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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Numerous species native to the United States are threatened with extinction, and have been classified as “endangered” or “threatened” by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

Wednesday, October 09, 2019
Wednesday, October 02, 2019
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Autumn is here and now is the perfect time to enhance the amazing array of fall colors by decorating with winter squash, pumpkins and gourds. As members of the Cucurbitaceae, or cucumber family, these vegetables offer varying colors of blue, green, orange, crème, pink and variegated types to…

WNC Agricultural Options is now accepting grant applications from farmers diversifying or expanding their businesses. With funding from the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, WNC AgOptions is distributing a total of $219,000 to Western North Carolina farmers in 2020. The application deadlin…

A new Species-a-Day perpetual flip calendar available now in Great Smoky Mountains National Park visitor centers allows park enthusiasts to learn more about a place renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life on each day of this and all years to come.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Lately I’ve been seeing lists of “skills kids need to know” on social media. These include things like how to shake hands, how to make scrambled eggs, how to take care of a garden, how to wash dishes, how to read a map, how to balance a checkbook and how to care for a pet (among many others)…

The N.C. Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Disposal Assistance Program, in cooperation with the Jackson County Extension Center and Jackson County government, will be offering Pesticide Collection Day for residents of Jackson and Swain counties and the surrounding area.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park has reached a biodiversity milestone with the discovery and documentation of 20,000 species of plants, animals and other organisms.

Wednesday, September 04, 2019
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Great Smoky Mountains National Park recently installed webcams at Newfound Gap and Clingmans Dome, providing visitors with near real-time access to weather conditions and views from the highest elevations in the park.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is recruiting volunteers during the fall season to help manage elk viewing opportunities in the Oconaluftee and Cataloochee areas of the park. Volunteers are needed to work through mid-November for one, four-hour shift per week in the late afternoons.

Fall is about one month away, and many of our warm season vegetables are exploding with green leaves and the emergence of colorful fruits such as purple eggplants, red cherry tomatoes and yellow crookneck squash. 

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The copperhead is familiar, at least by name, to most North Carolinians. Deriving its common name from its coppery brown head, the copperhead also is known by such local names as “pilot,” “chunkhead,” “poplar leaf” and “highland moccasin.”

As summer approaches its end and fall is in the near future, we begin to think about our hay storage for the fall and winter. With these thoughts in mind I feel that there isn’t a single producer out there that wouldn’t like to cut down on winter feed costs.

Wednesday, August 07, 2019
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

It is that time of year where produce is coming in by the buckets full. What can you do with all of the extra produce from your garden? Many people may share with family members, but there is another option when you have an abundance of produce and that is food preservation.

Summer is often full of plans, but no one has been busier this year than the emerald ash borer. Although small, this invasive beetle is killing countless ash trees across the state. Since May, it has been confirmed in 11 additional counties in North Carolina, bringing the statewide total to …

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

State Veterinarian Doug Meckes is reminding livestock and pet owners to be vigilant in their tick preventative measures during warm weather.

Late summer is butterfly season. Even though some butterflies can be observed gliding about in the spring and early summer, by the middle of summer butterflies of all types are easily seen pretty much everywhere. 

This summer, I’ve received a lot of phone calls and e-mails about “millipede sightings” with questions such as what are these critters, where do they come from and how do I control them?

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Before there was a pill for every complaint, mountain people relied on the land to heal. Not too long ago, most relied on a “Granny Woman” who was either blood kin or an identified “healer” within the community.

Late spring into mid summer is usually when the various nests of paper wasps get large enough to warrant notice. Generally built in hollow trees or on the branches of trees and shrubs in the wild, paper wasps are adept at finding sheltered places to build their nests on human structures as well.

The Village Green in Cashiers will host the 2019 Joy Garden Tour: Garden and “Bee” Happy from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, featuring more than 30 vendors. There will be jewelry, pottery, garden items, apparel, home accessories and metalwork.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Seeing foxes during the day recently? If so, it is likely because kit-rearing season is peaking. Young foxes, called kits or pups, are maturing and spending more time outside of the den, making sightings more likely.

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Results from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s wild turkey harvest summary show this year’s spring harvest was the second highest ever recorded. Hunters across the state report 18,730 birds harvested, including 1,478 birds taken during the youth-only hunting season.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Record-high temperatures in North Carolina proved to be a challenge for local blueberry farmers this May. Despite this, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says consumers can expect a good crop this year.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency will begin accepting nominations for county committee members on Friday. Agricultural producers who participate or cooperate in an FSA program may be nominated for candidacy for the county committee. Individuals may nominate t…

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

The U.S. Forest Service announced last week that this year’s wild ginseng harvest permits will be determined again by lottery with an application period from June 10 to July 12.