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Provided by the Russell County Extension Office Your Russell County Unit of the Virginia Tech and Virginia State Extension Division-- Cornelia Estep, Scott Jessee, Donna Meade and Bill Worrell presents this week's Extension News. Our office is located on 131 East Main Street, Lebanon, VA. Check out our Virginia Tech Public Website Address: www..ext.vt.edu/ Extension Calendar of Events: April 9: Fruit Tree Grafting 'Workshop, Basement of South- em States in Lebanon 6:30 p.m.; April 16: 4-H Camp Reg- istration Day, Summer Camp, June 8 through 12; April 17-19: Virginia Beef Expo, Rockingham County Fair- grounds, Harrisonburg; April 30: Pallet Recycling Workshop (for users, recyclers & manufacturers) SW VA High- er Education Center, Abingdon, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. If you need information about any Of the listed events, please call the Extension Office at (276) 889-8056. Scott Jessee - Agriculture Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop The Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop will be held on Thursday, April 9  at 6:30 p.m. in the basement of Southern States Cooperative in Lebanon. Session costs will be $14 per person - which includes 8 root- stocks, scion wood and mat- erials. Be sure to wear "old clothes" as the process can be messy. Participation is limited, so please call the Extension office (889-8056) as soon as possible if you would like to attend. Understanding Fertilizer Labels & Blends When spring arrives, interest in fertilizer always increases. Listed below are some tips to help make understanding ferti- lizer labels and grades easier! All fertilizer labels have .three bold numbers. The first number is the amount of nitrogen (N), the second number is the amount of phosphate (P205), and the third number is the amount of potash (K20). These numbers represent the three basic plant nutrients: nitro- gen (N), Phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). The label is known as the fertilizer grade. This method for describing the nutrients con- tained per bag is the recognized Page 8 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES_ , St. Paul, VA, Thursday, April 9, 2009 Russell County Unit's Extension news national standard. (made from Urea, DAP, and The fertilizer grade Potash) without the filler, you numbers represent the amount of will only get 1,033 pounds of each nutrient contained in the material. bag (as a percent). If you want to apply 40 The nutrients contained units of Nitrogen, 40 units of in a 50 pound bag of I0-10-10 Phosphorus, and 40 units of are: Potassium to a field using 10-10- 50#X10%Nitrogen=5 pounds N 10 with the filler included, the 50#X10%Phosphorus=5pounds application rate per acre would P be 400 pounds per acre 50#X 10%Potassium=5pounds K (40/0.10=400). In a 50 pound bag of If we wanted to apply fertilizer, there are 15 pounds of 40 units of N, P, & K per acre plant nutrients. The remaining (bulk blended at the store) 35 pounds is filler, without the filler material, we Filler is usually made would apply 207 pounds per of sand or granular limestone, acre. This material is included to aid By using the materials in the accurate distribution or Urea, DAP, and Potash, any spreading of the actual plant fertilizer formulation can be nutrients, created. These fertilizer Common fertilizers components can be blended by (like 10,10-10) are known as most farm stores in order to products that have been blended apply the nutrients needed by to a specific grade. To make the your soil. blend 10-10-10, three major Always base fertilizer fertilizer components are used: applications on a current soil Urea (46-0-0), Dianunonium test. Soil tests on agricultural phosphate or DAP (18-46-0), fields are free! Stop by the and potash (0-0-60). Extension Office to pick up a In a ton (2000#) of I0- soil box and data sheet. 10-10, there are 200 units of N, For more information about 200 units of P, and 200 units of fertilizer formulations, please K (2000 X 10%N = 200, 2000 X contact the Extension Office at 10%P = 200, and 2000 X 10%K 889-8056. = 200). Cornelia G. Estep - 4-H To make 1 ton of 10- Summer 4-H Camp 10-10, we would use 435 pounds 'Registration of DAP (200/0.46 = 435). Since Russell County 4-H Camp the analysisofDAPis 18-46-0, a will be held from June 8-12, portion of the 435 pounds is N. 2009. Camp registration will be To find this portion, we multiply held on April 16 at the Russell 435 X 0.18=78. Now that we County Extension Office from have 78 units N, we will need 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 another 122 units (78+122=200). p.m. until 6:00 p.m. This will be 265 pounds of Urea (46-0-0) can a "One-Day-Only" registration. be used for this portion Youth attending camp will be (122/0.46=265). To complete the excused from school on June 9 th. blending process, we need 200 Buses transporting campers to units of K. If we use potash (0- the 4-H Center will leave the 0-60), we will add 333 pounds Russell County Governmental (200/0.60=333). Center Parking Lot at 4:30 p.m. When all of the on June 8 th. components are added together Regular cost per camper is (435# $160, and this includes lodging DAP+265#UREA+333#POTAS for the week, food, daily acti- H), there are 1,033 pounds of vities, dances, swimming, and material. Since we want to classes. An "Early-Bird" special purchase 10-10-10 by the ton, is available for campers paying we would add 967 pounds of on sign-up day ($150.). 4-H filler material Camp registration is a first (1,033+967=2000). come/first serve basis (the first Many producers wish 50 boys and the first 50 girls). to purchase fertilizer without the All eligible youth will filler material. This is an receive pre-registration informa- acceptable and legal way to tion at school. purchase fertilizer. Fertilizer For more information about. without the filler is mainly 4-H Camp or the registration purchased in bulk. Remember: If process, please contact the you purchase a ton of 10-10-10 Extension Office at 889-8056. MECC receives national .g .g:g .g -g training facility designation Mountain Empire Commun- Pipefitting, Electrical and Weld- ity College (MECC) has been ing emphases. designated an Accredited Train- The College's new training ing and Education Facility under designation will allow it to certi- the auspices of the National Cen- fy secondary teachers for dual ter for Construction Education enrollment students. These high and Research (NCCER). school students will be