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LUMBERTON — The NC Cooperative Extension Robeson County Center has scheduled several classes for the months of January and February ranging from crop production and pruning to food safety.

2022 Tri-County Agricultural Production Meetings

The extension will host three tri-county agricultural production meetings in 2022 at the Southeast Agricultural Events Center, located at 1027 US 74 E., Lumberton. One hour of CCA credits and NC N, O, D and X pesticide recertification credits will be available at each meeting.

— The first will be a meeting on cotton production scheduled for January 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. Speakers include Dr. Ron Heinger, extension cropping systems specialist; and Dr. Stephanie Kulesza, nutrient and animal waste management specialist. The deadline for registration is January 24. Registration can be done at

— The deadline for registering for the cotton production meeting will be January 27th. The meeting will take place on February 3 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and will include speakers, Dr. Keith Edimsten; Cotton extension specialist; Dr. Guy Collins, Cotton Extension Specialist; Dr. Charlie Cahoon, Weed Extension Specialist; and Dr. Anders Huseth, extension entomologist. Registration can be done at

– A meeting on soybean production has been scheduled for 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on February 24. Speakers include Soybean Extension Specialist Dr. Rachel Vann; Dr. Luke Gatiboni, soil fertility extension specialist; and Dr. Dominic Reisig, extension entomologist. Participants must register by February 17 at

A meal will be provided, so participants must register before the deadline for each event. To register or for more information, contact Mac Malloy, Field Crop Extension Officer, at 910-671-3276 or email

Food safety

The local extension has scheduled a ServSafe Food Safety Certification training and exam session for February 1-3, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at OP Owens Agricultural Center, 455 Caton Road, Lumberton. The two-hour exam will take place on February 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a pre-exam review.

The $125 registration fee – check or money order only, payable to Robeson County Cooperative Extension – can be paid to Cooperative Extension, 455 Caton Road, Lumberton, NC 28360. Fee covers all materials needed to prepare Exam: The “ServSafe Manager” Manual (7th Edition), Exam Answer Sheet, Handouts, and Light Refreshments.

The registration form can be downloaded from the Cooperative Extension website or received by email and must be returned with the registration fee by January 22. The last day to register and pick up a manual is January 22. Interested persons are encouraged to register in advance to allow at least 10 study days before the start of the course. There are no refunds, but substitutions can be made by the enrollee before the first day of class.

If anyone has taken this training offered by Cooperative Extension in the past and needs to retest, they can do so on February 4th. The retest fee is $50 and must be paid by check or money order by January 22.

After the February training, additional ServSafe training will be offered in April, July, and October 2022. For more information, contact Jessie Jones at 910-671-3276 or email For disability accommodations, contact Cooperative Extension at 910-671-3276 by February 6. For exam accommodations, ServSafe requires a written request and appropriate documentation by the candidate prior to the exam with sufficient time to receive approval or denial. To learn more about the extension, visit our website at

muscatel pruning

The Robeson County Center will be the location for a muscadine growing and pruning workshop scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on February 5.

Topics covered during this workshop will include trellising, training and pruning vines; recommended varieties and cultivars; fertilization recommendations; and pests and diseases.

After taking the first class at the extension office, participants will travel to DJ’s Farm, located at 981 Highway 41 South, Lumberton, for a hands-on pruning experience. Participants should bring their own pruning shears and dress appropriately for the weather. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, face masks are recommended.

The course will be limited to 25 participants. Registration is mandatory. The deadline for registration is February 2. To register, use the following link:

For more information or to register, contact Mack Johnson, Horticulture Extension Officer, at 910-671-3276 or

Better Blueberries 101

Those interested in learning how to increase their harvest and the size of their blueberries have until 5 p.m. on February 8 to register for the Better Blueberries 101 course.

The course offered by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Robeson County Center is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon on February 12. It will take place at OP Owens Agriculture Center, located at 455 Caton Road in Lumberton.

Attendees will learn blueberry best practices regarding soil pH, fertilizer requirements, pruning practices and variety selection for the Robeson County area. An outdoor pruning demonstration could be part of the class, so attendees are encouraged to dress for the weather.

Masks will be required due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The course will be limited to 25 participants. To register, go online and use the link

For more information or to register, contact Mack Johnson, Horticulture Extension Officer, at 910-671-3276 or