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Carteret County
4-Her's Win Big at District Activity Day

Nine Carteret County 4-Her's competed in the annual 4-H District Activity Day held at Lenoir Community College on Saturday, May 14, 2016. District Activity Day is a 4-H public speaking event. The youth who compete at this event have won their category on the county level and have progressed to the district level.  172 youth participated in the South East District Activity Day. Carteret County 4-H had nine youth to present on topics of their choosing. Three of these youth were Cloverbud, they are 5 - 8 years of age. These youth were Aaliyah Perez, Cate Paschall, and Lihn Walker. These youth are recognized with participation ribbons for a job well done. The following youth competed for placings. Edmund Gutneckt competed in the 14 - 18 year old Career and Entrepreneurship Category, and won Gold. Abigail Walker competed in the 14 - 18 year old Citizenship & Community Service Category, and won Silver. Erica Walker competed in the 14 - 18 year old Pork Char Grill Category, and won Gold. Alanna Paschall competed in the 11 - 13 year old Family and Consumer Science Category, and won Gold. Shaunah Schaffer competed in the 11 - 13 year old Citizenship & Community Service Category, and won Silver. Elizabeth Schaffer competed in the 11 - 13 Science & Technology Category, and did very well. All of the youth who placed Gold or Silver are eligible to compete at the 4-H State Presentation Finals in Raleigh on July 16, 2016. We are proud of all of our 4-Her's. Congratulations to them all on a job well done!

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Carteret County
4-Her's Win Big at District Activity Day

Nine Carteret County 4-Her's competed in the annual 4-H District Activity Day held at Lenoir Community College on Saturday, May 14, 2016. District Activity Day is a 4-H public speaking event. The youth who compete at this event have won their category on the county level and have progressed to the district level.  172 youth participated in the South East District Activity Day. Carteret County 4-H had nine youth to present on topics of their choosing. Three of these youth were Cloverbud, they are 5 - 8 years of age. These youth were Aaliyah Perez, Cate Paschall, and Lihn Walker. These youth are recognized with participation ribbons for a job well done. The following youth competed for placings. Edmund Gutneckt competed in the 14 - 18 year old Career and Entrepreneurship Category, and won Gold. Abigail Walker competed in the 14 - 18 year old Citizenship & Community Service Category, and won Silver. Erica Walker competed in the 14 - 18 year old Pork Char Grill Category, and won Gold. Alanna Paschall competed in the 11 - 13 year old Family and Consumer Science Category, and won Gold. Shaunah Schaffer competed in the 11 - 13 year old Citizenship & Community Service Category, and won Silver. Elizabeth Schaffer competed in the 11 - 13 Science & Technology Category, and did very well. All of the youth who placed Gold or Silver are eligible to compete at the 4-H State Presentation Finals in Raleigh on July 16, 2016. We are proud of all of our 4-Her's. Congratulations to them all on a job well done!

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Cucumber Downy
Mildew

Cucumber Downy Mildew can be a devastating disease to cucumber plants.  It can also affect other related crops such as cantaloupe, watermelon and squash.  Read more about this disease and find more information on control measures.

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NC Cooperative Extension Service

Changes in NC Sales
Tax Exemption for Agriculture

Qualifications for exemption of North Carolina State sales tax on farm equipment purchases have recently changed. Effective July 1, 2014, purchases made on or after that date, provides that a “qualifying farmer” is a person who has an annual gross income for the preceding income tax year of ten thousand dollars ($10,000) or more from farming operations or who has an average annual gross income for the three preceding income tax years of ten thousand dollars ($10,000) or more from farming operations. A qualifying farmer includes a dairy operator, a poultry farmer, an egg producer, a livestock farmer, a farmer of crops, and a farmer of an aquatic species, as defined in N.C. Gen. Stat. § 106-758.  Note that turf, forestry and landscape production are not specifically mentioned. Any person that currently has and meets the new requirements for a qualifying farmer may continue to use the agricultural exemption certificate number for qualifying purchases made prior to October 1, 2014.  Existing agricultural exemption certificate numbers will not be valid after this date. Thus, a new application is necessary.  All qualifying individuals seeking such exemptions must file for a certificate by submitting Form E-595QF, Application for Qualifying Farmer Exemption Certificate Number for Qualified Purchases. Upon receipt of the qualifying farmer exemption certificate issued by the Department, the qualifying farmer must issue a new Form E-595E, Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement Certificate of Exemption, or other exemption information required per N.C. Gen. Stat. § 105-164.28 to each retailer, which should include the qualifying farmer exemption certificate number in order to claim an exemption from sales and use tax on qualifying purchases for use in farming operations. If a person is involved in agricultural production but does not meet the full definition of the term “qualifying farmer,” the individual may apply for a conditional farmer exemption certificate number. A person issued a conditional farmer exemption certificate may purchase qualifying items exempt from sales and use tax to the same extent as a “qualifying farmer.” Generally, conditions for such an exemption require annual submission of state and federal tax returns and other documentation in order to obtain this conditional farmer exemption.  Refer to the notice below for full details. The notice of these changes can be found at http://www.dornc.com/taxes/sales/impnotice062514_2.pdf To download an application choose the appropriate link below. Form E-595QF, Application for Qualifying Farmer Exemption Certificate Number for Qualified Purchases can be found at http://www.dornc.com/downloads/e595qf.pdf Form E-595CF, Application for Conditional Farmer Exemption Certificate Number for Qualified Purchases can be found at http://www.dornc.com/downloads/e595cf.pdf For assistance or questions, contact the Taxpayer Assistance and Collection Center at 1-877-252-3052 (toll-free). North Carolina State University faculty members are working to develop a FAQ publication regarding these new regulations.  Information, when available, will be posted at this web site.

