Carolina office of the federal agency that oversees some agricultural programs and keeps farmers abreast of other initiatives. Full story...
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NC lawmakers want tobacco program protected

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Members of the state's congressional delegation want the federal tobacco program protected from expected budget cuts. Full story...
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Hagan talks Farm Bill, White House controversies

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videoIt's growing season on farms in the Tar Heel State. Meanwhile in Washington questions continue to grow about how the White House has handled several high-profile controversies. Full story...
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Farmers prepare for cold weather

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videoIt has been a roller-coaster ride of weather this winter with record setting warmth in Southeastern North Carolina just last week. But it's time to bundle up. Full story...
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Farmers lend a helping hand towards a bigger goal

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video A diverse group of people began raking, digging, and clearing land this weekend for the urban farm project. Experienced members of Crop Mob had no problem lending a helping farm hand. Full story...
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'Crop Mob' will get dirty in Wilmington

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video The Cape Fear Crop Mob is dedicated to bringing urban farms to the community and they're getting their hands dirty to make a dream a reality. Full story...
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FDA issues sweeping new food safety rules

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The Food and Drug Administration is proposing the most sweeping food safety rules in decades, requiring farmers and food companies to be more vigilant in the wake of deadly outbreaks in peanuts, cantaloupe and leafy greens. Full story...
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Hagan introduces bill to reduce unnecessary regulations on farmers

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Senators Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) introduced legislation yesterday that would eliminate a costly and redundant EPA regulation on pesticides. Full story...
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National drought a double-edged sword for NC farmers

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video The drought across much of the country is threatening to drive up the price of a lot of the food we eat. Here in the Cape Fear it's a double-edged sword for corn farmers.Demand is high for their product, but the heat is taking a toll on the crop as well. Full story...
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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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Sen. Hagan talks farms, Obama and the 4th

About a week after the senate passed the 2012 farm bill in a 64-35 vote, Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) stopped by the WWAY studio to explain how the bill will impact North Carolinians. She spoke with "Good Morning Carolina" anchor Ashley Jacobs this morning about that and more.

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