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Henderson County News

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Farm City Day

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Little kids, older retirees and many folks in between turned out Saturday for the annual Farm City Day, a celebration of Henderson County's agricultural heritage.   Read Story »

Tags: farming | Festivals | Farm City Day

Edneyville Business

Farm City Day honors farm family of the year

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A father-and-son team who bulldozed their apple orchard and replaced it with blackberry vines was honored Saturday as the Farm City Day Farmers of the Year at the annual celebration of Henderson County's agriculture heritage at Jackson Park.   Read Story »

Tags: farming | berry farming | Farm City Day

Henderson County Business

Farmers from county inducted into Livestock Hall of Fame

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Henderson County Business

Gaia Herbs adding 30 jobs in Mills River

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MILLS RIVER — Brevard-based Gaia Herbs, which has grown from a $2,000 startup in the Boston suburbs to a $50 million supplier of herbal supplements, announced Wednesday that it would expand its operations in Mills River, creating 30 new jobs and investing $12.2 million at a new facility in Broadpointe Industrial Park for office­s, production and warehousing.   Read Story »

Tags: farming | Broadpointe Industrial Park | manufacturing jobs | Gaia Herbs | organic farming | herbs

Henderson County News

Manager of historic Jersey herd named to Ag Hall of Fame

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MILLS RIVER —Michael R. "Mike" Corn, who manages the historic Jersey dairy herd that Biltmore Estate owner George Vanderbilt brought to Asheville from New York in the late 19th century, was inducted into the Western North Carolina Agricultural Hall of Fame during the WNC Communities' 28th annual ceremony at the Mountain Horticulture Crops Research & Extension Center.   Read Story »

Tags: farming | Biltmore Estate | dairy farms | George Vanderbilt

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Forty years later, Edwards gets his FFA jacket

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Almost 40 years later, North Carolina Sen. Chuck Edwards received his Future Farmers of America jacket.FFA is backed by the Farm Bureau, and Dana farmer Danny McConnell serves as president of the Henderson County Farm Bureau branch.   Read Story »

Tags: farming | Dana | Chuck Edwards | Danny McConnell

Edneyville Business

Moldavian visitors get closeup look at farming

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Alan Ward stooped to point a finger at the lower part of a merlot grape vine.   Read Story »

Tags: farming | Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards | Alan Ward | Marvin Owings

Henderson County News

Farm agency urges Duke to consider options

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Henderson County's farm-promoting agency has appealed to Duke Energy to consider other options before running overhead transmission lines that the farm community says would devalue land, threaten agricultural production and harm a growing agri-tourism industry.   Read Story »

Tags: farming | Duke Energy transmission line

Henderson County News

The other red treat is big business too

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MILLS RIVER — They’re most often red, sometimes green, sometimes yellow. Sweet and juicy, they're grown in Henderson County and shipped up and down the Eastern Seaboard.   Read Story »

Tags: farming | Flavor 1st | Kirby Johnson

Henderson County News

Williams to serve on food manufacturing panel

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Mark Williams, the executive director of the farm-promoting nonprofit Agribusiness Henderson County (AgHC), will have a seat at the table when state leaders explore ways to expand the agriculture industry and create jobs.   Read Story »

Tags: farming | AgHC | Mark Williams

Henderson County News

Flat Rock Farmers Market opens Thursday

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FLAT ROCK — The Flat Rock Farmers Market will kick off the season on Thursday.   Read Story »

Tags: farming | Gardening | produce

Henderson County News

Global partnership breaks ground in Mills River

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MILLS RIVER — With the turn of frozen ground, Henderson County, Mills River, Hendersonville and agribusiness leaders marked the beginning of construction of an international plant grafting operation that will bring 125 jobs and help farmers grow higher quality fruit and vegetables at a higher yield.   Read Story »

Tags: farming | Mills River | Bert Lemkes | Mark Williams | Agribusiness Henderson County

Henderson County News

County farmers show top tom, sheep, hog

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FLETCHER – Henderson County entrants took top honors in showing turkeys, sheep and hogs last week during the 2014 N.C. Mountain State Fair.   Read Story »

Tags: farming

Henderson County Business

State urges farmers to test corn

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Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler is encouraging farmers to have their corn tested for aflatoxin to prevent contamination of feed and food.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Grafting operation called 'a day to remember' in farm economy

