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Local News
8:34 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Teaching Farmers How To Farm In Concord

Joe Rowland joined Lomax as a farmer-in-training in 2010. He now owns an 18-acre poultry and produce farm in Gold Hill.
Tasnim Shamma

Say you want to become a farmer. If you didn't grow up on a farm, where do you start? In Cabarrus County, you can go to farm school.

The Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm was launched in 2009 to give first-generation farmers an opportunity to learn the trade.

And earlier this month, it was the subject of a funding controversy that led to the organic farm being shut down for a week in the middle of the growing season.

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Local News
5:40 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Budget Cuts Mean NC Is Failing Students, Say Districts In Leandro Case

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Lawyers representing low-income school districts say North Carolina has abandoned its efforts to make sure it provides all students a sound, basic education.  They say budget cuts are keeping the state from living up to its commitment. They’re asking a judge to hold a hearing on the matter in August. 

WFAE’s Lisa Miller joins All Things Considered host Mark Rumsey to discuss:


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Local News
10:22 am
Fri November 29, 2013

North Carolina Lawmakers Oppose Sequester Cuts To Tobacco Farmers

A tobacco field in Harnett County, N.C.
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Another round of the budget cuts known as the sequester are beginning to take effect, and once again there’s no agreement between Republican and Democratic lawmakers to head it off. But, a bipartisan group of North Carolina congressional lawmakers are pushing to exempt one program—payments to tobacco farmers—from the sequester’s effect.


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Local News
8:37 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Defense Industry Starts To Feel The Sequester

Cleveland County defense contractor, Ultra Machines and Fabrication, will lay off as many as 100 employees in May due to cuts in federal contracts. It could be the first in a rising wave of job losses related to the sequester.

In the last three years, Ultra’s received $46 million in federal contracts—what that business, and most defense contractors rely on. But as the sequester and other federal budget cuts kick in, those contracts are drying up.

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