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Agriculture Programs of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service Yancey County Center address timely issues impacting our county, and state. Cooperative Extension delivers trusted information directly into the hands of farmers and agribusinesses, helping them translate knowledge into solutions to grow the local agricultural economy and community.

2022 Winter School Information

Programs and Services:

Farm Visits, Diagnostics, and

Research Based Information:

Today, information is available, literally at our fingertips. Internet based search engines can generate long lists of resources to help answer questions, or address problems with just a few key words. However, what information is really relative? How much is presented as “fact” but is really more a matter of “opinion”? N.C. Cooperative Extension, Yancey County assist county residents by serving as a resource of relevant, unbiased, and research based information. We are here because we want to serve Yancey County residents.

One of the strengths of the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Yancey County Center Agriculture Programs is that our staff come ready to listen. We aren’t just familiar with the area, but we also live in it. We can have feet on the ground at the farm when needed to address agricultural production problems and issues. N.C. Cooperative Extension includes our two lang-grant universities, NC State University, University of North Carolina A&T. It is also made up of a network of researchers, extension specialists, and other professionals that can be of assistance to our clientele.

As you encounter issues on your farm, or if you would like to have someone help as you look to improve management practices, or try new things, keep us in mind. Feel free to give us a call, send us an email, or drop by for a visit with our staff.

hay bales Hay Testing Available!

Hay Testing is available for Yancey County Farmers. Contact us about testing your hay. Each producer can receive up to 2 hay tests at no cost (until our hay testing funds are depleted). Additional samples can be sent off for testing at a cost of $18 per sample plus the cost of shipping.

If you would like to have hay tested, please contact the Yancey Center by calling (828) 682-6186, or contact Adam McCurry by email (

Helpful Hay Testing Related Publications:

Forage Conservation Techniques- Hay Production
AGR-257: Hay Sampling Strategies for Getting a Good Sample (University of Kentucky)

Soil Testing Information:

Soil testing through the NC Department of Agriculture is available at no cost for Yancey County Farmers April to November. There is a small fee for samples submitted Thanksgiving thru March. Sampling supplies are available at the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Yancey County Center at no cost to farmers. Soil sampling boxes and soil sample submission forms are available anytime during regular office hours. Soil probes can be checked out on a first come, first serve basis. Contact the Yancey County Center by calling 828.682.6186 to reserve a soil probe.

Helpful Soil Testing Related Information: 

NCDA Ag Soil Sample Submission Form
Careful Soil Sampling- The Key to Reliable Soil Test Information
Soil Acidity and Liming: Basic Information for Farmers and Gardeners

Yancey Common Times Articles:

Yancey Extension Minute

On WKYK 104.7 FM/940 a.m.: