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N.C. Continues to
Prepare for Possible Avian Influenza Outbreak

State Veterinarian Doug Meckes announced additional precautions that are being put in place to help North Carolina prepare for a possible introduction of highly pathogenic avian influenza. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is requiring all poultry owners, regardless of the number of birds, to register for an NCFarmID number, Meckes said. This will facilitate the department in alerting poultry owners about an outbreak, especially owners in close proximity to a positive farm. Poultry owners can also sign up for a national premises ID number, but it is not required. Anyone already part of the National Poultry Improvement Plan is exempt from this requirement. An online sign-up form will be available after August 1. “In planning our response for highly pathogenic avian influenza, one problem we’ve come across is that we can’t protect birds that we don’t know exist,” Meckes said. “We need to know where poultry are located so we can properly protect commercial and backyard flocks.” Information gathered through NCFarmID registration is used solely for animal health purposes. This critical data will provide animal health officials with necessary contact information in case of an animal health concern and help identify animals and premises that may have been affected. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is also requiring any commercial poultry grower with 200 or more birds to submit a HPAI outbreak plan. A commercial grower would be any grower under contract with an integrated company. “It’s very important that growers think through the worst-case scenario, because a confirmation of high-path avian flu would certainly be a worst-case scenario,” Meckes said. “We want each grower to consider their resources and location to determine how they can best handle an outbreak in a way that is environmentally sensitive and gets them back online as soon as is feasible.” An HPAI Outbreak Plan template will be available on the department’s website after August 1. Growers will need to submit the plan to the Veterinary Division no later than September 15. While only commercial growers will be required to submit the plan, all flock owners are encouraged to plan ahead and consider how they would respond to a confirmed positive. Last month, Meckes and Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announced that bird shows and sales would be halted from August 15 to January 15, 2016. The intent is to prevent birds from commingling and spreading the HPAI virus. Individual sales are still allowed to take place. For more information about avian influenza and the department’s response plans, go to www.ncagr.gov/avianflu.

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Laying Hen

N.C. Continues to
Prepare for Possible Avian Influenza Outbreak

State Veterinarian Doug Meckes announced additional precautions that are being put in place to help North Carolina prepare for a possible introduction of highly pathogenic avian influenza. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is requiring all poultry owners, regardless of the number of birds, to register for an NCFarmID number, Meckes said. This will facilitate the department in alerting poultry owners about an outbreak, especially owners in close proximity to a positive farm. Poultry owners can also sign up for a national premises ID number, but it is not required. Anyone already part of the National Poultry Improvement Plan is exempt from this requirement. An online sign-up form will be available after August 1. “In planning our response for highly pathogenic avian influenza, one problem we’ve come across is that we can’t protect birds that we don’t know exist,” Meckes said. “We need to know where poultry are located so we can properly protect commercial and backyard flocks.” Information gathered through NCFarmID registration is used solely for animal health purposes. This critical data will provide animal health officials with necessary contact information in case of an animal health concern and help identify animals and premises that may have been affected. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is also requiring any commercial poultry grower with 200 or more birds to submit a HPAI outbreak plan. A commercial grower would be any grower under contract with an integrated company. “It’s very important that growers think through the worst-case scenario, because a confirmation of high-path avian flu would certainly be a worst-case scenario,” Meckes said. “We want each grower to consider their resources and location to determine how they can best handle an outbreak in a way that is environmentally sensitive and gets them back online as soon as is feasible.” An HPAI Outbreak Plan template will be available on the department’s website after August 1. Growers will need to submit the plan to the Veterinary Division no later than September 15. While only commercial growers will be required to submit the plan, all flock owners are encouraged to plan ahead and consider how they would respond to a confirmed positive. Last month, Meckes and Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announced that bird shows and sales would be halted from August 15 to January 15, 2016. The intent is to prevent birds from commingling and spreading the HPAI virus. Individual sales are still allowed to take place. For more information about avian influenza and the department’s response plans, go to www.ncagr.gov/avianflu.

