Country Living on 5 Acres in Benson

Come and see what country living is all about with this amazing and well-maintained home sitting on five acres! It has everything you need to get away from it all while being close enough to access any of the nearby metropolitan areas and quick access to I-40. Enjoy your sprawling, beautiful pasture leading down to your private pond. There’s plenty of room to put in a garden and access to well and county water sources. Three wired barns with working electricity, a stable, a workshop and garage, a fenced in yard, and a dog run/kennel area make this place ideal for those needing ample space for their animal companions and material possessions! This home has had numerous updates including the bathrooms and vinyl windows. $450,000

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Late Summer Sportfishing: The Outer Banks’ Best

Late Summer Sportfishing: The Outer Banks’ Best

As if any of us needed an extra incentive to visit the Carolina coastline over the spectacular summer months, the next several weeks are considered by many to be the best time of year to go saltwater fishing for game fish such as Billfish, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo and Yellowfin. Many prime spots along the Outer Banks are at their peak in late summer and early fall, when temperatures in the warm waters of the Gulfstream, about 20 miles offshore, reach their peak. A number of charter fleets in Ocracoke, Hatteras, Nags Head, Manteo, Kitty Hawk and Duck offer fishing adventures that will let you experience the thrill of catching your own big fish in some of the world’s richest waters.

Yellowfin Tuna

Bluefin, Blackfin and Yellowfin tuna are all abundant off North Carolina’s coast, but at this time of year, the Yellowfin is most active. Often found along the coastline of Hatteras and Nags Head, Yellowfin travel in schools, even with similarly sized fish of other species. Fighting aggressively if exposed to prey such as Ballyhoo, Mackerel, Squid or Sardines, these schools of Yellowfin – numbering into the hundreds, or even thousands – move from one area to another based on the availability of food and the water temperature. Typically weighing up to 100 pounds and sometimes a great deal more than that, the torpedo-shaped Yellowfin is silver on its underside but has both a dorsal fin and a line above that are both – as the name implies – bright yellow.

North Carolina’s charter fishing industry focuses heavily on Yellowfin Tuna; in fact, there is more Yellowfin caught off North Carolina’s coastline – Hatteras and the Outer Banks – that than in any other state!


If your goal as a sport fisherman is to enjoy the hunt for the fish just as much as the catch, the Wahoo – a large, fast and beautiful fish with distinctive vertical stripes – will give you a thrill as you chase it through the waters off the Carolina coast. Wahoo, too, can be fished at any time of the year, but the best season to find Wahoo is typically late summer through September and even into early October. With a set of extremely sharp teeth and habit of feeding off crustaceans, Squid, and Mackerel, the Wahoo is considered a voracious predator and is classified as a pelagic fish, meaning it tends to prefer inhabiting open water, only coming to the surface in order to feed. As opposed to other members of the Mackerel family, whose flesh is oily and slightly stronger tasting, the highly valued meat of the Wahoo is sweet and dense with a delicate flavor.

The best areas to find these powerful fish are in the deep Gulfstream waters along North Carolina’s central coastline – the Crystal Coast – while the best method of catching them is trolling for them at a high speed, with bait mimicking the movements of prey. Unlike the Yellowfin, Wahoo are solitary fish and can often be found in very calm waters.

Mahi Mahi

The dolphin fish, or Mahi Mahi, is plentiful year-round, but the best time to fish for it is when waters off the Carolina coast are at their warmest, through the month of August. Found primarily in deeper Gulfstream waters, the colorful Mahi Mahi travels in schools, but often closer to shore, and closer to the surface of the water than either Wahoo or Tuna. The best method of fishing for Mahi Mahi is by slowly trolling live bait such as Ballyhoo or minnows – the diet of the Mahi Mahi is primarily smaller fish – which makes fishing for Mahi Mahi ideal for fishing by families. Mahi Mahi can be aggressive, however, biting at almost any bait, alive or dead, that is dangled in front of them, and making spectacular, unpredictable jumps into the air that make fishing for them a thrilling experience.

