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Soil 101: Introduction
to Soil – Online!

Understanding soil is a basic skill needed by anyone interested in agriculture, environmental science, gardening, natural resource management, and water quality. Traditionally, to gain that skill, a person has had to pay college tuition and spend long hours in a classroom. Now, with the power of the internet at your fingertips, the NC Cooperative Extension Service is bringing a first class Introduction to Soil education to your office, dining room table, or local coffee shop. Learn more about this open online course at http://go.ncsu.edu/introduction-to-soil

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InfoSearches Provide Answers!

Looking for answers to fruit, vegetable, weed or floriculture questions? The NC State University Department of Horticulture invites you to try their powerful, but focused search engines designed to provide answers from the scientific literature, trade and association magazines/websites and NC State University, and archive (repository of literature dating back to the 1800s).  Use these search engines for all of your fruit, vegetable, weed and floriculture questions. Floriculture InfoSearch Fruit InfoSearch Vegetable InfoSearch Weed InfoSearch

NC Cooperative Extension Service

Our Mission

Welcome to the Orange County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension. Orange County Cooperative Extension is dedicated to our mission of helping the citizens of Orange County by putting research-based knowledge to work for economic prosperity, environmental stewardship and an improved quality of life. Dr. Carl A. Matyac County Extension Director


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Master Gardener Class Now Forming popular

Master Gardener training will be held at the Orange County Extension Center on Wednesdays in September, 2014, through January, 2015.  Classes will be held from 9:00am until 12:30pm.  For more information, please click MORE »


Livestock Rabies Meeting

    The Orange County Animal Services Department is inviting livestock and equine owners to attend a Rabies Information Meeting on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, from 7:00pm-8:30pm at the Schley Grange Hall in MORE »


Tri-State Beef Conference popular

Tri-State Beef Conference to be held on August 12, 2014 in Abingdon, Va.  For more details, please click MORE »


N.C. Beef Cattle Research Field Day popular

Save the date for the upcoming N.C. Beef Cattle Research Field Day on Saturday, August 23, 2014, at the Butner Beef Cattle Field Laboratory in Bahama, N.C..  For more information, please click MORE »


NC Summer Grazing Clinics

The Carolinas are blessed with an excellent climate that can provide a year-round grazing system.  However, we are also cursed with a forage base of endophyte infected fescue or bermudagrass.  Our current forage MORE » – from   Alamance County Center

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African VioletsThu Aug 7, 2014
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Where:
209-C N Graham Hopedale Rd. Burlington, NC 27217
— 1 week away
Tri-State Beef ConferenceTue Aug 12, 2014
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Where:
Washington County Fairgrounds, Abingdon, VA
— 2 weeks away
NC Beef Cattle Research Field DaySat Aug 23, 2014
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Where:
Butner Beef Cattle Field Laboratory, Bahama, NC
— 3 weeks away
Shade GardeningThu Sep 11, 2014
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Where:
209-C N Graham Hopedale Rd, Burlington, NC, United States
— 1 month away
Planting Trees and ShrubsThu Sep 25, 2014
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Where:
209-C N Graham Hopedale Rd, Burlington, NC, United States
— 2 months away
Plants with Fall/Winter InterestThu Oct 23, 2014
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Where:
209-C N Graham Hopedale Rd, Burlington, NC, United States
— 3 months away
Project Learning Tree PreK-8 WorkshopTue Nov 11, 2014
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
2832 Big Woods Road Chapel Hill, NC 27514
— 3 months away
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