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MURFREESBORO – Like many events last year, the annual 4-H Livestock Show and Sale in 2020 was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But now that conditions are starting to improve, participants were back again this year, showing off the animals they raised over the past several months in the hopes of earning the title of “champion.”
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Judge pauses loan forgiveness program for farmers of color

MILWAUKEE — (AP) — A federal judge has halted a loan forgiveness program for farmers of color in response to a lawsuit alleging the program discriminates against white farmers. U.S. District Judge William Griesbach in Milwaukee issued a temporary restraining order Thursday suspending the program for socially disadvantaged farmers and...
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Pasquotank County, NCDaily Advance

NHS ag program nets 3 grants to improve Demonstration Farm, Ag Complex

It has been a difficult three semesters since COVID-19 complications descended upon the schools. Still, life goes on as does trying to engage and educate our youth. The agriculture department at Northeastern High School wrote and received three grants to enhance the resources of the Harris Demonstration Farm on Creek Road and the Agriculture Complex at the school.
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Elizabeth City, NCDaily Advance

Stagikas turns peppers into hot-selling sauce biz

During a trip to the farmer’s market in Raleigh a few years ago, Andrew Stagikas purchased some special pepper plants that would change his life. A chef for 30 years, Stagikas began researching peppers and started planting different varieties in his home garden. He then used those peppers as ingredients for hot sauces he created and sold through a new business, STAG’s Sauce Co., which he started in 2017.
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Hertford County peanut farmers receive recognition for high yields

Three Hertford County farms received special recognition for impressive peanut yields in the 2020 North Carolina Peanut Yield Contest. Earl White and Sons Farms won the Hertford County Peanut Yield contest as well as the overall 2020 North Carolina Peanut Yield Contest. This is a major accomplishment and honor. Earl...
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Hertford County toughens solar farm regulations

WINTON – It appears that new language added to Hertford County’s Zoning Ordinance will address the concerns of local leaders and citizens have regarding solar farms. In October of last year, the Hertford County Board of Commissioners, after hearing negative comments about the lack of regulations controlling the placement and aesthetics of solar farms, enacted a moratorium on the issuance of building, zoning, and conditional use and/or special use permits for solar farm facility development.

Gas supply slow to fully recover

AHOSKIE – Despite the reopening of the Colonial Pipeline, the consistent availability of gas may take weeks to return to normal. The pipeline – which supplies gasoline and other fuel products along the eastern seaboard – restarted operations on Thursday after being shutdown by a ransomware attack. That left gas station owners and consumers scrambling to fill their respective tanks.
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Elizabeth City startup lands $1M grant to use CRISPR to remove peanute allergens

ELIZABETH CITY – Children who are allergic to peanuts learn that avoidance is the only way to ensure that even a trace amount of the problem legume doesn’t trigger a dangerous reaction that sends them to the hospital. As an extra precaution, parents closely read ingredient labels and restaurant menus while schools enforce bans of peanut snacks and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
Elizabeth City, NCDaily Advance

Run on gas after pipeline attack leaves station tanks dry

Even if you didn’t need gasoline Wednesday, chances are good you still probably went searching for some. For many, it was a fruitless hunt. Most gas stations across the area had to bag up or stretch caution tape around their pumps to indicate that their tanks were dry as the shutdown of the biggest U.S. fuel pipeline in the country entered a fifth day.
Chowan County, NCDaily Advance

State of Emergency issued after pipeline cyber-attack

Chowan County residents waited at local gas stations Monday event to fill up on gasoline in light of a cyber-attack that shutdown a gas line. The price of regular gas rose 10 cents over the course of 24 hours during the weekend, and was $2.64 cents at the Duck-Thru on Sunday morning. At 6:22 p.m. Monday, the price of regular gas at the Exxon in downtown Edenton was $2.79.
Williamston, NCDaily Reflector

Storm Hits Tuesday Night : Power outages and damage follow

WILLIAMSTON - Storms rolled through Martin County Tuesday evening and caused some residential damage power outages. According to Jody Griffin, Martin County Emergency Manager Director, straight-line winds cut a path causing damage in Williamston from 14614 U.S. 64 Alternate to the McCaskey Road and Corey Drive intersection. Carl Barnes, a...
Chowan County, NCDaily Advance

2021 Chowan County Livestock Show

Tuesday, April 20, 2021, marked the 67th Annual Chowan County 4-H Livestock Show and Sale. Fifty-six Chowan County youth participated this year. There were 12 goat exhibitors and 44 hog exhibitors. Matthew Morrison, North Carolina State University Animal Science Research Project Coordinator, was the judge for the 2021 show. This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the show was limited to parent/guardian spectators.
Elizabeth City, NCDaily Advance

Pilot's job: Check. United pact to aid ECSU students

Elizabeth City State University this week announced a new partnership with the United Airlines Aviate pilot recruitment program to prepare students for jobs as airline pilots. United Airlines is seeking to hire more than 10,000 pilots in the next decade, according to Kuldeep Rawat, ECSU’s director of aviation science and dean of the School of Aviation, Emergency Management, Health and Technology.
Pasquotank County, NCDaily Advance

Avangrid, Apex move forward with wind energy projects

A little more than four years ago, Amazon Wind Farm US East began operations in Pasquotank and Perquimans counties. The same renewable energy company that built the Amazon facility plans to build a similar site off the coast of northeastern North Carolina. Avangrid Renewables began operation of its $600 million...
Elizabeth City, NCDaily Advance

Not all agricultural workers unaffected by COVID-19

In a recent article titled “Farming affected more by weather, economy, than COVID-19,” you paint a picture that farming has been exempt from every challenge that COVID-19 has placed on other industries. Instead, the article says, weather and the economy are the only ones to blame. These statements are simply...
Elizabeth City, NCDaily Advance

EC electric fund rebounds, 'smart' meter project completed

The financial position of Elizabeth City’s electric utility has vastly improved since last summer, with the latest data showing a cash balance in the electric fund of $6.7 million. That is more than twice the electric fund’s cash balance last June, when it dipped below its $3 million minimum to...