The Mahi Mahi’s distinctive look includes vivid yellow, gold and blue coloring, a long dorsal fin from head to tail and a squared-off looking head. Some compare the mild and slightly sweet taste of Mahi Mahi to that of Cod or Halibut. 


The Outer Banks are considered by many to be the Billfish capital of the world. Some of the largest fish in our oceans, Billfish – including Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Sailfish and Swordfish – feed off of crustaceans and smaller fish, and are characterized by their long, bony bills that they use to hunt prey, especially in schools. The best time to fish for these powerful fish is also August and September.

The process of catching such a large fish requires more than the simple effort of one lone angler, and typically includes setting up a number of poles at the back of the fishing boat with live, dead or artificial bait trailing along behind, luring the fish. The meat of the Marlin, Sailfish or Swordfish is only considered fair, as they are primarily trophy fish.

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Understanding Agricultural Carbon Credits  

Understanding Carbon CreditsUnderstanding Agricultural Carbon Credits 

Climate change as a result of the burning of fossil fuels – gas, coal and oil – has become one of the most dire situations our world has had to contend with in the 20th and 21st centuries. How we deal with global emissions today will shape what kind of planet we’ll be living on in future generations.

Farmers can help in worldwide efforts to cut down on gas emissions by following certain carbon capturing processes and generating what are called ‘carbon credits,’ which are bought and sold on the carbon marketplace and allow companies that are heavy carbon producers to offset their greenhouse gas production.

The Kyoto Protocol & Paris Agreement

Over the past 25 years, two important accords have shone a bright light on the plight of global warming. The Kyoto Protocol of 1997 was the first treaty of its kind that aimed to reduce greenhouse gases. Forty-one nations and the European Union committed to working toward a reduction in emissions through several approaches including the development of new technologies and programs in developed and less-developed nations, extensive tree planting, and the development of a system of trading credits that would allow an entity – a buyer – to produce a certain level of emissions.

In 2015, 195 countries and the European Union went a step further as they entered into an international treaty known as the Paris Agreement. The Paris Agreement was a proclamation on climate change that established certain social and economic practices that would create a carbon neutral world – one in which greenhouse gas emissions are reduced to a point where they are absorbed by the earth’s natural processes, thereby creating a “net zero” situation – by 2050. Signers of the Agreement, the world’s top producers of greenhouse gases, included the European Union, U.S. and China 

By 2020, nations were tasked with providing their commitments to the agreement in the form of LT-LEDS, or ‘long-term low greenhouse gas emission development strategies’ as to how they intended to reduce emissions. The action plans included programs to finance these goals and pledges to share information amongst one another in an effort to avoid a situation in which emissions would reach a catastrophic level.  In 2020, the United States withdrew from the Paris Accord under then-President Donald Trump, but in 2021 newly-elected Joe Biden re-joined the Agreement, reiterating the U.S.’s commitment to addressing – and dealing with – the world’s dangerous, and growing, climate situation.

Some of the most important details of the U.S. commitment to reducing greenhouse gases are these:

  • The United States has agreed to reduce greenhouse gases by 26-28%, to a level below what they were in 2005, by reducing emissions of carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, perfluorocarbons, sulfur hexafluoride and nitrogen trifluoride.
  • A combination of laws and incentives has been put into place to help U.S. industries use energy more efficiently.
  • The Clean Air Act established guidelines for power plants to reduce emissions and created tax incentives for creating alternative sources of energy such as solar and wind power.
  • Article 6 of the Agreement also created the world’s first carbon markets, designed to encourage increased investment in lowering emissions. Carbon markets turn organizations’ efforts into tradeable and purchasable carbon credits, with one carbon credit equaling one ton of carbon dioxide (CO2e). When a corporation purchases a carbon credit, typically through a government entity, they are essentially buying the right to produce a ton of emissions. Companies can also create their own carbon offsets by removing carbon from the atmosphere; these transactions in turn can be purchased by other entities who are trying to reduce emissions.

