Franklin County Agriculture Extension Office Hosting Events in February

February 5, 2016

Horse owners in the area are invited to participate in the popular annual “Horse Mini-Series” with the next scheduled meeting on Thursday, February 11, at the Franklin County Cooperative Extension Center Annex meeting room. A sponsored meal will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the program on “Equine Breed Panel: Which Breed of Horse Is Right for Me?” Educational meetings will continue monthly through April, concluding with a visit and tour of N.C. State University’s Equine Unit and School of Veterinary Equine unit. If you plan to attend the February 11 meeting, contact Martha Mobley, Agricultural Extension Agent, Franklin County, at 919-496-3344 or email

Small farms continue to grow in Franklin County and surrounding counties. In 2015, a Franklin County Small Farm Association was formed to meet the demand for educational information to help members be successful and to network with one another. The popular Annual Small Farms Opportunities Conference will be held at Vance-Granville Community College Franklin Campus in Louisburg on Saturday, February 27, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Topics will include: Organic Farming & Benefits; Retail Marketing; Managing Your Farm with Google Earth; Building Soil Health for Farm Profit; Farmers Markets 101; Beneficial Insects; How to Price Your Products; Utilizing Farm Stays and Weddings; Hands-on Mushroom Production/Marketing; Alternative Feeds for Livestock; Small-Scale Poultry Production & Marketing; and Sheep & Goat Production & Marketing. There will be a small fee to participate. Contact Martha Mobley, Agricultural Extension Agent, Franklin County, at 919-496-3344 or for information. Program details are at or