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Farming

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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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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Bladen farm turns to truffles

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videoA delicacy that's grown in Italy, Spain and France is growing right here in our own backyard. Bladen County is putting itself on the map by growing a type of mushroom that's not easy to come by. A couple is uncovering the secrets of the black perigord truffle. 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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Beekeeping causes buzz in Burgaw

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videoBeekeeping is a hobby that has recently been at the center of countless discussions due to a national and statewide honeybee shortage. It has especially been the buzz in Burgaw. Full story...
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New hearing for Ag-Mart

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The State Pesticide Board will hold a new hearing this summer on whether tomato grower Ag-Mart forced workers to stay in fields that had just been sprayed with chemicals. Full story...
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Easley forms panel on protecting workers from pesticides

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Governor Mike Easley wants some ideas on how to better protect farm workers and others around pesticides. Full story...
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Pesticide Board to review Ag-Mart fine

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A tomato grower accused of exposing North Carolina employees to toxic pesticides may not have to pay what was the largest fine in state history. Full story...
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Lack of rain hurts crops, livestock

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Because of all the dry weather cattle farmers in the region are having trouble producing enough hay to feed their herds. They say if they can't solve this problem soon, they may loose their herds altogether. Full story...
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Dry, hot weather damaging field crops on N.C. farms

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The dry, hot weather hitting North Carolina this week is expected to cost farmers millions of dollars in field crop losses. Full story...
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