North Carolina Regulations

Our state has taken its own steps toward creating a cleaner future, including the passage of a law – House Bill 951 – in October of 2021. The bill requires the North Carolina Utilities Commission to reduce emissions by as much as 70% by 2030, and to create what is called a state of “carbon neutrality” – balancing carbon emissions with the removal of carbon from the atmosphere – by 2050. Details of the complete plan are due to be finalized by December of 2022, and will involve energy efficiency measures, grid modernization, and the use of new technologies dealing with power generation, distribution and storage.

Carbon Credits & Agriculture

When farmers follow certain carbon farming practices, they sometimes receive payment for the carbon credits they generate by organizations specializing in the carbon market. Often these organizations turn around and sell the agricultural carbon credits to entities that support climate protection and are committed to reducing greenhouse gases. Many buyers, however, such as power plants and other large producers of greenhouse gases, purchase these credits in order to be able to continue to produce more emissions than they are legally allowed to.

Farmers generate these credits in one of two ways: either by reducing emissions, or by capturing and storing emissions.

  • Reducing emissions can be achieved through A) decreasing fertilization; B) cutting down on fuel consumption or switching over to alternative fuels such as natural gas or bioenergy; C) putting rotational grazing practices into place; and D) changing the way in which manure is managed – for instance, by using it as fertilizer more quickly after it is produced.
  • Sequestration – a term referring to the practice of using plants to capture emissions – involves A) crop rotation; B) changing the use of agricultural lands to grasslands; C) planting trees on open land to create woodlands; and D) changing tillage methods.

Some of these practices turn out to be very costly for the farmer, but the financial return on selling agricultural carbon credits can also be substantial.

How to Get Started

The idea of generating agricultural carbon credits is daunting for some, but with a little bit of education and – for many – a true desire to see our world prosper by seeing a reduction in greenhouse gases and global warming, it’s a topic well worth discussion.

Farmers interested in getting involved in the carbon marketplace can do so in various ways.

  • They can sell carbon credits to organizations directly. This method is considered the most challenging, since it involves the farmer – who may have little knowledge of the process – going out and locating buyers independently.
  • The second method involves the farmer contacting an organization that specializes in selling offsets – a process that is a bit more complicated but can actually pay off to the farmer, since carbon offsetting companies typically finance carbon-reducing projects that the farmer may not otherwise have access to on their own.
  • Method number 3 involves finding a broker in the carbon marketplace who will then find a buyer or buyers for the carbon credits. The broker charges a fee, which may seem prohibitive to some, but there is also the probability that the broker will not disclose what kind of buyer they’ve sourced for the credits. For farmers who wish to be a part of a voluntary effort to reduce carbon emissions – rather than involuntary, when companies are required to purchase offsets as part of regulatory compliance – that desire is irrelevant, as their part in the selling process only involves providing the credits.

To find out more about carbon credits in the state of North Carolina, here are some resources that provide all the information you need to get started.


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Carbon Farming: Why Do We Need It, and How Does It Work?

Carbon Farming: Why Do We Need It, and How Does It Work?

May 11, 2022

Carbon Farming in the USOver the past 250 years or so, populations have exploded, and the world has developed into societies based on manufacturing rather than agriculture. As factories, buildings, roads and railroads have replaced so many of our natural spaces, and cars, trains and mechanized farming equipment have taken the place of other, non-mechanized modes of transport and equipment, the atmosphere around us has been greatly affected. Despite substantial improvements in our standard of living over the years due to industrialization, habitats in many areas have suffered and air, water and soil pollution have developed into some very complex issues that today are often centered around an over-abundance of greenhouse gases and a planet that is warmer than it should be.