able to NCCER is a not-for-profit continue at MECC for certifica- education foundation created to tion in a building construction develop industry-driven stand- trade. The certifications are also ardized craft training programs transferable, as they are main- with portable credentials and tained in a database in Florida. help address the critical work- According to Ceeere, an force shortage facing the con- associate degree in construction struction industry, utilizing the NCCER curriculum The announcement was made is currently available at Pima by Dr. Tom Cecere, ARI Spec- Community College in Arizona, alist and NCCER Master Trainer and efforts are in place to align with the Workforce Develop- curriculum with associate de- ment Services for the Virginia grees by the Virginia's Com- Community College System munity Colleges. In addition, (VCCS). The VCCS is an career pathways in construction authorized training sponsor for are being explored from NCCER. Secondary to Post-secondary MECC became involved institutions with options at the with NCCER through its work Bachelors and Masters Degree with Shaw to train workers for level. the construction of the energy A 'green certification' and hybrid plant for Old Dominion safety curriculum are also in the Power in Virginia City. MECC works for MECC. "Our goal is full-time and adjunct faculty are to have certified training when certified trainers, and the Col- industries come to the area," lege has developed career stu- says Robert England, Interim dies certificates in Building Dean for Health Science and Construction with Carpentry, Industrial Technology at MECC. MARKET CORNER NEWS ALL FARMERS AND VENDORS interested in the Clinch River Farmer's Market are invited to attend a meeting on Tuesday, April 14th, 6:30 p.m. at the St. Paul Town Hall. Christopher Salyer, a food safety specialist, will be at the meeting to answer questions on food safety and steps for kitchen certification. The Market will open on Saturday, April 25th at 7:00 a.m. Applications and guidelines are available in the St. Paul Town Hall office. For more information contact the Town Hall at 762-5297 or Juanita Kelly at 762-9377. Watch this space for information and updates on the Farmers' Market. Adult Education Connection by Karen Gent Linda Boyd, of Honaker, Virginia, dropped out of high school many years ago to get married. Linda recalls that marriage was a common reason for young ladies to quit school at that time. Shortly after getting married, Linda moved to Maryland. She eventually became the mother of two children. While living in Maryland, Linda attended the Star Beauty Academy and obtained a license in cosmetology. She then worked as a hairdresser at Quantico Marine Base. Even though her life was busy as a wife, mother and cosmetologist, Linda says that the idea of earning a GEDcertificate was always in the back of her mind. Because of this, she purchased a GED preparation book so that she could study on her own. In 1977, Linda moved back to Honaker to help care for her mother, who had become sick. In 1979, she decided to take a GED class, but because of her busy schedule, she was unable to attend. Several years later, Linda heard that the current version of the GED tests was to change in 2002. She thought it would be a good idea to take the tests before the change occurred. Linda bought an updated GED preparation book and began to study again.' When she felt that she was prepared, Linda registered to take the official GED tests. She remembers feeling anxious on the day of testing and thinking, "If no one knew, I wouldn't go to take the tests." Because she had told her family of her plans, she decided she couldn't back out of her commitment. On October 29, 1999, at the age of 52, Linda took and passed the complete battery of GED tests. After having thought about it for more than 20 years, Linda finally achieved her goal. Linda Boyd Linda had the top GED test score in Russell County that year and was awarded a $500 scholarship from Southwest Virginia Community College. She initially thought she would take either a computer or photography class, but there was much more in store for Linda. In 2000, Ron Bartley, who was dean of the business divis- ion at SVCC, contacted Linda to tell her about a new Micro- soft program being offered at the college. Linda says t!,at at that time she didn't even own a computer. She was interested in the program but because she was helping with the care of her brother who had cancer, she was unable to participate. In 2001, however, the program was still being offered. Linda now had a computer and found out that f'mancial aid was available. She applied for and received a scholarship from the National Science Foundation, which required that the recip- ient have plans to attend a 4- year university. Linda made plans and enrolled in the program. While Linda was attending college, she operated an in- home beauty shop and was self- supporting. She was able to adjust her schedule as needed to attend classes. Linda graduated from SVCC in August 2003 with an associate's degree in in- formation systems technology. Before the month of August was over, Linda began classes at Virginia Interment College in Bristol She graduated in December 2004 at age 57 with a bachelor's degree in computer information management. After graduation, Linda was able to launch a new career. She In'st obtained employment at Cingular. Months later, she was hired as administrative office assistant for Old Dominion University on the SVCC campus. In June 2008, Linda applied for a job at Northrup Grumman as a help desk analyst where she currently provides tech support for Vought Aircraft. In at' :ition to her work to the t, aaology sector, Linda continues to operate her beauty shop. Linda has experienced an exciting journey, but she states, "I would have had no journey without a GED. Once I got started, everything happened one step after the other. My whole career moved toward technology." Linda recalls that when she began her college education, the technology companies that are in the area now were not here at that time. She made an effort to prepare for her future and it paid off. Linda believes that the most important thing is having the desire to learn, and she's proof that it's never to late to achieve our goals. If you didn't finish high school, it's not too late to earn your GED certificate. Contact Southwest Regional Adult Education at 889-5424, or call toll-free at 1-866-581-9935. 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