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A global partnership's decision to locate a plant-grafting operation in Mills River was described today as a "monumental" recruitment coup and a "day to remember" for the business of farming in Henderson County and Western North Carolina.   Read Story »

Tags: farming | Mills River

North Carolina Business

Southwest NC mountains in new viticulture region

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The federal government has designated a new wine grape-growing area that includes two counties in southwestern North Carolina.   Read Story »

Tags: farming | Henderson County wine industry | viticulture

Henderson County News

Partnership celebrates value of Mills River

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The Mills River Partnership is sponsoring "Mills River Day" from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 1, at North River Farms (3333 North Mills River Road).   Read Story »

Tags: farming | Mills River

Mills River News

Mills River strong in farming

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MILLS RIVER — The fertile French Broad Valley of Mills River accounts for about half of Henderson County's $800 million agribusiness economy and about 4,000 jobs, Mark Williams, executive director of Ag-HC, told the Mills River Town Council.   Read Story »

Tags: farming | Mills River | Mills River Town Board

Hendersonville Life

Got fruit? ECO's heritage tree sale ends Wednesday

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Looking for a great way to produce fruits and nuts in the yard or garden?   Read Story »

Tags: farming | ECO | non-profit organizations

Mills River Business

Visitors gaze upon thousands of poinsettias

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Van Wingerden's Holiday Open House on Sunday showed hundreds of visitors the greenhouse operation's signature Christmas poinsettia.   Read Story »

Tags: farming | Van Wingerden Greenhouses | Mark Williams | Kelly Cantrell | Southern Market Fresh

Henderson County Business

Labor exodus could cost $100 million

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Panelists at a forum on immigration reform said the nation's immigration policy is irrevocably broken and needs to be fixed for economic and moral reasons.   Read Story »

Tags: immigration | farming | apple farming | green industries | Bert Lemkes | Mark Williams | Agribusiness Henderson County

Henderson County News

Berry good: County honors Dana farmers

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DANA — Like his father before him, Larry Stepp Sr. raised apples, keeping at it until back trouble made it impossible to drive a tractor.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Father-son team named Farmers of the Year

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Father-and-son farmers who have converted their farm from apple production to berries, asparagus and greenhouse flowers were named Farmers of the Year last weekend during Farm City Day.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Farmers can apply for grants

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Farmers using new ideas for crops can apply for grants that reward diversifying.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

County included in N.C. disaster declaration

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Although Henderson County is one of 13 North Carolina counties included in a disaster declaration because of rain damage to crops, any aid beyond low-interest loans is uncertain, the county's farm-business advocate said.   Read Story »

Tags: farming | 2013 rainfall | Mark Williams | Agribusiness Henderson County

Henderson County News

Ask Matt ... about Howard Gap

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Q. I heard that we are getting another roundabout. Where is that one going?   Read Story »

Tags: farming | Howard Gap | NCDOT | Ingles | transportation | Ask Matt | Howard Gap Road project

Henderson County News

Legislature overrides veto of farm labor bill

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The N.C. Legislature has overridden Gov. Pat McCrory's veto of a bill that Henderson County farmers would help ensure an adequate supply of labor to pick this season's bumper crop of apples.   Read Story »

Tags: farming | apple farming

Henderson County News

McCrory defends immigration bill veto

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On a visit to Hendersonville Monday to ride in the parade that honors the apple, Gov. Pat McCrory defended his veto of a bill that apple growers say they need to ensure an adequate supply of harvest labor.   Read Story »

Tags: immigration | farming | apple farming | Gov. Pat McCrory

Henderson County Business

Delegation forecasts votes to override farm labor veto

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The General Assembly likely has the votes to override Gov. Pat McCrory's veto of a bill that Henderson County farmers strongly support as a stopgap fix to ensure an adequate labor supply, local legislators said.   Read Story »

Tags: immigration | farming | 2013 rainfall

Henderson County Business

Fresh produce is just a click away

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Need locally grown tomatoes for supper? Want to know which apples are now ripe? Want to buy locally ground sausage or a T-bone steak?   Read Story »

Tags: farming | AgHC | Mark Williams

Henderson County Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: McCrory to farmers: Drop dead

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Farmers began harvesting the 2013 apple crop last week. If they have trouble getting help, they can thank Gov. Pat McCrory.   Read Story »