Industrialization & the Growth of Steam Power

From the mid-1700s onward, people searching for better lives were moving from rural areas towards city centers, capitalism was growing, and the use of alternative forms of power – primarily, steam power – was fueling the rapid expansion of a wide range of industries including textiles and iron production. Factories that once used water, human and/or animal power were turning to new technologies that allowed them to burn coal to create steam. The use of the steam engine allowed factories to expand, and to ship their product by train or by steamship over greater distances, more quickly than before.

The layer of greenhouse gases surrounding our planet is a good thing in that it traps the sun’s heat and prevents temperatures from falling to levels that would be unable to sustain life, but as early as one hundred years ago, fears about what the burning of coal and other fossil fuels was doing to the greenhouse gases in our atmosphere were starting to surface. Even early scientists were aware that when coal – and later, petroleum – was burned and mixed with oxygen, the result was an increase in the insulating layer of greenhouse gases – carbon dioxide (CO2), methane, nitrous oxide and ozone – which began increasing global temperatures. As the planet has warmed, ocean levels have risen as polar ice caps have melted; there have been greater fluctuations in temperatures, heavier rain and snowfall and more intense storms; forest fires have been more widespread and severe; and changes in many natural habitats have in turn affected various animal and plant species’ growth and survival.

Natural vs. Anthropogenic Climate Change

Natural influencers of climate change include predictable changes in the earth’s geology from natural cooling or heating cycles of the ocean, often due to fluctuations in the earth’s orbit around the sun, and to solar and volcanic activity, and to the regular movements of the glaciers at our North and South Poles. Anthropogenic, or human-produced, greenhouse gases, however, are primarily a product of CO2 from the burning of fossil fuels, which accounts for around 75% of the total amount of anthropogenic gases that are produced. Other anthropogenic changes are due to worldwide deforestation, the use of aerosols, and the increase in methane and nitrous oxide being released into the atmosphere, primarily from agriculture.

Agriculture’s Contributions to Increased Greenhouse Gases

A much as 15% of the CO2 in our atmosphere is a product of farming techniques that include the use of diesel- or gas-using machinery to till the soil – a process that allows for water runoff, degrades the soil and releases naturally stored CO2 into the air – and the use of organic (manure) and inorganic (nitrous-based) fertilizers. Methane, the gas produced from the digestion and waste of cattle and other grazing mammals such as sheep and goats and a by-product of the burning of agricultural waste, is another contributor, as is nitrous oxide, which also increases as fertilizer is used.  

What is Carbon Farming?

The idea of carbon farming is straightforward. Photosynthesis is a natural process that occurs when a plant combines CO2 from the air with water, sunshine and the mineral-rich soil around it to produce the carbohydrates it needs to grow. Carbon farming is a type of agriculture that focuses on removing CO2 from the atmosphere, returning it back into the earth through the use of various farming techniques, and improving the overall process of photosynthesis and plant growth.

  • Soil Techniques. By increasing the amount or organic material, or compost, in soil and limiting the tilling of it, the amount of CO2 that is released into the atmosphere is greatly decreased. Increased organic material also helps plants be more resistant to drought, extreme heat, heavy rains, disease and insects, and, generally speaking, to be more fertile. Limiting the use of expensive fertilizers also makes good economic sense.
  • Cover crops. Cover crops – crops planted during the “off” planting season to cover the soil between growing cycles – help prevent erosion, manage pests and diseases, and provide nourishment in the form of roots and shoots to soil organisms such as earthworms and fungi: a process which, in turn, allows the soil to store more carbon.
  • Animal farming. By increasing animal productivity, feeding more easily digested food and using dietary supplements to grazing animals, and improving the overall health of herds by using genetics to improve reproduction, methane output is substantially reduced. In addition, storing manure in specific enclosed areas not only prevents methane gases from escaping into the atmosphere, but it can also be useful in providing an alternative source of power generation.

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Churchwell Downs Farm in Sanford

(UNDER CONTRACT)  $995,000! 2700 +/- Square Foot Main House with Pool, Rental House or Second Home for Family, 2 Ponds, Horse Barn and more!