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NC Cooperative Extension Service

2016 Carteret County
4-H Goat Show

Once again the time has come to start thinking about the fall and with fall comes livestock shows. The 2016 Carteret County 4-H Goat Show will be held Saturday, August 27th, 2016 at the Newport Town Park. The show begins at 10:00am. Show Check in is 8:00 - 9:30 am. All youth ages 19 and under are eligible to participate. Please click here for registration packet and show rules and regulations.

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Balloons on the beach

Impacts of a Single
Balloon

Did you know a balloon floating in the water looks just like a jellyfish? Balloons are one of the many pieces of trash that can very easily be eliminated from our environment.

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Datana spp. caterpillars feeding on blueberry. Photo via NC State University Plant Disease and Insect Clinic.

What to watch for: Caterpillars in berries popular

The season’s first question about caterpillars in blueberries has arrived, so growers and homeowners should be on the look out for developing populations. Several caterpillars species in the genus Datana feed on NC MORE » – from   Entomology

4-H Summer Fun

Summer Fun 4-H programs have been at full speed this summer.  Youth have experienced a wide range of opportunities through 4-H and the experiences aren’t over yet.  There are still weeks of summer MORE »

Hopper burn damage from potato leaf hopper on red maple

Maple Nursery IPM Update popular

I had several questions related to problems with maples last week. In the process I noticed damage from maple spider mite, hopper burn (potato leaf hopper), maple shoot borer, anthracnose, and canker diseases. MORE » – from   Wilson County Center

Earworms/Bollworms in Bt Corn popular

Earworms (known as bollworm in cotton) have been fairly absent in our system over the past few years.  Arguably, at least a small part of this has to be due to widespread plantings MORE » – from   Entomology

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly on honeysuckle

National Pollinator Week 2016

This week, June 20 – 26 of 2016, is national pollinator week.  Why might that be important to you?  Pollination is the process of moving the pollen from the filament (male part of MORE »

Impacts of a Single Balloon

Did you know a balloon floating in the water looks just like a jellyfish? Balloons are one of the many pieces of trash that can very easily be eliminated from our environment.  Unfortunately MORE »

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Cucumber Downy Mildew

Cucumber Downy Mildew has been diagnosed in Duplin County, North Carolina.  This means the disease is likely to be in our area before the weekend is over.  The disease is spread by spores MORE »

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EVENTS View All
Webinar - Assessing Sustainability for Agricultural and Urban ForestsThu Aug 11, 2016
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Where:
forestrywebinars.net
— 2 weeks away
4-H County CouncilMon Oct 3, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
303 College Circle, Morehead City, NC, United States Room 305
— 2 months away
4-H County CouncilMon Nov 7, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
303 College Circle, Morehead City, NC, United States Room 305
— 3 months away
Veterans Day HolidayFri Nov 11 - Fri Nov 11, 2016 - ALL DAY— 3 months away
Thanksgiving HolidayThu Nov 24 - Fri Nov 25, 2016 - ALL DAY— 4 months away
4-H County CouncilMon Dec 5, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
303 College Circle, Morehead City, NC, United States Room 305
— 4 months away
HolidaySun Jan 1 - Sun Jan 1, 2017 - ALL DAY— 5 months away
4-H County CouncilMon Jan 2, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
303 College Circle, Morehead City, NC, United States Room 305
— 5 months away
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