Jacksonville, NC Feb. 15, 2013 – The Onslow County Center for NC Cooperative Extension will be offering two programs that will provide useful information for area farmers. The first program entitled “Planning for the Future of Your Farm and Forest” will be offered Wednesday, February 20 beginning at 9:00 am at the Onslow County Multipurpose Complex located at 4024 Richlands Highway in Jacksonville. States Melissa Huffman, Field Crops Agent with the Onslow County Extension Office, “As our farming population ages and young people move away from the farm, we must prepare for the transfer of land to accelerate in the coming years. The topics that our speakers will be addressing will help agriculture remain a viable part of Onslow County’s economy for future generations.” Lunch will be provided and preregistration is requested.
The second program being offered will be Wednesday, February 27 at the Onslow County Multipurpose Complex. Beginning at 9:30 am, representatives from North Carolina State University will be present a variety of sessions for the Regional Sorghum Production Meeting. “With the increasing costs of farming,” says Huffman, “Grain sorghum is a perfect fit for many Onslow County farmers. Sorghum requires less input costs versus corn, and it is more drought tolerant. Sorghum will not only be cost efficient to produce, but will also
enhance productivity of animal agriculture. We would encourage any farmer who might be interested in sorghum production to attend this program.” Preregistration for the program is requested and lunch will be provided.
To learn more about either of these programs and/or preregister for the sessions, please contact NC Cooperative Extension–Onslow County Center at 910-455-5873 or visit the website (www.onslowcountync.gov