Tags: farming | Hendersonville Lightning | Lightning editorials | 2013 rainfall

Mills River News

Rain delivers 'worst year in four generations'

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MILLS RIVER — U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows told farmers whose crops have been wiped out by heavy rain and flooding that he has explored what kind of relief is available even as politics stalls the farm bill renewal.   Read Story »

Tags: farming | U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows | Flavor 1st | Kirby Johnson | 2013 rainfall

Henderson County Business

Farmers may seek disaster aid for flood damage

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The deluge of rain this summer has caused widespread damage to Henderson County crops, delayed construction work and put campgrounds underwater.   Read Story »

Tags: farming | apple farming | Marvin Owings | 2013 rainfall

Henderson County News

Rainfall total exceeds year's worth already

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The area is far exceeding the normal rainfall totals. Henderson County has already received more than the usual amount of rain for a whole year, records show.   Read Story »

Tags: Weather | farming | 2013 rainfall

Henderson County News

NWS issues floodwatch; hailstorm possible today

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A hard steady overnight rain caused flooding of low-lying areas and caused the National Weather Service to issue a flood warning for Transylvania County and flood watch for all of Western North Carolina.   Read Story »

Tags: Weather | farming | 2013 rainfall

Henderson County News

ECO offers workshop on raising chickens

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People can learn how to raise chickens in their yard next week.   Read Story »

Tags: farming | ECO | Gardening | Biz611 | sustainability

Henderson County News

Freeze warning reaches edge of county

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Apple, peach, grape and berry growers will be watching the thermometer tonight. Forecasters predicted lows in the mid 30s in Henderson County but a freeze warning issued by the National Weather Service extended to the county's western and northern boundary.   Read Story »

Tags: Weather | farming | apple farming

Henderson County News

Contest rewards local food at restaurants

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A new program from the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is encouraging chefs to dig into locally grown products this summer.   Read Story »

Tags: farming | restaurants

Henderson County News

French Broad flooding at Blantyre expected to peak tonight

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The French Broad River at Blantyre reached moderate flood stage and was expected to peak at 19.5 feet around 10 tonight before dropping..   Read Story »

Tags: Weather | farming

Mills River Business

Ag tour highlights labor issue for farmers

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MILLS RIVER — At the stops on a farm tour, workers toiled in the background.   Read Story »

Tags: immigration | farming | Van Wingerden Greenhouses | Jason Davis | North River Farms | Flavor 1st | Kirby Johnson

Henderson County News

Farm labor solution has 'genesis' in Henderson County, Meadows says

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MILLS RIVER — A carpet of red, yellow, purple, blue, pink and green spread in every direction as far as Mark Meadows could see. A cold rain pelted the roof but in a few weeks' time, the plants and flowers under 37 acres of greenhouse roof  will be in big stores and smaller nurseries up to 350 miles from their Mills River birthplace.   Read Story »

Tags: farming | apple farming | U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows | green industries | Van Wingerden Greenhouses | Bert Lemkes

Henderson County News

County eligible for farm preservation grants

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Henderson County agencies and nonprofit conservation groups are eligible to apply for farmland preservation grants funded through the state's settlement of a lawsuit against the Tennessee Valley Authority over air pollution from coal plants.   Read Story »

Tags: farming | TVA | farmland preservation | NC Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler

Henderson County Business

Apple farmers hear wind machine benefits against spring freeze

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DANA — Farmers know that when the cold sets in, the worst companion is a calm still night.   Read Story »

Tags: farming | apple farming

Henderson County News

Farmers appeal to Hagan for help on labor issue

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Awaiting U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan's arrival in Hendersonville last week, Mark Williams, the county's Agribusiness Development director, received an email that perfectly supported the message he and other farming advocates wanted Hagan to hear.   Read Story »

Tags: immigration | farming | apple farming

Henderson County Business

New farm agent covers green industry

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Kerrie Roach has begun work as Henderson County's Agriculture Extension agent for commercial and consumer horticulture.   Read Story »

Tags: farming | NC Agriculture Extension Service

Henderson County Politics

PEP lobbyist: McGrady last in GOP in business survey

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During a local campaign forum PEP executive Larry Rogers told business leaders that state Rep. Chuck McGrady "ranked last of the Republicans relative to the business community."   Read Story »

Tags: Chuck McGrady | farming | business | PEP | industry | NC Legislature