NC's Blacklands Treasure

A new book available now highlights North Carolina's Blacklands Treasure by telling "the story of the determined, steadfast and downright stubborn pioneers who turned this seeming wasteland into a bountiful breadbasket." Northeastern North Carolina's Blacklands are home to some of the most productive farmland in the USA. Throughout much of its history, however, this region's murky swamps and impenetrable wilderness defeated many who tried to tame it. (252) 480-0755.

Farmers Market Week

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue proclaimed Aug. 6-13 to be National Farmers Market Week. Perdue's proclamation marks the 18th year the U.S. Department of Agriculture has supported local farmers by encouraging families to meet, and buy from, the farmers and other vendors at their local farmers markets. Farmers markets and other direct farm marketing outlets contribute approximately $9 billion each year to the U.S. economy. Throughout the week, thousands of U.S. farmers markets will highlight the range of produce, fruit, meat, dairy and specialty products available from their local and regional farmers.

Food Safety Forum, Aug. 15

How to help small farms prepare for new federal food safety rules will be among topics covered during the 13th annual Commissioner's Food Safety Forum on Aug. 15 at the State Fairgrounds. N.C. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler will host the event from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Expo Center. It is open to farmers, food businesses, regulators, health professionals and other interested people. Admission is free and includes lunch, but pre-registration is requested. To register, go to by Aug. 11.

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