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Cotton briefs illustrate superior soil microbe activity with compost. Gummy substances produced by soil microbes help cement soil particles together into aggregates, which contribute to soil structure. This cement also makes aggregates less likely to crumble when exposed to water. Fungal hyphae further stabilize soil structure as their threadlike structures spread through the soil, surrounding particles and aggregates like a hairnet. In general, the abundance of microbes in soil is proportional to the organic matter content. Soils that have large amounts of organic residues regularly added to them tend to support a larger microbial population. Sandy soils, such as we have in this region, need the regular addition of organic matter to support a healthy soil microbiome. For more information on soil microbes, soil management and soil fertility, refer to "Building Soils for Better Crops," by Fred Magdoff and Harold van Es, available from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program at: https://www.sare.org/resources/building-soils-for-better-crops-3rd-edition/ . In our experiment, the three soils with compost yielded the mostly shredded undies; the less amended mineral sandy soils are practically ready to wash and wear. Sometimes it’s okay to air your dirty laundry.  The Arboretum is free and open every day from 8 a.m.

https://www.starnewsonline.com/story/lifestyle/2020/11/27/soil-your-undies-exhibit-new-hanover-county-arboretum/6420948002/

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Like everything else, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced some changes to instruction with more coursework offered online, Swindell said. “There’s only so much you can do online, but we’ve managed,” she said. “Some industries have gone totally online for training while others are find out this here online and hands-on training with reduced class sizes.” Swindell is working on 10 training programs ranging from advanced manufacturing to pharmaceutical to food processing to automotive areas. “The one common denominator (for a program) is they have to be a manufacturer of some sort,” Swindell said. Involvement isn’t just in manufacturing, food processing or biotechnology, Roberton said. If training in an area such as construction is needed, the college has the ability to develop a program, she said. “There’s not a business that’s left out because it’s manufacturing, but we look to address it in a different way with different resources,” she said. The cost for training is often included in incentive packages offered by SAGA, Roberton said. Roberton and Swindell said Sanford and Lee County residents can compete for higher-paying jobs and, in doing so, improve their communities.

https://www.sanfordherald.com/news/cccc-job-training-key-in-local-economic-development/article_b2988ba2-6b2d-5fb7-b3ef-b52ed119085f.html