4134 & 4128 Smith Road in Sanford! Don’t miss this opportunity to own this fantastic family farm in Sanford! Previously used as a horse and cattle farm, the opportunities are endless and could be a prime boarding or cattle operation location. The expansive property sits on 64 +/- acres with semi-flat and rolling terrain. All pastures are fenced for animals! The picturesque views from the main home that overlooks open pastures and 2 large ponds are like no other!! Main house (needs updates) includes garage, large storage room- shop area, shed and more. Salt water pool.

Rental home is occupied with income, and there are 5 additional lots that convey with the property. The barn is functional and old pig parlor has tons of storage but needs to be loved and updated! $995,000

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87 ET Farm Lane Lillington NC

Lillington Estate Home on 20+ Acres with Pond

(JUST SOLD!) MUST SEE PROPERTY! Photos don’t do justice to this prime estate property in Lillington! This gorgeous 4 bedroom, 5.5 bath custom home is on 21+ acres! This home is loaded with upgrades and custom features throughout! The home sits on 11+ acres and has a beautiful stocked pond. Adjacent is the 10 Acre Parcel with open field and all are bordered with private mixed forest. The second parcel is ideal for pasture for horses or another home or agriculture! Deer and turkey abound! Potential horse boarding next door so call for details. (PROPERTY CAN BE SOLD WITHOUT THE 10 ACRES TRACT). 
The stunning foyer opens up to the family room and the expansive gourmet kitchen and dining area. There is a large sun-room with great views and huge 1st floor master suite with super large walk-closet and separate laundry.
There are 3 additional 1st floor bedrooms with private baths and walk-in closets. Upstairs could be an in-law suite or apartment with separate kitchen, bedroom, massive family with exercise area and playroom! There are 2 garages, one attached and one detached garage for 6 spaces! These are very large and the detached garage has large office area. Too many features to mention! $1,395,000

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Bonlee Carbonton Road

Just Listed 638 Acres Land for Sale in Chatham County

(UNDER CONTRACT) This 638 Acres Tract is located in Southern Chatham County in the Goldston area. This massive tract has a great road system and recreational trail systems throughout.  There is ample road frontage on both Bonlee Carbonton Road and Goldston Glendon Road with the main access on Bonlee Carbonton Road. Several ridges and creeks provide nice features and the land has prime hunting and recreational opportunities. $3,500,000

The tract was just thinned and there is still merchantable timber and lots of timber for future timber harvest.

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Lee County Large Ranch Sold

365 Acre Legacy Family Farm in Broadway

(JUST SOLD) LIVE THE DREAM ON THIS LARGE 365 +/- ACRE LEGACY FAMILY FARM! Enjoy Open Pastures, Vista’s, Multiple Ponds and Outstanding Views Throughout! Charming Farm House Renovated in 2013! Multiple Barns, Shop, Outbuildings, Greenhouse, and Storage. Multiple Wells and Septic Systems and Plenty of Sites for Additional Homes. Family Owned for Decades and Presently Operated as a Cattle Farm. Conservation Easement in Place on 58 +/- acres to Protect Drains and Creeks. Gorgeous from Every View!

2 Mobile Homes on Property, 1 conveys and other lived in by family member and would like life estate. List/Co-List MUST be present for showings, bank letter required for showings. $3,995,000

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Earth Day Photos 2022

April 22, 2022 will mark the 52nd anniversary of the very first Earth Day, a day each year that reminds us of the fragility of our environment and our responsibility to do what we can to protect it.   

The Origins of Earth Day

Earth Day Photos 2022For decades prior to 1970, when Earth Day was first observed, care of the environment was a relatively foreign concept, as factories polluted the air through the burning of fossil fuels, the dumping of chemicals and other contaminants – industrial waste – into lakes, rivers and streams, and the manufacturing of CO2-producing automobiles. A lack of environmental rules between the end of World War II and 1970, a period of heavy industrialization, meant that for decades, industry was literally able to function as it pleased without consideration of the environment.

