Brandon Herring

Brandon joined the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in September of 2019 after more than 15 years as a reporter, anchor, photographer and producer in local TV news. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Growing up, Brandon spent many summers in tobacco fields helping on the family farm just east of Lumberton. He started out driving the tractor in front of the harvester at about age 7, and by the summers in college was cropping and racking tobacco. His father, cousin, mother and sister still keep the farm going. While they no longer grow tobacco, several other field crops remain, along with a peach orchard and roadside produce market.

Recipe: Red, White & Blue Potato Salad is perfect for Memorial Day weekend

By on May 21, 2020

Potatoes are in season in North Carolina, making fresh potatoes a hot commodity right now. If you don’t grow your own, you should be able to find potatoes grown in North Carolina at roadside markets, farmers markets and grocery stores

N.C. Farm Stands find answers for safer operation during COVID-19

By on May 18, 2020

As many of North Carolina’s produce stands and farmers markets geared up for the spring and summer season this year, there were a lot of questions facing farmers and others who operate those markets. This big question about how to

Promotion Amid Problems – N.C. Wine Month in the era of COVID-19

By on May 14, 2020

John Wright is delivering wine to doorsteps these days – a service his Sanctuary Vineyards has never offered in the past. It’s a direct result of the changes surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic response. “We’re typically busy with customers in our

Flower farmers & florists navigating uncertain time this Mother’s Day

By on May 4, 2020

Mother’s Day and flowers seem to go hand-in-hand. This year – despite COVID-19 – that doesn’t have to be any different. Flower farmers and florists are still working and depending on customers to help them stay in business. While the

NCDA&CS projects protect water quality in areas of development too

By on April 29, 2020

Keeping North Carolina’s water clean and soil intact sounds good, but it can get pretty complex in practice. It can be a bit overwhelming if you really think about all the sources of pollution and erosion and how to reduce

Carpenter bees: a tale of solitude and tolerance

By on April 23, 2020

It’s the time of year when you may be seeing more carpenter bees around your house, especially if you’re around your house more these days. Carpenter bees are solitary though, so you won’t find them in hives – probably just

Pesticide Disposal Program keeps dangerous pesticides out of NC waterways and landfills

By on April 22, 2020

Four million pounds. Two thousand tons. Sixty-four million ounces. No matter how you say it, it’s a big number, and for the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer services, it’s a major milestone. Four million pounds is the amount of

The finished product shows a strawberry pie with whipped cream on top.

Recipe: Fresh Strawberry Pie

By on April 15, 2020

’tis the season for strawberries in North Carolina. When it comes to truly tasty food, you have to strike while the iron is hot, as the proverbial saying goes. That means getting produce when it’s in season, and the closer

Lab work keeps N.C. agriculture going

By on April 8, 2020

“It’s not ideal, but it’s necessary.” That’s how Dr. Colleen Hudak-Wise describes the changes that have been made at labs in the Agronomic Services Division in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As the director of the division,

Animal care, other work continues on research stations despite pandemic

By on April 2, 2020

This morning before a single ray of sunlight hit the Cherry Research Farm, two workers showed up to milk the cows. In the dark of 4 a.m. their shift began on the farm in Goldsboro. About 140 dairy cows need