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Caldwell County

Sign up to receive monthly email updates about events and workshops. Don't miss out. Sign Up Current Caldwell monthly update: August Happenings See all our events at http://caldwell.ces.ncsu.edu/events Still want more, see what's happening in Catawba County.

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ServSafe Class to be
offered

September 14, 16, 21, 23-2015 from 1:00-5:00 pm. $105.00 per participant. Please click below for a copy of our brochure and registration form. 09.15 Brochure

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Caldwell County
Farmers Markets

Caldwell County Farmers Market Saturdays, 8am to noon, May through December Caldwell County Public Library parking lot 120 Hospital Ave. NE Lenoir, NC 28645 Contact: Randy Vance, 828-728-7033 or 828-221-0223 Sawmills Farmers Market Tuesdays, 3-6:30 pm, May-September Across from Sawmills Fire Department (Hwy 321A) Contact: Regina Winebarger, 828-493-3363, rwinebarger3672@gmail.com, farmersmarket@townofsawmills.com Lenoir Downtown Farmers Market Wednesday-Friday, 10am-6pm Saturdays- 10am-4pm 904 West Ave Lenoir, NC 28645 Contact: Contact: Jeff Crane, 828-729-7020 or 828-221-4935

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Nursery Field Day Scheduled for September 18

Join us for the 15th Annual Nursery Field Day, a day of education and networking for the green industry. This event will feature hands-on scouting and equipment demonstrations. 4.0 North Carolina pesticide credits MORE »

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Questions and Answers

The Caldwell Extension Center is your local connection to NC State University agricultural research and knowledge, and we receive a variety of questions year round. I want to share a few recent questions MORE »

Pocket Scouting Guide revised in 2015 popular

The popular Extension publication A Pocket Guide to IPM Scouting in Highbush Blueberries has been revised (April 2015) and is again available from Michigan State University. This third edition includes information on new MORE » – from   Blueberries

Orangestripped oakworms popular

A lot of trees in parking lots and along warm suburban streets could host orangestripped oakworms. I found several infested trees along Centennial Parkway and at the NC Museum of Art in the MORE » – from   Entomology

Soybean Rust Update – August 6, 2015

Asiatic Soybean Rust was confirmed on soybeans in a sentinel plot in Amite County, Mississippi earlier today. Earlier, rust had been confirmed on soybeans in Hidalgo County, Texas, and Gadsden County, Florida so MORE »

Bees and wasps aren't the only insects that sting. Some caterpillars, like the saddleback caterpillar pictured here, have spines or barbs that can be painful. If you spot these insects in your garden or landscape, leave them alone. They won't be around for long.

Things that Sting

Stinging caterpillars are common in the summer. Learn which ones are a threat and what to do if you spot them in your MORE »

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Avian Influenza and Garden Information

It is always a challenge narrowing down topics for a weekly column, but this week they are fall gardening and highly pathogenic avian influenza. Both of these are hot topics right now. If MORE »

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Closed for Labor DayMon Sep 7 - Mon Sep 7, 2015 - ALL DAY— 7 days away
Bird Conservation in the Face of Future Climate Change WebinarThu Sep 10, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Where:
http://www.sustainableforestswebinars.net/
— 1 week away
Master Gardener's AssociationTue Sep 15, 2015
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
Library Meeting Rooms, 120 Hospital Ave., NE, Lenoir, NC 28645
— 2 weeks away
Caldwell Beekeepers AssociationThu Sep 17, 2015
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
120 Hospital Ave., NE, Lenoir, NC 28645
— 3 weeks away
15th Annual Nursery Field DayFri Sep 18, 2015
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM Where:
Hard & Flossie Clark Family Park, John's River Greenway, Lenoir, NC 28645, USA
— 3 weeks away
Exhibits for Caldwell Agricultural Fair acceptedMon Sep 21, 2015
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM— 3 weeks away
Caldwell Co. Fairgrounds-Accepting Entries for Exhibit HallMon Sep 21, 2015
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM Where:
Fairground Rd, Lenoir, NC 28645, USA
— 3 weeks away
Caldwell Agricultural FairTue Sep 22 - Sat Sep 26, 2015 - ALL DAY— 3 weeks away
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