In 1963, Rachel Carson’s best-selling book, Silent Spring, highlighted the effects of pesticides on humans, birds, animals and bees. Not only did the book shine a spotlight on DDT – a chemical that was widely being used to control insects for agricultural purposes – but it focused on the critical relationship between humans and the planet, and the responsibility mankind has in terms of ensuring Earth’s health and survival. The book and its author were initially attacked as being irrational and alarmist, especially by the chemical industry, but it also served to open the world’s eyes as to the many ways in which our actions and our neglect were harming the environment.

The Environmental Decade

Some of our most critically important environmental laws that protect both our natural environment (air, water, soil) and animal life were established in the 70s, during what some people refer to as “the environmental decade.” The majority of environmental laws that regulate our activities today, in fact, were actually passed during this timeframe. The EPA, too, was established in 1970 as an independent agency of the U.S. government, specifically designed to monitor the environment and develop regulations to protect it.

The purpose of the Clean Air Act of 1970 was – and still is – to allow the EPA to regulate emissions into the air from both stationary and mobile sources, such as automobiles. It also encourages states to comply with clean air standards by forcing them to develop their own individual plans for achieving better air quality.

The Clean Water Act of 1972 established restrictions on the pollutants that are sometimes released into our rivers, lakes and oceans. The Clean Water Act made it illegal for any entity to discharge pollution into a water source from a ditch, pipe or other manmade source without having a permit to do so.

Following the landmark Bald Eagle Protection Act of 1940, the Endangered Species Act that was signed into law in 1973 went a step further in the protection of wildlife by calling out two different classes of animal and plant species: threatened – those that will likely to be in danger of extinction at some future point – and endangered, or those that are currently close to being extinct.  This law was created to ensure that federal agencies don’t allow activities that are likely to threaten the existence of any species by harming their habitats.

How We Can Help

Earth Day Photos 2Today, over 175 nations celebrate Earth Day. In the United States, volunteer opportunities in many of our communities and national parks call attention to the care of our environment, not only on Earth Day but throughout the year.

In Raleigh, for instance, Earth Day 2022 will be celebrated with food trucks, games, environmentally friendly activities and more at Dix Park’s Flowers Field, followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new electric bus and an outdoor movie focused on nature and the environment.

Through Raleigh’s “Adopt a Stream” program, volunteers choose a specific section of a stream or river to clean up – removing trash, of course, but also contaminants and other sources of pollution like oil or bacteria – twice a year for a 3-year period. Over those two years, data is collected for use by the city’s Stormwater Management team.

In Mecklenburg County, too, the 3,000 volunteers of Charlotte’s “Adopt a Stream Program” remove an average of 30 tons of garbage annually along some 3,000 miles of streams: trash that ends up in waterways from littering or as a result of water run-off from storm drainage systems. Volunteers commit to cleaning up their assigned areas twice a year for two years.  

Along the shoreline, volunteers with the North Carolina Coastal Federation work in areas such as oyster habitat protection and oyster shell recycling, marsh restoration, and the planting of ‘rain gardens’ – areas of native vegetation whose job it is to absorb the run-off of rainwater from roofs, sidewalks and parking lots, and to filter out its pollutants before the water enters a storm drainage system.


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Duck Hunting Property for Sale in Castalia NC

Duck Hunting Property for Sale in Castalia

(UNDER CONTRACT) DUCKS DUCKS GEESE! 21 +/- Acre Duck & Deer Hunting property close to Bunn, Castalia, Louisburg, Spring Hope and Nashville! Build your cabin here!

21 +/- Acre property close to Bunn, Castalia, Louisburg, Spring Hope and Nashville! Property has about 10 acres of open water – marsh habitat and great hunting for ducks and geese! Plenty of ground for shooting area and 11 acres of high ground with mixed timber with merchantable pines. 1000′ of Paved Road Frontage on Edwards Road. Property is at the corner of Boulden Road and Edwards Road. Shoot ducks, geese, deer and turkey on your own piece of heaven!$80,000

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