18th Annual PUMPKINFEST :: Saturday, October 25 from 9am - 4pm * Downtown Franklin :: CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO!

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Farmers and ranchers transitioning to organic as well as established organic producers have another opportunity to apply for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Organic Initiative funding to assist their organic efforts. The deadline for this application period is May 20, 2011.

The USDA recently announced that they will, for the third consecutive year, invest $50 million in funding for the EQIP Organic Initiative, which provides a 75% share of the cost of implementing organic conservation measures to those who qualify - 90% for beginning, limitedresource and socially-disadvantaged farmers and ranchers.

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The North Carolina Wildlife Federation is accepting nominations through May 31, 2011 for Conservation Achievement Awards.

These awards honor individuals, governmental bodies, associations and others who have exhibited an unwavering commitment to conservation in North Carolina. By recognizing, publicizing and honoring these conservation leaders — young and old, professional and volunteer — the North Carolina Wildlife Federation hopes to inspire all North Carolinians to take a more active role in protecting the natural resources of our state.

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— Wednesday and Thursday, June 22-23 Eco Tour: Roan Mountain Overnight. Join Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust on their first-ever overnight expedition to Roan Mountain to witness the famed Catawba Rhodos. For detail, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (828) 526.1111.

— Tuesday, June 28, 7 p.m., Cashiers: “Hunters of the Sky.” Learn about majestic local raptors and witness them in flight at this hands-on presentation, presented by Michael Skinner of Balsam Preserve. Everyone is welcome, no reservations necessary. To learn more, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (828) 526-1111.

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A $5,000 reward has been posted for anyone providing information leading to the arrest/conviction of persons involved in a recent elk kill in Haywood County.

This bull elk, killed near Hicks Branch in the 12-Mile Strip area, was one of 24 elk released in 2001 in the Cataloochee Valley of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Poachers took antlers, hide, feet, and meat, leaving only the carcass and radio collar behind.

Any persons with information about this case are urged to call 1- 800-62-7137 day or night, seven days a week. Information can also be reported directly to local wildlife officers. Call Daniel Cable at (828)450-7894 or Jeff Jackson at (828)450-7895. All information will kept strictly confidential.

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